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Backpacking in Brisbane
A backpacking holiday in Brisbane offers scope for a fantastic adventure and is also an inexpensive way of experiencing the city’s wealth of man-made and natural beauty.
Brisbane has numerous cheap and efficient hostels for those on backpacking holidays on a budget and a great wealth of options for accommodation, in a wide choice of location and standards. The city centre houses the largest selection of affordable places to stay but others in places like Spring Hill, Paddington and New Farm are also recommended. The average price to expect for a reasonable dorm bed is around $25, although this will rise during the peak summer period. For cheap beach locales choose to Moreton Bay or South Brisbane, only a short ferry ride away, while those seeking hostels in the heart of the popular nightspots and close to creature comforts should head for Edward St or Ann St. Excellent transport links make the city a useful starting point for backpackers in Brisbane to visit the South Bank Parklands, pristine beaches of Moreton Bay and other wildlife hotspots that litter the nearby Gold and Sunshine coasts.
Beach in Brisbane
With some of the world’s most beautiful stretches of coastline, the beaches close to Brisbane are accessible, varied and, although slightly crowded in Summer, never packed. From secluded rocky coves to golden sandy beaches and the awe-inspiring views of, beach holidays in Sydney offers something suitable for all families, couples and singles alike looking for a sun, sea, sand and everything in between. The widely renowned Moreton Island is perfect for holidaymakers looking to surf, swim or just hang out and enjoy a beautiful coastline. Surfers should head to the nearby North Stradbroke and Tangalooma, just to the south, is best suited for couples whilst those seeking a more secluded beach should try Sandgate. Meanwhile, the sun-soaked Gold coast boasts a strinf of full-scale holiday resorts that is the perfect destination for families looking for a beach holiday in Brisbane - visitors should be sure to check out the beautiful Whitsundays close by. Beaches are generally safe and there are ’flagged’ areas patrolled by excellent lifesavers.
Camping in Brisbane
Brisbane has a wide range of great spots for a camping holiday in and around the city, with many more ideal locations in the surrounding area and all along the coast. The closest camping park to the city centre is Newmarket Gardens Caravan Park in Ashgrove, fantastic for holidaymakers looking to stick close to city comforts. Another local option is Brisbane Holiday Village, which offers the ultimate getaway for families, couples or groups wanting to kick back, unwind and enjoy being together. Away from the centre, Adder Rock Holiday Park on East Coast Road sits at the entrance to North Stradbroke Island's beautiful Point Lookout and is a very shady camp ground, nestled behind Adder Rock Headland and sheltered from the westerly winds - perfect for couples looking for a secluded camping holiday near to Brisbane.
The adjoining surf beach looks North West to Moreton Island and North East to the sparkling Pacific Ocean, a relaxed country getaway with the added attraction of a golden beach right on its doorstep. There is plenty to see and do nearby, with several freshwater lakes, waterways and lagoons to explore. For those chasing a bit of fun and adventure, there are four wheel drive safaris, fishing charters, sea kayaking tours as well as a golf course. For those looking to camp further afield, Broadwater Tourist Park in nearby Southport has one of the best locations on all of the Gold Coast.
Located directly on the water’s edge of the Broadwater its named after, the park has enviable views southwards towards the high-rises of Surfers Paradise. So whether you wish to stay close to the city or head out into the beautiful hinterland or along the wonderful coastline, Brisbane caters for everything a camping holiday could want, and provides an inexpensive stay close to some of the world’s finest natural beauty.
