Flights to Brisbane (BNE)

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Pop quiz: What is Australia's third-most populous city? If you said Brisbane, you're correct. If you blanked, don't worry, you're not alone. Sydney and Melbourne tend to get all the attention – understandably, as they are also wonderful places to visit – but the capital of Queensland is a magical city in its own right.

And despite being a sleek, cosmopolitan city, Brisbane still manages to maintain the air of an easily accessible small town community, which is very welcoming to visitors.

Over two million people call Brisbane home, with more arriving every day as Australians and expats flock to the cool hotspot. Although it’s not a very cheap place to live, ranking ahead of Melbourne but behind Sydney, it’s definitely worth it to splash out on a visit (although you might end up wanting to stay longer).

Brisbane features cheap coffee shops where you can sip an afternoon espresso, an amazing collection of world-class bookstores, meandering walks along the lazy Brisbane River that winds its way through the city, and restaurants and hotels to match.

Getting around on the public transport system is as easy as spotting a well-dressed hipster, and playful nightlife venues will keep you awake well into the night.

As much as night owls are catered for, this is also a city for the outdoorsy. Endless sunny days and the close proximity to the Sunshine and Gold Coasts make Brisbane perfect for beach lovers, while large green spaces, such as the City Botanic Gardens, provide a break from the buzzing city.

Explore the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)

GOMA is the go-to destination in Brisbane for modern art. The gallery’s impressive collection highlights Aussie artists from 1970 until the present day, while also reserving space for the likes of David Lynch and Hiraki Sawa. Check out the cinema schedule for tickets to some cool arthouse and independent film screenings.

Stanley Place
Cultural Precinct
South Bank
+61 7 3840 7303

Shop the shelves at Folio Books

Brisbane is home to many indie bookstores including Melbourne import Title, Riverbend Books, and Avid Reader – but if you’re a really serious book lover, Folio Books is the place to go. This beloved bookstore has been keeping the city’s bookworms happy for over 30 years, making it a little piece of Brisbane history.

133 Mary Street
+61 7 3210 0500

Stroll around the South Bank Parklands

Need a little rest from the relentless pace of touring? Walk in these 17 acres of green parkland on the south shore of the Brisbane River, taking advantage of the slower pace. And once you're rejuvenated, there are plenty of eateries and cultural attractions sprinkled among the trees.

Stanley Street Plaza
+61 7 3156 6366

Cuddle a koala at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

You can't go to Australia and not make a trip to see koala bears, can you? Of course not. Check out the cute marsupials at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the largest sanctuary in the world, featuring more than 130 of the adorable animals. You can also hand feed some kangaroos while you're there.

708 Jesmond Road
Fig Tree Pocket
+61 7 3378 1366

Browse the art at Brisbane Powerhouse

Located in a former powerhouse (which is where the name comes from), this cultural attraction is the place to see a huge variety of visual and performing arts. It hosts over 1,000 events and shows every year. Afterwards, tuck into some Italian food at Bar Alto or hit up Watt Restaurant + Bar for some Australian flavours.

119 Lamington Street
New Farm
+61 7 3358 8600

Bag a bargain at Boundary Street Markets, West End

The Boundary Street Markets know no bounds in terms of things to buy, sell and see. You’ll find everything from street artists to massage tables and fashion stalls. Make sure to come on a Friday night for the best fun and festivities; bring your cash and your appetite for the excellent street food.

91 Boundary Street
West End
+61 418 739 136

The Euro (Mediterranean)

The name of The Euro perfectly reflects the continental vibe of this European-inspired brasserie, with its exposed brick walls and extensive beverage list. The menu mixes a Mediterranean influence with local ingredients – try the five-course degustation set menu to sample as much of the cuisine as you can.

