Sitting on the hills overlooking the Brisbane River, Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, is one of the fastest-growing cities in Australia. The modern, progressive city enjoys a sub-tropical climate along with impressive bars, restaurants and cafes, an edgy art and music scene and a typically Aussie outdoor sports culture. Sights to see include the Mount Coot-Tha Lookout, Anzac Square, and the amazing Botanic gardens. Quite simply, there’s something for everyone.

Parades, Music and Theatre: The Brisbane Festival

Each September, the Brisbane Festival explodes into life with shows all across the city, including dance, circus, theatre, music and opera. It’s a very international event with artists, actors and musicians flying in from all over the world to perform side-by-side with local acts. The festival has been running since 1996, but only became an annual event in 2009, attracting thousands of tourists who come to enjoy the culture and the buzzing, creative atmosphere in the streets. You cannot miss the festival finale, the spectacular Riverfire fireworks show. You’ll be talking about it for years!

Good, Healthy Food: The Brisbane Farmer’s Market

The Brisbane Farmer’s Market has been running since 1999 on the principle of selling good, healthy, tasty food including fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, poultry and bread. The market is open every day, with enough cover overhead to keep you shaded or dry on those rare rainy days. Walk around and see what’s on offer, there are even cooking courses for those who aren’t sure what to do with all the amazing ingredients available! Try Bliss Pop’s mango pop or peanut butter banana chocolate crunch pop while you’re there. Top tip!

Bear Necessities: Brisbane Koala Sanctuary.

If you like animals, then you’re going to love this koala sanctuary, the largest and oldest in the world, with over 85 years of experience. Cuddle one of the 130 koalas that live here, play with a duckbill platypus or feed the kangaroos and lorekeets – you can interact with 100 species of Australian animals, with hands-on experiences and presentations. There’s much to fascinate, entertain and intrigue the visitor. The site is child-friendly and the animals are very well looked after. It could be the highpoint of your trip!

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