Possibly Australia’s most underrated capital, Brisbane is a comfortable balance of urbanisation and nature. Think city beaches, buzzing bars, and an edgy arts scene and you’ll have Brisbane holidays.
Things to Do in Brisbane
- Learn about the brewing history of Brisbane while sampling different beers. Those with a sweet tooth can opt for a chocolate tour instead.
- Held Friday evenings and weekends on Stanley Street Plaza, the Collective Markets are bursting with quirky clothes, handmade jewellery, and pretty antiques.
- Due to Queensland’s law, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the only place in Australia where visitors can hug a real koala! Don’t worry, the handling of koalas is closely monitored by the park’s keepers and the Australian government.
- Go whale watching in Moreton Bay. Brisbane’s sheltered bay areas are home to schools of humpbacks and southern rights. North Stradbroke Island is another excellent choice.
Best Time to Visit
Jun-Nov: The weather is warm and it's the best time for whale watching, but we would consider Brisbane a year-round holiday destination. The sun is a pretty common sight, and temperatures should be pleasantly warm, plus the sea stays at 20°C all year!
Check out the Anywhere Theatre Festival in May and see pop-up performances taking place in strange locations throughout the city.
Visit in September for the Brisbane Festival. Three weeks of music, theatre, and more, ending in the spectacular Sunsuper Riverfire firework display – this festival is not to be missed!
Why We Love It“Brisbane is a great city that gets overlooked too often. The nightlife is great, and whale watching is unforgettable, especially if you see a whale calf.”
Orla Tooher, Sales Executive