Brisbane holidays whisk you away to the bustling riverside city at the heart of Queensland. Nestled between the Coral Sea and rugged national parks, the capital of Australia’s Sunshine State is a metropolitan city that offers something for everyone.
With elegant rooftop bars, fusion dining and a growing art scene alongside nearby deserted subtropical beaches and crystal-clear waters, Brisbane is a perfect destination if you are looking for fun-packed adventures or a relaxing break in the sun. The temperate year-round weather and unspoiled natural landscape mark Brisbane as the perfect starting point to begin touring Australia’s stunning coastline and world-renowned Great Barrier Reef.
Brisbane; Your laid-back city escape
South Bank is a great place for city-dwellers and visitors alike to enjoy the sweeping city views. Brisbane boasts the only inner-city beach in Australia - this is a manmade beach overlooking the river and central business district. However, the beaches that surround Brisbane are the area’s biggest asset. Just one hour from Brisbane you have the Gold Coast, with the aptly named Surfer’s Paradise located on the edge of the wildlife haven of Lamington National Park. To the north is the Sunshine Coast, with its combination of exquisite beaches, rainforests and the sand dunes that make up the world's largest sand island, Fraser Island. The Sunshine Coast is also home to Steve Irwin’s world-famous Australia Zoo, perfect for an action-packed family day out, or for wildlife lovers looking to see Australia’s native wildlife up-close.
Whether you are chasing that adrenaline high, looking for a romantic honeymoon in pure luxury or wishing to relax as the waves lap beneath your feet, you’ll never be bored during your Brisbane holidays. To explore the action-packed Sunshine State, why not book our Queensland Classic tour, which incorporates sand islands, reefs and UNESCO World Heritage rainforests? Call our Destination Specialists today to plan your tailor-made Brisbane adventure today.
Great sample itineraries
Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries for Brisbane holidays. With so many options for your Brisbane holiday package, we recommend you talk to one of our Destination Specialists to make the perfect tailor-made holiday just for you.
Pacific Coast Highway Tour
Explore the great outdoors
Brisbane holidays allow you to journey into Australia’s vast coastal wonders, tropical rainforests and native wildlife. Meet your very own national treasure at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and feed dolphins at Tangalooma Island Resort. Why not get your adrenaline pumping and abseil down the Story Bridge? Or take a picnic up Mount Coot-tha for the best views of the city, night and day.
Swim with dolphins
Australia’s crystal clear waters and vivid coral reefs offer the perfect chance to swim alongside wild dolphins and marine life. Moreton Bay, an internationally recognised marine park, is home to schools of playful and friendly bottlenose and Pacific humpback dolphins. Why not make a dream come true and snorkel alongside these majestic creatures in an idyllic setting.
Brisbane Island Hopping
The Sunshine Coast offers a wealth of extraordinary islands, each with their own personality and hidden gems to discover. Whether you’re in the mood for an unforgettable stay on the world’s largest sand island – Fraser Island – or want to canoe, fish and kayak in Moreton Bay, Hayes & Jarvis are here to plan your journey.
Best time to visit Brisbane
Brisbane is a year-round destination, however the best time to visit Brisbane is between April and May. December to March is wet and humid in Brisbane, and hence, it’s considered to be the low season in terms of visitors. The weather can become very hot and uncomfortable so outdoor activities can become a little challenging.
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"Sit down for lunch at Stokehouse Q at South Bank and enjoy a Mediterranean-style menu with unbeatable riverside views.”
“From the city, it’s a 15 minute drive to Brisbane Lookout at Mt Coot-tha, where on a clear day, views extend across Brisbane to the Moreton Bay islands. At the foot of Mount Coot-tha, you’ll find Brisbane Botanic Gardens. These offer a tranquil environment to soak up the sun and you can explore the vast and unusual species of flowers and trees that grow in Brisbane.”
Events & Festivals
Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Brisbane holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions. The city of Brisbane offers a huge selection of fun events held throughout the year that can be enjoyed by everyone.
Music by the Sea
Music by the Sea is held between May and December at Sandgate Town Hall. Believing that art is essential for the wellbeing of the community, monthly concerts are conducted, presenting classical, folk, jazz and world music.
Brisbane Street Art Festival
Held in May, Brisbane Street Art Festival is the biggest street art festival in Australia. Taking place within Brisbane CBD and its surrounding suburbs, you’ll discover incredible creations displayed by local artists everywhere.
Held from June to August in the coastal region east of Brisbane, the annual Quandamooka Festival offers a wide variety of events, including whale watching, cultural tours, Kunjiel (corroborees), music, eco boat tours, art exhibitions, fibre art, and weaving workshops. You can also enjoy bush tucker dining, arts and cultural talks, and live music acts.
Scenic Rim Winter Harvest Festival
Held in July, Scenic Rim Winter Harvest Festival is an authentic food festival that showcases the delicious array of food and wine that is produced in the Scenic Rim. Tasting plates, wines and fresh produce are on sale. The highlight of the day is watching the Tractor Pulling Competition.
Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Brisbane holiday. Brisbane is home to the largest amount of Good Food Guide awarded restaurants in Queensland. Expect trendy cafes, stylish eateries and street-side food trucks featuring home-grown fresh ingredients during your Brisbane holiday. Here are a few of our favourite dishes.
You can’t go to Australia without throwing a shrimp on the barbie, so pack up a picnic and head down to the beach where you’ll find public BBQ’s available for everyone to use. Why not try some kangaroo or make yourself a sausage sanger?
Try the doughnut-like cronut during your holiday in Brisbane. This is a crunchy, buttery croissant-like dough that is fried, glazed and then usually loaded with a delicious cream filling. Head to Brisbane’s ‘Flour and Chocolate’ for some of the city’s best pastries, including cronuts.
Tuck into an Aussie burger, which consists of egg, bacon, onion, pineapple, pickled beets and a beef patty. If you’re looking to explore one of Brisbane’s best burger joints, ‘Ze Pickle’ is by far one of the most popular in the city and will not disappoint.
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