Named after former governor Sir Thomas Brisbane, this capital of Queensland is a necessary stop on a tour of Australia. Though it started out as a penal colony for ruthless criminals ' the desolate location made it an ideal spot ' it is now a popular setting for live musical acts and larger annual cultural events like Ekka and Riverfestival. The Brisbane International Film Festival is another great option if you'll be in town for those dates.
Many travellers like to explore the wild as well by heading to Roma Street Parkland, the City Botanic Gardens, or the South Bank Parklands. Or you could also stop to look at Brisbane Botanic Gardens which include a planetarium as well as a Japanese garden. Sports lovers might want to take in a game of rugby, football, or cricket. The Portside Wharf and the Story Bridge Adventure Climb are also frequent destinations for tourists and locals alike. As for getting around town, it's easy because of the freeway system. Though things get crazy around rush hour, taking the Pacific Motorway, Gateway Motorway, or Bruce Highway can get you nearly anywhere you'd like to go.
Getting into Brisbane via airplane can be done through either Archerfield Airport or Brisbane Airport. Once in the city, take advantage of the urban trail system which will get you all the way to the south, if you like. The public transportation systems in Brisbane include ferries, buses, and railways too, so you're always near a convenient travel option.
The high end hotels in Brisbane are certainly worth every penny - Quay West Suites Brisbane, Marriott Hotel Brisbane and the Emporium Hotel are all fine choices. Or you can opt for hostel prices with hotel quality at Tinbilly Travellers, Moreton Bay Backpackers, and Brisbane City Backpackers. There are many Brisbane hotels to choose from. Related: Attractions in Tasmania