Known for its gorgeous snaking river, thriving dining and bar scene, and eclectic modern art, Brisbane has so much to offer travellers of all types.
Whether you’re a thrill or leisure seeker, you won’t struggle to pack your itinerary with fantastic activities. And when it comes to accommodation, one unique hotel stands out from the rest. Read on to find out where it is! Let your adventure in Brisbane begin…
Indoor skydive at iFLY Brisbane
If you still want to feel the thrill of skydiving without jumping out of an airplane, indoor skydiving might be for you. iFLY is Australia’s leading indoor skydiving activity provider with locations all around the country. At iFLY Brisbane, you can experience the closest thing to a real outdoor skydive surrounded by virtual reality visuals that will transport you to some of the world’s most stunning places.
You’ll take two introductory flights so you can get the hang of it before selecting your virtual reality scene – the Swiss Alps, Hawaii, Dubai or Southern California – and embarking on your epic 12,000ft free fall while kitted out in your flight suit, VR helmet and goggles.
Cocktail cruise on Brisbane River
Looking to treat yourself one afternoon in Brisbane? Spend a leisurely 4.5 hours cruising along Brisbane River, stopping in at three of the city’s most iconic venues – Mary Mae’s, Will and Flow, and Toscano Bar. You’ll enjoy exclusive discounts, priority seating and absolutely gorgeous river views at each of these fabulous bars.
You’ll set off from City Botanic Gardens River Hub and float along, soaking up the fabulous views of the city with a complimentary drink onboard. Bar hopping on a boat? So much better than an Uber.
Kayak tour on Brisbane River
If you prefer a self-propelled river adventure, strap on a life jacket and hop aboard a kayak for a paddle down the city’s iconic river. Paddle under the famous Story Bridge or cruise past South Bank with your dedicated guide. Soak up the city views from a totally unique perspective and squeeze in a workout while you’re at it!
V8 Race Car Drive at Queensland Raceway
Still want to fulfil your childhood dream of being a race car driver? Well, now you can. This adrenaline-pumping experience at Queensland Raceway gives you the chance to get behind the wheel of a V8 Supercar and test your driving skills.
You’ll be accompanied by a highly qualified driver/instructor and you’ll achieve a thorough safety briefing before setting off. Then, choosing from a Holden or a Ford, you’ll get to drive six laps around the raceway before switching seats with a pro for three lightweight fast hot laps. Strap in and get ready for the ride of your life!
Hot Air Balloon over Brisbane
If you’re yet to experience the delight of a hot air balloon flight, Brisbane is the perfect place to do it for the first time. As the sun sneaks out from the horizon, you’ll float up and over Brisbane and surrounds, taking in gorgeous views of the city, Ipswich, the Scenic Rim and Somerset. This unforgettable 1-hour flight will give you ample opportunity to snap up loads of pictures and spot some of the region’s landmarks, including Mount Tamborine, Moreton Bay and the Great Dividing Range. End the experience with a delicious breakfast at a local restaurant and take home your very own commemorative flight certificate as a souvenir.
Where to stay in Brisbane
For leisure and business travellers alike, The Kingsford, Ascend Hotel Collection™ is an excellent choice. Sophisticated and perfectly positioned just minutes from Brisbane Airport, this boutique hotel offers all the bells and whistles of a unique and luxurious stay including an outdoor hot tub and sun deck, cafe and lounge bar.
Guests are just a short walk or drive from Brisbane’s key attractions such as the gorgeous Brisbane River, Suncorp Stadium and the Gallery of Modern Art. You’ll also find an eclectic mix of bars and restaurants at the nearby Portside Wharf.
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