The capital city of the Sunshine State exudes warmth with tropical temperatures and a laid-back lifestyle that has earnt Brisbane a place in the top ten most liveable cities in the world. At the heart of the city flows the river, with an array of water based activities to cool off from the summer sun; forget hitting the pavements, take a river cruise from your luxury hotel and explore this city by water. Strung along the river is an eclectic collection of urban suburbs to explore from your luxury accommodation, featuring charming shops, shady parks and classic Queenslander architecture, interspersed with a plentiful selection of cafes to sip your perfectly brewed latte. Discover colonial heritage buildings and the City Botanical Gardens where huge Moreton Bay Fig trees offer the ultimate green oasis for quiet strolls, picnics or a laze in the sunshine. At South Bank Parklands, you can swim at the artificial riverside beach, or visit museums and art galleries to learn more about Australian culture both past and present. Brisbane also serves as a perfect gateway to the beautiful golden beaches of the Gold and Sunshine Coasts for which Queensland is renowned.
If you are looking for a 5 Star rated CBD hotel in Brisbane, the Emporium Hotel South Bank is an excellent choice. An impressive boutique hotel located right in the heart of the action, the property is centrally located near the Brisbane Exhibition Centre and the magnificent City Botanical Gardens. The hotel offers 143 beautifully appointed suites, all of which feature views of the river, […]View Details
Rated 5 stars, the Hotel X Brisbane Fortitude Valley is one of the most prestigious hotels in Brisbane. Close to the New Farm Riverwalk, the Queen Street Mall and New Farm Park, the hotel provides a luxurious place to stay in a convenient central location – just minutes from some of the city’s best bars, restaurants, shops and nightlife. Exuding bold design and ornate finishes, […]View Details
The Inchcolm by Ovolo is a luxury accommodation provider that resides imperiously in the Brisbane CBD. Contained within a stunning 1920s neo-Georgian building, this 5 star property epitomises style and grace. Close to all the city’s main attractions, the Queen Street Mall, Southbank and the Story Bridge are all within easy walking distance. This deluxe boutique hotel offers chic rooms and suites that feature Avant […]View Details
Formerly known as the Spire Residence, the Queen St Residence is a 5 star deluxe accommodation located in the heart of one of Brisbane’s busiest streets. Just 700 metres from the Queen Street Mall, the property is also close to Anzac Square, the New Farm Riverwalk, Southbank and the City Botanical Gardens. Stylishly appointed with guest’s comfort in mind, each unit features a balcony. In […]View Details
The Brisbane Marriott Hotel offers 5 Star luxury accommodation in a fabulous CBD location that overlooks the magnificent Story Bridge. Having recently undergone a $20 million renovation, the property is an excellent option for those wanting to base themselves near New Farm Riverwalk, the Brisbane Showground, Eagle Street Pier or Suncorp Stadium. Designed in a contemporary urban style that pairs subtle cream and brown tones […]View Details
Providing an immediate entry to the Central Railway Station, the Sofitel Brisbane Central spoils guests with a brilliant location and deluxe 5 star hotel accommodation. Just 800 metres from the Roma Street Station, the Anzac Square, Queen Street Mall, King George Square and Wintergarden can also all be reached within minutes on foot. Inspired by French sophistication, each of the 416 rooms and suites at […]View Details
Looking for a centrally located luxury 5 star hotel in the heart of the Brisbane CBD? Then look no further than the Hilton Brisbane. Designed by Harry Seidler and connected to the Queen Street Mall, the hotel is also just a stone’s throw from the Wintergarden, Brisbane Arcade, Metro Arts Theatre and King George Square. Showcasing lovely city views, rooms at the property are airy […]View Details
One of the best 5 Star Deluxe Hotels in the city, the Pullman Brisbane King George Square enjoys an excellent location directly opposite City Hall. Located in the CBD, the property is very close to some of the main tourists attractions in the area including Museum of Brisbane, King George Square and Wintergarden. Characterised by their stylish accents and modern designs, rooms at the hotel […]View Details
Enjoying a superb location directly opposite the Queen Street Mall, the Hyatt Regency Brisbane is a great choice of 5 star luxury hotel for those who want to be based in the CBD. Close to King George Square and the Brisbane Arcade, the property is an excellent base to explore all the main highlights of the city. Each of the hotel’s 292 air-conditioned rooms feature […]View Details
Previously known as The Fantauzzo, the Crystalbrook Vincent is a magnificent 5 star hotel that offers guests luxury accommodation in the vibrant heart of Brisbane’s CBD. Very close to the Story Bridge and New Farm Riverwalk, the hotel provides an excellent downtown location in which to explore the main attractions in the city. Embracing an eco-friendly ‘responsible luxury’ design philosophy, all of the 166 contemporary […]View Details
