Best Areas to Stay in Brisbane, Australia

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Where to stay in Brisbane – A guide to the Australian city

Brisbane is the third most populous city in Australia and the capital of the state of Queensland. It is a city located north of Sydney (in the northeast of Australia) and, although some tourists only see it as the gateway to the Gold Coast, it has many attractions on its own that deserve to be explored.

Being located on the banks of the Brisbane River, this city has a humid sub-tropical climate that gives it two seasons: One dry and one rainy. However, since it has warm temperatures during most of the year, the best time to travel to Brisbane and avoid the suffocating heat goes from May to July.

The Brisbane Airport, which is one of the hubs of airlines such as Virgin Blue, makes it possible to move to other cities in Australia and also has international flights. Similarly, when moving within Brisbane, the metro system (called Citytrain) is the best option, but you can also use bus, ferry and taxi throughout the different areas of the city.

Brisbane’s main attractions include the Story Bridge, an impressive bridge from which you can see beautiful views of the city, the Gallery of Modern Art and the Queen Street Mall, with shops and restaurants for all types of visitors.

If you want to make the most of your stay, the Central Business District or CBD is the best place to stay in Brisbane for its proximity to tourist attractions (See accommodation in CBD).

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Brisbane, Australia.

The Best Areas to stay in Brisbane

1. Our favourite area: CBD

The Central Business District of Brisbane or CBD is among the best areas to stay in Brisbane, thanks to its excellent transport connections, including metro stations such as Central and Roma Street.

In addition, this area is considered the heart of the city, with a very central location that borders on the south with the Brisbane River.

Brisbane’s CBD is known for its office and building complexes, but it also has green, open spaces such as the Brisbane Botanical Garden and the Roma Street Parkland that create an interesting contrast with the business atmosphere of the area.

On the other hand, the CBD has a great gastronomic offer and accommodation options of all types that include chains such as Sofitel, Mariott and Stamford Plaza.

The CBD is one of the best areas to stay in Brisbane because, despite being one of the most popular districts in the city, it is still a peaceful area to stay in Brisbane, especially during the weekend.

Where to stay in Brisbane - CBD

Where to stay in Brisbane – CBD

Accommodation in Brisbane's CBD - Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Brisbane’s CBD – Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Brisbane:

  • Central location
  • Amigable para el peatón
  • Best area to stay in Brisbane for sightseeing
  • Great transport connections
  • Brisbane Botanical Garden
  • All kinds of hotels

Accommodation in this area

Our Top Pick

Stamford Plaza Brisbane

Stamford Plaza Brisbane, located on the banks of the Brisbane River, just 300 meters from the Botanical Gardens, offers elegant rooms with stunning views of the Brisbane River.

from AU$259
Budget

City Edge Brisbane Hotel

The City Edge Brisbane offers budget accommodation in the heart of Brisbane’s financial district. It is just a 3-minute walk from Queen Street Mall, Treasury Casino and the Roma Street transport interchange.

from AU$89
Luxurious

W Brisbane

W Brisbane is located in North Quay and overlooks the Brisbane River. In addition, the W Brisbane offers 312 spacious rooms, 3 restaurants and bars, a spa and a fitness centre.

from AU$299

 

 

 

2. South Brisbane

South Brisbane is located, as its name indicates, south of the Central Business District or CBD. From its position on the other side of the Brisbane River, you can catch incredible views of the Brisbane skyline which make it an excellent accommodation option.

This neighbourhood is famous for its cultural offer, since it is home to the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Queensland Museum and the Maritime Museum of Queensland.

Another of the attractions of South Brisbane is the Wheel of Brisbane, from which panoramic views of the city are obtained that will be useful when taking photos for your Social Media platforms.

Another one of the benefits of staying in South Brisbane is that it connects with other areas of the city by metro, thanks to stations such as South Brisbane and South Bank. In addition, it is also the ideal place for lovers of cultural activity, as it is home to theaters such as Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

South Brisbane is one of the best areas to stay in Brisbane if you want a central location, but with more affordable accommodation costs than in the CBD.

Views of the CBD from South Brisbane, one of the best areas to stay in Brisbane

Views of the CBD from South Brisbane, one of the best areas to stay in Brisbane

Accommodation in South Brisbane - Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Accommodation in South Brisbane – Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Brisbane:

  • Wheel of Brisbane
  • Great views of the CBD
  • Gallery of Modern Art
  • Cheaper hotels and apartments
  • Connected by metro
  • Queensland Museum

Accommodation in this area

Our Top Pick

Swiss-Belhotel South Bank Brisbane

Located a 5-minute walk from the Brisbane River and South Bank Park, Swiss-Belhotel Brisbane offers elegant rooms with free Wi-Fi. The establishment has a restaurant.

from AU$169
Budget

Riverside Hotel South Bank

The Riverside Hotel is located just 3 minutes from the Queensland Art Gallery and offers free parking, a restaurant and an outdoor pool. It offers air-conditioned accommodation with a private balcony.

from AU$99
Luxurious

Rydges South Bank Brisbane

Rydges is located in Brisbane, in an excellent area on the south bank, and offers rooms with views of the Brisbane River, Mount Cootha or the cosmopolitan West End.

from AU$279

 

 

 

3. Fortitude Valley

Fortitude Valley is located northeast of the CBD and is a place of contrasts. On one hand, it has some of the most exclusive restaurants in Brisbane and, on the other, it is a hipster area with indie record stores and art galleries such as Jan Murphy Gallery.

