Brisbane is a well-kept secret outside of Australia, at least compared to Sydney and Melbourne, but locals have always rated ‘Brissie’ for its balmy climate, easy-going lifestyle and down-to-earth attitude. Holiday to Brisbane from Glasgow Airport and find out what all the fuss is about.
During the 1990s, Brisbane picked up the nickname Brisvegas, a tribute to its energetic nightlife and the opening of the glamorous Treasury Casino. These days, the buzz has moved on to Brisbane’s live music scene – Billboard magazine rated Brisbane as one of the top five spots on the planet for live music, and bands rock out nightly across the city. West End and Fortitude Valley are the beating heart of Brisbane’s nightlife scene.
Gateway to the sunshine
Brisbane has a deserved reputation as the gateway to the sunshine, or more specifically, the gateway to the Gold and Sunshine Coasts. A string of postcard-perfect beach resorts extend east and west from Brisbane, fringed by perfect yellow sand, and home to some of Australia’s favourite surf breaks. To escape the crowds, take the ferry to peaceful North Stradbroke Island, for 38km of wild beaches and thrilling 4WD safaris along the sand.
With a population of two million, Brisbane is a tiddler compared to cities in Europe, but quite a catch by Aussie standards. The population is growing by 1,000 people a week, as more and more Australians are drawn to Brisbane by its fine food, laid-back attitude and enviable quality of life. Experience it first hand in the gourmet restaurants and pavement cafés of Paddington, Fortitude Valley and West End, where chefs blend Aussie ingredients and European cooking know-how. An insider tip: trek out to the Breakfast Creek Hotel (2 Kingsford Smith Drive) to experience Brisbane’s favourite steak in an old-fashioned ‘hotel’ from 1889.