With near-perfect weather, a relaxed and laidback vibe, great restaurants and bars serving the bounty of Australia’s Sunshine State, Brisbane is a fantastic destination.
Australia’s third-largest city is sometimes overlooked in favour of the resort towns of the Sunshine and Gold Coasts, but travellers booking cheap flights to Brisbane will discover that there is more than enough to hold their attention.
Brisbane, once a closed penal colony, scores very highly for quality of life. Social life is centred on the South Bank. With its own artificial beach, restaurants and cafes, cinemas, galleries and museums, canals and fountains, this is the place to see and be seen.
From Mt. Coot-tha Lookout there are views of Brisbane and, if it’s a clear day, Moreton Bay and the mountains to the south west.
A local delicacy not to be missed is Moreton Bay bugs, otherwise known as the Bay lobster, and for sports fans, the Gabba, centre for all of Brisbane’s Cricket and Aussie-Rules games is a must-visit.
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Brisbane has a sub-tropical climate and 300 sunny days a year. The city is the most pleasant in winter, especially June to August. The days are warm and sunny and the evenings cool. Daytime temperatures are around 21 degrees (Celsius) and nighttime around 10. Summers are also mild with daytime highs in the mid-20s and evenings around 20.
The city is very busy in winter when the weather is mild and Australians from Sydney and Melbourne seek cheap flights to Brisbane to escape the cold. As it is also pleasant in summer, Brisbane is a popular destination for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
Although less crowded in spring and autumn, Brisbane remains a year-round destination.
Brisbane is a lovely city to walk in, especially with the 13-mile floating River Walk that includes paths, roads, bridges and parks along the Brisbane River. When your feet get tired, bike along the river on a track running from the City Botanic Gardens to the University of Queensland. You can also get around on the network of trains, buses and ferries operated by TransLink. Suburban rail is quick and efficient and the ferries stop at many interesting sights. Buses run regularly on weekdays, but you may have to wait a bit longer on the weekend. If you rent a car, you’ll most likely be able to park at your hotel or motel for free. Plan your route ahead of time so you can manage Brisbane’s one-way streets better. You can find taxis at stands located outside the Treasury on George Street, on Edward Street and at either end of Queen Street Mall.