After Sydney and Melbourne, Queensland’s Brisbane is one of the most popular destinations for an Australian holiday. Brisbane is a laidback cosmopolitan city with a fantastic art and music scene. Brisbane has a wonderful subtropical climate and experiences 8 hours of glorious sunshine a day, making it the perfect destination of those who love outdoor activities.
Brisbane is served by Brisbane Airport (BNE) which is the third busiest airport in Australia as it handles more than 21.8 million travellers every year. The airport is situated just 14 minutes North East of the city centre and there are plenty of passenger transfer options to convey travellers from the airport to their accommodation. On average, the cost of a return flight from London to Brisbane will set you back £750. However, during the peak season prices rise to well over £800. The journey from London to Brisbane usually takes around 21.5 hours.
Best Things to Do in Brisbane
Brisbane is a great destination as it has such a diverse range of activities from kayaking to unwinding in one of the city’s restaurants.
The Parklands at South Bank is a firm favoruite with locals and visitors alike, making it a must-visit for anyone holidaying in Brisbane. Here you will find a wonderful manmade lagoon called Streets Beach where you can go for a swim and the Wheel of Brisbane, an observation wheel just shy of 200ft which gives you a stunning panorama of the city below. There is also an abundance of lush green parks which are perfect for unwinding and picnicking!
While most of the Parklands’ activities are outside, there are plenty of indoor attractions too. The Queensland Museum offers visitors an insight into the history of Queensland and is kid-friendly as it is very interactive. Art buffs will be pleased to know that down on at the Parklands there are two superb galleries to explore, the Gallery of Modern Art and the Queensland Art Gallery.
The Mount Coot-tha Lookout is another attraction that is not to be missed while in Brisbane. Situated just 5 miles away from the centre of Brisbane the Mount Coot-tha Lookout is a viewing platform seated deep the heart of an expansive bush land reserve. After taking in the view, there are some excellent trails to follow which terminate at the Brisbane Botanical Gardens. At the Brisbane Botanical Gardens you will find an exciting collection of both tropical and native flora as well as an expansive collection of Australian rainforest trees.
Hotels in Brisbane
In past, Brisbane was somewhat limited in the accommodation department as there were just a handful of large hotels and bed and breakfasts. Nowadays, Brisbane is bursting with accommodation options from modern bed and breakfasts through to luxury hotels in the inner city.