Brisbane is a city that has it all. Australia’s third most populous city and Queensland’s capital has proved a popular tourist destination for many years, particularly with local visitors. While Brissy attracts nearly one million international visitors every year, that figure is well behind Sydney and Melbourne. 

So, as plans begin to formulate for when the coronavirus lockdown is over, here are a handful of reasons why you should consider Brisbane for your next holiday.

Sports-lovers Paradise

Whether watching or playing, sports fans will absolutely love Brisbane, which is home to a host of world class events and sports venues. Rugby league is the city’s most popular sport, so an evening spent at the Suncorp Stadium to watch the Brisbane Broncos is the best way to sample it. For soccer fans, the Suncorp Stadium is also the home arena for the city’s professional club, Brisbane Lions, as well as the rugby union team Queensland Reds.

Brisbane is also home to the world famous The Gabba cricket stadium, which hosts many matches played by the Australia national team as well as domestic teams Queensland Bulls and Brisbane Heat. The Gabba is also the host venue for AFL (Australian Football League) team Brisbane Lions.

Meanwhile, tennis fans will want to time their trip to Brisbane to coincide with January’s Brisbane International, where many of the best male and female players compete in the build-up to the Australian Open.

For those who want to keep active during a visit to Brisbane, then there are plenty of options. The city boasts plenty of golf courses, kayak tours, walking tours, and adventure tours. 

Great Nightlife

If something can be said for all Australian cities, it is they are all extremely sociable and Brisbane is certainly no different. Brisbane has a wonderful array of nightlife to suit all types, from traditional pubs and laidback venues, to sophisticated bars, dance clubs, live music venues, and casinos.

For stunning views of the city while enjoying a few drinks, then Bar Pacino, Blackbird, and Riverbar Kitchen in Brisbane City are all great options. For a rooftop view of the Brisbane skyline, Eleven Rooftop Bar and Elixir should be on the list. 

Brisbane also has numerous wineries to sample locally made wine, award-winning whiskey bars, as well as venues dedicated to live jazz and blues. If you fancy testing your luck, then Brisbane is home to various casinos, including the famous Treasury, but ensure you gamble safely when spending the evening at the tables.

Plenty of Nature and Wildlife

Brisbane may be Australia’s third most populous city, but that does not mean it is without plenty of nature – both within the city and in the surrounding areas.

One of the most iconic nature experiences to be had in Brisbane is the opportunity to get up close to koalas. For the chance to have a cuddle with a koala, head to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary – the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary.

Other great places in and around Brisbane to view wildlife are the Australian Zoo, Walkabout Creek Wildlife Centre, O’Reilly’s Birds of Prey Rainforest Retreat, Ottaba Llamas, and the Try It Emu Farm.

Beyond hanging out with lots of cool, exotic animals, Brisbane’s nature lends itself to plenty of fun activities. There are many mountain climbs around the city, nearby beaches, nature hikes and walks, waterfalls, and lakes to explore.

Moreton Island

Just a 75-minute ferry ride from Brisbane is Moreton Island, the third-largest sand island in the world and a true paradise spot. 

Whether visiting for a long day, overnight, or for a few days, a visit to Moreton is always worth it. Spending the day relaxing on the beach and paddling in the sea is highly encouraged, although there is plenty more to do and see.

Grab a mask and snorkel and explore the Moreton Island shipwrecks; get an amazing viewpoint of the island with a walk to the Cape Moreton Lighthouse; feed dolphins at sunset; go whale watching; climb Mt Tempest; or swim in Blue Lagoon – there are so many incredible experiences to be had on Moreton Island.

The fact Moreton Island is so close to Brisbane makes it an easy and convenient place to visit, but once you get there you will feel like you are in a different world!

Shopper’s Delight

Brisbane can certainly cater to those looking to indulge in a spot of retail therapy. From high-end international fashion brands to local craft design, the latest trends to timeless antiques, Brisbane has districts and stores to satisfy all types of shoppers.

Queen Street Mall is the largest of Brisbane’s shopping districts, stretching half-a-kilometre and boasting luxury fashion houses, high-street brands, and stylish local retailers. 

Fortitude Valley, one of Brisbane’s hippest areas, is another great place for shopping. Given its bohemian vibe, Fortitude Valley is home to plenty of independent fashion designers, boutiques, and craft makers. 

For antique hunting and the chance to pick up some quirky and vintage bargains, then Paddington is full of such stores, while Woolloongabba – best known for  being the area of the The Gabba cricket stadium – is also a great place to explore for such retro and one of a kind items.