Brisbane - Australia's City du Jour, image courtes of Brisbane MarketingBrisbane's city heartland is a unique district with the river as its central focus, combining shopping, recreation and nightlife in a way that reflects the city's reputation for a relaxed subtropical lifestyle. Brisbane has successfully integrated history and progress – grand colonial architecture stands alongside modern commercial towers and hotels. Discover the highlights on a City Sights Tour or at your own pace on the Heritage Trail.

Relax in the Botanic Gardens or Roma Street Parklands. Downtown Brisbane is made up of seven precincts – the Queen Street Mall, the Valley, Chinatown, South Bank, Kangaroo Point, Roma Street Parklands and Eagle Street Pier. The Queen Street Mall offers seven-day shopping in department stores and trendy boutiques and there are Sunday markets at the Eagle Street Pier. From the city centre, it's a five-minute stroll across the Goodwill Bridge to the leisure and cultural precinct of South Bank Parklands.Queensland, Northern New South Wales & Northern Territory Accommodation Directory

Heading to Brisbane for New Year's Eve? Book your place at the New Year's Eve Ball. The event benefits the Down Syndrome Association of Queensland. Go to www.ballevents.org.au for more information.

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