City Breaks in Brisbane
City break holidays in Brisbane offer a wide range of hotels and activities, which come in a host of differing standards and styles to suit everyone. The city centre has a wealth of fine hotels around the city centre, Paddington and Fortitude Valley; with the majority of higher end hotels found by the Kangaroo Point and the quieter regions of Spring Hill and New Farm. Slightly more affordable options are located downtown, also the most family-friendly area. Entertainment of all varieties is available throughout the year in Brisbane; from the regular cricket and assorted sporting events at the Suncorp and Gabba stadiums to film, wine festivals as well as the fantastic Valley Fiesta . Pubs and live music bars are a fundamental part of Brisbane’s social scene, and the best of these can be located near the Edward St the Valley and West End, with a rollercoaster of styles and standards be found across Brisbane. Transport links are excellent and there are a plethora of different guides for those wishing to see a structured and informed tour of the city. Brisbane boasts great shopping districts, such as the Queen St Mall, Myer Centre along Albert St and Charlotte St.
In terms of food, Brisbane is brimming with great restaurants and superb cafes, making eating out one of the highlights of city breaks in Brisbane. Fortitude Valley has an eatery for every kind of holidaymaker and is also home to many reputable pubs and bars. Otherwise, New Farm or the South Bank is where those with a taste for the finer things should aim to find themselves, two of the best locations for those looking to enjoy a city break without budgetary constraints.
Corporate Weekend in Brisbane
Companies looking to restore staff morale and improve teamwork will find plenty to do on a corporate weekend in Brisbane. A short corporate break in Brisbane provides the perfect backdrop for a fun-filled, camaraderie and teambuilding setting. Kick off with a host of adrenaline-rush activities like surfing, yachting and the chance to feed dolphins in the nearby Moreton Bay, sailing in one of the many harbours or lighter activities such as surfing, fishing or simply enjoying Brisbane’s numerous pristine beaches along the Gold and Sunshine coasts.
For those who aren’t keen on sporting activities, there are also many historical sites, museums and national parks that are well worth a visit. Corporate weekends in Brisbane offer the space and activities that will meet any budget and the ably provides expertise for creating an first-rate teambuilding experience - with a huge variety of hotels in the city centre alone able to offer excellent corporate hospitality. Despite not packing enough to satisfy and extended break, Brisbane is still a decent destination for a corporate weekend of sun, sea and sand.
Cruises in Brisbane
Brisbane is an city set near many miles of sun-drenched coastline, and a cruise holiday in Brisbane is a breathtaking and ideal way to experience the jaw-dropping beaches that stretch along the coastlines while also enjoy sights that cannot be viewed inland. Choose from a range of offers covering afternoon trips for full-blown weekend cruises and sail past the magnificent riverfront on Brisbane River, going further along the upper reaches of the Sun and Gold coasts or simply enjoy the exotic delights of nearby Moreton Bay. There are several cruise operators in Brisbane offering coastal cruises around the South Bank, North Quay or New Farm. Be sure to check the tide and weather conditions with a Brisbane cruise operator for the best day and time to set sail.
Culture and Arts in Brisbane
Brisbane has a wealth of culture and art attractions on offer for holidaymakers. It has several museums, including the Museum of Brisbane, with major exhibitions devoted to contemporary culture, Queensland heritage and people. Brisbane is also home to Queensland Maritime Museum and the Rail Museum. Among other attractions to tempt culture and arts holidays in Brisbane are the host of galleries in Fortitude Valley and Aboriginal art on Elizabeth St. The city's parks and riverfront offer a variety of recreational activities and Brisbane has a vast array of live music and performance venues, primarily found around South Brisbane and Queensland Cultural Centre. Some of the nation's finest beaches are dotted across Moreton Bay and the nearby Sunshine and Gold coasts. When it comes to culture and art breaks, a holiday in Brisbane one of Australia’s best destinations.
Disabled Needs in Brisbane
There should be no reservations for disabled people considering a holiday in Brisbane. Most, if not all, of the visitor attractions, hotels and transport on offer is wheelchair friendly with additional facilities for the hard of hearing and visually impaired. Similarly, with a few exceptions in some of the older areas, most buildings are equipped with automatic entrances, wide aisle, ramps and disabled toilets. Every effort is made to ensure that holidays for disabled people in Brisbane are safe and enjoyable. Wheelchair hire as well as sightseeing and shopping tours for disabled holidaymakers are numerous and easy to arrange. Despite its hilly setting, Brisbane is a safe, welcoming and helpful holiday destination for disabled people.
