Destination guide

History, culture and nature in Brisbane

As the capital of the Sunshine State and the third-largest city in Australia, Brisbane offers a range of options for holiday fun. Historic buildings, sophisticated cultural venues, beautiful beaches, and lush parklands all come together in a mild, subtropical climate to create the ideal holiday. No matter your inclination, holiday homes to rent in Brisbane ensure you have easy access to whatever strikes your fancy.

Things to do

Explore all that Brisbane has to offer

From the South Bank Parklands with their lush lawns and riverfront views, to the Hide ‘n’ Seek Children’s Trail with its guided walks through the rainforest, Brisbane has something for every interest and inclination. Holiday homes are available near the most popular spots in the city as well, such as Streets Beach, a beach on the edge of a man-made lagoon for swimming, and the Epicurious Garden, a verdant garden with biking and walking trails.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Brisbane

Do you want to find attractions to see in the area? Venture out of your holiday home and check out everything that makes Brisbane a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. These are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Wheel of Brisbane (0.6 mi / 1 km)
  • South Bank Parklands (0.7 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Brisbane River Walk (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
  • Victoria Park Golf Complex (1.3 mi / 2.1 km)
  • Saint Lucia Golf Links (3.2 mi / 5.1 km)
  • Portside Wharf (3.3 mi / 5.3 km)
Natural highlights

Exploring the gardens and other natural features in Brisbane

Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to appreciate the scenery, Brisbane is a great place to get out in nature. These are a few of the area's noteworthy sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Roma Street Parkland (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
  • King Edward Park (0.2 mi / 0.4 km)
  • Brisbane Botanic Gardens (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
  • Howard Smith Wharves (0.6 mi / 1 km)
  • Riverstage (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
  • Streets Beach (0.7 mi / 1.2 km)
Beaches

Sun and surf in Brisbane

Brisbane is home to tucked away beaches, bayside hidden gems, and paradises on nearby islands. Whatever beach experience you’re searching for, you can find fun in the sun with vacation rental homes that put the ocean at your doorstep. Ocean Beach is a favourite of surfers, thanks to its mix of large swells, gentle waves and staffed lifeguards, while Main Beach is the preference for swimmers and sunbathers. Frenchman's Beach is another prime spot for surfing, but its main draw is the variety of marine life that can be seen in the rock pools. Sylvan Beach is excellent for families, thanks to its native birds and marine life in calm, cool waters.

How to get there

How to get to and around Brisbane

Fly into Brisbane, QLD (BNE), the closest airport, located 8.1 mi (13 km) from the city centre.

If you're travelling by train, make your way to Brisbane Central Station or Brisbane Roma Street Station and explore the city from there.

How to get around

Transport in Brisbane

Though holiday homes put you right in the centre of the action in Brisbane, you’ll have a variety of transport options for your adventures. Buses, ferries, taxis and trains are popular options to move through the city and to neighbouring areas, but you have the option of rental cars that let you take your time exploring the sights. With the right holiday rental, you may also find that you can get to many of your destinations on foot or by bike, which is a favourite mode of transport for locals.

Family friendly

Fun with the whole family in Brisbane

Brisbane has a variety of family-friendly options for your holiday, ranging from wildlife sanctuaries to theme parks. Holiday homes can ensure you’re always within reach of the top destinations, such as Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, an ideal spot for animal lovers offering interactive exhibits of kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and koalas, or the Cultural Precinct in South Bank, a fantastic destination with museums and parklands for the kids. While you’re there, visit the Queensland Museum and Science Centre for interactive science and technology exhibits to educate the little ones. The Wheel of Brisbane, a giant Ferris wheel that provides a bird’s-eye view of the river and city, is also excellent for families

Good for couples

Romance and adventure in Brisbane

Brisbane is a lovely place for a romantic holiday with your partner. Many holiday homes can be found near couple’s retreats and venues, such as the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, which displays hundreds of masterpieces from around the world, and the Australian Cinémathèque, which shows stimulating films from around the world. The Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha is a serene oasis for couples, due to its diverse themed gardens and exotic plants. You could have a night on the town with an opera or ballet performance from the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, which features many high-profile acts.

Where to stay near Brisbane City?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,018 holiday rentals near Brisbane City. From 399 Houses to 454 Condos/Apartments, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Brisbane City is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Brisbane City?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Brisbane City. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Brisbane Central Business District: 227 holiday rentals
  • Brisbane North: 518 holiday rentals
  • Southbank Parklands: 643 holiday rentals
  • Suncorp Stadium: 663 holiday rentals
  • Brisbane West: 496 holiday rentals

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Brisbane City! Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Brisbane City?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Brisbane City with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a perfect city break:

  • Gold Coast: 2,747 holiday homes
  • Tamborine Mountain: 201 holiday homes
  • Sunshine Coast: 2,165 holiday homes
  • Kangaroo Point: 520 holiday homes
  • Caloundra: 646 holiday homes

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Brisbane City?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places to visit in Brisbane City. From HomeAway travellers, the more popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Southbank Parklands: 643 holiday rentals
  • Suncorp Stadium: 663 holiday rentals
  • Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital: 652 holiday rentals
  • Brisbane Fortitude Valley Station: 656 holiday rentals
  • Lady Cilento Children's Hospital: 631 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Brisbane City listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday homes.

Explore destinations around Brisbane City

Gold Coast
2,747 holiday rentals
Tamborine Mountain
201 holiday rentals
Sunshine Coast
2,165 holiday rentals
Kangaroo Point
520 holiday rentals
Caloundra
646 holiday rentals
North Stradbroke Island
373 holiday rentals
Maleny
131 holiday rentals
Gold Coast Hinterland
2,538 holiday rentals
Kings Beach
569 holiday rentals
Bongaree
244 holiday rentals
Moreton Island
101 holiday rentals
Point Lookout
238 holiday rentals
Golden Beach
575 holiday rentals
Tangalooma
90 holiday rentals
South Stradbroke
1,641 holiday rentals
Moffat Beach
615 holiday rentals
Woorim
241 holiday rentals
Scarborough
180 holiday rentals
Ipswich
16 holiday rentals
Currimundi
680 holiday rentals