Last Updated: 14th Nov 2013

<p>Brisbane is Australia&#8217;s third largest city and is home to around one and a half million people. It is the capital of Queensland and is on the south east of the state. Only a short drive north from the <a href="/contikipedia/articles/gold-coast-and-surfers-paradise">Gold Coast</a>, it is built on the banks of the Brisbane River and is one of the fastest growing, dynamic (not to mention, sprawling) cities in the country.</p> <h2>Sights</h2> <p>Although there isn&#8217;t that much to do and see in Brisbane, the city epitomises the laid back Queensland attitude and lifestyle while still enjoy many of the perks of a big city.</p> <h3>South Bank</h3> <p>South Bank is one of Brisbane&#8217;s most popular dining areas – day and night. There are more than 30 restaurants and cafes here, with the bonus of fantastic river and City views, so its reputation is no surprise! You can enjoy great Italian, Greek, Lebanese, Turkish, Asian or modern Australian food in a wide range of prices. Southbank is also home to some great pubs including the Plough Inn and a man-made beach that is popular year round.</p> <h3>Conrad Treasury Casino</h3> <p>Located in one of the oldest buildings in the city, the Conrad Treasury offers a world of first class entertainment, 24 hours a day. The Conrad Treasury Casino is situated at the top of the Queen Street Mall.</p> <h3>Brisbane City Hall</h3> <p>Brisbane&#8217;s City Hall is a historic sandstone edifice overlooking the sculptures and fountains of King George Square. It is surrounded by modern skyscrapers, but the observation platform up in the tower still provides one of the best views across the city. On the ground floor the Brisbane City Gallery has a small permanent museum collection and regularly exhibits local art.</p> <h2>Shopping</h2> <p>The Queen Street Mall is in the heart of the city and is Brisbane&#8217;s shopping Mecca. Known to the local Bribanites simply as &#8216;The Mall&#8217; it is home to over 1200 fashion stores.</p> <p>At the bottom end of the Mall is Queens Plaza where you&#8217;ll find a huge David Jones department store, five shopping levels, an international food court and 90 specialty stores. It is a Brisbane&#8217;s most exclusive shopping district with shops such as Tiffany and Co. Max Mara, Guess Accessories and Louis Vuitton while at the top end of the Mall is the Myer Centre, covering six levels, with close to 200 specialty stores, including the popular <span class="caps">ABC</span> Shop, Australian Geographic, and Chocolate Boulevarde as well as Myer.</p> <p>Also along the Mall are the Broadway, Brisbane Arcade and Wintergarden centers where you will find Australia&#8217;s top fashion labels, including Wayne Cooper, Lisa Ho, Carla Zampatti, Tengdahl Australia and Bora.</p> <p>Apart from shopping you can enjoy outdoor dining and free entertainment all the way along The Mall while more City Retail hotspots include Adelaide Street, Albert Street and the Eagle Street Pier.</p> <ul> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/brisbane-airport-to-the-hotel-ibis-brisbane">Brisbane Airport</a></li> </ul>