Brisbane is the state capital of Queensland and its also the third most populous city in the whole country. Brisbane (or Bris Vegas, or Brizzy), unlike it’s beachy siblings (Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise etc), is actually not on the coast. The city is planned around the Brisbane River, and one of the jewels of the town is South Bank, which has some really nice restaurants, amazing pubs and cafes too.
Brisbane originally started out as a convict settlement in 1824, but there is hardly any trace of that existence left today. But there are a few sandstone convict-made buildings still around but the city’s architecture is more well-known for “Queenslanders”, which are hard-wood house on stilts that allow the inhabitants to catch cool breezes in the sub-tropical summer heat, as well as to keep the building away from flooding waters when ‘the rains’ come like clockwork each year. Queenslanders are also famous for their wide verandahs, which are designed for outdoor easy-living. The huge ultra-modern skyscrapers that speckle the city’s skyline are also just as iconic throughout Brisbane.
Make sure you travel on the Brisbane City Cat ferries that go up and down the Brisbane River, they will show you a special unique part of the city that do not see travelling by car or bus. In the summertime, Brisbane gets covered with purple jacaranda, dark red poinciana and the beautifully fragrant frangipani trees. In winter the tourists still wear shorts and t-shirts even while the Brisbane locals cover up in layers of clothing to protect themselves against temperatures that might fall just below 20 degrees Celsius.
Bris-Vegas is warm and tropical all year round, but in summer the humidity can get a bit full-on for some visitors, especially in the peak Aussie summer (Dec – Feb). Throughout the rest of the year, the weather is much milder. The best time of year to enjoy the weather of Brisbane, is Spring – the heat is comfortable, and it is also beautiful time of year too.
Of the things to do in Brisbane, you should definitely spend some time at South Bank to let your hair down. Also there is the Koala Sanctuary, views from Mt Coot-tha, the City’s botanic gardens, the famous Queensland beer, XXXX (Four X) has an amazing brewery tour and St Helena Island is a must see.
Brisbane is an incredible location to enjoy the fantastic climate while also enjoying the city comforts. The beach and countryside are not far to travel away to, and the unique Brisbane culture allows for you to work hard but also to play hard too. The sports scene is incredible, and the locals are warm and friendly (unless you support the opposite rugby team ). Enjoy your time in Brisbane, you will be back again for sure!