Brisbane, located in Queensland, is Australia's third-largest city. Though it has been traditionally considered less cosmopolitan than Sydney or Melbourne, more and more people have been moving to and visiting Brisbane in recent years. Brisbane enjoys warm weather year-round and a laid-ba ck air. It also has a thriving arts and music scene.
Brunswick St. Mall
Though Brisbane's Fortitude Valley neighborhood was once home to junkies, it experienced a revitalization when local musicians moved in and made the area a haven for live music. Today, the area is still mixed, but more people with money are claiming the territory. Brunswick St. Mall, a pedestrian area with coffee shops and bars, is in the heart of this trendy neighborhood. An open-air market is held there on Saturdays.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is home to more than 130 koalas, making it the largest sanctuary for koalas in the world. It was founded in 1927 and is also home to other marsupials such as kangaroos, wombats and Tasmanian devils. For a fee, guests can hold a koala. There are also daily bird shows and a farm show featuring sheep dogs.
The Suncorp Piazza, built for the Expo 88, is an outdoor theater that hosts sporting events and film festivals. Most of these events are free. Street musicians also hold performances here. On the last Saturday of every month, swing lessons are held in the Piazza. It has a seating capacity of 2,158.
Queensland Art Gallery
The Queensland Art Gallery focuses on art from Asia and Australia. Well-regarded Australian artists Brett Whiteley and Sidney Nolan are represented in the gallery, which also has a section devoted to Ian Fairweather. The gallery also holds special exhibits and film series.
David Harris is a writer living in Portland, Ore. He currently is the editor-in-chief of the online magazine Spectrum Culture. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College.