Brisbane is Australia’s third largest city, offering a great insight into its history and culture. Located inland of Moreton Bay between the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast, it is the capital of Australia’s sunshine state Queensland. Its sub-tropical climate makes it a perfect year round destination, especially for outdoor activities, along the river or on the beach. Brisbane is rapidly developing into an ultra-modern world city, and is the creative and youthful hub of North East Australia. A year-round warm climate, breath taking scenery and friendly locals has seen Brisbane transform into a beacon for both domestic and international visitors, making the city the fastest-growing in Australia.
Find authentic accommodation in Brisbane- Choose the best district to source your Brisbane holiday rentals and apartments.
Like most major cities in Australia, Brisbane has a large urban sprawl with many distinctive areas holding their own unique features and characteristics. ‘The City’ is where you will find most of the tourist orientated attractions and the most renowned restaurants in Brisbane. You will also see many hotels and hostels aimed at tourists here, but it is best you avoid them if you would prefer more hands-on experience of Brisbane. Instead, when choosing you accommodation, look for rentals in districts such as Bayside or Inner West, these are more localized and therefore give you a better impression of the city itself.
Wimdu lists many holiday apartments and accommodation rental options in these areas of Brisbane, by renting from a local you keep tourism's money in the local economy and also save money yourself. Accommodation rentals in Brisbane are on average 30% cheaper than hotels and for those traveling in a group you can save more by taking an holiday apartment and splitting the cost.
It is wise to research the districts and find the one that will suit you the best, for example those who are looking for a more bohemian district should look for apartment rental in West End & St. Lucia, known for its unique eateries and alternative culture. Whilst those looking for the best shopping experiences should look to base themselves in Paddington.
Did you know ?
- Locals are known as Brisbanites
- 21.7% of its population was born in a different country.
- During World War 2, a huge number of US troops were stationed in Brisbane and the University was turned into their barracks for 3 years
- Brisbane is also known as the ‘River City’ due to the serpentine river on which it is based.
- Brisbane has more sunny days than Florida.
Seven Things you must do whilst in Brisbane
Visit Southbank -A family friendly parkland, Southbank is ideal for a great day out. Riverside cycling, lush gardens, a beautiful inner city beach, and a great range of dining options combine to make the former site of the World Expo ’88 a great place to unwind on a hot summers day.
Take a River Cruise - Similar to European river based cities, river cruises in Brisbane offer the best opportunity to see the major attractions. View the sights of Brisbane city center and the outer suburbs aboard one of the many river cruises including the Mirimar, River City Cruises or the Kookaburra River Queens.
Tour the XXXX Brewery - If you love the amber nectar and want to discover XXXX's origins then make sure you stop by XXXX Brewery Ale House and take the tour. Located in the Milton suburb of Brisbane, the XXXX Brewery tour allows you to get up close to the inner workings of one of Australia’s most famous breweries and most importantly has a taster session at the end of the tour.
Explore the city’s culture at the Queensland Cultural Precinct - A great place to discover the cultural qualities of Brisbane is the QCP in the Southbank area of Brisbane. Here visitors can watch theatre at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, view art displays at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, and visit the State Libraryand the Queensland Museum. Conveniently located within a few hundred meters of each other.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary - Brisbane is home to the world's first and largest Koala sanctuary. Lone pine allows you to handle Koalas, feed Kangaroos and discover the most exciting wildlife Queensland has to offer.
Enjoy the view from Mt Cootha - Offering panoramic views of Brisbane and onwards to Moreton Bay, the lookout station on top of Mount Coottha is a real joy to behold. While night gives you a beautiful show of the Brisbane lights, the ideal time to visit the perch is certainly in the early evening.
Adventure Climb - Enjoy one of only three bridge climbs in the world. This adventure offers the opportunity to scale the top of Brisbane's iconic Story Bridge. Offering 360° views of Brisbane, the mountain ranges and Moreton Bay Islands, the tours can be taken at dawn, noon or even at night.
Brisbane international airport is one of Australia’s best and largest airports and caters for passengers from all over the world. It also has great connections to all the other Australian capital cities. The Airtrain and Coachtrans provide regular shuttle services from the city to the airport. However those looking to save some cash should use the free of charge T-bus to airport village and then jump on the public transport bus 369 into Brisbane. Taxi services are also available and should cost approximately $35.