While international visitors tend to flock to Sydney, Melbourne, and the Great Barrier Reef, most Australians consider Brisbane to be holiday capital. The third largest city in Australia is not far from the Tropics so it’s warm in the winter and blazing hot with high humidity in summer.
What Brisbane may lack in history, it more than makes up for in beaches and other outdoor diversions. In other words, this is a place to come and enjoy yourself and to appreciate modern Australia, rather than spend all day going from one museum to another.
Prices in all of Australia’s larger cities are similar for most things, so finding bargains requires a bit of work. Hotel and hostel prices can seem high in the warm summer months (December through February) and a pretty good deal in winter. As with elsewhere in Australia, prices on fast-food and public transportation are strangely high, so eating burgers and riding buses will not be as cheap as they’d be in most of the rest of the world.