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Backpacking Australia- Brisbane

Updated on February 16, 2016

Brisbane by Night


'Brissy' is the capitol of Queensland and is situated in the far south eastern part of the state. Often overlooked by tourists as many will say there is nothing to do, though this couldn't be farther from the truth. This 'Worlds most liveable city' has many exciting opportunities for backpackers that will make you wonder why so many people speak so poorly of it.

Mt Cootha Lookout

Things to do:

-City Botanical Gardens

-Moreton Island

-Stradbroke Island

-Bribie Island

-Rock Climbing Kangaroo Point

-Suncorp Stadium

-XXXX Brewery

-Australia Zoo

-Southbank Parklands

-Story Bridge Climb

-Kayak on the river

-Mt Cootha lookout

A backpacker could spend several weeks here exploring all of the wonders the city has to offer, and that is just the city itself. With a vast array of cultures and an ever sprawling outer suburb region, this city really has too much to mention. Befriending locals and exploring tourism untouched areas are a must for every weekend.

South Bank Lagoon

Where to stay:

  • Tinbilly’s – City

  • The Palace – City

  • Bunk - The Valley

  • YHA Brisbane – City

  • Balmoral house – the Valley

  • Brisbane Backpackers– West End

  • Banana Benders – Paddington

  • Brisbane homestead – New Farm

  • Yellow submarine– City

  • Annies Shandon inn – Spring Hill

  • Nomads– The Valley

  • Kookaburra inn – Spring Hill

  • Base Central- City

  • Base Uptown- City

Accommodation is just like anywhere else really. The Hostels range from $25-$35 per night for a bunk in a shared dorm and there are many options right in the heart of the city. Many of the hostels like Base Central and Bunk are attached to thriving pubs and night clubs which will also offer drink discounts to guests.


How to get around:

Brisbane has an international and domestic airport, a large train network and extensive bus network. Trains and buses are quite affordable and by far the best way to get around. Avoid using a taxi as they are not exactly cheap and traffic in Brisbane can sometimes rival Bangkok. Uber has taken off in Brisbane in a big way so grab your codes if you need an Uber, be careful in peak times though and never forget that if it is hard to get a taxi......your Uber will cost an arm and a leg.

Brisbane Bus


-Victory hotel

-Down under bar

-Tin Bar

-Birdee Num Nums (Birdies)

- The Met
- La Ruche
- Kerbside

-Fringe Bar


-The Press Club

-Ric's Bar

Lockout is at 3am, so you can't get into any other places after this time. You have to stay in the club that you are in.

The Fox Rooftop


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