Brisbane is the bustling, energetic capital of Queensland, and has a beautiful sub tropical climate, a wealth of open, green public spaces and a wonderful laidback attitude to life. The city was built on the site of an old convict colony established in 1823, which later became a free settlement in 1842 and grew into a city from the riches made on the fertile, arable land and abundance of timber in the area. This city was named after the Governor of New South Wales, Sir Thomas Brisbane.

Although Brisbane was mainly thought of as a regional outpost, in more recent years it has grown in international recognition for is vibrant economy and rich tourist trade, and also the Commonwealth Games were held here in 1982, bringing a host of international interest and investment to the city.

Queensland is currently the fastest developing state in Australia for commerce, population and tourism, and is set to overtake Melbourne in the next few years as the most populous urban area in the country. The weather is warm all year round, with the summers (Nov to Apr) hot and humid and winters dry and mild.

There are some excellent cheap hotels in Brisbane, which are ideal for those travellers visiting the city on a budget:
* The Diana Plaza Hotel – this hotel is just a short walk from the Queensland’s Performing Arts Centre and the South Bank Parklands, and double rooms are available from just $83 per night. The hotel has a lovely terrace restaurant and café, a health club and wireless Internet access, and some rooms also have limited self-service facilities (including microwaves), which is ideal for those who do not want to eat out for every meal.



* The Metro Hotel Tower Mill – this hotel is in the heart of the city, just a few minutes from the main theatres, shops, cinemas, museums and galleries. Rooms area available from just $87 per night, and there are conference and function facilities, a hotel restaurant and free parking. Most guestrooms have balconies that offer stunning views over the city.

* Travelodge Hotel Garden City – Travelodge are known for their modern, cheap accommodation and friendly service. Rooms are available at the Hotel Garden City lodge from as little as $70 per night, and even cheaper with various off peak deals and offers. Each guestroom is clean and modern (although a little bland), and most have a kitchenette area with microwave, fridge and tea and coffee making facilities. This hotel is directly opposite one of the main shopping malls, and there are also plenty of restaurants and cafes nearby.



* Scarborough Beach Resort – this lovely resort is situated on the Redcliffe Peninsula, just 4 miles outside of Brisbane. This is a relaxing and beautiful place, and such good value for money (especially on the off peak seasons) that it is worth the extra travelling in and out of Brisbane city centre. Rooms are available from just $77 per night and there are some excellent hotel facilities including a huge outdoor pool with attached shallow children’s pool, a fully equipped gym and spa and sauna rooms. There are also conference and meeting rooms for business visitors, and each guestroom has high-speed Internet access, air conditioning, cable television and some limited self-catering facilities including fridges and tea and coffee makers. The resort is also only a short bus ride away from the excellent Peninsula Fair Shopping Center, which has a number of shops, department stores, cafes, restaurants and also a cinema.



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