Travel Time: 1½ hrs from Sydney, 2½ hrs from Melbourne, 4½ hrs from Perth
Weather: A subtropical climate, Brisbane is defined by sunny skies and terrific warm weather throughout most of the year. Summers range from 21–29.8°C with beautiful hot days and frequent thunderstorms in the afternoons. Spring and autumn are both characterised by warm, sun-filled days and temperatures between 15–25°C. Winters are mild and sunny, with temperatures remaining between 11–21°C (rarely dropping below 9°C at night).
Currency: AUD (Australian dollar)
Major destinations: South Bank Parklands & Cultural Centre, QAGOMA, Mt Coot-tha, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Lone Pink Koala Sanctuary, Walkabout Creek Wildlife Centre, Daisy Conservation Park, Moreton Bay
Holiday types: City break & active adventure for all ages
With over 300 days of sunshine, expansive green spaces and kid-centric exhibitions, Brisbane has the best of both city-style attractions and outdoor adventures.
South Bank Parklands make for a terrific day out with the family. Among highlights are the climbing structures, swings and slides of its two playgrounds; learning about veggie growing and flora at the Nepal Peace Pagoda; and splashing away around the safe and unique man-made Streets Beach. Schedule time for the great galleries and museums at nearby South Bank Cultural Centre, being sure not to miss the terrific hands-on QAGOMA (Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art).
For outside fun take a picnic or scavenger hunt through Brisbane Botanic Gardens, also home to the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium. Hike around the walking trails of popular Mt Coot-tha for sweeping views of Brisbane and Moreton Bay. For animal encounters head to Walkabout Creek Wildlife Centre for its variety of native animals, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary for up-close encounters, and Daisy Conservation Park for learning about the plight and conservation of our native animals.
Nicknamed the ‘River City’, there’s so much to do on and around the water – from kayaks and stand-up paddle boards, rollerblades and cycling, to abseiling and rock climbing. A short trip over to Moreton Island will appeal to teens with choice of hiking, outrigger canoeing, diving and guided snorkelling of the famous ship wrecks.