Climate: A subtropical paradise, Brisbane has four seasons opposite to those in the UK. Summer commences in December, with high humidity and temperatures reaching 35ºC. In contrast winters throughout the city are cooler, however temperatures still settle at a comfortable average of 25ºC. Classed as the dry season, August and September see a rise in visitors with sunny weather and festivals such as the annual Riverfestival taking place.
Between late October through to February thunderstorms are a common occurrence with strong winds, rain and occasional hail expected.
Getting There: Brisbane's international airport is 13 kilometres from the city centre, with the domestic terminal a little further out.
Meander through the 17-hectare South Bank Parkland that fringes the western side of the Brisbane River. A hotspot for those in search of a range of cultural attractions combined with an array of fine eateries, this is the perfect place to revel in the relaxed atmosphere. Hire a bike, or tandem, for a quick and easy way to explore the park, tropical lagoon, cobbled streets and luscious gardens.
At 287 metres above sea level, Mount Coot-tha is the highest peak in Brisbane with undisturbed views over the urban landscape. Visible form most of the city, the mount is a popular destination for tourists and residents. Easily accessed by public transport, head to the lookout for panoramic views enjoyed from the conveniently located restaurant and café. Best enjoyed at sunrise or dusk as the lights across the city glimmer into life.
Situated at the base of Mount Coot-tha, the 52 hectare gardens are open year round and are free to enter. Whether you want to laze on the lawns, admire the Japanese Gardens, or get lost in the Exotic Rainforest, Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens is the perfect escape from the city bustle. With free tours, gardening workshops and children’s story telling under the shady fig tree, there is always something to keep you entertained.