Brisbane Night Lights
Photo by: Amit (Sydney), Creative Commons

Jack the Roo parties all night in colorful Brisbane. If you want to go on a vacation without leaving the big city, Australia’s Queensland city, Brisbane, is the place to go. This populous city is home to spectacular night spots and busy commercial complexes. The city also has a number of outdoor recreational areas and nature parks when you need a little breather from your urban exploration. Brisbane, one of Australia’s largest cities, is also one of the most populous cities in the country. It sits on the Brisbane River between the Great Dividing Range and Moreton Bay. The city is rich in cultural heritage with its history being punctuated by numerous challenges like the violent clash among US military men, Australian servicemen, and civilians in 1942’s Battle of Brisbane as well as the infrastructure problems that beset the city postwar. You can visit the Museum of Brisbane at the Brisbane City Hall to get a better feel of how the Brisbane City Council continues to work towards maintaining the city’s reputation as one of the country’s top tourist destinations.

Enjoy Brisbane’s musical offerings in the pop and classical genres. South Bank’s Queensland Performing Arts Center puts together a number of theaters to give you a variety of stage performances that are truly world-class. Performing groups like the Queensland Orchestra, the Queensland Theater Company and the Queensland Ballet make their rounds of the various performance venues in the South Bank Parklands. Restaurants and cafes dot the vicinity for you to sample Brisbane’s gustatory treats. More entertainment venues could be found in the Central District as well as in the suburbs around it. Particularly notable is the Queen Street Mall where shopping centers like the Wintergarden, the Brisbane Arcade, the Queen Adelaide Building, and the Myer Centre could be found.

For a whiff of some fresh air, you can take a trip to Brisbane’s recreational areas. Among the most popular outdoor tourist destinations are the City Botanic Gardens, the Portside Wharf, the Brisbane Forest Park, and the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary which boasts of being the first koala sanctuary in the world. It would also be interesting to visit the Brisbane Botanic Gardens at the suburb of Mount Coot-tha. In the same locale, you can also find the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium and the Japanese Garden. Fishing and boating could also be done along the Brisbane River towards Moreton Bay. More active vacationers might want to try out the adventure climb at the Story Bridge and the rock climbing facility at the Kangaroo Point cliffs. A visit to hot and humid Brisbane will be just perfect anytime from April to September.

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