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Brisbane Trip Plan: Can’t-Miss Hotspots

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If you crave a quintessential taste of Australia in one compact, easily navigable package, look no further than Brisbane—the sunny, buzzworthy capital of Queensland. It’s no surprise that travelers flock to this riverside metropolis for its glorious weather and outdoorsy lifestyle, but Brisbane also offers plenty of less-expected charms: a vibrant cultural scene, a coastline dotted with enchanting islands, and a host of exciting restaurants and hip cafes dishing up of-the-moment cuisine. Here’s how to get the most out of Australia’s hottest under-the-radar city.
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Brisbane River, Queensland, Australia
Seeing the city in a new light—from the water. Take it easy on an evening dinner cruise along the tranquil Brisbane River, learning about the history of the city as an important river port while chilling with a glass of South Australian...
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Brisbane QLD, Australia
Tap into Brisbane’s wealth of cultural districts, most of which line the city’s most prominent landmark, the Brisbane River. Explore the brilliant collections contained within the Gallery of Modern Art (also known as GOMA) and the...
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Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm QLD 4005, Australia
This dynamic arts destination is housed in an Instagram-worthy pre-war industrial power station. At the Brisbane Powerhouse, you’ll find everything from the feted Brisbane Comedy Festival—which attracts marquee Australian and...
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Brisbane QLD, Australia
Brisbane is blessed with a dazzling array of globe-spanning, wallet-friendly options, from Chinese steamed bao buns (try the delicious fluffy versions at Mr. Bunz) to traditional Greek gyros (like those served at popular local chain The Yiros Shop...
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Moreton Island, Queensland, Australia
Take a day trip and follow the river all the way to the ocean, where you’ll be rewarded with a gorgeous shoreline, mesmerizing beaches, and a coastline scattered with idyllic islands. One of the most captivating of these is Moreton Island, located...
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Revel in nature at Lamington National Park, a World Heritage-listed gem covering 52,000 acres in Queensland’s southeast, about 1.5 hours by car from Brisbane. The park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, encompassing some of...