The beautiful city of Brisbane was founded 1824 by lord Brisbane, governor of the state of Queensland and is the easternmost city of Australia. Long time neglected despite its administrative significance it only looked shadowed by the much greater cities of Sydney and Melbourne, Brisbane has developed itself very quickly after hosting in the 80′s the Commonwealth Games and the World Expo. Ever since is the country’s fastest growing city!
I find very right for these things to happen, as Brisbane has a wonderful position, offering the best ingredients for the most exquisite cuisine: from the Great Bareer Reef many species of salt water fish; from the notorious vineyards in neighboring Granite Belt fine and exquisite wine; from the estuaries the tasty mud crabs and the sweet water fishes called barramundi. Add the beef, the tropical fruits and the fruits from the orchards (apples, pears etc) and you got an important reason to visit Brisbane: its restaurants offer excellent meals at good prices!
During the World War II General Mac Arthur set up in Brisbane the headquarter for the Pacific operations, as he was mesmerized by the magic of Brisbane. Today there is an interesting Mac Arthur museum in Brisbane, as many other museums, which I found very attractive ( Modern Art, History and Archeology). This is another reason to visit Brisbane, for culture freaks. Also for culture freaks: there is a an yearly festival of Theater and Movie held also in Brisbane.
Very near to Brisbane are the Australia Zoo and the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. You can feed birds, crocodiles and respectively the cute Koala bears spending a wonderful day out. Inside Brisbane is the Brisbane River, a favorite place of relaxing for the brisbanites! You can swim, walk, sail and cruise on the river, you can eat on the river or on the river ships.
No time for boring in Brisbane, for sure, it is an unforgettable vacations. Nevertheless you need some rest, which you can find in one of the many Brisbane hotels. There are many good hotels, for any taste and budget, but I have a special mention for the Hotel Emporium, may be you will understand if you visit it. It is most recommended for couples and honeymooners, and the staff is very friendly.
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