Brisbane Australia Tourist Information

Brisbane Holiday Guide

The third largest city in Australia is also the most populous city in Queensland. Brisbane is bordered by the Pacific Ocean and the Brisbane River. This international business hub offers a plethora of shopping opportunities and restaurants that cater to any international appetite.

Originally called Mian-jin ("place shaped like a spike") by the Turrbul and Jagera Aboriginals, Brisbane was discovered during an English exploration led by John Oxley in 1823. British prisoners were held captive here until their debts were paid.

The Windmill located in Wickham Park was built in 1828 by the prisoners. They had to manually operate the grinding mill as their punishment. The Windmill was also the first in the Southern hemisphere to receive television signals in 1934.

Another frequently visited spot is the Shrine of Remembrance. It was completed and dedicated in 1930 to those who lost their lives in the Australian war.

Brisbane Tourist Attractions

The districts of Brisbane offer the tourist many shopping delights. The CBD district has the largest shopping areas in Brisbane, especially near the Queen Street Mall. Some of the best sights are also here.

The South Bank district houses the best restaurants and cafes. It is definitely an excellent area to stroll along the boardwalks. Fortitude Valley is the place to go for a pulsating nightlife with a multitude of pubs and nightclubs.

For the adventurers, the Kangaroo Point is the best place for rock climbing. Night time climbing is also feasible because the area is well-lit. All levels are welcomed. For first-timers, classes are given by professional climbers.

The best unobstructed views of the city can now be seen from the Story Bridge. Scale to the top and see the mountains and the Moreton Bay Islands. The bridge is one of only three climbable bridges in the world.

Transport Around Brisbane

The Brisbane Airport is only 12 miles from the centre of the city and offers daily flights to and from most major destinations worldwide. Taxis and shuttle buses are readily available. All major car rental agencies are accessible at the airport.

Before leaving, it is highly advisable to get travel insurance. In the event of an accident or illness, medical expenses in Brisbane can be very expensive. Travel insurance can provide you and your family assurance that your trip will be the most memorable.