Family Holiday in Brisbane
Brisbane is a wonderful family holiday destination. From its miles of golden coast to walks along Brisbane’s beautiful riverfront, there are also a multitude of attractions and activities to appeal to all ages. It is easy to access to different activities in this compact city and you are never far from amenities. There are a vast array of things to do on a family holiday in Brisbane. From sand castles along the Gold coast for the little ones to water skiing and surfing for the older kids, there are many activities in the areas around Brisbane that will keep the children happy and occupied if you tire of the riverfront and Moreton Island. There are also activities that families can do together such as an educational trip to the Brisbane’s maritime museum or a fun day out at Brisbane Forest Park. There are many types of holiday accommodation available for a stress-free family holiday in Brisbane and some of the better accommodation in Spring Hill and downtown have facilities like swimming pools and rooms with TV and internet. Food is plentiful and very varied in Brisbane with many restaurants, cafes and ice cream bars scattered around the city. A family break to Brisbane makes for a great holiday, and one that your family will not forget.
Gay and Lesbian in Brisbane
There's something to suit every budget and plenty to lure gay and lesbian holidaymakers to Brisbane - breathtaking natural attractions, a host of diverse gay and lesbian accommodation as well as a thriving club and festival scene. Brisbane has a prominent gay and lesbian community, which hosts a Pride Festival each June that includes cultural events such as a technicolour Pride March and Fair Day. The clubs, bars and restaurants of Fortitude Valley, West End and Spring Hill are the top destinations for gay and lesbian holidays - perfects nightspots set in one of the most beautiful destinations in the world.
Hen Destination in Brisbane
Brisbane has a thriving nightlife and its sun-drenched location makes Queensland’s capital a great destinations for hen party holidays. There are a wide assortment of bars and pubs in Fortitude Valley, West End and Spring Hill as well as fine restaurants along the riverfront and downtown. In addition, smart wine bars, live music venues and clubs for all night dancing are within close range of the city centre. Guest Houses, Hotels and Apartments are all easily available in a scope of prices that will suit any budget and many are situated nearby the best night spots. During the day, hen party holidaymakers in Brisbane can feast on some great seafood, try activities like sailing and sightseeing or simply relax in one of numerous picturesque locales. No doubt some hen party members will want to shop at some stage and Brisbane has a plethora of malls and shopping districts around the city centre, enough to sate even the most style-conscious.
Stag Destination in Brisbane
Brisbane is a party city and its glittering nightlife and sun-drenched location mean it’s a great destinations for stag party holiday. There are a wide assortment of bars and pubs in the West End and Spring Hill as well as fine restaurants throughout downtown and Fortitude Valley. In addition, smart wine bars, live music venues and clubs for all night dancing are within close range of the city centre. Guest Houses, Hotels and Apartments are all easily available in a scope of prices that will suit any budget and many are situated nearby the best night spots. During the day, stag party holidaymakers in Brisbane can feast on some great seafood, try sightsee by bus or ferry or try energetic activities such as surfing and sailing around nearby Moreton Island. The only problem with Brisbane as a stag destination is if you're only looking for a stag weekend - the 20 hour flight time may cut Brisbane from your list of options!
Honeymoon in Brisbane
Brisbane provides the ideal setting for a romantic and unforgettable honeymoon. The natural beauty of the coastline; the riverfront and pristine beaches of the Gold and Sunshine coasts all add up to the perfect getaway for honeymooners. Alongside the fantastic food and drink, there are many activities for honeymoon couples in Brisbane; from adrenaline-rush activities like sailing, surfing and cycling to visiting the picturesque Mt Coot-tha or simply take a trip to the breathtaking Whitsundays and walk along miles of golden sands into the sunset. With many guest houses, hotels and apartments in Brisbane you’re sure to find something to suit your budget and most of these places provide romantic suites for couples on honeymoon.
