The best areas to stay in Brisbane

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: June 7, 2019

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Whether you are after a backpacker experience, a family adventure, or a luxurious trip, Brisbane has you covered!

The third most populous city in Australia, and the capital city of Queensland deserves a visit as much as Sydney and Melbourne does. It is the gateway to many tropical road trips, and if you know where to look, a hub of culture, art and food. Brisbane’s dry and wet season means that no matter when you go, you’ll find warm temperatures throughout the year and it’s easily the lushest and green of all the capital cities. So, what are the best districts to stay in for every type of traveller in Brisbane? There are a few stand out areas in Brisbane and depending what you’re looking for in your Brisbane trip, it’s guaranteed that there’s a district suitable for you.

  • Brisbane CBD

    A great choice for first time visitors, the main shopping and food district of the Brisbane CBD is a great base to locate yourself when you want to visit other neighbourhoods as well. With easy access to public transport, green parkland areas like the Brisbane Botanical Gardens and the iconic Queen Street Mall, you can excuse the higher accommodation prices as you’ll be in the centre of all the hustle and bustle.

    To Stay: City Backpackers for a laidback hotel that is centrally located and budget-friendly. There’s the Meriton Suites Adelaide Street if you’re looking for an upscale apartment-style holiday.

  • Fortitude Valley

    This contemporary nightlife has built up its reputation as a vibrant hub for entertainment, nightlife and great food. The home to Chinatown, live music venues and fine dining, this edgy district is only 25 minutes away from the CBD and an easy basing point to head to other districts. Fortitude Valley never sleeps, its hipster vibes paving the way for urban cafés during the day and lively bars at night.

    To Stay: Try the Nomads Brisbane hostel which will have you right in the centre of the action, with its own bar and restaurant, you won’t want to leave the property! Or, for something a little more high end, stay at the Tryp by Wyndham; a contemporary hotel with a rooftop bar and well-designed rooms.

  • South Bank

    Home of the man-made beach, Southbank is the cultural precinct of Brisbane, where you’ll find most of the performing art centres as well as the Queensland Museum and the Gallery of Modern Art. If you’re looking for more affordable accommodation, South Bank might be your best option, as its proximity to the Brisbane CBD (it’s just opposite the river), waterfront restaurants and large Ferris wheel are great factors to think about.

    To Stay: Allegro Apartments for multipurpose rooms fit with kitchenettes and an onsite gym. For something fancier, the Mantra Southbank holds urban and spacious rooms and a restaurant for those days when you don’t want to venture too far out to find a good place to eat.

  • Petrie Terrace

    If you are on a bit of a budget, head east of the city centre to Petrie Terrace! A compact neighbourhood that is one of the oldest entertainment districts in the city. The suburb is lined with bars and restaurants, giving you plenty of options that are only a short walk away from your accommodation.

    To Stay: Brisbane YHA is a great option for those looking for a cheap hostel stay that has a wide range of night and day activities available!

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Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.