Ask other Australians what they think of Brisbane and you'll be inundated with words like 'dull', 'backwards' and 'village-like'. Stereotypes in this case, though, are wrong: the detractors obviously haven't been to Brisbane for a while. While lacking the beaches of the Gold Coast to the south and Sunshine Coast to the north, this modern and rapidly expanding city is contemporary and home to all the modern-day comforts you’d expect from a decent sized city, yet maintains a laid back charm and helpful, small community attitude that makes it stand out as exceptionally happy place to live.
The climate, of course, is a major factor. Brisbane’s just a touch short of tropical, and the sun shines off the gentle waters of the Brisbane River and spotless, glass-fronted galleries in equal measure. Follow Brisbane’s heritage trail for a quick introduction - it will take you past the City Hall, Parliament House, and plenty of other notable buildings - or climb nearby Mount Coot-Tha for a glistening view over it all.
Next, eye up the gunships at the Queensland Maritime Museum, or take to the Treasury Casino and try to make your holiday pay for itself. The striking man made lagoon at Breaka Breach sits right in the heart of the city, and is invariably filled with underdressed lookers soaking up some rays, a mere few feet from a vast array of high-quality restaurants, while the more natural waters of the Gold Coast host kayaking, scuba diving, sailing and surfing. If you’re traveling with kids (or have a bit of a child in you), then the selection of nearby theme parks is hard to beat, too.
A nice place to hang out with kids is the lagoon and the fountain waterpark along Southbank Parlands.
Of course, it wouldn’t be Brisbane without a passion for sport, and you can get your fill by watching the Queensland Bulls Cricket Team, or the Brisbane Lions, who play fast-paced, wacky Aussie Rules Football. Time it right, and you could even catch the Australian National Cricket Team, accompanied by their lively, beer-swilling, yellow-clad fans.
It might have been a city in a shadow for sometime, but Brisbane’s certainly out in the sun now. Make the most of a fun-loving, laid back location that’s everything you expect from Australia: chilled, vibrant, and utterly stress free.
Moreton Island is a large sand island off the southeast coast of Queensland, some 35 kilometres away from Brisbane with the Moreton Bay in between. The Island is 98% National Park and is a p…