Expats will discover that Brisbane’s relaxed atmosphere makes it a natural choice for holidaymakers. Filled with attractions and within easy access of Australia's east coast resorts and theme parks on the Pacific Motorway, Brisbane is ideally suited to those in search of leisure and pleasure.
Surfers flock to the centre in anticipation of better access to the Sunshine Coast in the north, while adventurers seek out the nearby national parks, as well as the centrally located artificial beach. The city's various attractions make for ideal family fun in the sun.
Recommended attractions in Brisbane
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is not only home to Australia’s cute and cuddly mascot but also to kangaroos, wombats, echidnas, platypuses and various species of reptiles as well as birdlife. The sanctuary has the impressive distinction of being the world's oldest and largest koala sanctuary.
Queensland Maritime Museum
Founded in 1971, the Queensland Maritime Museum contains large-scale exhibitions featuring historic sailing ships, cruise liners and tankers; as well as a library containing artefacts, documents and original maritime photographs.
Drawing 11 million visitors a year, South Bank is one of Brisbane’s most popular attractions. This jam-packed central district features a man-made beach and lagoon alongside parklands, rainforest walks, barbeque areas and cultural centres. Those wanting to check out the city from up high should make sure to take a spin on the iconic Wheel of Brisbane, a 197-foot (60m) Ferris wheel.
Story Bridge stretches across the Brisbane River, connecting Fortitude Valley to Kangaroo Point. Visitors with strong stomachs and nerves of steel can book a climb to the top for a reward of breathtaking city vistas. Apart from regular daytime climbs, there are also dawn-, twilight- and nighttime climbs for an entirely different experience of the view.
Brisbane Botanic Gardens
Nestled at the foot of Mount Coot-tha, the Brisbane Botanic Gardens are perfect for a quick escape from the city. Take a leisurely stroll, pack a picnic, and be sure to pop into the spectacular Tropical Display Dome. Lovers of space, science and the stars are sure to enjoy the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium situated on-site.
►Check out the What's On in Brisbane page for a list of the city's best annual events
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