The capital of Queensland, Australia is the third largest city in the country. It’s also one of the oldest — the modern day city on Australia’s Gold Coast was founded in 1824 as a penal colony on the bend along the Brisbane River. Today travelers are drawn there for its year-round subtropical weather, along with plenty of opportunities for adventure, culture, food and wine.
Check into the Spicers Balfour Hotel to enjoy a multitude of amenities in stylish surroundings not in the least of which include a 24-hour rooftop bar — Soak up local arts at the Queensland Cultural Centre — Try your luck with Esquire’s eclectic tasting menus, where no two meals are alike — Spend the day exploring James St’s 130 speciality stores, restaurants, and cafes
Block out some time to shop in Brisbane because there are plenty of local treasures to bring home. Visit the Noosa Chocolate Factory for a special confection made with chocolate and locally farmed honey. They city also has its own tea you can savor long after you leave; Brisbane Breakfast Tea is a blend of black tea with exotic mango. J Frank Cards also makes stylish postcards of local landmarks, so you can remember your stay.
Brisbane is brimming with things to do for everyone. The city’s South Bank district is home to its major cultural attractions like the Queensland Cultural Centre, which holds the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, and Gallery of Modern Art. The entire complex is surrounded by subtropical gardens, which are an experience in of their own. Other top things to do in Brisbane include a host of brewery tours, top shopping at the Queen Street Mall and James Street, and visiting the South Bank Parklands.
Brisbane is on the ocean, so you’ll likely visit the beach on your visit there. Pack plenty of sun protection and don’t forget your suit. With all the sightseeing the city offers, you’ll want to pack comfortable shoes and daywear, with more trendy options for hitting its host of hot restaurants and bars in the evenings. Brisbane’s subtropical climate can also make for cooler evenings, so don’t forget a jacket.
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