Brisbane is the capital city of the state of Queensland located in its southeast corner sitting on the shores of Moreton Bay, a bay of the Coral Sea in the Pacific Ocean. It is affectionately known as the capital of the Sunshine State with an average of 283 days of sunshine a year. This modern riverside city is the third-largest in Australia with a population of over 2.5 million (April 2020) and extends across 15 kilometers along the meandering Brisbane River.
Although Brisbane does not have a coastline, nestled within the 17-hectare parklands of South Bank are three man-made lagoons boasting sparkling blue waters surrounded by white sandy beaches and sub-tropical plants. Brisbane is a wonderfully diverse city with more than 30% of its population being foreign-born, it also has a fantastic transportation hub with regular buses and ferries free of charge.
Brisbane is considered the gateway for excursions to the sheltered islands within Moreton Bay, the third-largest sand island in the world; Moreton Bay is a short ferry ride from the city, the National Park contains adrenaline-filled activities, mountain hikes, and scuba-diving opportunities.
Parts of the city are perched upon volcanic rock creating Heritage Listed cliffs offering great recreational activities at Kangaroo Point, whilst a short distance from the city center you will find mountain ranges with lookouts producing panoramic views of Brisbane and its surroundings.
Many National Parks surround the city with the D’Aguilar National Park located to the northwest, the Glass House Mountains to the north and the Tamborine National Park located to the south. Within the city, there are many parklands such as the riverside City Botanic Gardens, Victoria Park, New Farm Park, and the South Bank parklands.
There are a number of wildlife conservation reserves in the area, including Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and the world-famous Australia Zoo. Just an hour north of Brisbane, the home of Australia’s hero Steve Irwin is famed for being the most interactive conservation destination on the planet.
Brisbane travel itinerary and things to do:
- Try to spot the migrating marine life off Cape Moreton Lighthouse
- Listen to live music and grab a bite to eat at Eat Street
- Walk across the Story Bridge
- Dine at one of the many rooftop restaurants
- Have a BBQ at South Bank
- Party the night away in the lively hub of Fortitude Valley
- Take a night ride on the Wheel of Brisbane
- Stargaze at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium
- Go on a river dinner cruise
- Watch a show at the Brisbane Powerhouse
Brisbane Tours Can Be Tailored According to Your Needs
Do you want a Brisbane Rock Climbing Lesson? Or how about a 1 Day Moreton Island Activity Tour with National Park entry fees included? With so many beautiful places to choose from, we know that exploring Brisbane can be confusing for some, which is why we offer various tour options for travelling convenience. For example, one of our most popular tours is the 14 Day Express Brisbane to Cairns with 2 nights on Fraser Island, the Whitsundays and Magnetic island included. Sit back and be transported up the northern section of the East Coast finishing at off with an introductory dive at one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Barrier Reef!
Frequently asked questions about Brisbane Tours
Is Brisbane expensive to visit?
Brisbane is less expensive than other cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth, there are also a number of amazing free activities to do here.
How long do you need to see Brisbane?
We recommend around 3 days to see the highlights of the city itself, and longer if you plan to take day trips to the surrounding destinations.
When is the best time to visit?
Brisbane has a subtropical climate, meaning it has good weather for most of the year. Between December and March the weather can get wet and humid, however there are deals to be had in this season.
What is the best way to travel around the city?
We recommend purchasing a Gocard, which can then be used on all Translink bus, train, ferry and tram services across Brisbane and its surrounding area.