Many people who have travelled to Australia say that Sydney and Melbourne are must sees or the two best cities to visit in the country. I completely disagree! for me Brisbane is my favourite city. I will admit I have a bias considering I have lived there for a fews months, but it is still my favourite place in Australia and here is why.
It’s got a fricken’ beach in the middle of the city
Does Sydney or Melbourne have this? no they don’t but Brissy does! This has got to be a highlight of the city. How can you beat sunbathing and going for a quick swim in the middle of the city without the risk of sharks in Australia? you can’t. I know Cairns has something similar but Brisbane’s beach in south bank is the top dog. The best thing about it is that its completely free to use
South Bank in General
The view from South bank at night, amazing!
Although the beach is the centre piece of South Bank, it is a pretty cool spot anyway. Countless cafes and restaurants to suit every budget, so many green spaces, museums, art galleries and the theatre. You could almost just do a weekend away in South Bank.
I will admit I LOVE hot weather, so Brisbane’s sub tropical climate is perfect for someone like me. Rarely a cold rainy day, and so many days of sunshine. Even in the winter it doesn’t get that cold and is basically the same weather as a British summer. Fab!
So going to Australia you assume that you can pretty much go anywhere in the country to cuddle a Koala? WRONG. It is illegal in most states to hold a Koala with Queensland being one of the only states you can legally hold one. Although you can do this anywhere in the state, Brisbane is home to Lone pine, the worlds largest Koala sanctuary where you can see many of the unique Australian wildlife (Not just Koala’s). I’ll put a link to their website below.
The centre of everything you want to see
Ok Australia is a massive country in size, so saying it is the centre of everything might be a slight overstatement, but there is a lot to see around the Brisbane area. It is so easy to visit many attractions from Brisbane including the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Byron Bay and Fraser Island to name a few. Also Morton island and North Stradbroke island are close by and are not to be missed. Some pretty amazing and picturesque beaches to be explored on these two islands, without the crowds of Bondi beach.
It is cheaper than Sydney and Melbourne
Compared to the rest of the world, where ever you go in Australia will be expensive and don’t get me started on the prices of Sydney and Melbourne. But the better alternative Brissy is so much cheaper! Most major cities will be expensive but compared to others in Australia, Brisbane is significantly more cost effective. Which means more bank to use for more travelling. Yah!