Brisbane is one of the best quality cities in the world. When it comes to Australia, everyone thinks of Sydney or Melbourne, but when you discover Brisbane, I’m sure you will surrender to the charm of this ideal-sized city, friendly, sunny and increasingly cosmopolitan. If you look at the map of attractions, you will find that most things are very close or bordering the river, no wonder Brisbane’s nickname is ” River City ” in English. Below are eight reasons why Brisbane is the best city in Australia.

1. South Bank neighborhood.

Perhaps the most touristic place in Brisbane is the South Bank neighborhood. It is filled with cultural scenes such as the two most famous museums in the city such as GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art) and Queensland Art Gallery. Many activities and events take place there almost every week. Along the Brisbane River, you will also enjoy the Wheel of Brisbane and the super photogenic artificial beach that mixes a relaxing vibe with a modern look of CBD buildings.

2.Kangaroo point cliff.

Leaving South Bank and following the riverbank you will fall into Kangaroo Point, another delightful place to hike, bike, rappel, picnic or admire Brisbane’s skyline. This part of Brisbane is stunning filled nature, and there are always people exercising there. Moreover, it has staircases for people to use to go up and down

3. The botanic garden.

The city of Brisbane has been growing considerably, new buildings are transforming Brisbane’s life, and it no longer has that small-town feel. So, the Botanical Garden space is a detox for those who live and work there! Originally created as a plantation field to feed the penitentiary colony that settled in the region in 1825, today it has become a beautiful park worth visiting.

4. Lone Pine Koala sanctuary.

Lone Pine is very cool, especially for those who want to see Australia’s most famous animals. Not only can you see them, but in some cases interact with some of them. It is amazing! The Sanctuary is over 90 years old and has over 130 koalas in its shelter. Here you can get close to many koalas, and if you buy kangaroo food, you can feed them. The atmosphere is tranquil, open, and nice to spend a few hours.

5. Moreton Bay and North Stradbroke(Straddie) island.

Brisbane may not have a beach, but it is so close to many tropical paradises that, honestly, a beach in the city is not even needed. The islands of Moreton and Straddie are fantastic, each in its way! Both deserve at least one weekend to explore. You should find time to visit Moreton and Stradbroke. Straddie is more urban and easier to visit. But those who have SUV and know how to drive on the beach and dunes will have fun in Moreton.

6. Mt Coot-tha.

For a beautiful view of Brisbane, don’t miss Mt. Coot-tha, which is one of the highest points in the city. There is a dedicated terrace for people to watch the sunset. If you like hiking, you should take the opportunity to walk. Otherwise, you can go by car or public transport.

7. New farm park.

New Farm is one of Brisbane’s most beloved neighborhoods and also home to the trendiest restaurants in the city! By the way, it still has one of Brisbane’s most frequented parks. Every Saturday, from 6 am to noon, you are likely to find various options of food. This is also an excellent way to interact with locals.

8. Gold coast and the sunshine coast.

For the beach enthusiast, Brisbane has several options to the south (Gold Coast) and the north (Sunshine
Coast). Noosa Heads is the little princess of the Sunshine Coast, while Surfer’s Paradise is the main city of Gold Coast.

In conclusion, Brisbane is a city that deserves to be on your list. This is because it has various places to visit and explore.