Brisbane Central Business District is beautiful. The approaches into it - meh, not so much, but the actual hub of business & city stores interspersed with parks & green areas is actually quite lovely.
That came as a surprise to me as it was pretty much contrary to everything I've been told. I'd been told that it was packed with commercial buildings & thronging with people....& it was, but it was also very much more. Then again I guess it depends what you are looking for ;)
Thankfully a like minded friend had also told me of the Botanic Gardens & my desire to visit them was enough that I was easily lured into the thronging mass of tall buildings & people that is the Brisbane CBD.
Bordered on two sides by the Brisbane River the actual land area isn't that huge. What it lacks in space it certainly makes up for in height.
If you need a breathing space away from those tall buildings the City Botanic Gardens is the right place to put everything into perspective.
The gardens are also bordered by the Brisbane River & it was refreshing to note that the buildings on the other side were considerably shorter in stature.
The city itself is a mix of old & new buildings - some with interesting names.
Shops to suit all tastes (& wallets!!!) - except perhaps the maillemans since I didn't get a chance to go in this one.
Interesting Bronze Sculptures
King Edward Park - one of a number of wonderful green spaces right in the middle of the city.
Transport to suit all tastes - we stuck with the train ;)
All within the space you see in the middle of this photo taken from the Mount Coot-Tha look out.