ELE spent a great weekend in Brisbane recently, shopping, eating and exploring the city. Located in the south east of sunny Queensland, famed for its glorious beaches, endless sunshine and laid back locals, Brisbane is the third largest city in Australia with a population of just over 2 million. The city stretches along the Brisbane River and is a very pretty, laid back place. It is the gateway to Gold and Sunshine Coasts making it an ideal stopover prior to heading to the beach. The surrounding suburbs are easily accessible by taking one of the CityCat ferries that run along the river, stopping at locations from St Lucia to Hamilton. A short taxi ride away is Fortitude Valley, with plenty of shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. A walk across the Goodwill bridge will take you to South Bank, the cultural and entertainment district which is home to Streets Beach, Brisbane’s man-made city beach. It is easy to spend a few days in the city, exploring the area and soaking up some sunshine. ELE tip- the climate is mild to warm year round and it gets very humid and hot in summer so make sure you choose a hotel that has a pool!
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Stay: Housed in a historic building on Brisbane’s waterfront, the Stamford Plaza Hotel is a good mid-priced hotel choice. Every room has a view of the Brisbane River (ask for a view of the Storey Bridge which is lit up at night). http://www.stamford.com.au/spb
Eat: Jamie’s Italian – Jamie’s Oliver’s recently opened restaurant in the heart of the CBD serves up traditional Italian fare with Oliver’s signature twist. http://www.jamieoliver.com/italian/australia/restaurants/brisbane
Play: Explore James Street – fabulous fashion and food in one location close to the city. http://www.jamesst.com.au/