City Guide Brisbane, Australia

Visiting Brisbane

Despite being the city with the third largest population in Australia, Brisbane remains laid back and friendly and has become an extremely popular destination for visitors to the country.

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Found directly across from Melbourne's best-known landmark Flinders Street Station, Federation Square (which is better known as 'Fed Square') is a melting pot of culture. Here you can visit attractions such as the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and the National Gallery of Victocia (NGV). In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Kim Polkinghorne to find out about this great attraction.

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Brisbane City Reviews

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    Brisbane is a beautiful city that almost always shows you its sunny side. There are skyscrapers and palmtrees that coexist next to each other, and during nighttime the city shines in different colors. It's a modern city that makes you feel welcome. People in the suburbs are friendly, especially the busdrivers. Feels almost like a holiday resort. Bus transit is sophisticated except suburbs aren't interconnected with each other and it's easy to miss the bus stop you are supposed to jump out.

    Insider Tip:Sit down on a bench at King George Square. You'll meet lots of different and interesting people!

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    Brisbane is a cool city. Even though the beach isnt directly on it, its still a really beautiful and fun place to be

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    Brisbane is a great city with lots to offer. Booming nightlife in Fortitude Valley, culture in South Bank, and shopping in CBD. Slower paced than Sydney but beautiful views from river walks and city cat ferry. Cheap movie theater in South Bank along with great food and beer.

    Insider Tip:Cloudland in F. Valley is amazing get in before midnight or else cover. Lock-ins happen after 2 am so find a spot to be and stay. South Bank has great views, library for internet, cheap movies, and close toe West end for food oriented people.

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    Brisbane aka mini London

    I really liked Brisbane, it remind me of London with the river and the "Brisbane eye". The city is not too big, you can walk everywhere, but still it is big enough to fit in huge variation of shops, restaurants and bars. The city gets really hot during the summer, but coming from the cold North Europe, I didn't mind.

    Insider Tip:Near the Chill Backpackers there was amazing burger restaurant, can't remember the name of that restaurant thou.

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    There isn't a lot to do in Brisbane. There's south bank with the museum and art galleries which are free to get into but that's it. Oh and the city area for shopping and the botanic garden. Don't stay for more than 4 days because you will get bored. There's really not much to do in such a large city which is disappointing.

Australia: Itinerary

Sydney is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the most spectacular cities in the world. Travelling north, the next city is Brisbane which is also worth a visit en route to Cairns. And with a hippified town and commercialised city in between, the trip between Sydney and Brisbane is one of the most varied in Oz.

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