We know why you’re really here: koalas! The world’s oldest and largest refuge for these adorable marsupials, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, is just 12 km southwest of central Brisbane. Hop in one of lastminute.com.au’s excellent Brisbane car hire options and you’ll be there before you can say “OMG baby koalas!!!” (Bonus: It’s also home to equally adorbs wombats and platypuses.)
Now that you’ve got your koala photo op, it’s time to explore. On the South Bank, head to the Parklands for a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane, where you’ll have 360-degree views of the city. Back on solid ground, check out Brisbane’s very own tropical lagoon, aka Streets Beach. South Brisbane’s also got the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art and the Sciencentre, so if you dig art that involves removing your shoes or always wanted to learn how to measure a crocodile, now’s your chance.
So what’s on the North Bank, you ask? Well, across the river is where you’ll find the shopping! Join 26 million visitors (annually—not at the same time) at the Queen Street Mall to browse everything from upscale international brands to farmers market finds. You can’t take home a real koala, but you can definitely find koala-shaped bum bags, belt buckles and pretty much anything else here. Other buys that scream “Brisbane holiday!”: Queensland tea towels, opal jewellery and honey chocolate—which yes, is just as delicious as it sounds.
If dining in Sydney is the flashy, bling-wearing cousin and Melbourne is the ever-changing hipster, dining on holiday in Brisbane is a lot like a laid-back California surfer. In the Golden Triangle neighbourhood, you’ll find riverview dining with the freshest surf and turf around; for cheap eats, head east to New Farm, home to hostels and backpacker culture. In-between budgets are sure to find a feast in the eclectic West End, which delivers tantalizing tastes from Thai to Turkish.
Do you have the “fortitude” for a wild night out in Brisbane? No, we’re not just using big words. Night owls will want to book Brisbane packages in the Fortitude Valley neighbourhood. Feel free to wear your highest heels, because you won’t have to walk far with dozens of bars and clubs within just a few blocks. Need to restore some brain cells? You’re in luck. It’s home to some of the city’s best cafes, too.
Whether you call it “Brizzie”, “Briz Vegas” or just “Brisbane”, a city by any other name simply wouldn’t be such an awesome getaway. Book one of our packages to Brisbane, then grab a dagwood dog and a pint and you’re well on your way to holiday fun.
As it's the state capital, you'll have plenty of Brisbane hotels to pick from. At the mo, lastminute.com.au lists more than 304 places to crash.
Whether you're after the basics or the whole kit and caboodle, Brisbane has your back! For a place that won't melt your credit card, you can't go past the Fern Cottage B&B, located at 89 Fernberg Road, or the Ibis Budget Brisbane Airport, at 18 Navigator Place, Cnr. Nudgee Road. However, if you'd rather live in the lap of luxury on holiday, the Founda Gardens Apartments or the Spicers Balfour Hotel will more than fit the bill.
1 Nov. - 2 Nov.
Beautiful pool oasis in the middle of the city. Lovely helpful staff
15 Nov. - 16 Nov.
It was very central to the whole city, great view.
29 Nov. - 30 Nov.
Nice location on the river. Staff were so helpful and friendly. Everyone you walked past interacted with greeting and how is your day. You felt like your stay matter's to them. Would certainly stay again
30 Nov. - 1 Dec.
I just loved everything. My CSO Shenali, was so lovely, she upgraded me to a king size bed. Plus sent up a bottle of wine. A soaking bathtub in every room 😊
15 Nov. - 16 Nov.
Loved our stay and the staff are amazing. It was my 50th and the staff surprised me with a bottle of Champagne and Chocolate, such a beautiful thing to do .... thank you Ray and Oaks on Felix, we'll definitely be back
15 Nov. - 16 Nov.
I found the guy that checked me in very smug and condescending. Can’t tell you his name because he had no name badge. Then when checking out he put a note on my room saying I had to return a phone charger but I had my own. It was my first time in Brisbane and e would probably stay somewhere else ...