Forget Sydney or Melbourne, and instead hot foot it to Brisbane when you venture to the Land of Oz. Australia is full of incredible cities that are modern, sleek and millennial driven. However, many people overlook the sunshine state’s capital of Brisbane in favour of the more well known metropolises.

Brisbane is slightly smaller than Sydney yet has a much more pleasant tropical climate. The city is rich with green areas, friendly people, great foodie hotspots, and magnificent vistas. What’s not to love? Take a look at why Brisbane needs to be on your bucket list.

Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha

Seven kilometres outside of Brisbane, this haven of peace and tranquillity is perfect to escape the hustle and bustle of down town. These incredible botanical gardens offer up so much to see for the entire family. You could venture to the glorious Japanese gardens as they pay homage to sleek lines, sculptural plants, fresh water and Buddhist principles. Bamboo adorns every corner with bridges overarching still water features. For a more Aussie experience, visit the Australian rainforest trees, marvelling at their size and grandeur. The Hide And Seek Children’s Trail is perfect for your little cherubs. This interactive trek through the rainforest will get your offspring engaged with the great outdoors and could see them returning home just a little more green fingered.

Boat Trips

Being a coastal city, Brisbane is rife with tour operators offering all sorts of trips on the high seas. If you fancy hot footing it to the largest sandy island in the world, head to https://www.fraserfree.com.au/fraser-island-tours/from/brisbane/ to explore all the different itineraries on offer. You could explore Eli Creek or and discover some real life shipwrecks. Perhaps you fancy a trip deep sea fishing, or you fancy a trip to a coral reef. Some of the finest snorkelling and scuba diving can be found off the coast of Australia. Marvel at the clownfish, the coral and the other aquatic life as you take your first scuba diving experience down under.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

If you have some budding animal lovers in your brood, there no better attraction than the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary as seen at https://koala.net/. Here, you and your little darlings will get to see conservation in action. Set on the Brisbane River, this sanctuary will allow you to get hands on feeding the animals in their care. Don’t let the name deceive you. There are wallabies, snakes, kangaroos, crocodiles and wombats staying here as they recover from injury and return to full health before being released in the wild. If you want to hold a koala, you can do it here. Watch out though, they are not as cuddly and cute as they look!

Heading to Australia will end up being the trip of a lifetime. Many people head down under only to find themselves drawn back again and again. Follow this guide and ensure that you get to experience the best family attractions that Australia has to offer. If you end up in Oz, don’t overlook the amazing city of Brisbane.