Experts in Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific

Brisbane Holidays

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.

Things to do in Brisbane

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. 

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If your in the Brisbane area, take a trip up to Australia Zoo in Beerwah. A great day out for all the family (big kids included), you can feed kangaroos and get your photo taken with a koala or if you're feeling brave, you can even hold a python!
Sue, Travel Designer

What to do in Brisbane

Take a look at all the escorted tours and excursions on offer for your next trip to Brisbane.

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Places to stay in Brisbane

From self-catered apartments to all-inclusive luxury hotels, find the ideal accommodation for your Brisbane holiday.

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Recommended experiences

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Queensland Classic Self Drive

15 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £2,499 per person

This 15 day itinerary gives you the opportunity to do all of these things - under your own pace driving from Brisbane to Cairns.

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Beaches & boats
  • Self-drives
  • Wildlife & nature
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Pacific Coast Explorer

18 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £2,999 per person

North of Sydney on the coast of New South Wales, lies miles of pristine coastline, wildlife havens and stunning natural bays.

Great for
  • Beaches & boats
  • Self-drives
  • Visiting friends & family
  • Wildlife & nature
Coastal explorer

Perth to Brisbane Coastal Explorer

19 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £5,499 per person

Discover Australia's magical underwater world, teeming with spectacular marine-life and thriving eco-systems waiting to be explored.

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Beaches & boats
  • City sights
  • Self-drives
  • Wildlife & nature
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Lady Elliot and Fraser Island Rainforest and Reef Discovery

5 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £905 per person

Combine the world's largest sand island; Fraser Island and the southernmost coral cay of the Great Barrier Reef; Lady Elliot Island for this amazing 5 day adventure

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Beaches & boats
  • Luxury travel

Other places to go in Queensland

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Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

Hamilton Island, Queensland
Whitsunday Islands

Hamilton Island

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Port Douglas

Port Douglas

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Cairns

Cairns

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Whitsunday Islands

Whitsunday Islands

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