Brisbane is located on the east coast of Queensland in between the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast sections. It is the 3rd most populous city in Australia with a metropolitan population over 2.2 million. The climate is humid subtropical, with hot summers and mild warm winters; this makes for great warm holidays even in the winter. While in the city fondly known as BrisVegas, check out our previous blog post on 5 day trips from Brisbane.

Things to do in Brisbane

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Brisbane Map

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Hiring a Car in Brisbane

Brisbane Car Hire Map

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There are several convenient locations to rent a car in Brisbane. If you are arriving at the Brisbane airport, that would be your first option. If you are planning on renting a car from another location within or near Brisbane, you can choose from Ipswich, Rocklea, or Logan. When you rent a vehicle in Brisbane, be sure to ask your car rental agent for details on the destinations you are planning for your holiday. They will kindly provide you with safety protocols, maps, and insider details all about the best places to go on a Brisbane holiday.

Climb the Story Bridge

Story Bridge at Night

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Story Bridge Adventure

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The Story Bridge is only one of three bridges in the world that you can climb. It is one of the must-do activities while visiting Brisbane. The climb to the top affords you panoramic views of the city, the Moreton Bay to the east, and the Scenic Rim to the west.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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Koala Cuddling

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The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is rated one of the top 10 zoos in the world. It is a quick 15 minute drive from Brisbane which makes it very convenient to get to one of the best places to see koalas and other native Australian wildlife up close during the daily educational shows and interactive encounters. In addition to over 130 koalas in the sanctuary you can also visit with or learn about platypus, Tasmanian Devils, Lorikeets, birds of prey, snakes, sheep dogs, and snakes.

Cruise the Brisbane River

Brisbane - River Cruise

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Story Bridge Skyline

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The Brisbane River is one of the longest rivers in Queensland; it flows through the city creating picturesque and unique cityscape views. A number of different cruises are available on the Brisbane River. In addition to cruising through the river, you can also kayak in the river or partake in other boating or fishing fun. Surrounding the river is a robust Riverwalk area where you can talk, bike ride, or rollerblade through the streets, cafes, and other local businesses.

Stroll through the City Botanic Gardens

City Botanic Gardens

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The City Botanic Gardens are located on the Brisbane River and should definitely be one of the stops you take the time to see while visiting Brisbane and cruising around the Brisbane River. This is a relaxing place right in the heart of the bustling city on the banks of the Brisbane River. You can take some time out to walk through the gardens or take a tour from one of the knowledgeable volunteer tour guides who provide their services because they love the plants and flowers unique to this city oasis.

Discover the Arts in Brisbane

Museum of Brisbane

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Gallery of Modern Art - Main Entrance

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Brisbane has developed a great cultural and arts scene in recent years. The Queensland Cultural Centre is on the South Bank and plays host to every type of art and world-class exhibitions. There are a number of different galleries, museums, theatres, and more. The highlights from the long list of art and cultural possible stops include the Queensland Art Gallery, The Queensland Museum, The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, the Museum of Brisbane, the Queensland Maritime Museum, and the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium.