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With its sunny sub-tropical climate and relaxed atmosphere, Brisbane is the gateway to the Great Sunshine Way, the Southern Queensland region and all its wonders. Built around the Brisbane River, this modern city showcases architecture and lifestyles geared to the outdoors and enjoyment of sunshine. It is a place where feeling alive comes naturally. Fresh experiences, fresh adventures and a fresh approach to life - this is what Brisbane is all about.

Outdoor Lifestyle

Take a hint from the locals and spend your days outdoors by:

  • Dining alfresco,
  • browsing the weekend craft and gourmet markets,
  • cycling along the banks of the Brisbane River or
  • enjoying a swim at South Bank, home to Australia’s only inner-city beach.

There are countless ways to enjoy Brisbane’s mild and sunny climate outdoors. Cruise the Brisbane River and hop off at any one of the wharfs and piers along its banks or get active and kayak the river as it meanders through the city. Climb the Story Bridge and experience a world-first when you abseil down this iconic urban structure. Have a relaxed day in the sun and enjoy a picnic in the City Botanic Gardens with its Mangrove boardwalk or any of the other lush parklands. It’s little wonder why Brisbane is Australia’s most liveable city.

Dining & Nightlife

Brisbane has a fine reputation for dining out, having developed its own unique cuisine that matches the climate perfectly. Its chefs also have access to some of the country’s freshest and tastiest seafood, tropical fruits, vegetables, meats and organic produce. International cuisine is served throughout the city and the riverbank is the perfect spot for a light and sunny lunch or atmospheric dinner. For something a little different take a tour of the XXXX Brewery – enjoy a couple of ice-cold ales and lunch at the home of Brisbane’s famous local brew.

For those who love to party, sprinkled throughout the city downtown area, are cool, sophisticated bars, boasting the very latest in design and decor, as are energetic pubs, nightclubs and intimate live music venues. Fortitude Valley is a shopping haven with boutique shops and colourful markets, cosy cafes and delicious eateries. At night, ‘The Valley’ becomes Australia’s only designated entertainment precinct with award winning bars and clubs offering up a vast selection of live gigs, featured DJs and thrilling events.

Culture

Hosting everything from big name Broadway shows and international art exhibitions to community festivals and music fiestas, Brisbane boasts a vibrant calendar of art and cultural events. New Farm and ‘The Valley’ both feature boutique galleries and the famous Brisbane Powerhouse regularly stages captivating shows.

South Bank is home to the city’s Cultural Precinct with the Queensland Museum, Queensland Art Galleries, Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Performing Arts Centre and ScienCentre. View award-winning installations by day and enjoy a meal and drink by the riverside by night.

Outside the city

Spectacular mountain ranges and ancient landforms surround the region. As does the sheltered blue waters of Moreton Bay with its beautiful islands, Brisbane's own aquatic playground and marine sanctuary where visitors can hand feed wild dolphins.

Brisbane is the perfect starting point to discover the other regions of the Great Sunshine Way, with easy access to the Sunshine Coast, Fraser Coast and Southern Queensland Country. Dotted throughout the region you will discover artisan wineries with award-winning wines to sample and scrumptious lunches to enjoy. Whether it is the heritage listed Scenic Rim or the country hospitality of the Country Valleys, go beyond Brisbane and you will discover grand scenery and friendly locals.

For more information on Queensland's capital, you can find everything you need to know in Brisbane Inside Out Guide.

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