Home to some of Queensland's most recognisable landmarks, Brisbane brings an electric sense of creativity and excitement to the Sunshine State. Experience the arts by ducking into the museums and galleries, satisfy your fashion cravings at the boutique and designer shops, and dine on delicious gourmet food and wine. You'll have plenty of fun on a luxury holiday in Brisbane.
Basking in year-round subtropical weather, Brisbane is the capital of the Sunshine State of Queensland. Here, you'll come across some of the most celebrated restaurants in the entire country, alongside a dynamic music and art scene. The best place to start exploring this city is in the South Bank. This includes key cultural sites like the Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, as well as excellent restaurants, a man-made beach, a sub-tropical rainforest, markets, popular retail stores, parks and a riverside promenade.
Then see the rest of the city with an adrenalin-pumping Story Bridge climb, where you can look Brisbane from 80m above the river, or stick to sea level and take a Brisbane River boat cruise. Then stroll through the glorious Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha, where you can see panoramic views of the city and the nearby hinterland, as well as some of Australia's best flora. Of course, if you fancy a little time by the beach, the charms of the Gold Coast are less than an hour away, and this is one of Australia's top leisure destinations. Golf, spa, shop, whale-watch, sunbathe, surf and swim all along its golden shores during the day, and then pop to the city for cocktails and fine-dining in the evening.
The time of year that you visit Brisbane depends on what you would like to do while on holiday here. If you want to see the whales migrating by the coast, then early May to October is the best time, for a spot of fishing in the city's rivers and lakes, visit during April to May.
With a reputation for an incredible nightlife, bar and restaurant scene, the best time to get in on the action is during April and May when the days and nights are enjoyably warm.
Take a break from your luxury adventure for a five-star experience in fine dining, exclusive to Brisbane. The steady year-round climate is the perfect environment to source fresh local produce, making al fresco dining very common.
Home to Queensland's largest group of Good Food Guide-awarded restaurants, you can look forward to menus including everything from Moreton Bay prawns to Lockyer Valley greens. International influences are evident here too, such as Italian and Korean cuisine. Satisfy your palate with gourmet food and wine.
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