Australia’s Sunshine State Capital

The capital of the Australian state of Queensland, Brisbane is Australia's third largest city and one of the fastest growing metropolitan centers in the country.
Story Bridge at night
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The capital of the Australian state of Queensland, Brisbane is Australia’s third largest city and one of the fastest growing metropolitan centers in the country. Situated on a major river, it combines a warm weather outdoor lifestyle with the cosmopolitan appeal of a major city.

Brisbane itself is slightly inland from the coast, wrapped around the Brisbane River, but 45 minutes both north and south is all it takes to get to some of Queensland’s extraordinary beaches. And there are even spectacular beaches to the east, on North Stradbroke Island, just the other side of Moreton Bay, which is itself a prime spot for sailing and boating.

While Brisbane was long looked down upon by Sydneysiders and Melbournites as just a big country town, in the last couple of decades it has really come into its own and now has the restaurants, entertainment scene, and traffic to show for it.

Photos of Brisbane

Beach at South Bank Brisbane Queensland

Brisbane City skyline at night

ANZAC Memorial

Brisbane City Skyline

Queen Street Mall

Brisbane City with Ferry and River

Southbank beach lifeguard

Story Bridge at night

Public transport interchange at Southbank

Queensland Museum's Animal exhibit

Southbank beach

Brisbane city skyline and River

Koala and kangaroo crossing road sign

Brisbane City Hall and Cityscape

Tower Mill

Brisbane City skyline at night

Brisbane CBD city skyline

Brisbane architecture

Kangaroos sculpture at City Hall

ANZAC War Memorial with Eternal Flame

Brisbane Queen Street Mall panorama


Where to Next?

Travel Advice for Australia

You can find the latest U.S. Department of State travel advisories and information for Australia (such as entry visa requirements and vaccination requirements) here.

The British Government offers its own country-specific travel advice for Australia here.

Health & Vaccinations

The CDC makes country-specific recommendations for vaccinations and health for travelers. You can find their latest information for Australia here.

Guidebooks for Australia

If you're looking for a guidebook to make the most of your visit, these are some of the most popular ones currently for Australia. Some are available in both paper and e-book formats.

Fodor's Essential Australia (Full-color Travel Guide)
  • Fodor's Travel Guides (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
DK Eyewitness Australia (Travel Guide)
  • DK Eyewitness (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
Frommer's Australia (Complete Guides)
  • Mylne, Lee (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
Lonely Planet Australia 21 (Travel Guide)
  • Bain, Andrew (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Travel Insurance For Your Trip to Australia

I never travel without travel insurance, and I've run into several situations where I've had to make claims. I consider it essential.

But shopping for travel insurance can be a pain and confusing. Thankfully, there are some travel insurance comparison sites that show you a wide range of plans, make it easy to compare coverage, and can save you money at the same time. And the coverage can be much better tailored to your specific needs than the checkbox offering at travel booking sites or through your credit card.

These are some good places to shop for travel insurance for your next trip to Australia :

Hopefully, you won't need it, but if something goes wrong, you'll sure be glad you have it!

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