The buzzing capital of the sunshine state, Brisbane, offers adventure packed days and star- studded balmy nights with plenty to add to its magic.
Located on the Brisbane River, it embraces its laid-back style with a certain energy.
Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art known as GOMA features contemporary artwork that may well stop you in your tracks. The Queensland Art Gallery is next door.
Australia’s only inner-city, man-made Streets Beach is a South Bank icon – explore the 17-hectare South Bank Parklands.
Enjoy a bird’s eye view on a Story Bridge Adventure Climb. Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha is Queensland’s premier subtropical botanic gardens, spread over 56 hectares.
The chic Calile Hotel located in Brisbane’s leafy shopping strip, James Street, features pool side cabanas, a stunning pool and trendy rooms. There’s a host of new hotels just opened including the Fantauzzo, an art series hotel under Story Bridge and the stunning five-star W Hotel Brisbane which is home to the Three Blues Ducks restaurant.
The South Bank Emporium has a super rooftop pool and bar, and the Westin has a great swim up bar.
There’s glamping options, apartments and backpacker accommodation.
When it comes to dining, Brisbane has lots to offer from fine dining to Asian gastronomy.
South Brisbane’s Gauge, Otto Ristorant with panoramic riverside views and for great Greek cuisine Hellenika at The Calile is super.
For a bar hop start in Albert Lane with dumpling and sake shots at Harajuku Gyoza or tequila and tacos at Latin American Comuna Cantina. Then happy hour at Brew, cocktails at small bar Super Whatnot and hop to whisky house The Gresham.