Brisbane (population: 2.24 million) feels like a conglomeration of villages that are fun to explore. Each of its suburbs has its own personality and is full of things to see and do. Some of those convict structures of yesteryears remain, but much of the city has been revamped in the queenslander style with gleaming towers and timber houses with wide open verandahs.
The City that Looks Good
The city revolves around the Brisbane River and a trip on one of those CityCat ferries is something you must do. The summer months are the best time to visit the city thanks to the refreshing weather, fragrant smells of firangipani trees and beautiful poincianas and jacarandas. And the best place to get all this and more is at the City Botanic Gardens. Brisbane is also famous for its koalas, crocodiles, kangaroos and emus. Places such as the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Sea World Gold Coast and Alma Park Zoo let you meet all kinds of animals, birds and unique Australian species. Beaches such as the 75 Mile Beach and Cotton Tree Beach are famous for being uncrowded and pleasant. And if you’re more into history and culture, head over to the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Museum of Brisbane, Queensland Museum and Queensland Art Gallery for your history and culture fix.
Getting Around Brisbane
There are all kinds of options to choose from while commuting in Brisbane. Taxis are always an option, but things like ferries, buses, trains, the city loop bus and green cabs are much more affordable.