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Nestled on the banks of the Brisbane River, Brisbane is a thriving city boasting award-winning restaurants and bars and offering many unique shopping experiences. Take a leisurely cruise, explore nearby national parks, take a day trip to the beautiful Moreton or Stradbroke islands or simply relax at South Bank and enjoy the view.

Take a dip in Australia’s only inner city beach at Streets Beach at South Bank. A man-made swimming beach, Streets Beach overlooks the beautiful Brisbane River and central business district and has a sparkling crystal clear lagoon with white sand beaches and tropical trees.

Experience a leisurely cruise along Brisbane River and see Brisbane’s picturesque foreshore from the decks of a river boat while sipping morning or afternoon tea. While taking in the sights, learn about local history from a well versed guide.

Indulge in Brisbane’s thriving arts and cultural scene. Visit the Cultural Centre at South Bank overlooking the Brisbane River where both the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art are located. At night, catch a show at one of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s venues or a show by the Queensland Theatre Company, Queensland Ballet, Queensland Orchestra or Opera Queensland.

If you like to shop, Brisbane is the place for you. The Queen Street Mall is Queensland’s premier shopping destination with around 700 speciality stores.

Visit koalas at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary located in leafy surrounds on the Brisbane River. Hand feed kangaroos and wallabies as well as wild rainbow lorikeets and if you are feeling brave, have your photo taken holding a snake or baby crocodile.

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Getting to Brisbane

The city of Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and is approximately 925 kilometres north of Sydney.

The Brisbane XPT runs daily from Sydney. The Casino XPT also runs daily from Sydney to Casino with connecting coaches to Brisbane.

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Getting around Brisbane

Travel at your own pace around Brisbane via local buses, trains, taxis and hire cars. Join organised day trips run by bus tour operators and the two hour City Sights bus tour run by the Brisbane City Council. Hire a bicycle and cycle along one of over 500 cycle ways.

For local public transport options, visit the TransLink website or call 13 12 30.

Getting to and from the airport

Airtrain rail services run between both domestic and international airports and Brisbane (Roma Street) Station, where NSW TrainLink trains begin and end their Queensland journeys.