Recently transformed into a city that offers a wide array of galleries, cafes and music lounges, Brisbane is the place to go if you, yourself are still transitioning from something of a small sleepy town environment. It is the third largest city in Australia after Sydney and Melbourne.
Slowly but surely, Brisbane is finding more and more of its riches and wonders to show the world. The largest koala sanctuary is the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. You can get to cuddle with these cute animals and have your picture taken to preserve the moment. There are kangaroos that you can get to feed if they are tame and you can also see dingoes and wombats in this large and beautiful parkland. About 7km from the city center, an parkland covered in bush and a great place for picnicking, walking and hiking can be found. This is called the Mt. Coot-tha Reserve. This reserve gets its name from the indigenous term meaning honey as this was also the place where the locals collect honey produced by stingless bees that make their home here. If you climb to the lookout on the mountain, you are allowed a great view of Brisbane and farther to Moreton Bay and the Glass House Mountains if the day is clear.
Historically, Brisbane‘s Living Heritage is the major sight. This can be found near or in the city center called the CBD. It is the city’s arts hub as well. Short ferry rides across the river are offered on the south bank. You can mingle with the locals and learn about their culture at Fortitude Valley and New Farm where cafes, bars and music lounges that locals go to are located. The oldest domestic dwelling in the city is the Newstead House. It was built in 1846 and situated on a hilltop spot near Brisbane River. It is now a museum and showcases rooms of Victorian furnishings and other antiques.
The other attractions in Brisbane are the Alma Park Zoo where more koalas can be found. You can enter the enclosure for the koalas at 14:30 or hold a snake or baby crocodile at the reptile presentation that happens at 11:30 to 15:00. There are baboons and ring tailed lemurs to see here too. At Castlemain-Perkins XXXX Brewery, tours are offered that end with a free pot of beer for travelers 18 and older.
Climate: Subtropical and comfortable, that is the weather in Brisbane. The summers are hot and the winters are clear and mild. The most extreme temperature in Brisbane is around 30 degrees Celsius in summer so doesn’t forget to bring lots of sunscreen. In winter, the temperatures are around 17 degrees Celsius and the days are mostly sunny.
Transportation: Get around the city using a bus, tram, train, taxi, rented car or motorcycle and even a boat. If you plan to use public transport more than once in a single day, it’s always a good thing to get a daily ticket that allows you unlimited transport on buses, trains and ferries. At the Loop, there is also a free bus service that circles the city area
During your stay in Brisbane the top tourist attraction is South Bank. South Bank has to offer man made beaches, lagoons, large TV screens, markets and museums. South Bank is a place that both you and your family can enjoy. The adventure does not end when the sun goes down, Brisbane does not sleep. Be sure to visit Fortitude Valley. Also known as The Valley, is home to the some of the best nightfall and band culture in the country where you can enjoy music from a variety of bands, enjoy a nice dinner with the family or with your partner. In Fortitude valley you can also find festivals being held also tours. Brisbane also has whale watching, that is an experience that one would not want to miss, it is a breath taking experience to see these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.
Brisbane Business Travel Tips
For those who are traveling Business class flights to Brisbane, the Airport offers great accommodations, from great services to a perfect landing. Brisbane Airport offers rental cars or special pickups. For business travelers it is recommended to stay in Median Executive Brisbane Hotel, located in the heart of the city, making traveling much simpler.