Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, offers a range of exciting and diverse tourist attractions, food places and sights. There is something for everyone in Brisbane, whether you are a business traveller, having a holiday with your family or wanting a holiday experience in a cosmopolitan city, whilst on a budget.
Sights to See in Brisbane
From cultural attractions to nature trips, you can find them all in Brisbane. If you don’t want to venture far out, the city offers many delights in the form of restaurants and pubs, retail shops and live music venues. Here are a few of the worthwhile, must-see places to visit in Brisbane.
The Nepal Peace Pagoda, located at Brisbane’s South Bank Parklands, represents one of the most important heritage items from Brisbane’s hosting of the World Expo ’88. The site is being used as a venue for weddings, private functions and company events. Many visitors use the Pagoda’s first level Church pews to meditate.
South Bank Parklands is a buzz on Friday nights with art and craft markets, as well as restaurants and pubs. Aside from the Pagoda, you can find the riverfront promenade, the Streets Beach, the Suncorp Piazza, the Wheel of Brisbane and the Queensland Conservatorium at Parklands. The Wheel of Brisbane is a giant observation wheel that offers an amazing 360 panoramic view of Brisbane.
For animal lovers, Brisbane offers the Australian Zoo and the Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort. You can view deadly Australian spiders and snakes, cuddly koalas, intimidating boa constrictors, wombats and the crocs that famously wrestled with the late Steve Irwin at the Australian Zoo. Tangalooma Dolphin Resort offers visitors a chance to get up close and personal with Australia’s marine wildlife, including dolphins, whales, dugong, sting ray and green sea turtles. The resort also offers other activities, including kayaking, snorkelling, tobogganing, parasailing and more.
If you are tired of the city and are up for some nature tripping, head out to Mount Tamborine, situated about halfway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. This fantastic inland location is an easy drive in, with beautifully sceneries along the way. While at Mount Tamborine, visit Thunderbird Park, a beautiful wildlife and geological area where you can fossick for gold, try out the largest rope and adventure games course in Australia, follow horse trails, play mini golf and other activities. You can also check out the Skywalk, a roughly 45-minute walk where you can get the chance to marvel at the beauty and activity of the rainforest canopy.
Going Places around the City
It is relatively easy to get from point A to Z in Brisbane, thanks to its excellent transport infrastructure. Buses, trains, CityCat Ferries, hire cars, taxis and water taxis ply the city at regular intervals all day and night, so it is nearly impossible for locals and tourists alike to get stuck in some out-of-the-way part of the city.
Perhaps the one area where the city’s transport system is lacking is the means to get to and from the airport at night. This is because domestic and international railway stations close after 7:30 pm. Passengers have no recourse but to use public transportation, Brisbane car hire services, taxis or limousines. If you happen to arrive at night in Brisbane, why not rent cars from the Brisbane airport to take you to the city?
Benefits of Using a Car Hire
If you still cannot decide whether to add the additional cost of a car rental to your holiday expenses, here are some of the benefits of using a car rental on a holiday to help you make an informed decision. The main advantage of car rentals is the convenience. You can travel to your destination at your own pace if you arrange for a car rental before you set out. You will not be forced to stick to train or bus schedules that at times can leave you harried and frustrated.
You sometimes end up waiting if you rely on hotel transportation or the local taxi service. Once again, you get the convenience of taking in the city sights at your own pace and comfort. And if you decide to venture a little far from the city, you won’t have to worry about getting lost and trying to find your way back to familiar grounds. Most rental fleet vehicles now come with an on board global positioning system (GPS), which can give you peace of mind and confidence to explore a little further away from mainstream activities.
If you like shopping while on holiday, then having your own rental car will work to your advantage. You don’t have to carry heavy shopping bags around while you explore the city, or you don’t have to go back to your hotel to drop your shopping bags and go back to your city exploration. You can store your shopping bags in the rental car while you continue on to your travel destinations. With a rental car at your disposal, you can go from place to place unencumbered by heavy packages.