With its subtropical climate, Brisbane delivers year-round summer vibes. From the creative suburbs of South Bank and Fortitude Valley, to the cafes and boutique shops of Paddington, Brisbane delivers.
The subtropical climate makes for a city full of lush green parks and gardens, scenic riverside walkways, and dozens of Australia’s top al fresco bars and restaurants. The neighbouring islands are packed with vast sand dunes, ancient shipwrecks, and pristine beaches. Brisbane is not only a place to relax and recharge, but a grand opportunity to get amongst the outdoors on Australia’s East Coast, with plenty of adventure opportunities nearby.
Elegant, tree-lined streets full of shopping with a multitude of laneways, small bars, and boutique hotels, Fortitude Valley is the place to watch the day turn into night. But it’s not just a high end shopping hub, Fortitude Valley is home to a burgeoning dining scene that takes full advantage of the year round warm weather and sun soaked days. Quaint kerbside cafes and gelaterias, sprawling beer gardens, and rooftop pool bars are the norm here. We recommend checking out Cielo to enjoy some drinks and rare tracks played by Brisbane’s top DJs as you watch the sun go down over the city. Perhaps something a bit more secret is your flavour? Head over to Ann Street and check out Savile Row, one of Australia’s top rated cocktail bars, full of solid banter, top notch drinks, and boutique lounging.
If it’s all getting too hot, then head to Southbank to have a swim at Streets Beach. With the cityscape framed in front, this spectacular man made lagoon has white sandy beaches surrounded by lush botanical gardens. As the sun sets, grab a cocktail at one of the many outdoor bars. Looking for alfresco dining, the arts, and theatre? Then once again, you’ve come to the right spot. Home to some of Brisbane’s best restaurants and cultural offerings, South Bank won’t let you down.
This calming boardwalk runs right next to the Brisbane River and takes in some of the most idyllic suburbs and Brisbane city views. The set route takes you from New Farm to Howard Smith Wharves precinct on the edge of the CBD, but if you’re looking to surpass your daily steps, start at Teneriffe and wind past the city to the Botanic Gardens. It’s the ultimate power walk if you need to curb some calories off of that backpacker diet.
Get on island time with North Stradbroke Island, only a short ferry ride away. If you’ve got a 4WD handy, get some sand on those wheels and rip into the vast off-roading and beach driving on the island. If not, holler at one of the several companies on the island to show you around properly without the risk of bogging your ride. There’s plenty of things to do on this island from fishing along Home Beach, surfing the sand dunes if the waves are are too big for your skills, checking out Naree Budjong Djara National Park (home of Blue Lake), and tours with local Aboriginal guides to learn about the Quandamooka people, artifacts, hunting methods, bush tucker, bush medicines, and heaps more.
Moreton Island sits just of the East Coast of Australia, a short drive and ferry ride from the Queensland capital of Brisbane. The world’s third largest sand island (Fraser Island is the biggest!) is packed full of incredible adventure and things to do. We recommend booking a 1 day tour from Brisbane so you have enough time to explore the fabulous activities on offer.
Personally we always recommend the snorkelling on the Tangalooma Wrecks as it’s one of the best snorkel spots in Australia and the biggest attraction on Moreton Island, but ultimately how you spend your day is totally down to you!
Brisbane or ‘Brissie’ (as known by the locals) is the perfect city stop off halfway up the East Coast trail.
Perched in Brisbane’s backyard, Moreton Island is the world’s third largest sand island, but there’s much more than just sand on this adventurer’s slice of paradise. In just a 75-minute ferry from Brisbane, you can be snorkelling amid a wave of rainbow-coloured fish, whizzing down a sand dune, bathing in a blue lagoon or hand-feeding dolphins in the wild. The centre of the island is made up of the Moreton National Park – which covers 95% of the island, while its coastline reveals pristine beaches with both calm and surfable waves. Jump on to this full day Moreton Island Wrecks…
Brisbane has some perfect subtropical weather patterns and an average of 8 hours of sun per day, making it an ideal destination for the outdoors.
Yes. Of course! Within one hour of Brisbane are world-class and heritage listed national forests and marine parks. These come with many beautiful sights such as forests, lakes, valleys, rivers, and waterfalls.
Brisbane is a smaller city and isn’t as difficult to navigate such as Melbourne or Sydney. It also has lots of transport options from Taxi, Bus, Uber, and rental electric bikes & scooters which are app specific.
Of course! Brisbane is a hub for backpackers. Being located on the East Coast, it is an hour north of Gold Coast and a gateway to the road that leads north to Noosa and beyond. It’s a great meeting point for all walks of life to meet and continue their journey.
Brisbane is huge on nightlife! It is home to several fun suburbs that offer everything from dancing to speak easy style cocktail bars. Be sure to check out West End and Fortitude Valley for some of the best spots to visit!