Inhale the scent of tropical blooms at the Botanic Gardens in the Central Business District, where you can enjoy a chilled brew at a boutique riverside brewery or feel the wind in your hair as you paddle down the Brisbane River. Conveniently placed bridges link both sides of the river and the jaunty red ferries plying the city reaches are free to ride.
Brisbane’s lively inner-city suburbs have a fascinating history, chic urban vibe and some truly unique boutique hotels. Explore the bars and clubs in Fortitude Valley, where pulsing bass mingles with the sounds of laughter and good times. Boutiques filled with floaty dresses, glittering jewellery, and eclectic homewares line trendy James Street, while the roar of the crowd fills Paddington’s sports stadium down the road from Gambaro Hotel.
Here are nine of the coolest hotels in the Queensland capital, whether you’re a local after a staycation or an interstate visitor seeking a brilliant Brisbane break.