Travel Brisbane, the capital of Queensland famous for its tapping range of clubs, captivating Botanical Gardens, impressive Queensland museum and exotic beaches.
Brisbane, the capital of Queensland is the third largest city in Australia and the gateway to the Gold Coast. The population of 1.3 million is spread from the shores of Moreton Bay in the east up to the Brisbane River Valley to the foothills of the D'Aguilar Range. By far the largest city in Queensland, BRISBANE is not quite what one can expect from a state capital with almost one-and-a-half million residents. Although there is urban sprawl, and high-rise buildings, slow-moving traffic, crowded streets and the other trappings of a business and trade centre, there’s little of the pushiness that usually accompanies them. To urbanites used to a more aggressive approach, the atmosphere is slow, even backward, but to others the languid pace is a welcome change and reflects relaxed rather than regressive attitudes.
Brisbane’s character arises largely from this lack of formal planning. The city has made the best of circumstances rather than anticipating them. Seen from the river or the top of Mount Coot-tha, Brisbane is attractive enough, with the typical features of any Australian city of a comparable age and size: a historic precinct, museums and botanic gardens. There’s a confused blur of old and new, crammed in side by side rather than split into distinct districts, while new suburbs are blithely added to the shapeless edges as the need arises. The residents, too, have a spontaneous manner, partly because many are new to the area.
Key Attractions of Travel to Brisbane
Botanical GardensBordered by Alice Street, George Street and the river, Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens overlook the cliffs of Kangaroo Point and, while more of a park than a botanic garden, provide a generous arrangement of flowers, shrubs, bamboo thickets and greenery that offers an escape from the claustrophobia of the city. Legend has it that the area was once a vegetable patch cultivated by convicts.
Queensland Art GalleryA collection of Australian, Aboriginal and European art. The gallery has a reputation for housing important international exhibitions.Located in the Cultural Centre, next to Victoria Bridge on the South Bank.
Queensland MuseumAn impressive collection of Brisbane and Queensland's folk history together with information on our natural world.Located in the Cultural Centre next to Victoria Bridge on the South Bank.
Brisbane Forest ParkBrisbane Forest contains substantial tracts of virgin forest, and is well stocked with wildlife, pretty lookouts and easy walking tracks. A day is ample time to look around, or you could make the park the first stage of a scenic circuit from Brisbane via Lake Wivenhoe and Toowoomba. There are a dozen or more places to head for within the park’s approximately 280-square-kilometre boundaries. The pick of these include Bellbird Grove containing another of the city’s Aboriginal trails with an outdoor museum of bark huts housing more information on traditional plant uses.
The other attractions include Maritime museum, South Bank , with several excellent attractions like beach, gardens, playgrounds and barbecue/picnic areas, Brisbane’s Science Centre and lot more.
Conossieur ParadiseBrisbane has no gastronomic tradition to exploit, but there’s a good variety of bars and restaurants all over the city, with a trend towards “Modern Australian” (creative use of local produce, influenced by Asia and the Mediterranean), and a fashionable café society in Fortitude Valley and the West End.
Counter meals and unlimited buffets at hotels are the cheapest route to a full stomach – aim for lunch at around noon and dinner
Entertainment WorldThe city’s entertainment horizons consist of an ever-fluctuating range of clubs, and a sound, if unadventurous, arts scene. The best cross-section of attractions are north of the river in Petrie Terrace – upmarket yet subdued – and in Fortitude Valley, which throbs with the nightclub crowd. South Brisbane and the West End are more down-to-earth.
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Places Covered : Cairns, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Auckland, Rotorua, Christchurch, Queenstown, Franz Josef Glacier, Sydney.
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