There is so much to see and do in Brisbane, on the east coast of Australia, that it can be difficult to know where to start when planning a trip to the area. Planning ahead is the best way to make the most of a stay in any city, and Brisbane is no exception.
What to see
The Brisbane River is the largest river in the area, flowing right through the city. The CityCat ferry is a great introduction to Brisbane from the river, whilst the more adventurous might like to try the Riverlife Adventure Centre, offering everything from cycling and skating alongside the river, through to kayaking in the water itself.
The Queensland Museum and Science centre has much to offer, exhibiting everything from a history of Queensland through to natural history and science exhibits similar to those seen at museums throughout the world. There are plenty of activities going on to keep children entertained, whilst adults will no doubt enjoy getting to know the history of Queensland.
Moreton Island offers activities such as snorkeling and sand boarding, so makes a great day trip for anybody who loves a bit of an adventure. With its sandy beaches and freshwater lagoons, it is also perfect for those who just want to sit back and relax, taking some time away from the city itself.
In the summer months, the Opel Moonlight Cinema is a great way to make the most of the Australian weather, spending an evening out in the open watching one of a wide range of films screened there.
Where to stay
Anybody visiting Brisbane on business would be wise to stay within the Central Business District. This area is also great for backpackers, or those travelling on a budget, as the accommodation is generally very well priced. Since it is within walking distance of most tourist attractions, it is a practical solution for both business guests and tourists alike.
Fortitude Valley is often host to live music and late night bars, making it an excellent choice for those who enjoy staying out late to experience the party scene whilst travelling.
Moreton Island mostly consists of national park, however, there are certain places offering accommodation for anybody wanting to sit back and relax for most of their holiday, yet still be within travelling distance of Brisbane's top attractions.
Where to eat
The Gunshop Café on Mollison Street was, as the name suggests, once upon a time a gun shop. It has now been converted into a café serving locally-sourced food. Because the food comes from producers in the area, the menu changes on a daily basis, though a typical example of what to expect served up would include eggs benedict with vodka-cured ocean trout.
The Kookaburra Café on Given Terrace serves a 50 piece pizza, which is well worth trying if travelling with a large group. For smaller groups, regular pizza, pasta and salad are also available too.
Brisbane boasts a wealth of eating and drinking options whether you are looking for casual dining or a sophisticated evening at a wine bar in the Central Business District. Make sure you sample the famous seafood, caught straight from the surrounding waters.
Flights to Brisbane can be very competitively priced. With a wide number of activities both within the city and in the surrounding area, it is a great place to visit, particularly for those who like to have a bit of an adventure on their holiday.