The River City

There is so much to see and do in Brisbane that you won’t know where to start. Built along the serpentine reaches of the Brisbane River, the compact CBD is neatly tucked into a watery loop, where green spaces and cool shady parks are liberally dotted among elegant heritage buildings, modern high-rises and office towers.

Outside the CBD the landscape is dominated by undulating hills where the city’s distinctive ‘timber and tin’ Queenslander homes are built on stilts to catch the breeze. Venturing out of the city will not disappoint.

With many world-class dining and shopping precincts now a lively part of its inner suburbs, Greater Brisbane presents itself as a destination in its own right; from harbourside parklands, funky urban villages to abundant bushland hiking and biking trails, Brisbane has something to offer every visitor.

In the city centre, the Queen Street Mall is lined with specialty shops and department stores. In Fortitude Valley, you'll find funky boutiques and one-off designs. James Street in New Farm, Paddington and West End are shopping precincts a stone's throw from the CBD, with many small boutiques and large shopping centres in the suburbs.

On the weekends, markets spring up throughout the city selling everything from fresh fruit and vegetables, gourmet condiments and coffee, bric-a-brac, art and clothes. Try the fantastic Riverside Markets held every Sunday in the city heart.

Brisbane's food scene is diverse and complex, taking initiative from a range of international cuisines to create a unique style. Local chefs are making distinctive and flavoursome dishes showcasing local produce, complemented by award-winning local wines, and catching the attention of food critics and patrons alike.

Fine restaurants, cafes and bars in dining precincts at South Bank, Fortitude Valley, West End, Paddington, Bulimba, Wilston, Hamilton and Portside Wharf just to name a few, are establishing well-earned reputations both locally and further afield.

Insiders' Tips

  1. Catch a game at Suncorp Stadium: The home of the Broncos, the Reds and Brisbane Roar.
  2. Visit Brisbane's Cultural Precinct at South Brisbane: Take in the cutting-edge Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA). Catch a show at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, see the dynamic exhibitions at the Queensland Museum or take the kids to the amazing Sciencentre?
  3. Soak up South Bank: South Bank is 16 hectares of parkland in the city centre. It has an inner-city beach for those wanting to cool off, a lagoon, cafes, restaurants, pubs, a bougainvillea-draped arbour, cycling and walking paths, concerts, markets and the list goes on...

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