Brisbane is the capital of Queensland
Named after the Governor of New South Wales, Sir Thomas Brisbane
During your stop in Brisbane, wander in the lush Botanical Gardens, shop in the Queen Street Mall, or enjoy the countless cafes and restaurants along the banks of the Brisbane River. Among some of the older buildings there are Parliament House (1868), the Central Railway Station (1901), the People’s Palace, notable for verandas and cast-iron balustrades, the town hall and the only two surviving public buildings from the convict past, the stone Commissariat Store on the river and the Old Windmill (1827-1829). This was later transformed into an observatory on the hill near Wickham Park. City Hall houses an art gallery and museum on Brisbane’s history and growth.
Venture just across the Victoria Bridge to visit the arts complex which was completed in 1985. This comprises the Queensland Art Gallery, which has an interesting Australian collection, the museum, and the state library and performing arts theatres.
The City Sights ’hop on - hop off’ tour lets you set your own pace as you can leave and re-join the tour at any one of the strategically placed stops around Brisbane. Experience the flavour of Brisbane – stroll through one of the many parks, enjoy the superb views or dine in one of the excellent cafes or restaurants.
Catching one of the sleek CityCat ferries down the Brisbane River has become the popular sightseeing journey. You can stand on the open-air front deck of the blue, white and yellow catamarans and glide under the Story Bridge to South Bank and the city centre. These are run every 15 to 30 minutes, between 5.40am and 11.45pm, from the University of Queensland in the southwest to Apollo Rd, Bulimba, and back (just about an hour each way).
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is located in the Brisbane suburb of Fig Tree Pocket. The sanctuary is one of the very few sanctuaries in the world where visitors are actually allowed to hold koalas for a fee. Strict regulations ensure that each koala is not held for more than thirty minutes every day. Visitors can also feed and pet the free-roaming kangaroos in the five-acre open-plan kangaroo reserve, where more than 130 of the animals freely reside. Kangaroos are sometimes seen with a joey in their pouch.
The main shopping area in Brisbane is the Queen Street Mall where you can enjoy a vibrant adventure with more than 700 stores including luxury brands, high street fashion, cinemas and games arcades.
A lush, sultry metropolis with flourishing restaurants, bars and cultural scenes that attest to its coming of age that you can enjoy on your next luxury cruise.