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Traveller's reviews and photos

10
Exceptional
I love walking the bridges of Brisbane or taking the CAT to see them all from the river. A stop off at Southbank is always called for, but take a towel incase you feel like dilping your feet into the artificial seaside. A walk in the Botanic gardens is a great way to finish off the day.
martybar2
United Kingdom
19 February 2017
10
Exceptional
Love it, it's local and convenient for us with lots of shops, cafes and restaurants, markets, botanic gardens. Lots to do.
Lorna
Australia
19 February 2017
10
Exceptional
Brisbane is a lay back City that can satisfy most travellers needs, Fortitude Valley to Party, the River, the Mall in Queens Street, Casino what else do you need? Plus warm...
Rodney
Australia
19 February 2017
8
Very good
Good shopping opportunities and great restaurants in the city - loved Moda restaurant.
Bridget
New Zealand
19 February 2017
10
Exceptional
Brisbane is an untapped cultural Mecca. The transport system caters for everyone
Cathy
Australia
19 February 2017

Accommodation and hotels in Brisbane

Sapphire Resort

7.3 Good

Score from 851 reviews

£55

Average price per night
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  • “safe parking”
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Rydges South Bank Brisbane

8.7 Fabulous

Score from 1,365 reviews

£117

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “amazing views”
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Capri by Fraser Brisbane

9.2 Superb

Score from 2,494 reviews

£88

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “very clean and tidy”
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Brisbane International Virginia

8.3 Very good

Score from 1,313 reviews

£80

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “location was great”
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  • “very clean and tidy”
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Hotel Jen by Shangri-La, Brisbane

8.8 Fabulous

Score from 1,306 reviews

£74

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “very clean and tidy”
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Hilton Brisbane

8.9 Fabulous

Score from 1,375 reviews

£99

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  • “location was great”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “comfortable beds”
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Next Hotel Brisbane

9.2 Superb

Score from 1,927 reviews

£104

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  • “location was great”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “beautiful building”
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Royal On The Park

8.8 Fabulous

Score from 1,884 reviews

£83

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  • “location was great”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “very clean and tidy”
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ibis Brisbane

8.2 Very good

Score from 2,925 reviews

£61

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  • “location was great”
    377 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “comfortable beds”
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Discover Brisbane

Popular neighbourhoods in Brisbane

Brisbane CBD

52 properties

Brizzie’s busy business district. This cluster of shiny skyscrapers is where suited and booted professionals earn their corn. Shopaholics flock to the Myer Centre, while plant lovers flee the crowds for the Botanic Gardens. Come dinnertime, you’re spoiled for choice – burger fiends head to Red Hook and seafood lovers flock to Jellyfish.

South Brisbane

24 properties

Brisbane’s heart of art. Spend an enriching morning among the artwork of QAGOMA Museum, then snap up local designs at funky South Bank Markets. The park that surrounds it is a prime strolling spot, where buskers’ melodies will put a spring in your step. Dash to Max Brenner for a gourmet sugar rush, or for craft beer nirvana head to Tomahawk.

Kangaroo Point

20 properties

River views a go-go. Kangaroo Point is a thin peninsula gently skirted by the Brisbane River. Take your pick from The Cliffs Café and Riverbar for waterside munching, or go DIY-style with a barbecue on Kangaroo Point Cliffs. If you prefer adrenaline to caffeine, take the Story Bridge Adventure Climb to see the city from a different angle.

Fortitude Valley

19 properties

The life and soul. This buzzing district comes alive after dark, with more bars and clubs than you can shake a stick at. Ric’s Bar serves up live tunes from local indie bands, while The Bowery’s chic Yankee vibe will put you in a New York state of mind. If you’re after a touch of class, glam up among the glitz and glamour of Cloud Land.

New Farm

7 properties

There’s nothing bumpkin-like about this farm. New Farm’s tree-lined streets and old Queenslander-style houses are home to Brisbane’s movers-and-shakers. The Powerhouse has transformed from power station to edgy arts venue, and it’s now the hottest ticket in town. Soak up the sophistication over lunch in Vue Lounge or Blurred Coffee Lounge.

Local tips for Brisbane

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sarah by Sarah

When Sarah’s not hitting the shops, she’s planning her next trip in the sun to Hawaii.

