Why Brisbane is my new favourite Australian City

Holidaying in Brisbane for an Australian might be similar to a New Zealander doing so in Hamilton, which is perhaps why it took me close to 30 years to visit. But two days turned out to not be long enough – Brisbane is my new favourite Australian City (overtaking Sydney) for a number of reasons:

Brisbane’s weather

You’ve really got to live somewhere for 12 months to fully understand a locations weather patterns. I visited Brisbane in October (mid Spring) when the weather was between 27 and 30 degrees Celsius and loved it though I imagine in Summer it can become unbearable outside of an air-conditioned building.

Living in Wellington we have few absolutely stunning summer days each year and it sucks when these arise when you’re at work. I guess living in cities like Brisbane it’s not so bad working on a scorcher as you know there’ll be another one at the weekend!

Brisbane from above

Brisbane’s Riverside

Not normally one to appreciate rivers, I loved walking Brisbane’s riverside, checking out the parks, gardens, galleries, restaurants and bars, but also imagining myself running the paths like the locals.

Brisbane buildings from river

The Proximity to the beach

Drive for an hour or so and you can be on the white sandy beaches of the Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast. Pretty much the perfect weekend plan.

The Parks and Gardens

Cities need parks, gardens and open spaces and Brisbane’s are well kept and have something for everyone – a city beach for the kids, native plants in the botanic gardens and  tranquil spots with benches for those who just want peace, quiet and scenery.

Statue behind a fountain feature in a brisbane park

Brisbane is a compact city

The reason I love Wellington so much is that you can walk wherever you need to go and it really has a heart. Brisbane is the same, a small, walkable city, unlike the sprawling Melbourne and Sydney.

two girls on bridge in brisbane

So which is your favourite Australian city? Do you like the happening bigger cities or the smaller, compact ones?


  1. Miranda
    June 24, 2017 / 11:40 pm

    I couldn’t agree more ๐Ÿ™‚ Brisbane is my new home and I couldn’t be more content here (rare for me)!

    Also, I recently went to Wellington on my honeymoon and realized the same – compact cities are the way to go ๐Ÿ™‚

    • June 25, 2017 / 4:16 pm

      Oh great choice in picking Brisbane to move to! Wellington’s a different destination for a honeymoon! Did you travel around New Zealand a bit?

      • Miranda
        June 25, 2017 / 4:33 pm

        Yes I love it! I met my husband here when I first visited a couple years ago, so it’s great having him show me his city now that we’re going to be here for a while ๐Ÿ™‚

        We originally planned on taking a cruise from Brisbane up to the Whitsunday beaches, but then it sold out so we had to make a last minute decision and Wellington it was! No regrets at all, it was perfect for us ๐Ÿ™‚ I would love to go back to New Zealand and properly visit someday, for us financially a weekend trip was all we could do.

          • Miranda
            June 25, 2017 / 5:03 pm

            Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ <3