You’re cruising down the Brisbane river, prosecco in hand, taking in the twinkling lights of high-rise towers. The next morning, you’re spreading creamy avocado over crunchy sourdough toast at a hipster café; come afternoon, the glassy azure waters of tranquil Nobby beach calls to you for a refreshing late-day swim. While this may sound like it would cost an arm and a leg, we’re here to tell you, not to worry because it doesn’t have to!
Contemporary hotels, lively hostels and serviced apartments put you in walking distance of the famous restaurants at Eagle Street Pier (don’t miss the famous sand crab lasagna at Il Centro), and memorable day attractions like the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary are less than 20 minutes away by car from most hotels in the Central Business District. With sophisticated, decked pools, modern interiors and even a gym or sauna thrown-in, you’ll have a hard time believing what’s on offer under the ‘budget’ category in this capital.