If cuddling a koala ranks highly on your Aussie checklist, then don’t miss out on a visit to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. There’s plenty of native Australian wildlife to fascinate you including kangaroos, wombats and slithering snakes. You can even get a kiss from a cheeky dingo.

  • 708 Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket Queensland 4069
  • www.koala.net
  • Open Monday-Sunday 09:00-17:00
New Farm Park
Joana by Joana

Joana loves her job where she has spent the last 4 months looking after Brisbane hotels.

Pack a picnic, grab some friends and head to New Farm Park to escape the hustle and bustle. Overlooking the Brisbane River, this leafy haven is a top spot to relax or watch locals go about their lives. If you’re traveling back to the CBD, why not hop on the ferry for a lovely river cruise.

Brisbane Riverwalk
Koichi by Koichi

Hailing from Japan, Koichi spent his university years living it up in the sunshine state.

Whether you like a leisurely stroll or scenic run, Brisbane Riverwalk is the place for you. Connecting the city centre to New Farm Park, this walk is a great way to see some iconic Brissy sights including Story Bridge and Kangaroo Point Cliffs.

Brisbane River
Joanne by Joanne

Joanne’s first trip to ‘Brisvegas’ was part of a campervan road trip she did around Australia.

The Brisbane River is an extension of the CBD’s buzzing atmosphere and offers plenty of fun things to do. Enjoy a cocktail while marvelling the glittering reflections of the Story Bridge, or board the free City Hopper Ferry to explore Southbank’s man-made beach or trendy Dockside.

The Brisbane Powerhouse Farmers’ Market
Emily by Emily

Bicycle rides and exploring new spots to eat are some of Emily’s favourite things.

From fresh fruit and veggies to tasty croissants and crepes, Brisbane Powerhouse Farmers’ Market is brimming with delicious food. Located in hip New Farm, the market runs the second Saturday of each month. The walkways are lined with stalls and attract locals and visitors alike.

  • Powerhouse Plaza 119 Lamington St, New Farm
  • Check website for details.
Fortitude Valley
Natalie by Natalie

Shop ‘til you drop is Natalie’s life motto, and she also digs a good day at the beach.

Fortitude Valley is a vibrant entertainment district like no other. Slightly hipster, yet sophisticated with an urban edge, ‘The Valley’ has a lot to offer. Chow down a casual dinner in Chinatown, or put your party pants on for a night of dancing to DJs in one of the cool bars or clubs.

Brisbane’s Southbank precinct
Martine by Martine

Nothing wakes Martine up like an invigorating ocean swim or walk along the beach.

Southbank is an unlikely tropical paradise in the heart of a concrete jungle. This man-made beach is perfect for a refreshing swim, or to tan on the sand under a palm tree. The surrounding parklands feature outdoor yoga classes as well as cafes for a latte fix.

Night kayaking on the Brisbane River
Leigh by Leigh

Leigh keeps herself fit by playing netball and Oztag football, she also loves to watch sport.

Just when you thought water sports couldn’t get more adventurous, Brissy steps it up with a night kayaking experience. Paddling down the river is possibly the best way to soak in the shimmering city skyline. If you’ve worked up a hunger, there are also nibbles and drinks included.

  • Brisbane River
  • Check website for details.
Brisbane’s Bicentennial Bikeway
Ellena by Ellena

Ellena lives for the beach, and is well-known to burst into song at any time.

If you’re all about the pedal power, then Brisbane’s Bicentennial Bikeway will have you spinning! This picturesque riverside trail will get you active while taking in the cityscape. You’ll even have the chance to stop and smell the roses in the Botanical Gardens.

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Recommendations for Brisbane

You can get nearly everywhere by bus, train of ferry (using the same ticket). There are stops everywhere, and very frequent buses/trains/ferries. Bit expensive though (lowest fare is $4.80)

The city centre is compact and easily walked around and there is a city hopper ferry that takes you to Southbank or a bus to the Valley

Being able to access the room service and not have to worry about where you are eating the 1st night you arrive

They are welcoming, helpful and go out of their way to make you feel at home

combination of designer shops and relaxed atmosphere

Atmosphere at Eat Street Markets was great.

Obviously yes. Get brochures.

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Why would you recommend Brisbane for food?

quality & inexpensive.

