Visit and explore Brisbane
With a warm climate that sets the scene for year-round alfresco activities, Brisbane is the perfect destination for a city break any time of the year. The Queensland capital is Australia’s third largest city, and one of the fastest growing capital cities in the country. Built around a curving river, Brisbane offers impressive sights at every winding turn with green parklands and urban village hotspots waiting to be explored. Newcastle Airport offers Newcastle to Brisbane flights every day of the week.
Make sure you pack your activewear because sunny Brisbane is the adventure capital. Get up early to enjoy a hike and sunrise from Mt Coo-tha, or take a stroll along the infamous Riverwalk before exploring the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens and Roma Street Parkland. When you’ve had enough walking, jump on the ferry for a scenic cruise down Brisbane River. Be sure to hop off at New Farm to explore New Farm Park and the trendy suburb brimming with boutique shops and cafes. Don’t forget to check out other popular attractions in the city including the Story Bridge, Queen Street Mall, and South Bank where you can kick back and relax at the beach in the middle of the city.
Eat & Drink
After a day of exploring, you won’t be short of choice when it comes to finding somewhere to eat and drink as Brisbane is full to the brim with hip restaurants, cafes and bars. Make the most of sunset on the river and settle in for a drink and bite to eat at Howard Smith Wharves - Brisbane’s ultimate food and lifestyle precinct - or take a culinary journey down Fish Lane which stretches from South Brisbane to West End to enjoy a vibrant selection of mouth-watering restaurants, bars and cafes. When you’re done wining and dining, make your way to Fortitude Valley to get amongst Brisbane’s best nightlife.
Brisbane has a thriving arts and culture scene. Explore art galleries and museums by day, or soak up the atmosphere of live music and theatre after dark. Sports fans will love Brisbane’s lively sporting venues – catch a game of footy at Suncorp Stadium or cheer on the Aussie cricket team at The Gabba. If you’re lucky enough to be in Brisbane in August, make sure you pay a visit to the Royal Queensland Show (or the Ekka as it is fondly known), Queensland’s largest annual event.
Explore the regions
If you’re looking to escape the city and soak up some time in nature, you’re in luck! Brisbane’s World Heritage listed backyard is full of lush rainforests, beautiful mountain ranges, and some of the most spectacular coastline in the country. Within an hours drive of the city you will find Moreton Island, North Stradbroke Island, the Lockyer Valley, the Scenic Rim, and plenty more to make your Brisbane adventure more action-packed than you could have imagined.