Outdoor adventures, culture & art, koala bears & kangaroos.

The up-and-coming city of Brisbane is known for great weather, fabulous coastlines, and some of the friendliest locals anywhere. The third largest city in Australia, Brissie is quickly transforming itself into a hip, culturally rich, down-to-earth destination.

Explore its iconic river via one of the old-fashioned paddlewheel vessels and take in some of the city’s most famous sights such as the Story Bridge and city skyline. For a dose of local culture, the Gallery of Modern Art, located in the South Bank precinct, focuses on Australian art from the 1970s to today.

Animal lovers will want to cuddle up to koalas at Lone Pine, the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary. Here, you’ll also have the chance to hand-feed a kangaroo, hold a snake, and observe native birds in their natural surroundings. If you’re looking for a pleasant place to unwind, head to the city’s well-maintained South Bank district. With biking trails, swimmable lagoons, and picnic-perfect park spaces, it’s an obvious place to spend a leisurely afternoon.