The city of Brisbane was once thought of by fast paced cities like Sydney and Melbourne as being their smaller and less interesting cousin, well not any more. In the last five years Queensland as a whole has experienced a financial boom due to the large number of new coal mines around the region. The capital city of Brisbane has grown into a thriving metropolis that has kept its warm and friendly atmosphere.
Queensland has experienced an interstate migration of Australians and large numbers of overseas visitors to its stunning east coast, taking advantage of the low cost of travel, cheap accommodation and the fabulous lifestyle on offer with beautiful beaches and tropical rainforests to explore.
Art & Cultural Elements of Brisbane
Brisbane has seen many changes over the last few years. One of the most recent additions is the construction of the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), located on Brisbane’s swanky Southbank region.
With stunning art exhibitions from all over the world & excellent examples of indigenous art on display, its not to be missed on a visit to Brisbane.
Brisbane’s Queen Street major shopping precinct has had its own urban renewal and now boasts stores like Louis Vuitton and Tiffany’s amongst many others for your shopping pleasure. With so much to do and see in and around Brisbane the biggest problem facing visitors is where to start!
A stroll around the magnificent Botanical gardens just a short walk from the city centre leads to a cooling river cruise on one of the modern and super fast city cat ferries. Yachts are also available for hire to cruise up Brisbane’s river and moor right next to Eagle Street Pier.
Night Life in Brisbane
Eagle Street Pier comes alive at night with five star restaurants boasting gastronomical delights and amazing views of the city’s iconic and historical landmark, the Story Bridge. Plenty of late night hot spots and night clubs can be found in the city centre and also in Fortitude Valley entertainment precinct. Live bands are a big drawcard in the valley, the area is listed as having Australia’s foremost indie venues.
Moreton Bay & Tangalooma Wild Doplhin Resort
Heading further out of town, Brisbane is only a hop step away from the world renowned marine park of Moreton Bay. Tours of the region are easily organised and Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort encourages guests to hand feed dolphins by twilight. Tangalooma is a busy resort offering many levels of accommodation and loads of fun activities like wreck diving and other water sports.
Fishing is a popular past time in Queensland. Many experienced charter fishing companies can guide enthuisiasts to all of the sweet spots around this water wonderland. Turtles, Dugongs (Manatees) and lots of other aquatic wild life are commonly sighted.
Feeling energetic? The sand hills on Moreton Island are some of the largest in the world with the views from the top being awe inspiring. Views extend all the way to Brisbane city and the Toowoomba ranges beyond. The island can also be explored the island aboard a 4wd to experience even more of the amazing island life and scenery.
When looking for a fantastic travel destination, head towards Brisbane in Australia’s state of Queensland and enjoy the great south east. With so much to see and experience, visitors will have travelled to one of the most beautiful places in the world. Why go anywhere else?