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The city that was once a penal colony today has plenty to offer itself, and has well and truly landed in the 21st century.
Beyond the CBD, head to the redeveloped Yarra River and waterfront area, populated with restaurants and bars, while a wander round hip neighbourhoods such as Brunswick and Fitzroy is enough to show you why Melbourne claims to be Australia's cultural capital - discover live music, cool pubs and bohemian cafes abound.The zig-zagging Brisbane River is the lifeblood of the city, with many of its most interesting places dotted along it.Head to the Queensland Cultural Centre for a taste of Brisbane's ultra-modern side.There are two zones in the city, though visitors are most likely to find a Zone 1 ticket suffices.Trams are hailed at green-and-gold-coloured stops around the city, and run until midnight.There are also wombats, crocodiles, platypuses and emus to gawp at, as well as reserves for wallabies and kangaroos.
Take the 1930s boat, MV Mirimar, down to the sanctuary for gorgeous views along the way; it travels there daily.
Food & drink Brisbane has a reputation for being a chilled out kind of place, which can be seen clearly in the city's culinary scene.
Dining often takes place al fresco thanks to the typically spotless weather, with restauranteurs priding themselves on local produce.
For something different experience the view from the skies, with a champagne breakfast and balloon flight over the city.
Overview Riverside houses, parkland, skyscrapers and buzzing nightlife: Brisbane is no longer simply a gateway to the Sunshine and Gold Coasts.
Meanwhile, the southern edge of the Great Barrier Reef reaches down towards the city, offering the chance to see thousands of different species of fish, turtles and whales within an easy drive.