Many years have passed since Brisbane housed convicts from Britain. The prison doors were quickly closed on the capital of Queensland, which today is a tourist's paradise.
Before exploring Brisbane itself, climb to the top of Mount Coot Tha and enjoy the unique viewpoint over the city. You will perhaps notice the remains of Brisbane's colonial past, notably in the form of the Old Government House.
Take the family - and the buckets and spades - and settle down on the beach, right in the centre of town: at the South Bank Beach. While you're there, you might perhaps devour a novel that you have found at the Writers' Festival. Next it's time for adventure; set off to meet some wildlife at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
The kids will be delighted to be introduced to contemporary art during the 21st Century Kids Festival.
Proud of its Aboriginal origins, Brisbane is a multicultural city as demonstrated by the Buddha Birthday Festival and the Brisbane Festival.
With friends, discover the streets of Brisbane suddenly invaded by the crowds at the Anywhere Theatre Festival or the Brisbane Racing Carnival.
Stroll along Moreton Bay and admire the yachts at the Bluewater Festival or the runners during the Bridge to Brisbane who come to break the records.
If you're a fan of tennis, don't miss the best players in the world who come to battle it out in Brisbane at the Brisbane International. Finally, the 4 MBS Festival of Classics and its many classical music concerts confirms that Brisbane is indeed an oasis of relaxation.