Party Holiday - Singles Life in Brisbane
Brisbane has some wonderful nightlife and no end of activities for the daytime so is an excellent choice for a party holiday or singles destination. Sightseeing through Brisbane’s plethora of harbours and beaches is great for singles and there is a vast array of entertainment on offer ranging from wine bars, pubs, live music venues and nightclubs for holidaymakers who like to party. Some of the best nightspots in Brisbane are by Fortitude Valley, West End and Spring Hill but most of Brisbane’s clubs and bars are dotted throughout the city centre. Singles and partiers alike can enjoy Moreton Island and the Whitsundays sun-drenched beaches and awe-inspiring sights; activities such as sailing, yachting and surfing more ideas if you are looking for some adventure. Whether you are seeking a party holiday or singles destination, Brisbane is an ideal location.
Couples Holiday in Brisbane
Whether you are planning a week-long break or a short vacation for you and your partner, Brisbane is an ideal holiday destination for couples. On a couples holiday in Brisbane, expect plenty of holiday activities: sights to see, wonderful forest parks, romantic riverfront and lots of great food. Couples can choose from adrenaline-rush activities like surfing and water-skiing around Moreton Island to more relaxing activities like sailing, cycling or taking a leisurely cruise along the Gold coast. For those interested in nature and history, there are some beautiful parks and historical landmarks such as the Queensland Cultural Centre and string of museums and galleries. Alternatively, couples can choose to relax and sunbath on the golden beaches of near the Whitsundays and Sunshine coast - or indeed any of the fine selection of beaches located around Brisbane. Overall, a great destination for any couple’s holiday.
Golf Activity Holiday in Brisbane
Queensland is best known amongst golfers as being Australia's golf resort capital. Thirteen of the top twenty five Resort courses in Australia can be found in Queensland - making Brisbane an ideal destination for those looking for a sun-drenched golf holiday. There are many fine courses in Brisbane, including the brand new Brookwater Golf Club and North Lakes Resort Golf Club, Royal Queensland, Indooroopilly and the Brisbane Golf Club. Outside of the city, no golfing holiday to Brisbane is complete without a visit to the scores of resort courses scattered around Queensland. Luxury accommodation, varied resorts and a perfect year-round climate makes Brisbane an ideal location for any golfer.
Sailing Activity Holiday in Brisbane
Brisbane is the perfect destination for a sailing holiday. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced sailor, there are many opportunities to do a variety of sailing in Brisbane. Beginners can learn to sail in dinghies in the enchanting beach surroundings whilst experienced sailors can sail round the Moreton Bay, explore the fabulous Gold and Sunshine coasts and drink in all the fantastic scenery. Organised tours also allow you to experience the thrill of real sailing; stopping over at secluded areas along the coast where you can swim and snorkel - the Whitsundays a particular highlight. Sailing holidays in Brisbane are available all year round and the prices vary depending on the time of year and the length of time you wish to sail.
Scuba Diving Activity Holiday in Brisbane
The clear, warm waters surrounding the bays and islands around Brisbane make it an ideal home for a wide range of marine life as well as a great Scuba Diving holiday for you. The best location near Brisbane for diving is Moreton Island, as well as Fraser Island and further up along the Sunshine coast. Popular boat dives can also be found in Gold coast and Whitsundays. Plenty of businesses found around Spring Hill and Moreton Bay offer cheap hire and introductory courses, so even beginners can discover and enjoy the abundant marine life on a Scuba Diving Holiday in Brisbane.
