Travel guide - Brisbane

The capital of the state of Queensland, Brisbane extends along the banks of the river by the same name. This adventurous city with its pleasant climate oscillates between modernity and urban pastimes, with a tropical environment favourable to outdoor activities. Discover the relaxed charm of Australia’s third largest city, with its 300 days of sunlight per year and a lifestyle based on nature and adventure.

Brisbane’s large natural spaces

Brisbane is surrounded by lush natural spaces. The botanical gardens of Mount Coot-Tha, the city’s green lung, reach a height of 287 metres, offering an exceptional panoramic view. Floating down the Brisbane River in a kayak or the CityCat ferry, you can observe the leafy New Farm neighbourhood. Visit the artificial lagoon of Streets Beach: this 17-hectare site along the shoreline, with its green walls and bougainvillea-lined walkway, is teeming with outdoor activities from rock climbing to swimming. The Springbrook and Lamington National Parks are home to exceptional tropical forests, while the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world’s largest koala preserve. Take some time to visit these cute creatures in their natural habitat.

Shopping and outdoor markets

Brisbane likes its shopping. The stands of the Collective Markets at South Bank set the tone for the city’s commerce, from works of art to retro fashion by way of collectible items. Enjoy a stroll through the market, having a bite to eat and taking in the local atmosphere. With its house recipes and organic products, the stands of Stanley Street Plaza offer a blend of artisanal and more on-trend products. The beating heart of Brisbane’s shopping district can be found in Queen Street Mall, and there is plenty of entertainment to be found around the large galleries of this pedestrian thoroughfare. QueensPlaza, the last jewel in the crown of the Queen Street Mall, offers an upmarket experience in the country’s luxury boutiques, such as David Jones.

Brisbane, Queensland’s capital of culture

Brisbane is cultured. Independent galleries and art exhibitions enhance the creative spirit of the Fortitude Valley neighbourhood, where the Institute of Modern Art is found. The Brisbane Powerhouse, a former electrical plant, boosts the city’s artistic momentum by housing an immense cultural centre inside its walls. There you can discover all kinds of exhibitions and performances, all while enjoying the enchanting setting and the view of the river. The shared collection of the Gallery of Modern Art and the Queensland Art Gallery can be visited on the South Bank. These two modern buildings are home to more than 17,000 artworks ranging from aboriginal art to contemporary pieces and everything in between. You can also enjoy theatre and music festivals, thanks to the programming at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

The city’s restaurants and cafes

Brisbane is a city that knows how to enjoy itself. The sophisticated city has a lively food scene and a wild night life, with innovative dishes and stylish bars. Have a drink in a bar on the rooftop of a skyscraper or on the banks of the river. You will have a stunning view from the rooftops of Up on Constance and Eleven: two trendy addresses offering different perspectives of the city. Brisbane’s restaurants are inspired by a blend of European and Asian cuisine. You will find a fusion between products that are local to Queensland and street food from around the world. At the gourmet restaurant Aria, the panoramic view of the river is a delightful backdrop for the seafood-inspired dishes prepared by chef Ben Russell.
Once you’ve completely fallen for Brisbane, aim for Moreton Bay, where the river meets the ocean. Between the ocean and the white sand beaches, you can visit North Stradbroke Island to explore its lakes and observe dolphins and whales in the wild. As we told you, Brisbane is an invitation to adventure!

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