FESTIVALS & EVENTS
Brisbane is a festival city, and enjoys an enviable annual calendar of events. Noteworthy happenings here include the Brisbane Writers Festival, Big Sound, Brisbane Festival (which culminates with the impressive Riverfire climax), and the Royal Queensland Show—affectionately known by locals as the 'Ekka'.
Fireworks over Story Bridge, Riverfestival. Photo credit, Tourism and Events Queensland
The Ekka takes place in August and is Queensland’s largest annual event. For more than 140 years, the Ekka has showcased the agricultural life and achievements of rural Queensland, as well as thrilled visitors and filled kids with Dagwood Dogs and sweet treats from Show Bags. The 10-day 'show' has grown from 17,000 visitors in its first year in 1876, and now averages more than 400,000 visitors.
September is a busy festival month in Brisbane, spearheaded by the Brisbane Festival—a three-week program of theatre, music, dance, circus and opera. The Festival ends with a bang during the renowned Riverfire spectacle—Queensland’s ultimate fireworks and RAAF aerial display—on the final night.
Right through the year, Brisbane sparkles with live concert performances by international artists and local favourites like the Queensland ballet. To make the most of your visit to the Queensland capital, contact an ATAS accredited Brisbane travel agent for the kind of expert advice you'd expect from a travel professional.
ON THE RIVERDiscuss your plans with a Brisbane travel agent, and see the city from the water to take in the ever changing vistas that river cruises bring. A range of cruise operators offer experiences of various lengths at different times of day. They're great for getting your bearings, and for spotting a number of Brisbane's major attractions.
Another great option is to make the most of Brisbane's CityCat public transport services and explore the city's riverside precincts. One precinct that visitors rarely miss is South Bank—Brisbane's leading leisure and cultural destination. Here you'll find 17 hectares of lush parklands and Australia's only inner-city, man-made beach on the site of World Expo 88.
Sunset picnic on Brisbane River. Photo credit: Tourism and Events Queensland
SOUTH BANKSouth Bank is popular with Brisbane locals and visitors alike, and no first-time visit to Brisbane is complete without exploring this fabulous urban parkland and leisure space. Ask your Brisbane travel agent for details on what's on and how to make the most of your visit.
Streets Beach is a must-visit here. It is Australia’s only man-made, inner-city beach with a sparkling lagoon surrounded by white, sandy fringes and sub-tropical gardens. Even better, it's free to access, and is patrolled by lifeguards year-round.
South Bank's parklands are criss-crossed by walk-and-cycleways, and are a thriving home of events and markets. They're also the focal point for many of Brisbane's major annual public celebrations like New Year’s Eve and Australia Day. And in the streets adjacent to the parklands you'll find just about every kind of dining option imaginable.
Plan your trip with an ATAS accredited Brisbane travel agent and you'll be in the very best of hands.
Biking around South Bank. Photo credit: Tourism and Events Queensland
FORTITUDE VALLEYLike South bank, Fortitude Valley is one of Brisbane's best-known urban quarters. Known to locals simply as 'The Valley', here you'll find an eclectic mix of grunge and sophistication, modern and historic, and more than a sprinkle of Chinatown. If you're into exploring cities after dark, discovering local laneway boutiques and hole-in-the-wall diners and cafes, you'll feel right at home in the Valley.
Did anyone say 'burgers'? There's been something of a burger arms-race underway in the valley for years now—definitely a reason to visit if you're a fancier. Tap into the very best local insights and Valley expertise by talking to a Brisbane Travel agent.
Winn Lane, Fortitude Valley. Photo credit, Krista Eppelstun.
THE CITYBrisbane city brims with flagship shopping, dining and riverside leisure precincts as good as you'll find anywhere. You'll also find world-class hotels in brilliant locations that make discovering the city an absolute breeze, this makes Brisbane the perfect city-break destination.
With a year-round calendar of major cultural and sporting events, there's always something on in Brisbane—much of it accessible on foot. The Queensland Cultural Centre, for example, occupies an enviable position at South Bank, adjacent to the city’s CBD. It is home to the State’s leading arts and cultural institutions including the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Queensland Museum and Sciencentre, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, and the State Library of Queensland. This powerhouse of cultural attractions is connected to the CBD by the Victoria Bridge and the astonishingly engineered, pedestrian-only Kurilpa Bridge.
But Queenslanders also love their sport, so it's no surprise that Brisbane is home to teams in the national competitions of all major sports. So, if you're a card-carrying member of the Reds, Broncos, Lions, Firebirds, Bullets, Bulls, Heat, Fire, Roar or Bandits, or just a casual fan, there will be something worth barracking for when you visit.
Your favourite ATAS accredited Brisbane travel can help you plan a trip to Brisbane with the perfect mix of cultural and sporting pursuits.
BRISBANE PLUSThe Queensland capital is the ideal gateway to much of the state's southern regions. Drive fewer than two hours and you can find yourself in the Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise, even northern New South Wales.
Head north for the famed beaches and hamlets of the Sunshine Coast, and south-west you'll find the magnificent, World Heritage listed Scenic Rim region in the Gold Coast hinterland. The Scenic Rim is home to stunning rainforests, South-East Queensland’s highest peaks, wonderful country towns and award-winning restaurants right in Brisbane's backyard.
A 40-minute drive east from Brisbane, followed by a boat transfer, brings you to North Stradbroke Island, or Straddie as it is known to the locals. The island is known for its spectacular scenery, freshwater lakes, rolling surf and endless white sandy beaches—a wonderful place to escape the city for a while.
Whether you're planning a Brisbane city fix, visiting friends and family or taking in a show, your ATAS accredited Brisbane travel agent has the local knowledge, insights and expert guidance to get you there. Tackle the planning with a Brisbane travel agent, and you'll travel with confidence that comes with having a professional in your corner to protect you from the unexpected.
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