Brisbane: Australia’s new centre of hip culture

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Queensland capital Brisbane, once a quiet city inside a bend of Brisbane River, has risen as the new cultural mecca of Australia. The recognition came on December 2013 from travel magazine Lonely Planet, which concluded the city was the coolest among all Australian capitals. Find out below what travellers can experience in Australia’s third most populous city.

Assessment from the guide

Generating more excitement than Sydney and Melbourne, Brisbane now booms with “cool bookshops, globally inspired restaurants, cafes, bars and band rooms aplenty.” Over the years, the city’s food and dining has grown to offer anything from $10 chicken noodle soup and combos to pricier ones such as tapas, beef ribs, and seafood. Beverages are also as varied as it gets: champagne, cocktails, espresso, hot chocolate, cuppa, and beer.

Lonely Planet authors Charles Rawlings-Way and Meg Worby argue the city is trendy, saying that Brisbane has “an energetic river town on the way up, with an edgy arts scene, pumping nightlife and great coffee and restaurants.” There are many cultures and subcultures that intermingle in the city and neighbouring towns, each occupying a different topography that offers a unique experience for visitors.

Experiences in Brisbane

BrisVegas—as the locals call their vibrant city—provides an adventure for the ears and the palate. First is the smorgasbord of dining venues with bands and al-fresco setups. Hannah Rowe, a 27-year-old from Bardon, said that the cultural aspect of Brisbane has become competitive with other capital cities. “I’ve definitely noticed that in the last year or two there have been so many new bars, restaurants and cool little venues popping up,” she added.

Aside from the great nightlife and delectable dining choices, tourists who travel Australia and visit Brisbane will be delighted by the numerous book shops in the city centre itself and its inner suburbs like West End, Bulimba, and Fortitude Valley. For a suitable reading den, there is nothing better than the State Library of Queensland, hailing from the Cultural Centre at Kurilpa Point.

Attractions like the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, and the Brisbane Botanic Gardens are great reasons to drop by, but this “happening” city also has a roster of activities in store for2014. There is the much anticipated G-20 summit in BCEC in November, which will be preceded by exciting events like parades, expos, markets, concerts, runs, theatrical performances, and so much more.

Visiting Brisbane

Tourists planning to visit great cities in Australia should include Brisbane in their list. There are many great experiences awaiting them, but before anything else, they must obtain a tourist visa to Australia. National Visas has extensive experience in this kind of visa and has expert migration agents to assist applicants through all stages of the visa application process.

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