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Where to stay in Brisbane

VacationRenter offers 1,898 holiday rentals in Brisbane, and we’re confident that you’ll find a property that fits your budget for your next adventure. Whether you’re on the hunt for a villa near Spirits of the Red Sand, a house close to Anzac Square & Memorial Galleries, or you’re looking for a place that also gives you close access to Brisbane — our mission is to help you find exactly what you need. Our website lists a wide selection of holiday homes from leading travel sites such as Airbnb, Vrbo, HomeAway,, and many more. Want a private pool, need a patio, or seeking specific amenities? Simply filter your search results with the click of a button! Finding your dream vacation rental at a reasonable price has never been this easy. Before you know it, you’ll be travelling to Brisbane in no time.

Where Is Brisbane Located?

Located on the southeastern Queensland coast, Brisbane is the capital of the state of Queensland and separates the Sunshine Coast in the north from the Gold Coast in the south. Brisbane Airport is closest to the city, but Gold Coast Airport is often cheaper. The city can also be accessed by train, car, or bus from both larger cities and more rural inland areas. The best way to get around the city center is on foot, motorbike, bicycle, or via TranksLink public transport which includes bus, train, and ferry. Taxis are available, but can be costly and rental cars are ideal if exploring outside of the city.

What Is Brisbane Known For?

Brisbane is Australia’s third largest and fastest growing city, with 2.2 million inhabitants. Unlike its more famous neighbors to the south, Brisbane enjoys a year-round sunny, subtropical humid climate and alfresco lifestyle. The city is known for being as cosmopolitan as it is laid back, lush, and leafy — with both the waterfront of Moreton Bay, the winding Brisbane River, and endless urban parks creating peaceful nature vistas. Brisbane offers urban sights such as museums, galleries, and landmark buildings, as well as bike paths along the river, botanical gardens, a koala sanctuary, and Mount Coot-Tha — Brisbane’s tallest mountain and panoramic viewpoint. There are farmer’s markets, twinkling fairy lights, live music, bars and cafes, and nature attractions in every neighborhood.

A Quick Guide to Brisbane, Australia

  • Brisbane City Hall and Museum of Brisbane: The city hall was built of distinctive red sandstone in the 1920’s, and is one of Brisbane’s most iconic landmarks. The building features a circular auditorium, a 4,300-pipe organ, and a clock tower that’s nearly 300 feet tall with a lookout. The building has been lovingly restored and maintained, including a museum that features displays about the history of the city and the building.
  • Wheel of Brisbane & South Bank Parklands: Enjoy stunning panoramic views of the city for 15 minutes on a large ferris wheel with climate-controlled cabins. Wheel of Brisbane & South Bank Parklands is home to Streets Beach — the nation’s only artificial beach and lagoon — which is surrounded by parkland, cafes, restaurants, and shops. On the weekends, Collective Markets South Bank draws tourists to its many stalls peddling clothes, jewelry, leather accessories, and art.
  • Gallery of Modern Art: Gallery of Modern Art has the largest collection of modern art on public display in Australia and features rotating exhibitions of Australian, Asian, and Pacific Islander artists. The glass, concrete, and metal structure is well-suited for its modern collections and includes a shop, cafe, and restaurant.
  • Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout: A short hike through eucalyptus forests and rainforests arrives at the top of Brisbane’s tallest mountain, Mount Coot-Tha. The best vantage point around gives wide-open views of the Brisbane skyline, where one can see to the Moreton Islands on a clear day. It’s a great place to take in the views no matter if it is daytime, sunset, or nighttime when all the city lights sparkle. There is a small restaurant located at the top and ample parking as well.

Popular Destinations Near Brisbane, Australia

  • Moreton Island: Located in Moreton Bay is a small recreational island called Moreton Island, accessed via ferry from Scarborough or Port of Brisbane. The island includes one resort and one campground, but it is also known for its sand dunes and lagoons. Toboggan down the sand dunes, snorkel at the Moreton Island Wrecks, or feed dolphins on the shore. The island is entirely made of sand and accessible by four-wheel drive only, which can be rented from the resort to drive the criss-crossing sand tracks all over the island for a custom experience. Tours with drivers or on a quad bike are also available.
  • The Scenic Rim: Brisbane’s backyard includes six national parks filled with mountains, valleys, and rainforests. You can hike mountains, chase waterfalls, tour wineries, visit a camel or lavender farm, explore Queensland Moto Park, or camp just about anywhere. With a rich agricultural heritage, the area is known to delight foodies and hungry adventurers alike.
  • Gold Coast: Known as the famous resort town an hour south of Brisbane, Gold Coast has no shortage of activities — from Surfers Paradise to a large collection of theme parks, including Warner Brothers Movie World, Sea World, and Whitewater World — all set amongst a sea of restaurants, bars, hotels, and nightclubs.

Best Neighborhoods in Brisbane, Australia

  • CBD (Central Business District): Brisbane’s Central Business District, also locally referred to as CBD, is the heart of the city, containing many heritage landmarks and museums. It is situated at a pointy bend in the river, surrounded by water on most sides. Brisbane is for fashion lovers, attracting shoppers to Queen Street Mall, a pedestrian mall with over 700 shops. The neighborhood is rife with delicious restaurants, pubs, cafes, and markets. Brisbane City Botanic Gardens encompass the end of the peninsula, where the river wraps around.
  • South Bank: The South Bank neighborhood is best known for its parklands, but Grey Street is also very well-known for its shops, restaurants, and cinemas. Other attractions include the Nepalese Pagoda, Arbour Walkway, river cruises, and the Young Designers Market.
  • West End: West End is a laid back, bohemian district that’s popular with the locals, and recognized for its craft brewery scene. On the weekends, Davies Park Market is where locals stock up on produce for the week, and Boundary Street Markets offer prepared food stalls. Street art and art cafes are found everywhere within this neighborhood, in addition to Greek food and culture.
  • Fortitude Valley: Australia's first and only "Special Entertainment Precinct" was designated in 2005 to protect and promote live music. Brisbane was voted by Billboard magazine as one of the top five cities in the world for live music, and as such, there are many different options available any night of the week. While craft breweries are renowned in the West End, coffee is renowned in Fortitude Valley. Brisbane Greeters will offer a bespoke tour of the many pieces of street art located within the precinct..

Home-types in Brisbane

Brisbane has a variety of property types for you to consider when booking a trip. Here are the most popular property types in Brisbane: