Introducing Brisbane & Around
It may be Australia’s third-largest city, but for the longest time Brisbane was seen as something of a poor cousin to Sydney and Melbourne: a sleepy country town hiding behind a big city façade. In recent years, however, Brisbane has stirred from its slumber and is casually emerging as one of the most desirable places to live in Australia with an estimated 1000 people packing their bags and moving up here every week.
Of course locals have always known that Brissie offers the perfect lifestyle and it doesn’t take visitors long to understand why. Despite the transformation into a sleek, cosmopolitan city complete with world-class art galleries, a booming live music scene and a fabulous café culture, Brisbane still retains the laid-back, easy attitude of a small community.
No doubt the lazy subtropical climate, gently curving Brisbane River and rich cultural flavours of its many neighbourhoods also have something to do with its appeal. But mostly people love Brisbane because it’s a ritzy city with a down-to-earth attitude and home to some of the friendliest locals in Oz.
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Best places to stay in Brisbane
Australia - Queensland & The Great Barrier Reef (Chapter)
From the surf-soaked Gold Coast beaches to the tropical Daintree rainforest, Queensland offers an array of distractions, including the submarine kingdom of the Great Barrier Reef, and islands - photogenic coral-fringed beauties or rugged sand isles ripe for adventure.
This summer's best secret: Australia's winter
Mark Twain famously said the coldest winter he ever spent was summer in San Francisco. Well, with summer here in the northern part of the world, maybe there's reason to chase winter - down under in Australia? Even in winter, it's packed with things to do, from tropical top to snow-capped mountain south.
Queensland & the Great Barrier Reef - Brisbane (Chapter)
This is the Brisbane chapter from Lonely Planet’s Queensland & the Great Barrier Reef guidebook. Coverage includes: Sights, Activities, Courses , Quirky Brisbane, Brisbane for Children, Walking Tour, Tours, Festivals & Events, Sleeping, Eating, Drinking, Entertainment, Gay & Lesbian Brisbane, Shopping, Getting There & Away and Getting Around.
7 bizarre bars around the world
Nothing makes a drink taste better than sitting in an alien's lap while you have it, right? Come with us on a global tour of the world's trippiest bars.
Queensland & the Great Barrier Reef - Around Brisbane (Chapter)
This is the Around Brisbane chapter from Lonely Planet’s Queensland & the Great Barrier Reef guidebook. Coverage includes: Redcliffe, Manly & St Helena Island, North Stradbroke Island, Moreton Island, Granite Belt, Stanthorpe & Ballandean, Girraween National Park, Toowoomba, Highfields & Crows Nest and Jondaryan Woolshed Complex.
Brisbane River Dinner Cruise
Enjoy a night out on a Brisbane River dinner cruise. Indulge your taste buds with a 3 course seafood buffet dinner. Sit back relax and take in the amazing city lights as you pass by. Dine on a sensational seafood buffet dinner while you cruise along the Brisbane River. You'll see the twinkling city lights and enjoy waterfront views from your dining table while you cruise.
East Coast Encompassed - Sydney to Cairns
Rugged landscapes, crashing surf and indigenous culture stretching back through time and beyond—Australia’s East Coast possesses a truly otherworldly allure. This trip offers you a comprehensive, authentic and wholly affordable experience in one of the country’s most popular regions. Raw thrills and refined pleasures abound out here.
Australia: Ashes cities minus the cricket
The Ashes, international cricket's most high profile event, played out between Australia and England, are in full swing across Australia right now and both nations are gripped.