This area has its own metro station of the same name that connects it with other districts of Brisbane, making it easy to go to the main attractions of the city.

Fortitude Valley is one of the best areaes to stay in Brisbane for nightlife, as it has a large number of clubs and bars to satisfy the tastes of the most demanding or peculiar visitors.

Brisbane’s very own Chinatown is also part of Fortitude Valley, and one of those corners that you can not miss if you consider yourself a foodie.

Fortitude is a suburb that never sleeps and, therefore, staying in this area guarantees that you will always have something to do or see in Brisbane.

Chinatown - Fortitude Valley - Where to stay in Brisbane

Chinatown – Fortitude Valley – Where to stay in Brisbane

Accommodation in Fortitude Valley - Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Fortitude Valley – Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Brisbane:

  • Hipster area
  • Jan Murphy Gallery
  • Great nightlife
  • Amazing food
  • Chinatown
  • Connected by metro

Accommodation in this area

Our Top Pick

Oakwood Hotel & Apartments Brisbane

The Oakwood Hotel & amp; Apartments Brisbane offers access to a full-size tennis court, outdoor pool and spa with stunning views, sauna, fitness center and free WiFi.

from AU$104
Budget

Amelia Hotel

The Amelia Hotel is located in the Fortitude Valley district of Brisbane, 250 meters from the Fortitude Valley train station, the Chinatown and a wide variety of bars, restaurants and nightclubs.

from AU$74
Luxurious

The Calile Hotel

The Calile Hotel is located in the city of Brisbane and offers direct access to restaurants, shops and bars, as well as an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center and a spa.

from AU$199

 

 

 

4. Spring Hill

Spring Hill is located just north of the CBD and, therefore, has a fairly central and privileged location that makes it a recommended area to stay in Brisbane.

It is a mostly residential neighbourhood, perfect for those seeking tranquility during their stay in Brisbane. Among the main attractions of Spring Hill, there’s the Roma Street Parkland, with gardens and an amphitheater where concerts and plays are held.

Spring Hill is also the best area to stay in Brisbane for business travelers, with restaurants, bars and business hotels.

Although this district does not have its own metro station, Central Station is about 12 minutes away on foot, and it also has different bus stops that will allow you to move to the main attractions of the city.

Other attractions of this suburb are Spring Hills Baths, a spa of Victorian architecture that was built in 1886 and, when visiting, allows us to know a little more about the history of Brisbane.

Spring Hills - Where to stay in Brisbane

Spring Hills – Where to stay in Brisbane

Accommodation in Spring Hills - Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Spring Hills – Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Brisbane:

  • Business-type hotels
  • Peaceful area
  • Central area

Accommodation in this area

Our Top Pick

Holiday Inn Express Brisbane Central

The Holiday Inn Express Brisbane Central is conveniently located near the central business district of Brisbane, in the Spring Hill neighborhood, close to the city’s entertainment, shopping and financial areas.

from AU$119
Budget

Metropolitan Motor Inn

The Metropolitan Motor Inn is just a 5-minute walk from the central train station and offers rooms with a flat-screen TV. This establishment with a 24-hour reception and a sunny terrace is just a 10-minute walk from the city.

from AU$84
Luxurious

Art Series – The Johnson

The Art Series – [The Johnson] offers accommodation in Brisbane, just a 15-minute walk from the Brisbane CBD, and features an outdoor pool and fitness center. Free WiFi is available.

from AU$139

 

 

 

5. Hamilton

Hamilton is a residential area of ​​the upper class of Brisbane that, over the years, has acquired great importance at a tourist level thanks, in large part, to its wide gastronomic offer.

It is in Hamilton that the Eat Street Northshore food market takes place, where visitors and foodies taste dishes from around the world, while enjoying live music, in a unique venue made with containers.

In addition, Hamilton is also home to Portside Wharf, a modern building next to the Brisbane Cruise Terminal that houses high-end restaurants, shops and exclusive bars.

Hamilton is one of the best areas to stay in Brisbane, Australia, if you want to know the most exclusive side of this city or to go shopping. Because is about an 11-minute drive from Brisbane Airport, this is also the recommended area in Brisbane for travelers in transit.

Similarly, although Hamilton is a bit far from other neighbourhoods, the nearest metro station is Doomben and connects with most of the lines, making it easy to move to the other suburbs of Brisbane.

Hamilton - Best areas to stay in Brisbane

Hamilton – Best areas to stay in Brisbane

Accommodation in Hamilton - Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Hamilton – Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Brisbane:

  • Eat Street Northshore
  • Great food
  • Portside Wharf
  • Brisbane Cruise Terminal
  • Shopping area
  • Close to Brisbane’s airport

Accommodation in this area

Our Top Pick

The Kingsford Brisbane Airport

The Kingsford Brisbane Airport Hotel is a 10-minute drive from Brisbane Airport and Brisbane city center. It has a 24-hour front desk and a communal terrace with a hot tub.

from AU$139
Budget

Hamilton Motor Inn

Located opposite the Brisbane River, Hamilton Motor Inn offers air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen TV. It has a terrace, garden and free secure parking.

from AU$99
Luxurious

Brisbane Riverview Hotel

The Brisbane Riverview Hotel offers spacious rooms along the riverfront in Hamilton. Facilities include a conference room, resort style pool, whirlpool, sauna and gym.

from AU$204

 

 

 

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