Brisbane

Brisbane is situated on the Brisbane river and is the capital of Queensland. Get your bearings when you first arrive and explore the city by foot. Alternatively take a ferry or river cruise and get the feel of the river by day or night. Take in the sights and discover why the river is so central to Brisbane life.
 
Climate

Brisbane has a great climate year round missing out on the cooler winter temperatures experienced in southern Australia.

Food
Like other Australian capital cities Brisbane offers great opportunities for dining. Whether you are looking for a good pizza, Thai or modern Australian cuisine you’ll find it in Brisbane, however seafood is the real specialty you must not miss. The Fishmonger’s Wife in East Brisbane or Gambaros are two of Brisbane’s well known seafood restaurants. Check out www.eatability.com.au for cafes, restaurants and reviews. If you are ready to spend a bit more for a special night out try Matt Moran’s Aria restaurant on the river, in Brisbane, at Eagle St Pier.

Wildlife
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is situated in Brisbane and is one of the city’s major attractions. It is the world’s largest koala sanctuary. Set in parklands beside the river with picnic facilities,it’s now home to over 100 koalas as well as kangaroos and other Australian native animals.

Shopping
Brisbane’s city centre, is home to the Queen Street Mall with a huge array of shops including luxury stores as well as restaurants which are open seven days.
One of Brisbane’s suburbs, Paddington, close to the city is a great place to go for something a bit different with shops set in what were previously residential homes in the Queenslander style.
Also worth a try are Caxton Street, Latrobe Terrace and Given Terrace.

Parks
South Bank Parklands, which is spread over 40 acres, is a short walk from the city centre. It has parks, restaurants, weekend markets and even an artificial beach with waves and sand. Have a swim or take your bike and ride along the scenic paths.

The Arts
Adjacent to South Bank Parklands on the Brisbane River is the Queensland Cultural Centre, the cultural hub of Brisbane with the Queensland Museum and Art Gallery.
Also worth a visit are the Sciencentre, State Library of Queensland, and the Gallery of Modern Art, the largest modern art museum in Australia.
At night, visit one of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC) four venues, and catch a show by the Queensland Theatre Company, Queensland Ballet, Queensland Symphony Orchestra or Opera Queensland.
Alternatively you could head to New Farm for the Brisbane Powerhouse Centre for the Arts, which is home to a progressive program of contemporary arts from Australia and overseas. Find what’s on www.ourbrisbane.com.

Accommodation
University Stays offers great value accommodation if you are in Brisbane over the summer or winter in the University holidays, from November to February and June July. Some apartments may be available year round.

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