Brisbane & Surrounds

Brisbane is the capital of Queensland – also known as the Sunshine State, and is the starting point for a lot of travellers, as it’s home to domestic and international airport terminals.

Lots of people fly into Brisbane from overseas and then hop on a domestic flight up to Cairns or down to Melbourne to begin their East Coast trip.
From the airport, it’s an easy 20-minute taxi or train ride to the city centre. The inner city has a free bus service that circles the city every 10 minutes, and a free ferry service along the river.

South Bank is one of the main precincts in Brisbane, located on the southern banks of the Brisbane River. It’s a great spot for exploring galleries and museums, as well as restaurants and bars. It’s also home to the 60 metre high Brisbane Wheel and the man-made Streets Beach. Fortitude Valley and the CBD are great for nightlife with rooftop bars, laneways and shopping – in particular the Queen Street Mall.

Between June and November, Brisbane and the Gold Coast are great spots for whale watching as majestic humpback whales travel 10,000km to the warm tropical waters up North.

Brisbane’s coastline is dotted with islands that are easy to get to by joining day tours from the city centre. Moreton Island is just a 70-minute ferry ride from Brisbane, North Stradbroke Island is a 40-minute ferry ride from the coast and Bribie Island is about a 1.5 hr drive from the city centre.

20 mins from Brisbane you’ll find the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary – an animal refuge and the world’s first and biggest koala sanctuary. You can hold a koala, feed a kangaroo and meet a variety of native Australian animals. You can hold a snake or bird of prey, or book a close-up encounter with a dingo and platypus.

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