Brisbane

Brisbane, Australia's most liveable city is also the fastest growing; increasing by close to a thousand new residents per week. Brisbane is the capital state of Queensland and the third largest city in the country, famous for its laidback attitude and overall carefree lifestyle. This beautiful town, once thought of as sleepy, is emerging from its slumber and is now one of the most desirable places to live in Australia. Boasting world-class museums and art galleries, a booming live music scene and a trendy urban café culture, Brisbane has transformed into a cosmopolitan paradise.

Brisbane holds a special place in the hearts of locals and it won't take you long to realise why. This ritzy city is home to some of the friendliest people you will meet and quirkiest neighbourhoods on Oz. Whether your shopping for antiques in Paddington, listening to a band in West End or kicking a footy in beautiful New Farm Park on the Brisbane river, this city will win you over.

It's only an hour drive to both the Gold and Sunshine coasts, with beautiful tourist drives along the way. If it's an all-rounder Australian experience you're looking for, Brisbane will knock your socks off!

Population: 1.8 Million

Airport: Brisbane Domestic and International airports are just a short fifteen minute drive away from the CBD.

Attractions: Southbank Parklands, James Street Markets, Story Bridge Climb, Chinatown, Mount Cootha, North Stradbroke Island, Moreton Island, Queen Street Mall

Transport around City: Brisbane's public transport system was recently voted the best system in Australia, offering regular services within the CBD and to surrounding and regional suburbs. Translink offers CityTrain, CityCat, Bus and AirTrain services all running at regular intervals with extra services for major events and Friday and Saturday evenings.

Recommended Cafés: Three Monkey's Coffee House (West End), Java Lounge (Paddington), The Little Larder (New Farm), Cirque (New Farm), Flamingo Café (Fortitude Valley), Old Government House Tea House (Gardens Point)

Recommended Restaurants: Ecco Bistro (Brisbane CBD), Augustine's on George (Brisbane CBD), Continental Café (New Farm), Restaurant Two (Brisbane CBD), Les Amis (Fortitude Valley)

Recommended Bars: Brisbane is home to a fantastic nightlife culture, and offers something for everyone whether you're into the nightclub scene or just want a lounge bar where you can have great cocktails and enjoy time with friends. Some popular Brisbane night spots include: Fridays (Eagle Street Pier), Normanby Hotel (Red Hill), Caxton Hotel (Paddington), Lychee Lounge (West End), Jade Buddha's (CBD), Family (Fortitude Valley), Barsoma (Fortitude Valley), Limes Hotel (Fortitude Valley), Bowery Bar (Fortitude Valley).

If it's live music that you're looking for then you should head to The Zoo (Fortitude Valley) or The HiFi in West End for an array of local and international talent. There is usually a band playing every night so they've got you covered for the whole week!

Recommended Hotels: Stamford Plaza (Brisbane CBD), Novotel (Brisbane CBD), Hilton (Brisbane CBD), Sheraton(Brisbane CBD), Marriott(Brisbane CBD), Limes Hotel (Fortitude Valley) Brisbane Backpackers (Brisbane CBD).

Climate: Subtropical with hot humid summers and mild winters. Brisbane experiences the most rainfall in the summer months (December to February), with tropical cyclones and thunder storms. Culture: Brisbane has a strong live music scene; Fortitude Valley and West End have many live music venues which feature local artists. Neighbouring Southbank has many different art galleries, museums and exhibits. The area also has a strong sporting culture with local teams The Lions, The Broncos and The Bullets.

Best time of year to travel: All Year Round.