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Brisbane Holidays

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The time has come to grab your passport and start ticking off some bucket-list sights. Whether you'd rather soak up the thrills of a bustling city or just take some time to relax, we can help you get moving. Terms and Conditions apply.

It's time to abandon your cubicle and set up the automatic out-of-office reply. Visit Brisbane and discover a destination that's full of surprises.

Often, it's the people who live in a city that make it special. In this part of Queensland, you'll find 2,200,000 of them.

If you are planning a holiday for the whole family, outings to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and the Wheel of Brisbane are sure to put big grins on everyone's faces! If you're looking for even more fun and excitement, the RNA Showgrounds and Settlement Cove Lagoon are some other options.

Take your littlest travellers to to the Australia Zoo or Daisy Hill Koala Centre and watch their eyes fill with awe! They'll be able to get up close to some fascinating animals and learn about the importance of caring for our wildlife while they're at it.

After all that sightseeing, you must be eager for a few beers? This area is popular for its brew houses, so all you have to do is step outside and take your pick! If it's simply too hard to choose, the Castlemaine Perkins Brewery and the XXXX Brewery are a couple that come highly recommended.

Watch on as the expert drivers fly around the race track at the Queensland Raceway. Afterwards, if you haven't yet scratched the itch, follow the smell of petrol to the Willowbank Raceway.

Discover a deliciously different side of the city by exploring its vineyards and tasting local drops at the Sirromet Wines and the Kooroomba Vineyards and Lavender Farm. An outing to the Paradine Estate Winery is also guaranteed to delight your palate.

The electric atmosphere of the Treasury Casino makes it ideal for a night out. Order a cocktail and go for a walk or pick a game and take on the house!

This destination takes its plant collecting seriously, so there are a number of places where you can go and learn all about botanic specimens from both regional and international habitats. A wander through the well-kept gardens at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens and the Redcliffe Botanic Gardens is a must. For those travellers who are more devoted, the Mt Coot-Tha Gardens and Sherwood Arboretum also have some pleasing floral exhibits.

Unfurl your blanket and watch the clouds drift over your head at an oasis of greenery like Roma Street Parkland and Blue Lagoon. Alternatively, head outdoors and get some exercise at Davies Park or Blue Lake National Park.

The mix of spectacular views and gently lapping water make Mount Hypipamee Crater and Oxley Creek Common charming places to spend time at.

If you can hear the sea calling your name, grab your shades and spend some time at Sutton's Beach or Cylinder Beach. Frenchmans Beach and Deadmans Beach are also popular stops with many visitors.

If you're looking to recharge those batteries, there are a range of nature parks and reserves to explore. Begin with a breath of fresh air among the plants and animals at Kangaroo Point Cliffs or Brisbane Forest Park. For those who haven't completely recharged, Glasshouse Mountains National Park and Moreton Island National Park are a couple more worth visiting.

Looking for captivating museum exhibits? Look no further than Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium and the Queensland Art Gallery. Remember to ask the friendly staff about special events and guided tours. Museum buffs also need to check out the Queensland Museum and the Gallery of Modern Art.

Discover more about the seafaring past of the region while checking out the salt-encrusted stories and artefacts that are housed at the Queensland Maritime Museum.

Exhibiting an assortment of the most recent science advancements, the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre offers everything you need to keep that mind buzzing.

Our big blue planet is home to a tremendous array of living things. See some of the earth's more exotic individuals at the UQ Anthropology Museum.

With a good range of excellent art collections to mull over, you might need a gentle push in the right direction. We suggest grabbing a coffee and heading straight for the Institute of Modern Art or the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology. More unique paintings and sumptuous sculptures are waiting for you at the QUT Art Museum and the Footsteps Gallery.

Learn about the impact that Brisbane's past figures and events had on the country, and sometimes the world, at the Museum of Brisbane and the North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum. You'll also discover fascinating exhibits which help bring the past to life at the Redcliffe Museum and the Commissariat Store Museum.

Brisbane boasts a wide range of fascinating historic sites. Why not begin exploring the city's past at Hughesville and QUT Old Government House? If you have the time, the ANZAC Square War Memorial and the Naldham House should also be on your radar.

Take some time out to gaze at the water ebb and flow beneath Story Bridge and Walter Taylor Bridge.

Those with an interest in military history shouldn't miss Fort Cowan Cowan and Fort Lytton National Park. Visualise the intense sieges that went on there and discover the ingenious defensive features that made them hard to attack.

Customers with an interest in exploring the religious heritage of the area shouldn't miss St. Stephens Cathedral and St. John's Anglican Cathedral. St. Andrew's Uniting Church and St John’s Cathedral are some other well-known houses of prayer to put on your sightseeing list.

They mightn't be on the front cover of the inflight magazine, but Gateway Bridge and the State Library of Queensland are still worth stopping by. The Doomben Racecourse and Scarborough Marina also promise a pleasant day out.

