A beginner’s guide to Brisbane – an Australian city that should be on your travel wish-list
The city of Brisbane is the capital of the Australian state of Queensland.
In the north of the country, Brisbane has developed into one of Australia’s most vibrant and exciting cities, and it’s definitely a destination that you should add to your travel wish-list when planning your itinerary for a trip down under.
How to get there
You’re probably going to be flying into Brisbane – the airport is a hub for both domestic and international flights.
If possible, pick up a rental car for your stay – it will make it easier for you to get around and explore the surrounding region.
Where to go for brunch
New Farm plays host to some of the best brunch spots in Brisbane. However, there’s also some great options at Kangaroo Point – looking right out onto the Brisbane river.
Where to go for dinner
Brisbane’s Southbank precinct has everything from casual meals to formal dining.
Where to go for a night out
Friday nights at The Sportsman’s Hotel in Spring Hill is a staple in the Brisbane gay scene, with Balls Out Bingo hosted by local drag queen Candy Surprise. The rules are standard bingo rules, but there is a ball-boy, and whenever number 77 is called the ball-boy takes an item of clothing off. Number 77 seems to come up a lot. They publish a roster of the ball-boys so you can make sure that you’re there for your favourite.
After bingo, head to The Beat Megaclub – it’s open seven nights a week.
The Wickham has the best food of any of the LGBTQ venues in Brisbane. The beer garden has a good atmosphere, and you can play games like giant Jenga. They also host an annual street festival called the Big Gay Day.
September is Pride month in Brisbane, with a Pride Festival organised by the local community.
In 2019, the official march and the Pride Fair Day will be held on Saturday 21 September.
Other queer stuff
There’s three LGBTQ sports teams to choose from: