Brisbane Hotels Guide
Twenty years ago Brisbane was a sleepy old town but recently the city has blossomed into a vibrant and exciting place to visit and came-of-age with the hosting of the World G20 summit in 2014. Brisbane claims itself to be the "New World City" boasting world-class art, music and restaurant scenes. You'll love the buzzing urban villages with their live music and eclectic shopping, while Southbank, with its inner city beach, rainforest walks and outdoor eateries, is known as the 'People's Playground'. Right next door to Southbank is Queensland's Cultural Precinct, which includes a Performing Arts Centre, the Queensland Museum, the State Library, and the modern and traditional State Art Galleries. The population of Brisbane is 1.8 million, which makes it the third largest city in Australia.
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The main shopping precinct, Queen Street Mall, contains high-end retailers and heritage-listed arcades with over 700 specialty stores. For hand-made bargains, try the Southbank Lifestyle Markets held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For live music and night-life, the West End and Fortitude Valley are the places to go. See everything from emerging local indie bands to international acts and innovative jazz.
Brisbane is also a great place for bike-riding, with 1,200 km of paths. Walking is a great way to explore the city and surrounds, with well connected walkways and bridges linking South Bank to the nearby arts precincts and the CBD. Parklands line the Brisbane River, which meanders through the city and suburbs. Brisbane's 'Inside Out Guide' lists hundreds of restaurants, bars, shops and activities.
Due to its mild climate, Brisbane is a great place to visit all year round, although a visit in summer (November – March) will allow you to incorporate a visit to the superb beaches of the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, which are only one hour's drive away.
The Festival of Brisbane runs throughout September, with a diverse program of theatre, art and dance.
Brisbane Accommodation Search
Accommodation in Brisbane is excellent, ranging from ultra-fashionable hotels, to heritage-listed guest houses, modern serviced apartments and charming B&Bs. Backpacker hostels are accumulated around Roma Street with boutique hotels in the more fashionable suburbs of Paddington, Spring Hill and Fortitude Valley. The following Brisbane hotels provide some of the best deals for a holiday in Queensland – please search below for availability and get the very best room rates sourced from over 100 local and online booking agents: