Brisbane city is relaxing, friendly and vibrant, and an ideal base for your car hire holiday. It describes more than just a quick visit. It is a tourist destination in itself.
With over two million inhabitants, Brisbane is no longer the small city city, but Australia's third largest city. Located in South East Queensland, it is internationally appealing for many reasons, mostly its access to breathtaking scenery and tourist attractions.
There are not too many cities that boast such diversity as the city's skylines, amusement parks, islands, mountain ranges, pristine beaches and rolling countryside, all within an easy hour's drive.
The subtropical climate blends perfectly sunny for most of the year, with an average temperature of 30 degrees, so take your hat, sunscreen and light clothes.
The winters are mild and still sunny, with an average of 15 degrees. You should also bring comfortable footwear as there are countless spectacular walking and cycling trails around the city.
Providing culture and style, the city center offers first-class restaurants and an extensive shopping center. A good idea is to park your car at the South Bank and cross the bridge to the city as parking can be expensive.
South Bank Parklands deserves a full day to explore the sandy beaches, shops, cafes and restaurants. This weekend there are free concerts plus unique arts and crafts markets. The promenade is always beautiful at night with the colorful lights of the city just across the river, and the Kookaburra Queen paddle damper is a crowd stop.
You can not miss the botanical garden in Brisbane on Mount Coot-tha, which offers over 50 acres of world-class gardens and attractions. Entrance is free and guided walks are available. The view from the top of Mount Coot-tha is exciting, with beautiful views of the city skyline through to the islands in the bay.
Likewise on the north side of Brisbane is Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Australia's largest Koala research and refugee center, and home to a wide variety of bird and animal species.
If you are eager for some adventure, drive to Kangaroo Point for the ultimate Storey Bridge Adventure Climb. This is the third bridge climbing in the world and takes a magnificent 360 degree panorama of Brisbane city.
Redland Bay is popular with Brisbane places and tourists as well as easy reaching only 40 minutes from the city center. The Bay Islands offer fantastic fishing, breathtaking beaches and unforgettable surroundings. There are so many great places to park and relax for a couple of hours, and if you have time, there are frequent ferries and barges that depart to Russell, Lamb and Macleay.
Pram to Stradbroke Island takes 45 minutes from Cleveland and is a worthwhile and popular day trip. The rugged landscape, inner islands and massive dunes are unforgivable. You may prefer to spend a few extra days appreciate this magnificent island and there are many campsites on the other side of the island.
Brisbane is also a great location for exploring Queensland's countryside and small rural areas around this big city. Toowoomba, the "garden town" is only a couple of hours away and a memorable day trip with antique shops and fruit scatters spread across the highway. Great day trips also include the famous Australia Zoo and Underwater World on the Sunshine Coast, with majestic scenes like Glasshouse Mountains, which can be enjoyed while driving.
Traveling south, the Gold Coast hosts major theme parks, including Seaworld, MovieWorld and Dreamworld, not forgetting long glorious beaches and the majestic Gold Coast hinterland, all just an hour from Brisbane. Just before Oxenford take some time to visit the strawberry farm, pat the old camel and try some delicious strawberry ice cream and trees available.
You do not want to leave this sunny city. Brisbane has everything for international travelers and local tourists and is the perfect base for a wonderful vacation in Queensland. Once you've discovered its treasures, it will be hard to stay away for a long time.