181 Mary Street
+61 7 3229 3686

Alchemy Restaurant + Bar (Australian)

You’ll find that there’s a bit of magic about the Alchemy. Part of it comes from the kitchen, and its focus on using the best possible ingredients from local suppliers. Then there’s the setting, right on a boardwalk next to the Brisbane River, which has amazing views. Both combine to make a truly enchanting evening.

175 Eagle Street
+61 7 3229 3175

The Spice Avenue Balti Restaurant (Indian)

The best curry in town, just a short walk from the water and even closer to the romantic Wood Canals. You're still in Australia, but the traditional Balti cooking and ingredients will transport you to the Kashmir region for an hour or so while you eat.

190 Birkdale Road
+61 7 3822 9822

Jellyfish (Seafood)

It's hard to decide what's better about this easy-going but impeccable restaurant: the name or the food. Then again, the location right on the shores of the Brisbane River might be the strongest sell for some. Regardless, you can't go wrong with Jellyfish's creative cooking.

Riverside Centre
123 Eagle Street
+61 7 3220 2202

Gerard's Bistro (Middle Eastern)

This James Street restaurant makes a perfect afternoon pit stop. The menu offers Middle Eastern food, including tasty Bekaa wings – fried chicken wings served with kishk yoghurt, named after a valley in Lebanon. With Chef Ben Williamson in the kitchen and some of the city's best shopping just steps away, Gerard's is worth the trip.

14/15 James Street
Fortitude Valley
+61 7 3852 3822

Esquire (Seafood)

Head Chef Ryan Squires runs this classy establishment, which sits right on the shores of the Brisbane River. As you’d expect from such a sublime location, there’s a seafood-focused menu serving up some of the freshest fish and shellfish in the city. Like Brisbane itself and the surrounding neighbourhood, Esquire is at once refined yet brilliant.

145 Eagle Street
+61 7 3220 2123

Aussie Way Backpackers

This brilliant hostel sits in a beautiful colonial building close to attractions like Roma Street Parklands, the Brisbane Transit Centre, Suncorp Stadium, and the lounges on Paddington and Caxton Streets. A ten-minute walk takes you to the heart of the city centre. For such a great location, the rates are very reasonable.

34 Cricket Street
+61 7 3369 0711

Watermark Hotel Brisbane

The historic Spring Hill neighbourhood hosts this four-star hotel that overlooks Roma Park. Stop by 551 Restaurant for a bite to eat before taking the short walk to Brisbane's central business district, or stay inside and enjoy the comfortable rooms and friendly staff.

551 Wickham Terrace
+61 7 3058 9333

Spicers Balfour Hotel

The trendy suburb of New Farm is home to one of the hippest and chicest hotels you’ll find in Brisbane. Spicers has large, well-appointed rooms, comfortable common areas, and a rooftop lounge with gorgeous views of the city and Story Bridge. It’s also just a 15-minute walk from the city centre.

37 Balfour Street
New Farm
+61 1300 597 540

Gambaro Hotel

Gambaro Hotel is one of Brisbane’s finest five-star hotels. Part of the appeal is the location, which gives you easy access to all the action on buzzing Caxton Street and Suncorp Stadium. There are also plenty of attractions on-site if you don’t fancy travelling far from your hotel, including the excellent Gambaro Seafood Restaurant.

29 Caxton Street
+61 7 3369 9500

Emporium Hotel Brisbane

As the first luxury boutique hotel to open in Queensland, the Emporium signified the growing cosmopolitan and bohemian nature of the state. Today, it continues to take this role seriously, with a combination of the highest quality and the coolest features located in Fortitude Valley.

Homemaker City Fortitude Valley - South
1000 Ann Street
Fortitude Valley
+61 7 3253 6999

Bowen Terrace

If you're after a hostel with a relaxed backpacker vibe, this secluded house in the New Farm neighbourhood is for you. The rooms are fairly priced, the back deck sits above a shimmering outdoor pool, and it’s just a 15-minute ferry ride to the heart of Brisbane.

365 Bowen Terrace
+61 7 3254 0458

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