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About Brisbane


Brisbane enjoys a warm, sub-tropical climate that inspires relaxed, al fresco dining and cuisine that makes the most of exceptional local produce.

Like most large, cosmopolitan cities, Brisbane's dining scene has been hugely influenced by European and Asian cultures; resulting in a large and diverse range of restaurants to suit every taste and budget.

Within the city itself you'll find a number of cafes serving quality coffee, as well as noodle bars, wine bars and sophisticated brasseries and restaurants. Eagle Street Pier in particular abounds with eateries ranging from the modest to the opulent - most also offer the added bonus of excellent views!

Further out of town, the Fortitude Valley is home to Brisbane's Chinatown. Here you can immerse your senses in the flavours of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Malaysian cuisines. Other food precincts include hip Brunswick Street and the up-market scene of Milton's Park Road or Racecourse Road in Ascot.

Only a short drive from the city center is Manly Harbour Village. A charming bayside area, the village is one of the best places in Brisbane to enjoy delicious fresh seafood - including the region's famous Moreton Bay Bugs (a type of crayfish), which are a must-try!



Even a short stay in Brisbane offers myriad options for entertainment and activities, ranging from the relaxed to the adrenaline-filled.

Brisbane is a great walking city and perhaps the best way to discover it is by foot. The lush banks of the arterial Brisbane River, which cuts through the heart of the CBD, simply beg for leisurely morning or afternoon strolls, and the many cafes that sit alongside provide scenic pit stops for a lazy coffee or early evening glass of wine.

Brisbane has a thriving nightlife scene with bars, pubs, clubs and music venues abounding throughout the city. The Treasury Casino - a grown-up's playground housed within a stunning 19th century Edwardian-Baroque building - is a particular favourite for visitors.

Those wanting to indulge in some retail therapy will be spoilt for choice along Queen St Mall, while Brisbane's fantastic art galleries and museums will quicken your mind and give some insight into the history of the region.

Bus and 4WD tours are an excellent way to explore the greater Brisbane region, with hinterland safaris and fine food and wine trails making unforgettable day trips. Lovers of the outdoors can also head out to sea on a fishing charter, or set sail on a yacht cruise of Moreton Bay.



Both Brisbane and greater Queensland present a range of accommodation options to every budget; from five-star and boutique city hotels and apartments to motels, B&Bs, caravan parks and backpacker hostels. Depending on the package you choose, your cruise may include accommodation on the night prior to disembarkation but, if not, tourism websites such as also offer helpful information on where to stay.



Brisbane's cruise ship terminal is Portside Wharf in the northside suburb of Hamilton. The terminal has recently undergone a glamorous makeover and visitors can now enjoy fresh produce markets, riverside restaurants, cafes and eateries and fashion boutiques, as well as international standard cruise terminal facilities such as ATMs, taxi ranks, wheelchair access and visitor info centres.

The terminal is only 4.5 km from the city centre and is also only a ten-minute drive from Brisbane's international and domestic airports.


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