Choose W Brisbane for a luxury hotel with a hip vibe. Situated in the Brisbane CBD, its riverside location affords it gorgeous views. The hotel is within walking distance of the Queensland Museum, Queen Street Mall and the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Each guestroom features large windows that provide stunning views of Brisbane and plenty of natural light. The custom furnishings are inspired by […]View Details
Boasting stunning river views from every guestroom, the Stamford Plaza Brisbane is a luxury hotel which overlooks the iconic Storey Bridge and scenic Kangaroo Point Cliffs. It is less than 10-minutes’ walk from the Queen Street Mall, Queensland Parliament and Brisbane City Botanic Gardens. The elegantly appointed rooms feature classic furnishings with a timeless design. Large windows allow for plenty of natural light and the […]View Details
For an opulent escape look no further than Treasury Brisbane. Built on the northern bank of the Brisbane River, this luxury hotel is in the heart of the Brisbane CBD and next to the Queen Street Mall. The richly appointed rooms feature old-world opulence paired with the luxuries of modern day. High ceilings create a spacious feeling, and the rooms have supportive beds, an executive […]View Details
The capital city of sunny Queensland, Brisbane is a great destination to see and explore. After securing accommodation at a luxury hotel in the city, it is time to plan your personalised travel itinerary. To assist you in organising your dream vacation, we have compiled a list of the top things to see and do, in and around Brisbane.
Located in Fortitude Valley, James Street is a haven for those who enjoy fine dining and boutique shopping. Many of Australia’s finest designers and luxury brands have flagship stores or boutiques along this road, including Camilla, Zimmermann, Natasha Schweitzer, Aje and Bespoked. There are also international homewares stores and art galleries selling pieces from contemporary Australian artists. Once you have finished shopping you can choose a fine dining restaurant to enjoy, such as Gerard’s Bistro, Bucci and Hellenika.
Throughout the day you can hop aboard a comfortable ferry and cruise along the Brisbane River, taking in the riverside city sights. Many of these cruises offer high tea or dinner service, and you can choose the route depending on the sights you are most interested in looking at. If you want to go further afield, there are also ocean-going sailboats that head up the river and out into picturesque Moreton and Horseshoe Bays’.
Located under the iconic Story Bridge, Howard Smith Wharves is filled with a range of dining establishments to suit every occasion and palate. You can choose to enjoy one of a range of different experience, including a beer hall atmosphere, delicious Italian food, a European beach club vibe, homestyle cooking with a gourmet twist or an energetic Japanese bistro. After your meal enjoy a drink at Fiume, a rooftop bar above the wharves that has a sweeping view of the river.
In the heart of Brisbane is the Queensland Cultural Centre, home to the state’s premier art, culture, and historical institutions. At the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) you can view a large collection of works by artists from across the ages. Nearby, Queensland Museum showcases a range of artefacts which teach visitors about different parts of history including the dinosaurs, ANZAC legacy, extinct creatures, and Australian biodiversity. Also in the precinct is the Queensland Performing Arts Centre which hosts different shows throughout the year.
From Brisbane you can organise to spend a day out in the gorgeous Springbrook National Park. This beautiful rainforest is filled with hiking trails to explore. You can walk up to, and behind, the stunning Twin Falls, and experience a panoramic view of the area from Canyon Lookout. Springbrook National Parks is also home to a population of glow worms, which can be seen after sunset in the Natural Bridge Cave.
The Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha are an incredible collection of gardens located just outside of Brisbane. There are themed sections for visitors to explore, including a fragrant garden with medical plants, a Japanese garden, tropical dome, collection of native rainforest trees, desert region space, Bonsai collection and bamboo grove. Only a short distance from the gardens is the Mount Coot-tha lookout, which overlooks the city of Brisbane and it perfect for sunset.
The Queen Street Mall is a large pedestrian shopping mall with a range of international and local luxury brands. Along the mall there are a few shopping centres, including Wintergarden, The Myer Centre and historic Brisbane Arcade. For more shopping, turn onto Albert Street and then make your way along Edward Street, Adelaide Street and Elisabeth Street. At the end of a hard-days retail-therapy, why not stop and refuel your body with one of the many fine eateries in the area. For details on some of the best places in Brisbane to grab a pizza check out our travel guide here.