Hiking Activity Holiday in Brisbane
If you enjoy walking and love the great outdoors, Brisbane presents an amazing variety of opportunities to make a success of any hiking holiday. In fact, hiking in Brisbane is a great way to experience the cities wealth of natural beauty, agricultural diversity, architectural heritage and history. There are numerous leisurely and informative walks throughout the city, forest parks and surrounding mountainous hinterland that are designed to appeal to walkers and hikers of all abilities. Most of these guided walks last for about one afternoon, although longer treks around the national parks and nearby Brisbane forest park are also available. In addition, Mt Coot-tha offers many more tough hiking trails, rough terrains and untethered wildlife to challenge and astound even the most experienced hikers. Such hiking tours usually last for a few days, but food and accommodation are always included in the package. Overall, Brisbane is a great destination for a hiking holiday surrounded by many great locations, regardless of your ability.
Cycling Activity Holiday in Brisbane
With a stunning riverfront and the nearby Botanic Gardens, Brisbane is a cycling and Mountain Biking paradise with its unspoilt terrains, breathtaking views and astounding array of beautiful parks and beaches waiting around every corner. However, Brisbane’s steep hills, narrow streets and high volumes of traffic mean that beginners would be best heading out into the less demanding parks and or cycle paths near the riverfront. Maps with clearly marked cycle routes are readily available in Brisbane and will help navigate you safely round the city. If you fancy some company, join one of the many guided cycle tours at the City Plaza behind City Hall and meet fellow visitors as you explore Brisbane. There are plenty of bicycle hire shops to be found along Albert St or New Farm with a choice of mountain bikes, tandems, hybrid bikes, tag a longs and baby carriages. Brisbane is a safe and largely hassle-free destination when it comes to a cycling or mountain biking holiday and is ideal for the whole family.
Shopping Holiday in Brisbane
Due to Brisbane’s stunning location and weather, shopping is perhaps not its biggest attraction but there are nevertheless some small clusters of excellent stores and commercial districts to tempt those considering a shopping holiday in Brisbane. The main area for shopping in the city centre is around areas such as Queen St Mall, Myer Centre and Albert St. Each feature a good selection of popular high street retailers as well as speciality shops selling designer clothing, designer watches, arts, jewellery and everything a shopping holidaymaker could want besides. For vintage finds and alternative style, head to the multitude of boutique and unique shops around Elizabeth Arcade. Meanwhile, an hour's drive south of Brisbane is the Gold Coast, which a large range of chic outlets. While not having quite the shopping holiday lure of some of the world’s other major cities, Brisbane is still a great place to shop in the sun.
Wine Tasting Holiday in Brisbane
The warm climate and the lack of wind makes Brisbane a fairly decent setting for wine production. A wine tasting holiday in Brisbane is good option for vine lovers looking to include this as part of their holiday, and they should head to nearby Stanthorpe as soon as possible. A short drive from Brisbane, guided wine tours are operated by several companies and it is easy to book such wine tasting breaks online. Most tours include a stroll around the beautiful vineyards and orchards, a chance to see how wine is produced and also tasting sessions. Further afield, the nearby Atherton tablelands and Sunshine Coast, as well as Kingaroy and Bunderburg. Brisbane’s Fine Wine Festival in June is also a fantastic event for those looking for a wine tasting holiday, held in the City's Mercure Hotel. With a magnificent line up of presenters and 16 spectacular Masterclasses to be held at Quay's Restaurant on the 2nd Floor, there are over 7000 wines on offer. Overall, Brisbane’s remarkable blend of fine vineyards makes it an good destination for any wine tasting holiday.
Winter Sun in Brisbane
Brisbane enjoys a temperate climate year-round and is a perfect destination for holidaymakers who fancy a spot of winter sun. Australian summer runs from December to February while their winter extends from June into August. Brisbane’s sub-tropical climate gives an average temperature of roughly 20°C during December, meaning plenty of winter sun so you won’t have to bring scarves and sweaters if you are looking to spend a Christmas in Brisbane. Also be sure to stick out the winter sun and enjoy the spectacular new year’s eve celebrations in Brisbane’s numerous forest parks, as well as the beautiful islands around Moreton Bay.