Brisbane River and city centre.
Why holiday in Brisbane?
Like its mates Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, this is a spacious and comfortable river-city with plenty of art, green places to play or relax in and or grub stops to keep the people fuelled, though is it’s still just a bit short of spectacular inner-city sights though in fact Brisbane is the third-most popular Australian destination for international tourists after Sydney and Melbourne.
Part of Brisbane’s superb South Bank development, Streets Beach, with a sliver of the Brisbane River visible below the city’s ‘scrapers.
Brisbane used to be right-wing, conservative and fundamentally dull. Three decades later and the capital of Queensland is an alternate universe, buzzing with entrepreneurial energy, a cosmopolitan lifestyle, strange art forms, exotic nightclubs and brilliant restaurants, a city known to locals – tongue in cheek – as BrisVegas. Popular recreation areas include the South Bank Parklands, Roma Street Parkland, the Botanic Gardens, Brisbane Forest Park and Portside Wharf.
North Stradbroke Island Beach 30 kms from Brisbane, a 30 minute ferry ride from Cleveland. Photo by Iorek85.