Brisbane has shucked its reputation as a backwater and emerged as one of Australia's most progressive, exciting capitals. There are several interesting districts to explore, a good cafe scene to imbibe, a great riverside park to relax in, a busy cultural calendar to keep you entertained, and a thriving nightlife to make you stay up late.
Known locally as Bris Vegas, Brisbane is renowned for its year-round sunshine and laid-back lifestyle. However, it's also a thriving arts capital, with dozens of theatres, cinemas, concert halls, galleries and museums. A climate this good and culture too? From Gold Coast theme parks to Moreton Island beach getaways, you'll agree Brisbane must be paradise.