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Transport

Brisbane transport

Air - Brisbane Airport

The fastest and cheapest connection from Brisbane Airport to the city centre is the Brisbane Airtrain. The journey takes around 25 minutes, and services depart every 15-30 minutes from 05:00-22:00 on weekdays and 06:00-22:00 on weekends. Tickets are $17.50 one way, kids under 14 travel free. Con-x-ion Airport Transfers offers a door-to-door shuttle for $49 one way, or taxi fares start at $55, both are about a 30-minute drive. There are also rental car desks.

Car

Renting a car to explore the CBD is not necessary due to the compact size of the city, however it can be convenient for exploring the outer suburbs and attractions. Car hire starts from $40 per day, not including petrol and insurance. Parking in the city is usually limited and quite expensive. On-street parking is time restricted and costs around $4.40 an hour, and secure car park prices can be over $18 an hour.

Ferry

Certainly the most scenic way to travel, the CityCat and CityFerry services operate along the Brisbane River between St Lucia and Hamilton, with 25 stops. Ferries depart every 15 minutes, daily, between 08:30 and 23:30. Ticketing options include the ‘Go Card’ or a single ticket, with fares ranging from AUD 3-17 depending on length of journey. The free CityHopper service runs every 30 minutes from 06.00 until 00.00, between Sydney Street, New Farm and North Quay.

Bus

If your feet are weary, the easiest way to explore the city centre is using the free city loop buses. The city loop includes stops at Central Station, Queen Street Mall and City Botanic Gardens, and there is also a Spring Hill loop. Both the buses and the bus stops are red in colour. Services depart every 15 minutes between 07:00 and 18:00. There is also a paid bus service connecting to the outer suburbs.

Taxi

Brisbane is a compact city that is easy to navigate by walking or utilising the efficient public transport systems. Taxis are a more expensive option, and are most useful for connecting to the airport. If required, taxis can be pre-booked, hailed from the street or found at a rank. Fares are around $2.15 per kilometre, with a $3-$6 flag fall depending on time of day.

Train

Central and Roma Street are Brisbane’s main train stations. The train network is best used for connecting to outer suburbs and attractions. There are also train lines that extend to the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. Service hours and frequency varies depending on the line, check the Translink website for more information. Tickets start from $4.80; you can buy a top-up ‘Go Card’ or paper tickets at most stations.

Food in Brisbane

Top restaurants in Brisbane

Good value
Spanish
Public
Good value
European
The Survey Co
Cheap 'n' tasty
Gourmet
Jimmy's On The Mall
Cheap 'n' tasty
Bar bites
The Gresham
  • 308 Queen Street
  • Open Monday-Wednesday 07:00-14:00, Thursday-Friday 7:00-03:00, Saturday 16:00-03:00
  • www.thegresham.com.au
Good value
Japanese
Sake Japanese
High-end dining
European
Aria
  • 1 Eagle Street
  • Open Monday-Friday 12:00-14:30 and 17:30-22:00, Saturday 17:00-22:00, Sunday 17:30-21:30
  • 0061 7 3233 2555
High-end dining
Grill
Cha Cha Char
High-end dining
American
Pony Dining Eagle Street Pier
  • 8/45 Eagle Street
  • Open Sunday-Thursday 11:30-22:00, Friday-Saturday 11:30-22:30
  • 0061 7 3181 3400
High-end dining
Seafood
George's Paragon
High-end dining
Seafood
Jellyfish
Good value
American
South Side Diner
Good value
Grill
Story Bridge Hotel
Good value
Chinese
Bamboo Basket
Good value
International
Gunshop Cafe
Good value
Gourmet
Lamberts
Cheap 'n' tasty
Mexican
Beach Burrito Company
Cheap 'n' tasty
American
Flying Cock
Cheap 'n' tasty
American
Chur Burger
  • 20 Constance Street
  • Open Sunday-Thursday 07:00-22:00, Friday-Saturday 07:00-00:00
  • 0061 7 3319 7890
Good value
International
Au Cirque
Cheap 'n' tasty
Asian
Quan Thanh
Cheap 'n' tasty
Asian
Trang
Good value
Indian
The Indian cafe
Good value
Italian
Vine
High-end dining
Italian
Dell'Ugo New Farm
Good value
Chinese
Chow House
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