Hotels in Brisbane

No matter how you travel, ebookers can help you lock in the ideal hotel in Brisbane. Our travel guide lists around 304 properties in this state capital.

If you're looking for a simple room without all the extra bells and whistles, the Brisbane Manor Hotel, located at 555 Gregory Terrace, is your best bet. Yet another place that offers superb service at a low cost is the Base Backpackers Brisbane Uptown - Hostel, which you'll find at 466 George Street. However, if you're someone who likes to live in luxury when you're on holiday, the Emporium Hotel or the Spicers Balfour Hotel will be more up your alley.

Top Brisbane attractions

Queensland Museum South Bank

This modern, riverside museum blends Queensland history, culture and science in a series of hands-on exhibits. From dinosaur skeletons to the only preserved German tank from World War I, each item has a connection with the local region. The highly interactive Sciencentre provides a fun educational space that is especially popular with curious children. General admission is free, though some temporary exhibits and the Sciencentre charge a small cover.

Anzac Square

You’ll find this peaceful memorial square in the heart of the city, a place for people to pay their respects to fallen Australian military personnel in conflicts dating back to the Boer War at the end of the 19th century. The focal point is the circular Shrine of Remembrance, within which lies the Eternal Flame, commemorating soldiers from World War I. Underground is the equally poignant Shrine of Memories. Created in memory of the casualties of World War II, the shrine includes a mosaic made out of hand-cut glass and boxes containing soil from spots around the world where Australian military personnel are buried.

Queensland Art Gallery

Exhibiting paintings gathered from Australian and international artists over the last 115 years, this gallery is renowned for presenting works from the region’s indigenous communities. If the 13,000+ collection doesn’t sate your appetite for art, take a look at more contemporary creativity at the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), just down the road.

City Botanic Gardens

The oldest park in Brisbane was originally a plantation of crops to feed the growing penal colony. Now the gardens are filled with walkers, picnic-goers, and office workers seeking a bit of greenery on their lunch break. Tourists can join free, hour-long guided walks around the gardens, available at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m all week except Sunday.

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Brisbane highlights

Climb the Story Bridge

Add a bit of adventure and exercise to your sightseeing by climbing the 80-metre Story Bridge. In two and a half hours you can ascend one of Brisbane’s most recognisable landmarks via a series of narrow suspended walkways. At the top you’ll be rewarded with a 360-degree view of the city—dawn, sunset, and night climbs offer the best photo opportunities—and the knowledge that you’ve burned enough calories to order a guilt-free dessert at dinner.

Feel the Rush at Dreamworld

Less than one hour from central Brisbane, this major theme park is guaranteed to start your heart pumping. The ‘Big 6’ thrill rides, including the tallest free-fall ride in the world, are enough to test the sturdiest of stomachs. Then head over to the wildlife sanctuary for another nerve-wracking experience: serving a meaty lunch to crocodiles weighing up to 1,000 kg. If all the excitement gets a bit much, stop for a cuddle with Australia’s cutest marsupial at Koala Country.

Spook Yourself on a Ghost Tour

Pursue the paranormal on one of Brisbane’s popular ghost tours (A$35, £22). Not many people know that the city was recently voted the world’s second-most haunted city by National Geographic. There are no magic tricks or illusions on these 90-minute, lantern-led walks, just tales of creepy goings-on and macabre recreations of some of Brisbane’s most notorious crimes. Children—and some adults—might not like some of the more gruesome and graphic demonstrations.

Explore Queensland’s Natural Wonders

Although Brisbane the city has plenty to keep you entertained, it can also be a useful base for exploring some of the natural delights on offer in the state of Queensland. From bushwalking in the forests that surround the city to sunbathing on the sandy shores of the Gold Coast, there are plenty of day trips offering temporary relief from the bustle of the big city.

Where to stay in Brisbane

With such a wide variety of lodgings in the city, you’ll have no problem finding a hotel in Brisbane to suit your needs.

If you don’t mind splashing out, the most elegant Brisbane lodging has to be the Treasury Hotel and Casino. The grand heritage building, which used to be used for government business, appears in most tourist guides as an attraction itself. The luxurious interior décor is equally impressive, with plenty of marble and ornate wooden furniture. Though the building oozes history, all rooms have been equipped for the modern traveller, including LCD televisions and stations to connect your iPod.

The casino next door to the hotel is among the largest in Queensland. For another five-star option, try the Stamford Plaza Hotel. Ideally located near the City Botanic Gardens, all of the luxury rooms and ornate common areas come with pleasant views over the river and beyond. Staff members are helpful and friendly, and the service is exemplary.

