Stroll along the South Bank of the river and you'll find art galleries, markets, shops, restaurants and cafes; a great way to enjoy a sunny afternoon.
- Travel Designer
The gateway to southern Queensland, Brisbane is a city full of character that has redesigned itself in recent years to become a hustling and bustling cosmopolitan society.
With the sun shining almost all year round, expect the majority of your meals to be eaten al fresco. As a city that’s rapidly emerging onto the food scene, holidays to Brisbane offer a huge variety of dining experiences. There are restaurants where Japanese food is served at traditional tables, just high enough to sit on the floor, or in which a taste of Rome is dished up in a romantic setting. If you fancy sampling the local cuisine, you won’t struggle to find places where all kinds of Australian dishes from kangaroo burgers to freshly caught prawns are always on the menu.
Even though Brisbane is home to the largest amount of Good Food Guide awarded restaurants in Queensland, make sure you save some room to try out the food trucks. These mobile cafes offer everything from spicy quesadillas to sticky Texan style ribs. As its all cooked fresh in front of you, it’s no wonder they’re such a hit with the locals.
If you’re feeling adventurous, the Story Bridge Adventure climb offers stunning panoramic views of the city but don’t worry if you’d prefer to see the sights in a slightly more comfortable setting. Simply hop on the Wheel of Brisbane, a fully enclosed and air-conditioned glass gondola. The City Botanic Gardens offer a tranquil environment to soak up the sun and explore the vast and unusual species of flowers and trees that grow here.
If there’s one thing that can’t be missed on a Brisbane holiday, it’s a day at the beach. The South Bank boasts the only inner-city beach in Australia – a man made beach overlooking the river and central business district. The clean sand, shallow lagoons and close proximity to laid-back bars and cafes make it the perfect spot to escape the bustling city atmosphere.
However, it’s the beaches that surround Brisbane that are the area’s biggest asset. To the south there is the Gold Coast - with the aptly named Surfers Paradise located on the edge of the wildlife haven of the Lamington National Park. To the north is the Sunshine Coast, with its combination of exquisite beaches, rainforests and the sand dunes that make up the world's largest sand island - Fraser Island. With so many incredible sights to see, you’ll never be bored on a holiday to Brisbane.