Sunshine capital

Brisbane is the sub-tropical capital of Queensland, Australia’s "sunshine state". A vibrant city of well over one million people, Brisbane is the gateway to the state’s vast hinterland and rural areas.

Brisbane is a cosmopolitan city and there is much to see and do. It is also the key entry point for major tourist locations such as the Great Barrier Reef, the Outback, and the beaches of the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.

Public transport is a great way to get around, whether it is by bus, train or ferry. Get all your travelling organised before you leave home by visiting the Queensland's public transport site.

Visit some of the following websites before your arrival. Brisbane has plenty of cinemas, fine restaurants, funky cafes, cool shopping districts and world class museums and art galleries.

Queensland Holidays tourist information

Events in Brisbane

Brisbane guide

Brisbane is only a bus ride away from the dazzling Queensland beaches at the Gold Coast, so why not extend your stay and start exploring?

About Gold Coast

About Sunshine Coast



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