The recently refurbished Urban Hotel claims to feature the comfiest beds around, something to consider if you plan on a lot of sightseeing and sampling Brisbane’s renowned nightlife. The in-house restaurant serves local and international dishes that hold their own in a city with a well-respected dining scene.

For a safe, no-nonsense, affordable option, you can’t go wrong with the Hotel Ibis. Rooms emphasise cleanliness and functionality over chic design, while the service is friendly and professional. Guests here also have access to the facilities at the nearby Mercure Hotel.

How to move around in Brisbane

When to Visit

Summer can be insufferably hot in Brisbane, with high humidity and frequent thunderstorms. Brisbane winters (June–August) are more pleasant, with plenty of mild, sunny days and cool, cloudless nights.

Arriving

The main airport is less than 20km from central Brisbane. The easiest way to travel between the two is on the Airtrain, which takes 20 minutes and leaves from outside the terminal four times an hour during busy periods. A single journey will set you back AUD15 (£9.50), and can be bought online in advance.

Public Transport

A great way to traverse the main sights is on The Loop, a free bus service circling the city centre in both directions. Otherwise, the city is well connected by buses and trains, with fares determined by a zonal system. If you’re planning on hitting the nightclubs over the weekend, the pre-paid CityGlider buses provide a cheap way to get home. Water transport is also widely available: CityCat catamarans and city ferries whizz passengers across the river at regular intervals. Fares in the city centre are AUD3.40 (£2.10) for a single journey, or AUD6.80 (£4.20) for a daily pass.

Taxis and Car Hire

Taxis are easy to find in the centre and main tourist areas, and are safe to use at all hours. Yellow Cabs is a reliable company if you wish to book a taxi in advance (131924). You can pay for some taxis with a credit or debit card, but this usually incurs a 10% transaction fee. If you want more freedom and don’t mind dealing with inner-city traffic, consider Brisbane car hire. This option also makes it easy to head away from the city and explore some of the fabulous natural scenery in Queensland, where the speed limit is 50km/h in urban areas and 110km/h on motorways.

Crime and Security

Brisbane is relatively safe for its size. Be careful when travelling on public transport after dark and remain vigilant when withdrawing money from the cash machine.

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Meriton Suites Herschel Street, Brisbane

Meriton Suites Herschel Street, Brisbane

43 Herschel Street, Brisbane
5.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (4 reviews)

Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Queensland Police Museum, City Hall Clock Tower and Brisbane ...

£65

£65
Ibis Styles Brisbane Elizabeth Street

Ibis Styles Brisbane Elizabeth Street

40 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane
4.5 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (3 reviews)

Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Brisbane Square Library, Queen Street Mall and Wintergarden.

£60

£60
Rydges South Bank

Rydges South Bank

9 Glenelg Street, South Brisbane
5.0 out of 5.0
5.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

Located in South Bank, this luxury hotel is steps away from Queensland Conservatorium and Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Southbank Parklands and ...

£81

£81
ibis Brisbane Airport Hotel

ibis Brisbane Airport Hotel

2 Dryandra Road, Brisbane Airport
3.5 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (2 reviews)

Situated in Brisbane Airport, this hotel is close to Nudgee Golf Club and Fort Lytton National Park. Area attractions also include DFO Brisbane and Brisbane ...

£66

£66
Oakwood Hotel & Apartments Brisbane

Oakwood Hotel & Apartments Brisbane

15 Ivory Lane, Fortitude Valley
4.0 out of 5.0
4.0 out of 5 (2 reviews)

Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of Story Bridge and Queen Street Mall. Roma Street Parkland and The Gabba ...

£62

£62
Great Southern Hotel Brisbane

Great Southern Hotel Brisbane

103 George Street, Brisbane
4.5 out of 5.0
3.4 out of 5 (8 reviews)

Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Treasury Casino, Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Brisbane City Hall. Brisbane ...

£40

£40
Ibis Budget Brisbane Airport

Ibis Budget Brisbane Airport

18 Navigator Place, Cnr. Nudgee Road, Hendra
2.5 out of 5.0
5.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Doomben Racecourse, Eagle Farm Racecourse and Portside Wharf. Brisbane Cruise Terminal and ...

£51

£51
Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane

Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane

23 Leichhardt St, Spring Hill
5.0 out of 5.0
4.0 out of 5 (2 reviews)

Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Brisbane Private Hospital and Roma Street Parkland. Queen Street ...

£54

£54
Mercure Brisbane King George Square

Mercure Brisbane King George Square

King George Square, Brisbane
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Brisbane City Hall and Queen Street Mall. Gallery of Modern Art and Wheel ...

£65

£65
Meriton Suites Adelaide Street, Brisbane

Meriton Suites Adelaide Street, Brisbane

485 Adelaide Street, Brisbane
5.0 out of 5.0
4.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

Located in Brisbane Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Brisbane Customs House, Cathedral Square and Chinatown Mall. ...

£63

£63
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