Blessed with an abundance of sunshine and spectacular waterways, Brisbane is surging forward as a modern metropolis with a new air of confidence and style. Rapid inner-city development, a swelling population and a cosmopolitan upswing have given it greater stature in recent times, yet it retains the friendliness and relaxed attitude it has always been praised for.Australia's third-largest city enjoys a dazzling riverside location. Sleek catamaran ferries glide up and down the Brisbane River, which snakes its way around shiny CBD buildings and sprawling subtropical park lands, under the mighty Story Bridge, past colossal rock faces at Kangaroo Point, and out to magical Moreton Bay.For a city with less than two million inhabitants, Brisbane punches well above its weight for cosmopolitan offerings: world-class art galleries, rocking live-music venues and a thriving restaurant scene with year-round outdoor dining. Its laid-back lifestyle and temperate climate mean it's a consistent front runner in the 'Australia's fastest growing city' stakes with up to 900 people moving there every week.
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Indidge-n-Arts: Make and paint your own didgeridoo or boomerang, or learn traditional jewellery making
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary: Get close and cuddly with Australia's cutest critters at this scenic koala sanctuary
Breakfast Creek Hotel: Brisbane's most famous pub offers the best steaks in town
Blonde Venus: Unique, cutting-edge women's clothing by up-and-coming Australian designers
Story Bridge Climb: Hit the heights of Brisbane's iconic bridge and enjoy dizzying views 80m above the Brisbane River
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