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.