Local Places And Attractions

Close to major tourist destinations

Staying in Brisbane puts you in prime position to explore some of Australia’s best destinations, including rainforests, beaches, islands and  waterfalls. Travel time to some of Australia’s favourite beaches including the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Byron Bay are all under two hours by car. There is no shortage of major attractions to visit and explore in Brisbane.


Across the river from the CBD, South Bank is a cultural, educational and recreational precinct made up of 17 hectares of lush parklands and Australia's only inner-city, man-made beach. Southbank is also home to our Cultural Centre with world-class galleries and entertainment. Find out what's on in South Bank. For more information about South Bank, visit the Visit Brisbane website.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is an 18-hectare Koala Sanctuary located only 12km from Brisbane City. You can meet more than 130 koalas, hand-feed kangaroos and encounter other Australian wildlife such as kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, dingoes, snakes, and even crocodiles at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary nestled on the Brisbane River. For more information, visit the Lone Pine website.

Moreton Island

Pristine crystal blue waters & an untouched environment located right on Brisbane's doorstep is only a 20 minute drive from Brisbane. Moreton Island is the place to hand feed wild dolphins and snorkel around an old ship wreck in pristine crystal blue waters. Crystal-clear lakes and lagoons exist among tall sand dunes where you can go sand tobogganing. As the world's third largest sand island, it's a taste of tropical paradise and the perfect day trip. For more information, visit the Moreton Island Adventures website.

experience the gold coast

Sun, sand, and sea - the Gold Coast's star attraction is its beaches, including the world-renowned stretch of sand at Surfers Paradise. Beyond the beaches, discover laid-back neighbourhoods, a booming culinary scene and the Gold Coast's famous theme parks. And don’t miss a trip into the subtropical hinterland for rainforest walks and waterfalls.

South East Queensland is home to the biggest and best amusement and theme parks in the Southern Hemisphere, with exhilarating rides and wet and wild water parks. For more information, visit the Destination Gold Coast website.