Australia’s third largest city, Brisbane, is a place bustling with vibrancy. The city has the perfect mix of modern elegance blended with historic charm of old buildings. The Brisbane River adds to the city’s overall appeal. Moreover, there is a lot to see in Brisbane. The city has found favour with not only tourists from around the world, but from those from other parts of Australia as well. The city has been bestowed with the title of ‘new world’ city where innovation and creativity are perfectly balanced.
Where to stay in Brisbane?
Before embarking on the list of places to visit, it helps to know where to stay. Staying close to most of the sightseeing spots and landmarks saves time as well as resources to get there. In order to experience all the attractions the city offers, it is best to stay in the city center. The attractions close by include restaurants, promenades and parklands of South Bank, the Queen Street Mall and the Cultural Centre with galleries and museums. A number of high end hotels are located in the area which boasts of famous chef led restaurants and modern design and amenities. An ideal mid-budget option is serviced apartments Brisbane offers. These are friendly on the pocket and apt for longer stays or for families. Compared to hotel rooms the apartments are equipped with kitchens too thus making it easier for those with small children. If on shoestring budget, a number of dorm like rooms, hostels and inns are also close by.
Places to see in Brisbane
- Lone Pine Koala sanctuary
The famous koalas of Australia are housed in this largest sanctuary for them. The other animals include wallabies, kangaroos, crocodiles, wombats, snakes and dingoes. A number of shows such as sheep dog and shearing show, platypus feeding, barn animal encounters are many more are engaging too.
- Cultural Centre
Centrally located on the banks of the river, this activity hub houses the State Library of Queensland, the art gallery, performing arts centre, modern art gallery as well as the theatre company.
- South Bank
This area was originally the site for the World Expo in 1988. Now there are parklands, promenades and plazas at the site to attract tourists. Located along the river side, there is an artificial lagoon present to enjoy a swim or a giant ferris wheel too which offers an hour view of the city in the day as well as night.
- Customs House
The University of Queensland owned 19th century building is a cultural and educational centre. There are indoor and outdoor cafes too which offer views of the Story bridge and the river.
- Mount Coo-tha Botanic gardens
Located a few kilometres out of the city this 52 hectares horticultural wonder boasts of themed gardens. The largest collection of Australian rainforest trees is present here along with wetland plants, bonsai, indigenous plants, bamboos, fragrant plants and cactus.
- Queen Street Mall
This shopper’s paradise has close to 700 retailers showcasing local, national and international wares and collections. There is something for history buffs too in the form of heritage arcades.
There is something for everyone including all age groups plus for Oceania art lovers, history buffs, shopping fanatics or green lovers. The clean and green city is friendly too and finds favour with all kinds of tourists.