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Overview to Brisbane: Travel Guide and Tourist Information


Tucked in between the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane is famous in Australia as the city with the best standard of living. And given that the rest of the country is hardly doing too badly in that respect, this makes Brisbane a seriously attractive travel destination.

Culturally speaking, the city has a great deal to offer: The Queensland Museum, the Queensland Art Gallery and the Brisbane Museum are an intriguing package. In addition to this full complement of local history, art and culture, the city also has an outstanding Botanic Gardens.

For fantastic places to get some shopping done, Queen Street Mall (made up of the Myer Center, the Wintergarden and Queens Plaza) is just one of a number of attractive options. Weekend stalls at the Valley Markets provide a more independent fashion slant.

Mt Coot-tha Reserve, Brisbane Forest Park and the rainforests of Mt. Glorious all give visitors the opportunity to experience a bit of nature without straying too far from the city. Another short journey from the city center finds the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, where the koalas are just one of the country’s indigenous species on display.

But it’s the sunshine that really makes the city stand out for most travelers. Southbank Beach on the River Brisbane is a man-made (but perfectly acceptable) strip of sand and water that sits, slightly weirdly, in the shadow of a shopping center and leisure arcade.

Those looking for the real thing however, don’t have too far to travel: the strips of golden sand that line North Stradbroke (‘Straddie’) and Moreton Bay Island are just a short ferry journey away. And then of course there’s the infamous Gold Coast (reachable from the city by the Pacific Highway); one of the world’s more scenic stretches of road.

Brisbane is not the fanciest of cities. In fact, there’s a noticeable lack of airs and graces to the place. But the sun shines, the people are friendly and life in the city has an incredibly vibrant, easy-going simplicity to it.

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