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

  • 60%



    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.

  • 90%


    Nice city for shopping and going out.

    Though I was told beforehand that Brisbane is not worth staying for too long I really liked the cities calm, friendly and relaxed atmosphere. It's perfect for shopping, going out for dinner or drinks and also offers many other things to fill your day with, cheap cinemas, museums, musicals, city lagoon, free Wifi in the city. The people were insanely friendly and helpful. I spent almost a week there and never ran out of things to do and see.

    Insider Tip:Cineplex, e.g. in Southbank (tickets around 6-8$)

  • 70%


    Brisbane quick trip

    Good city to spend a couple days in. Fun bar scene especially out by China Town. Seemed clean, safe and entertaining to us. South Bay is a nice spot to hang out at during the day.

  • 80%


    I really liked Brisbane, it's a really nice city! There aren't a ton of things to do as a tourist in the city, but I think it would be a really nice place to live. It is a good base for visiting lots of other places nearby.

    Insider Tip:The CityCycle program is a great way to get around and view the city. It's really convenient and cheap!

  • 80%


    The Streets Beach is amazing, with sweeping vies of the river and CBD, and the museums are terrific.

    Insider Tip:The art museum has a beautiful European art section and is right next to the Streets Beach.

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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