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Book a flight to Brisbane with Qatar Airways and you’ll soon find yourself arriving in a city that almost redefines the word ‘unique’. There can be few cities in the world that put you within easy access of sweeping mountains, sun-splashed beaches, tropical scenery, theme parks, beautiful islands, historic attractions and a defiantly 21st Century cityscape.
Brisbane started out as a relatively small country town and is now the third largest city in Australia. Essentially, whatever you’re hoping to get from your holiday, this is the place you’re likely to find it. Flights to Brisbane can be booked through most international airports, bringing you one step closer to exploring the capital of the Sunshine State.
Take a trip to Brisbane and you won’t be short of things to do and see, as there are attractions around virtually every corner. If there’s a sports fan in your group, then they’ll enjoy the chance to see rugby, soccer and cricket being played in some of Australia’s most prestigious stadiums. Australians are fiercely competitive when it comes to sport and that’s evident in the sheer scale and grandeur of their stadiums, such as Lang Park, The Gabba, Brisbane Exhibition Ground and Ballymore Stadium.
If you’re travelling with children on your trip to Brisbane, then they are well catered for too. Be sure to make some time to visit the Alma Park Zoo and the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Here, you can cuddle the slow-moving marsupials and feed kangaroos in the beautiful surroundings of one of the world’s best zoos.
Alternatively, if you want to see the city at its best – and you’ve got a head for heights – you can climb the world-famous story bridge and soak up a breathtaking view from the top.
One of the city’s major features is the Brisbane River, which links the various quarters together. There are plenty of river cruises on offer or you can take a ride on the CityCat and see the city from the water. If you’re feeling energetic, you can even hire kayaks and paddle yourself around. However, if all that sounds like a bit too much like hard work, you can simply pop into the Museum of Brisbane and discover more about the river, the city and its rich history.
If you’re travelling to Brisbane in search of arts and entertainment, then be sure to pay a visit to the Cultural Centre, located on the South Bank. Here, you’ll find a bounty of cultural attractions including the Queensland Art Gallery, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and the Sciencentre.
From 'chucking another ‘chook’ on the barbie' to fine dining, you’ll find that food is something that Australians take very seriously. You’ll also find that, thanks to the superb climate and an abundance of fresh produce, most meals tend to be served al fresco, creating a savoury perfume of meats, fish and vegetables in certain parts of the city.
Lamb is by far the most popular meat in the country and you’ll find that traditional Australian dishes tend to be those such as roast lamb, meat pies and the ubiquitous barbecue. However, there is a burgeoning movement for haute cuisine and many of the best chefs favour the fresh seafood that is so abundant. On your trip to Brisbane, you may find you sample dishes such as fresh tuna served with chilli and lime, grilled Moreton Bay prawns and vibrant vegetables from Lockyer Valley.
Shopping is an important part of Australian life and Brisbane has something to offer every kind of shopper you could imagine. Whether you’re after glistening malls, chic designer stores, sleek boutiques, rustic crafts or the hustle and bustle of a street market, this is the city in which you’re going to find it.
The City precinct is where you’ll find the majority of high-end stores. If you’re looking for locally-made produce then head down to Fortitude Valley, while those with an interest in antiques and collectables should seek out Woolloongabba.
Qatar Airways flights to Brisbane land at Brisbane Airport.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Brisbane please check the visa and passport requirements.
Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD)
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