Australia’s third largest city and Queensland’s capital – Brisbane is frequently underrated as a destination travelled to out of necessity and not choice. Roll up your proverbial sleeves (in this sub-tropical climate you’ll likely don a singlet or t-shirt), pack your bags, and book yourself some Brisbane accommodation – you’re about to discover the real Brisbane.
Brisbane does not require much coercion to divulge its secrets, the city is an unexpected beauty with many distinctly cultural neighbourhoods that reveal themselves as you explore around the folds of the river.
The city and South Brisbane is where the suited action happens making it easily forgotten the CBD offers pleasure as well as business. Queen Street Mall is a shopper’s haven, with everything from fashion labels and big name brands such as Louis Vuitton and Chanel to alternative hipster corners such as Rocking Horse music and Trash Monkey.
There are a myriad of beautiful restaurants to choose from such as Jellyfish along Eagle Street Pier that offers fresh seafood with a view of the river or the upmarket Pony that offers first class service. For a more casual dining experience there are several mezzanine cafés in the mall as well as a variety of take away options in the Myer Centre.
Venture across the river to South Brisbane where you will be greeted by a giant air conditioned Ferris wheel – the Wheel of Brisbane. There is no better way to get acquainted with the river city than via a bird’s eye view (other than top notch Brisbane accommodation of course). Travel slightly further and you will be richly rewarded with South Bank Beach. A man made beach sitting atop the Brisbane river nestled behind South Brisbane’s best restaurant and café district, Little Stanley Street.
South Brisbane is also the cultural hub, many choose their Brisbane accommodation on this side of the river for proximity to the Queensland Cultural Precinct including, Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Museum and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
When the sun goes down, Fortitude Valley lights up. If live music is your scene, the Zoo is host to many a show, there are quirky bars everywhere you turn, but for a truly inspiring and fantasy-like experience head over to Cloud Land, where indoor ponds, grand stair cases, and gardens are all part n parcel of the experience.
Brisbane is an enchanting, culturally rich, and engaging city, do not let a drab hotel ruin your experience. Speak to the experts at Discover Queensland to organise the very best Brisbane accommodation that suits your budget.