Brisbane is the capital city of Queensland and the third largest town in Australia. During the past Brisbane’s larger city cousins felt the city couldn’t struggle with them for culture, dining and nightlife but all that has changed.
Brisbane is now growing faster than any other major city and with that the town is consistently adding more for entertainment, fantastic dining and a great onstage music scene in the inner city area of Fortitude Valley. It also has one of the finest climate of any capital in Australia.
The sub-tropical climate means it is warm across the year with mild, dry winters. The city enjoys over 300 days of sunlight a year and as a result the town makes excellent use of the outdoors and the river that wraps round the city.
Getting Around: Once you’re in Brisbane it’s best if you hire a campervan to go to everything. Otherwise another choice is that it’s simple to get around the central areas by foot or public transport. The general public transport is operated using the nom-de-plume of TransLink and permits the use of a single ticket for bus, rail and ferry. Ensure you explore the river using the fast and smooth City Cat catamaran ferries.
If you’re staying in the CBD itself or close to the brook precinct of Southbank then you will be able to explore a lot of the centre simply by foot. The CBD area of the town is reasonably compact. Nevertheless if you need to get further away from the centre then Brisbane sprawls out a good way and you may find car rental a good choice.
There are plenty of Brisbane car rental corporations to choose from including all the massive names and a number of local minimal cost operators. A word of alert. If you choose an inexpensive automobile rental firm then read the details in detail. 2 the firms charge admin and other fees in the event you cause damage to the car and hide this in reams of small print on the contract.
What to do: Brisbane has plenty to do but here are a few recommendations to get you moving.
– Explore the brook thru the Citycat ferries. Stand on the front or rear outside sections to get the finest views of the multimillion dollar riverfront homes and apartments along the brook.
– Visit Southbank on the other side of the stream to the town.
– Visit the eat street areas of the inner town suburbs of West End, Paddington and Oxford Street in Bulimba.
– Shop on the Queen Street Mall which features a great range of stores including malls Myer and David Jones.
– Play a game of bare-foot bowls at Merthyr Bowls Club on Oxlade Drive in New Farm. Access is simple via the Citycat ferry using the New Farm Parklands stop.
– Head to Moreton Bay and take a ferry over to North Stradbroke Island, one of the largest sand islands in the world and home to some great beaches.
Use Brisbane as a base for nearby destinations like the Gold Coast, the Sunlight Coast and Australia Zoo which is sixty minutes north of Brisbane by road.
Brisbane is an increasingly popular destination for Australian and world visitors so take care you make it part of your trip.
By Peter Dazzer.