The Queensland capital is enjoying a moment.
World-class dining, a hot shopping scene and dynamic nightlife have conspired to attract record numbers to the river city this year, with visitation up 12 per cent. Add the subtropical climate and proximity to rainforests and reefs and it’s clear why the Queensland capital is having a moment.
Bask in luxury at a 5-star boutique hotel in the heart of the colourful Caxton Street precinct. Gambaro Hotel Brisbane offers deluxe rooms with private balcony terraces, two award-winning restaurants, and a bar boasting one of the best vantage points on the lively food and nightclub strip near Suncorp Stadium.
A trip to Brisbane wouldn’t be complete without a visit to shopping, entertainment and lifestyle hub Fortitude Valley. Here you can find designer boutiques, art galleries and cool restaurants and bars. Shop the laneways and leafy James St, which showcases Australian fashion labels including Camilla and Sass & Bide.
Explore the Brisbane River, which snakes around the city, serving as backdrop to its major attractions. Take a dip at South Bank’s man-made beach and check out the artworks at QAGOMA. Then jump on a Citycat ferry and head to New Farm Park where you’ll find 15 hectares of parklands and the Brisbane Powerhouse arts centr centre.
Combine food, wine and the sky with a private helicopter adventure. PTERODACTYL HELICOPTERS offers winery tours and a "flying safari" of farming properties to sample produce. Prices from $260; pterodactylhelicopters.com.au.
Cuddle a koala and hand-feed kangaroos at LONE PINE KOALA SANCTUARY. Just 12km from the city, it’s the largest koala sanctuary in the world, and houses 100 animal species. $36; koala.net.
Swap with a the TANGALOOMA city for tropical-island DAY TRIP. life Once at Tangalooma Island Resort, an easy 75-minute boat ride across Moreton Bay, you can design your own day with 50 activities to choose from. $129; daytours.com.au.
Cap with off dinner your at shopping GERARD’S tour BISTRO. Tucked down a James St laneway, it specialises in a delicious fusion of dishes from Africa and the Middle East; gerardsbistro.com.au.
Immerse yourself in the vivid world of Indigenous artist Albert Namatjira. This permanent exhibition at the QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY features stunning early works by the late painter. Free; qagoma.qld.gov.au.
Treat yourself to the Luxury Stay & Dine experience at GAMBARO HOTEL BRISBANE. It includes a three-course dinner and late checkout. From $480 per night; gambarohotel.com.au.