Casually cool Brisbane is a city like no other: a cultural hotspot with a trailblazing food scene, vibrant entertainment precincts, world-class shopping, edgy arts landscape and more. Full of delightful possibilities and surprises for the modern-day urban explorer, it has an unmatched natural beauty. Edged by pristine Moreton Bay, Brisbane is defined by a gently meandering river and surrounded by regional attractions such as world-famous beaches, wildlife, waterfalls, wineries and rugged mountains. Find out why everyone’s talking about Brisbane at and plan some fun around your trip to the tennis.


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Arts & Culture

Brisbane’s riverside cultural precinct is a destination in itself. Here you’ll find QAGOMA (two world-class art galleries) and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (home to some of the world’s greatest blockbuster stage shows). Over the river, uncover Fortitude Valley’s independent gallery trail and catch a fringe performance at the Brisbane Powerhouse.


Photography: Contortion Act – Matt Beard; Costumes – Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt © 2012 Cirque du Soleil.

Double serve of events

While the Brisbane International is in town, the city is also playing host to a summer spread of big events. Swap courtside for ringside and catch Cirque du Soleil’s KOOZA at Northshore, help GOMA celebrate 10 years of modern art with blockbuster exhibitions, check out the fascinating Collider – the world’s greatest science experiment exhibition at the Queensland Museum – or book tickets to Matilda playing at QPAC. If music is your thing, play the tennis back-to-back with time at the six-day award-winning Woodford Folk Festival north of Brisbane.


Bring the whole family

There is no shortage of family fun in Brisbane. From parks and waterfront attractions to the state’s cultural highlights, at least half of the best things to do with your kids come with an added bonus … they’re free! Read about the top 40 things to do with kids in Brisbane, or keep teenagers entertained with these 24 ideas.



Brisbane’s shopping precincts all have a distinct character. Start with international labels in the Queen Street Mall, wander through sleek boutiques in James St’s LA-style boulevards, shop for progressive local fashion in Fortitude Valley’s laneways and finish the day with an antique hunt in Paddington.


Eat & drink

Brisbane is surrounded by an incredible food bowl of fresh produce that our top chefs use to their advantage. Eat local at these restaurants and cafes, enjoy world-class fine dining, find the most romantic spots for a date or stick to a weekend of cheap eats. Make like a local and join the breakfast crowd, seek out hidden gems tucked down hip city laneways and give the Eat Street Markets a whirl.



From a quiet drink with a date down a laneway, to a rowdy gig with friends, to a pumping rooftop bar – Brisbane’s bar scene certainly has variety. Take a pick from these top 24 bars, or dive right into this comprehensive nightlife guide. After spending a day seeing the stars in action on Pat Rafter Arena, catch another act live on stage at one of Brisbane’s best live music venues.




Style, sophistication and luxury – Brisbane’s wide selection of quality hotels and apartments has it all. Whether you’re after iconic international design, an indulgent pamper, or the personal touch of our charming boutique hotels, you’ll find all of your accommodation needs are catered for in our welcoming city.


Explore Brisbane’s backyard

Recharge your soul and reboot your life in the natural playground right on Brisbane’s doorstep. Explore a backyard of rolling hills and country towns in Logan, Somerset, Moreton Bay Region, Redlands and Ipswich; to the west the Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim’s world heritage rainforests; and offshore the white sandy beaches and gorgeous blue waters of North Stradbroke and Moreton islands, the second and third-largest sand islands in the world. Discover 30 things to do in the regions today.



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If you have any questions, pop into one of Brisbane’s Visitor Information Centres (either at South Bank or the Queen Street Mall) or email [email protected]