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Best Places to visit in Brisbane Australia

Updated on October 21, 2013
Brisbane view from near Story Bridge July 2011
Brisbane view from near Story Bridge July 2011 | Source

Best Places to visit when in Brisbane Australia-As many of you know I live in Brisbane Australia. As such I an a distinct advantage in helping you enjoy your visit to Brisbane when you visit Australia. If you were able to come right now that would be excellent as the Brisbane Festival has just got underway. Brisbane as you may know is the state capital and is now a bustling cosmopolitan city with lots of things to do and visit. It is essential a port town which straddles around the edge of the Brisbane River ans Beyond all the way down to the the Gold Coast where you can visit probably one of the very best beach strips in the world. Also close to Brisbane is the magnificent Sunshine Coast.

Brisbane City & River
Brisbane City & River


Around the city you have no problems getting around. Buses run to the most popular suburbs every ten minutes. The most pleasant and scenic way to travel though is on the River Cats which are a high speed river catamaran ferry. they travel from the University of Queensland and wind there way and stop at several stops along the way to Portside. If you but a daily ticket sections 1-2 to which will cost you $5.80 you can stay on the ferry all day if you want to getting on and off and spending some time in each location. I did this a few times after I moved to Brisbane-It is a very pleasant way indeed to spend a day and find your way around. You can also use the same ticket to travel on the Bus and train.

Less than an hour away by train is the beautiful Gold Coast with its pristine white beaches, beautiful lush green Hinterland mountains and world famous surf.

There are a number of places of interest such as the Queensland Art Gallery. Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Gallery of Modern Art(GOMA) and the State Library and the Queensland Museum which you could spend days looking around. Also close by is Southbank with its artificial beach and pool vast array of shops stalls and restaurants cafes and cinema complex.

The State Library hosted last weekend the annual Brisbane Writers Festival which I attended as a volunteer for the last week. The BWF attracted lots of famous writers from around the world in a five day format. There are forums and group discussing on every conceivable topic from writing children's books to philosophy, politics to mapping the Atlantic ocean by Simon Winchester.

There are great places to eat surrounding or within a short walk from these venues.

The city cat river ferries will take you from the University of Queensland's Campus  all the way down the river to Brett's Wharf.  Along the way you could stop at West End, Toowong, City Centre, South Bank, Eagle Steet Pier, Musgrave Park New Farm ,Park Hawthorn, & Balmoral You could spend all day stopping at these venues visiting the shops  restaurants coffee shops & cinemas & other entertainment venues.l

Another thing to look out for in the Brisbane City is the number of sculptures, monuments and statues. In nearly every street in the CBD there is at least one. maybe several statures sculptures of other works of art.. There are massive statues of Queen Victoria and King George. Queensland as you might have guessed is named after Queen Victoria who reigned during the establishment of the Queensland state. There are many modern pieces also worth a look. For instance there are some Kangeroos sculpted out of engine parts these are located in George Street outside of the building at 239 George Street.

Brisbane Queensland Australia.

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A markerState Library Brisbane -
State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia
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State Library Grand Library connection & public internet access

B markerFerry terminals Brisbane -
Brisbane QLD, Australia
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      ShaamCA 4 years ago from India

      Great information about Brisbane Transport .Useful info

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      travelholidays 4 years ago from India

      Nice hub thanks for sharing info about brisbane

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      brisbanebackpack 6 years ago from Brisbane, Australia

      Dont forget to visit the Southside of Brisbane. West End is the best.

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      Marie Giunta 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Brisbane is a beautiful city, especially in Spring.