Brisbane is a city where excitement and culture collide. Daring travelers will want to walk up the steel cables on the Story Bridge Adventure Climb. Visitors can also take in the artwork at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is a big hit with visitors who want to learn more about Australian wildlife. Nature lovers should also visit Southbank Parklands' beautiful beach and inviting gardens. Mt. Coot-tha has panoramic views spanning as far as Moreton Bay.
The trendy Fortitude Valley neighborhood has fashion outlets, bars and nightclubs. It also hosts the Valley Market street fair every weekend. The West End is a great place to hear live indie rock and jazz. The eclectic New Farm neighborhood is where you’ll find everything from hostels to high-rise hotels. To help you get from place to place, Brisbane offers a reliable bus system. The CityCat catamaran and City Ferries connect points in the city and across the river.
You can expect warm or hot weather in Brisbane’s summer, which lasts from December through February. Summers are rainy and humid, and the winter is usually dry, mild and sunny. This means you can expect pleasant weather for the Riverfire Festival of Brisbane in September; when the entire city is lit up with a laser light show and fireworks over the river. The Brisbane International Film Festival in November is the largest and most prestigious film festival in Australia.