Blessed with sunshine, great weather and a relaxed pace of life, Brisbane has all the cosmopolitan bustle of a major urban hub. In Brisbane you will find the best in arts and culture, entertainment and sports, as well as high quality food, wine and shopping.
Arts and Culture
For arts and culture, head to South Bank, home of the Queensland Museum, with its hands-on interactive displays, and the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art. Or you can catch a world-class performance at the Performing Arts Centre where international theatre companies and performing artists take to the stage along with Australian performing arts companies.
For a glimpse of the local contemporary arts scene, head to the Powerhouse at the eastern end of Brunswick Street. Overlooking the river, this enormous structure is an amazing venue for live theatre and visual arts.
For exciting sports action, be sure to experience the energy and skill of this city's coveted local rugby league team, the Brisbane Broncos. During winter, rugby union fans head to Ballymore to watch the Wallabies take on the world. Over at the Gabba sports ground, the Brisbane Lions fight off challengers in Australian Rules football. In summer, the Gabba lights up for international cricket tests and one-day international matches.
Dining out in Brisbane is as colourful as the city itself. The atmosphere is delightfully al fresco with a focus on fresh, unfussy food and wines with flair.
Creative menus offer local delicacies such as Moreton Bay bugs and fresh tropical produce alongside exotic Asian delights, simple Mediterranean meals and traditional European fare.
The choice of restaurant settings is unlimited. Watch boats pass by while tantalising your taste buds at any number of the city's stylish waterfront restaurants and brasseries. Or head for Brisbane's inner-city precincts and peruse the menus of dozens of top outdoor eateries. You'll find Italian cafes, fast and fun noodle bars, all-day breakfast joints, wine bars and truly outstanding brasseries.
Fortitude Valley is home to Brisbane's Chinatown where you can taste the cuisines of the orient from Chinese and Korean to Vietnamese and Malaysian.
Cafe-restaurants abound in West End, on the southern side of the river. A hub for students and artists, this bohemian, multicultural centre is best known for its delicatessens, Vietnamese and Turkish restaurants, grocers, coffee and tea merchants.
Brisbane's weekend markets, at Riverside, South Bank, and Fortitude Valley should satisfy most market lovers.
If you want to shop, head for the designer boutiques and department stores of Queens Street Mall and check out the bustling markets around the city.
At Holt Street terminal in Brisbane you can board the Tangalooma Flyer and cruise down the Brisbane River and across Moreton Bay to the Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort.
Fringed on three sides by Moreton Island National Park, the resort is subtly nestled amongst landscaped gardens and natural bushland. Tangalooma caters for all ages with Teens and Kids Club activities daily and offers the opportunity to interact closely with native wild life. Each evening the Tangalooma inshore dolphins swim up the beach, where they are hand fed by rangers and Resort guests.
You can hand feed the pelicans and cormorants on the beach. The day's activities can include a 4WD Desert Tour to Tangalooma Desert; an enormous sand blow situated south east of the Resort and is reached by way of dirt track through some of the island's most distinctive flora.
Brisbane has a great variety of accommodation on offer, including hotels and bed and breakfasts, as well as self-catering styles for families and hostels for backpackers. Find hotels to suit your needs at Webjet.
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