Brisbane is the third largest city in Australia, and relatively compact compared with Sydney and Melbourne. Most of Brisbane’s main attractions are located within a 2km radius of the CBD and the others that can be said to be ‘in Brisbane’ are located within a 15km radius. Where you stay in Brisbane largely depends on what you want to do, and how much you want to spend. From five star hotels like Stamford Plaza and Royal on the Park, to huge backpacker complexes like Aussie Way and Banana Bender Backpackers, the CBD has accommodation which caters to all tastes and budgets.
Though Brisbane may have a reputation amongst the other cities as being a sleepy country town, it still has a lot to offer. From galleries and museums to parks and gardens, theme parks and theaters, Brisbane is an exciting city. Take a stroll down the Brisbane Riverwalk, enjoy a swim at Southbank's man-made beach, have coffee at Park Road, visit Australia Zoo or climb the Story Bridge.
Brisbane has a wide variety of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. There are many cuisine options to choose from - French, modern Australian, Lebanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Greek, Indian, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Mexican, steak, seafood, Asian Fusion - the list goes on!
The ’main neighbourhoods’ of Brisbane are widely spread, and are consequently numerous and varied. With decent roads and a modern public transport system of trains, buses and ferries, the majority of the main neighbourhoods in Brisbane are easy for locals and visitors to get to. Each one is different and Brisbane-ites are somewhat famous for their ritual of a Sunday afternoon drive around the ’burbs to take it all in!
Brisbane is very easy city to navigate both on foot and by car. The streets are laid out on a grid of one-way streets in alternating directions. The Queens (Elizabeth, Adelaide, Mary, etc.) run lengthways, and the Kings (George, Edward, Albert, etc.) run the width of the CBD. Public transport is also very easy in Brisbane with an extensive bus network, trains and ferries.