Brisbane seems to have shaken off its reputation as a slightly behind-the-times big country town, and turned into a bustling, multicultural contemporary city.
Despite the lack of beaches, there are still plenty of things to do in Brisbane. Most attractions are centred around the river, and the CBD itself has a more modern, shiny look than Sydney and Melbourne, but with green spaces too.
South Bank Parklands, across the water from the CBD, is a relaxing place to spend the day, with the beach and lagoon, gardens, food options and nearby art galleries.
Other Brisbane highlights include the City Botanic Gardens, cliffs at Kangaroo Point, and stunning views from Mt Coot-tha. Hopping on the City Cat ferry to eat at Eagle Street Pier is also fun!
Even though Brisbane isn’t a beach city, it lies smack-bang in the middle of the well-trodden backpacker route up the east coast. The city is ideally located to reach some of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations.
Heading north, you can visit the picturesque Sunshine Coast, Fraser Island, and a host of tropical Queensland destinations such as the Whitsunday Islands at the Great Barrier Reef, where temperatures will
be warm even in winter.