Although Brisbane  is a city of over a million people, it hasn’t lost its reputation for friendliness, cleanliness or liveliness. It is considered a friendly, casual, laid-back city, where people are generally smiling, happy and helpful.

The weather in Brisbane lends itself very much to outdoor activities, with warm to hot summers and mild winters catering for almost every possible activity except snow sports (apart from one indoor ice skating rink!).

Being a sub-tropical climate Brisbane is a year-round holiday  and visitors can choose the time of year to visit to coincide with the types of activities they would like to experience.


Brisbane has an amazing variety of things to see and do such as visits to the Queensland Museum, the Art Gallery, the Gallery of Modern Art, Anzac War Memorial, City Hall, Newstead House, Mt Coot-Tha Lookout, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, South Bank, the Wheel of Brisbane, Roma Street Parkland, the Botanical Gardens, the XXXX Brewery, the Story Bridge Climb, abseiling, rock climbing, kayaking/canoeing, balloon flights, parachute jumps, paddle steamer trips, City Cat and ferry rides, bushwalking, and a wide range of music and theatre performances to suit all tastes. Whale Watching.

The ‘Visit Brisbane’ website is a good starting point to find out more about some of these activities, as is the ‘Australian Explorer’ website



There are so many things to see and do in the areas near Brisbane – beaches, rivers, mountains and forests – which offer a multitude of active and passive activities to suit all tastes.

The Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast areas are internationally famous for their attractions, and lesser-known, but magnificent locations such as Toowoomba, and hinterland areas such as Stanthorpe each have their own unique attractions for visitors, and are well worth considering for a short, or longer, stay to provide a contrast to the more ‘touristy’ types of attractions on offer in some of the other locations. With an early start and a late return, each of these locations can be visited on a day trip, but such a flying visit would only skim the surface of the charms they have to offer.

All of these areas are well serviced from Brisbane by bus, rail, and even plane, so that if you wanted more than a day trip to any of these places, you would be able to manage it even if you don’t have a car.


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