A little bit about Brisbane
Brisbane is Queensland’s capital, and the gateway to the rest of the ‘Sunshine State’, home to the Gold Coast, Australia’s most famed theme parks, the Great Barrier Reef, and the magical Whitsundays. Although centred around the Brisbane River, Brisbane takes the beach very seriously, and has created a city beach on the river’s south bank… now a buzzing CBD precinct of the same name. Brisbane has a robust economy, and is one of Australia’s fastest growing cities. Unofficially referred to as ‘Brisvegas’, it is home to several casinos, and refers to the carefree, fun-loving lifestyle its residents enjoy.
Transport from Brisbane Airport
The Airtrain rail service links both the Domestic and International terminals with the Brisbane CBD and the Gold Coast, with trains running every 15 to 30 minutes.
Drive time between the airport and the city is about half an hour and you can take a taxi or a ride-share service (such as Uber).
Or hop on one of the many shuttle buses that will take you to the city or right to your accommodation.
Things to do in Brisbane.
Whether you want to catch an art exhibition, cool off in a rain-forest waterhole or just sample some great Queensland food and wine, you can do it all in and around Brisbane.
Walk across the Victoria Bridge to discover Brisbane’s cultural heart, home to world-class museums, theatres and event spaces. Take me to South Bank.
Get lost in an Ancient rain-forest
It’s worth the one- to two-hour drive south-west of Brisbane to step foot in the vast, World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests. Popular hiking and camping spots include Main Range or Mount Barney national parks.
Cuddle a national Icon
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, a 20-minute drive south-west of the city, is the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary, home to more than 130 of Australia’s cuddliest creatures.
Wine & Dine
Eat and drink your way around the city at cool cafes, water
Places to visit
From the vibrant heart of the city to the white-sand beaches of Moreton Island and the sleepy hinterland villages of the Scenic Rim, you’ll find incredible diversity in and around Brisbane.
This is where the action is. Eat, drink, shop and discover everything Brisbane has to offer.
A quiet island retreat of vast sand dunes, shipwrecks to snorkel, wild dolphins and beautiful beaches. Take the ferry from Holt Street Wharf in Brisbane for the 75-minute journey. Take me to Moreton Island.
North Stradbroke Island
Spot whales, go four-wheel driving on the beach, and camp right by the water on the world’s second-largest sand island. Take me to North Stradbroke Island.
Hike through the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rain forests and climb Tamborine Mountain, then indulge at a local winery or glamp under the stars. Take me to the Scenic Rim.
Get out of the city and discover some of Queensland’s most enticing destinations. Head 70km north for a relaxing day on beautiful Bribie Island (the only Queensland island with a bridge), or – just 30 minutes from the city – D’Aguilar National Park is the place for an active adventure.
Take a day-trip to the Scenic Rim, Somerset or Tamborine National Park and go on a bush walk to seek out hidden waterfalls. Hop on a ferry to Moreton or North Stradbroke Islands, or flop on the beaches of the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast. Hire a car to get the best out of the region with plenty of self-drive adventures on offer.