Queensland, the largest state on the Australian East Coast is one of most popular tourist destinations in the country, boasting an array of different landscapes from ‘Outback’ to lush tropical rainforest. It consequently stands to reason that Brisbane, Queensland’s stunning, fast paced capital city is visited by over 900,000 international holiday makers every year. Holiday accommodation in the city is consequently almost as diverse as the surrounding countryside, ranging from luxurious holiday homes to budget accommodation geared toward backpackers.
There is never a shortage of things to see and do in Brisbane, whether you’re interested in eating, shopping, cuddling a koala, or simply hanging out at your holiday villa sipping cocktails, Brisbane will not disappoint. The diverse range of activities offered also means that there is something available to suit every budget.
One of the really great things about Brisbane is that it’s possible to have the holiday of a lifetime on a rather tight budget. Holiday makers can take a walk through the beautiful Brisbane Botanical Gardens, or relax on the beach at South Bank if they’re looking for something low-key. Cultured travellers in comparison, can visit the Brisbane Museum (which offers free admission), or wander along the various free self-guide tours scattered throughout the city. The beauty of these activities is that they’re usually only a short train ride, if not within walking distance, of your holiday rental.
For those travellers interested in something a little more luxurious, Brisbane City also has a great deal to offer. Take a lunch or dinner cruise along the spectacular Brisbane River, which winds lazily through the centre of the city, or head into the illustrious Queen Street Mall for some serious shopping. A short train or taxi ride into Fortitude Valley, or ‘The Valley’ as its known by locals, also allows visitors to experience the boutique accommodation, mouth-watering restaurants, hip entertainment venues and pumping nightlife that this trendy area of Brisbane has to offer.
Those holiday maker dying to see the wilder and more adventurous side of Brisbane are also spoilt for choice, as the region surrounding Brisbane encompasses some of the most celebrated national parks in Australia. Morton Island, located just 25km from Brisbane’s Central Business District is home to crystal clear lakes, massive sand dunes and beautiful beaches. Holiday accommodation is also available on the island, giving holiday makers the opportunity to feed dolphins, snorkel, dive, and relax on the beach, literally on the doorstep of their holiday villa.
Another must see island destination just north of Brisbane is Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world, and one of the most sought after holiday destinations in Queensland. Fraser Island affords tourist the chance to get up close and personal with Australian wildlife such as Dingoes, in addition to being one of the most renowned whale watching destinations in the country. The popularity of this destination also means that many travel companies offer fantastic holiday deals departing Brisbane, centred on a visit to the island.
Springbrook National Park is another must see destination located approximately 100km south of Brisbane City. Springbrook offers traveller the opportunity to experience real tropical rainforest via its numerous well kept walking tracks. The national park is also home to amazing waterfalls such as Natural Bridge, which is located near the park entrance. Family friendly and pet friendly accommodation is also available close to Springbrook in the form of campgrounds, guesthouses, lodges and bed and breakfasts, for those travellers that fall in love with the region and wish to stay.
Brisbane City which maintains a sub-tropical climate, like most of Queensland, can get excessively warm and wet during the summer period, which extends from November to January. It is therefore recommended that people adverse to temperatures ranging from 30°C to 40°C either steer clear of the region during this time, or secure a holiday rental or serviced apartment with great air-conditioning and a swimming pool. The rest of the year however, Brisbane offers pristine weather for holiday makers, with sunny 20°C to 25°C days and mild nights.