Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and the third most populous city in Australia. It’s the biggest city nearby many beach towns, such as Byron Bay and Surfers Paradise. Therefore, it’s also a good base to visit other cities as there is an airport and several cheap transport options. Brisbane is definitely a popular stop for backpackers travelling the East Coast.

What to do?

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary: Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary, with 80 years of experience and over 130 koalas. Get up close and personal with some of Australia’s most iconic wildlife and you might even be lucky enough to score a Koala cuddle.

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River cruise: See the capital city’s stunning sights from an entirely new perspective during a fascinating river cruise along the Brisbane River. Glide past landmarks including Kangaroo Point Cliffs and Story Bridge, snapping photos and picking up local lore from an informative guide along the way.

Morten Island day tour: Less than an hour away, the white beaches and blue waters of the Moreton Island set the scene for swimming, surfing, snorkelling and sailing and with tours departing daily to the tranquil Gold Coast hinterland.

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Where to stay?

YHA is a popular chain for backpackers travelling through Australia. Also, in Brisbane you can find this hostel and the reviews are really good! Brisbane city YHA is an award-winning hostel overlooking the Brisbane River. This hostel is centred at Roma street, close to the main bus stop. They offer shared rooms, private rooms and even family rooms. Looking for something else? There are plenty of hostels in Brisbane!