Australia, the land of natural wonders, warm weather, beautiful beaches and great megacities. But where to visit? Considering for most people Australia is on the other side of the world, you’re going to want to make the most of your trip here! This article will explore the brilliance of Brisbane and why you should go there rather than Sydney!
Sydney is best known for the world-renowned, Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach. With millions of visitors each year, Sydney is Australia's top tourist location. With a modern and sophisticated way of life, this city bursts with energy and culture. However, 455 miles north of this city is Brisbane, Queensland, which offers experiences and culture that you won't find in Sydney.
So, why Brisbane?
Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, is Australia's 3rd most visited city for domestic and international travel, and we can see why it is ranked so high!
Known for its warm weather 280 days of the year, youthful and energetic vibe and beautiful beaches, this is the perfect location for a dream beach holiday. Brisbane is an obvious choice for anyone who would like to immerse themselves in the authentic Aussie culture with a plethora of activities to add to your itinerary.
When to visit? 🌞
The capital city experiences 280 days of sub-tropical weather, making Brisbane the go-to location for any sun-seekers! To take full advantage of this warm weather, Summer here lasts between December to February so, if you're dreaming of a 'White Christmas', Australia might not be for you! The average temperatures range from 21 - 29.8°C (69.8 - 85.6°F) with high levels of rainfall, meaning you could encounter an occasional thunderstorm or flood! Summer in Brisbane is the perfect opportunity for you to get your tan on and kick back and enjoy the white sandy beaches.
What to do? 👀
The city is home to the world's sandiest beach, Australian icons and, one of the nations most symbolic animals, the koala.
Start your trip by visiting the late Steve Irwin's 'Australia Zoo'. If you want to learn more about Australia's native animals and many others and how they are cared for, then this zoo is for you! Surrounded by nature and workers who simply adore their jobs, Australia Zoo is a top landmark that is perfect for you to learn and explore. The zoo offers a handful of different experiences and lots of fun activities for kids.
Sticking with nature, next up is Lone Pine. The biggest Koala sanctuary in the world. Fancy holding a Koala? This is just the place, queue up and grab a cuddle with one of the cute creatures and get a professional picture! Or, chill out with the free-roaming kangaroos and feed, pat and walk with them. This sanctuary provides you with a brilliant immersive and up-close experience that you will never forget!
The following location is for the foodies! Head over to the nightlife hot spot that is
Eat Street Northshore. With a carnival-like atmosphere, live music and hundreds of food vendors in colourful shipping containers, offering cuisines from all across the globe. Perfect for families, couples or even if you want to fly solo! Feast and move from stage to stage, exploring different genres of live music or novelty acts.
Tip: you can get here by car (Free parking) or catch a ferry to Northshore Hamilton Ferry Terminal, and walk 250 metres!
Where to eat and drink? 🌭🍹
Motorwagen, Brisbane City
A modern European inspired restaurant that requires guests to come looking smart but casual. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, this restaurant serves up a variety of different dishes, catering to all tastes. In addition to the fabulous food served, they offer handcrafted cocktails to pair up with your dishes.
Southbeach Social, South Brisbane
Inspired by a holiday beach shack, this restaurant/bar is super casual with a personal Brisbane twist. Whilst gazing at the dazzling Brisbane River, sit back and sip on a cocktail or two whilst enjoying the live entertainment. Graze on some small plates of pea & ham croquettes, halloumi fries or oysters or, tuck into something a bit bigger; sticky beef ribs or crispy skin salmon.
Cielo Rooftop Bar, Fortitude Valley
Located in the valley, every table in this bar provides you with a view of the rooftops. Famous for its gorgeous cocktails, this bar is a MUST. In addition to the cocktails, there's a premium selection of champagnes, wine and spirits on offer, together with a light Italian-flavoured bar menu, ideal for summer rooftop snacking.
Where to stay? 🏨
Depending on your budget and personal preference, Brisbane offers hotels of all types.
Luxury - Emporium Hotel South Bank
Located in the heart of the South Bank leisure and arts precinct, close to the Brisbane River and other prominent attractions, this hotel is in prime location! It is within walking distance of museums, theatres and South Bank Parklands beach. This hotel screams style and luxury, featuring phenomenal views of Brisbane, a rooftop infinity pool and modern and glamorous decor throughout every room or social space. Offering access to their gym, pools, sauna and spa services, this hotel is perfect for unwinding and treating yourself to that well-deserved 'me time.
Price: Double rooms from AUD 450 (£260) in low season; and from AUD 600 (£346) in high.
Mid-range - Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane
A beautiful hotel in a heritage-listed building, only a 15-minute walk from the lively South Bank. It is located next to Queensland Performing Arts Centre and the Botanic Gardens, meaning that your itinerary will be complete with wonderful activities! This hotel features contemporary studios and apartments that all vary in size and the number of bedrooms. The decor is both classic and modern, allowing for the rich history of the building to be showcased. When it comes to facilities, this hotel does not fall short with a gym and a pool and a beautiful restaurant and bar in the ground floor lobby space.
Price: Double rooms from AUD 299, 1 Bed Apartment from AUD 349 & 3 Bed Penthouse from AUD 949
Budget - George Williams Hotel
This hotel is located in the heart of Brisbane, meaning that guests are only a walk away from some of the best attractions in the city. Providing convenience and affordability, this hotel is perfect for short and long trips, depending on your purpose for travel! With modern and minimal decor, the hotel offers comfort to all guests. You can stop at the hotel's lounge and bar for a drink and some light snacks. Additional amenities include free WiFi in public areas, a coffee shop/café, and laundry facilities.
Price: Double rooms from AUD 109