As the capital city of the Sunshine State, Brisbane’s bustling CBD, scenic green spaces, and energetic nightlife offer a little something for everyone.
Brisbane’s LGBTQIA+ community is active and engaged, with a number of annual Queer events. Big Gay Day, which happens in May each year, raises funds for LGBTQIA+ charities. MELT: Festival of Queer Arts and Culture, takes over the city each year with Queer performances, stories and art. Brisbane Pride runs many events throughout the year, including the Brisbane Pride Festival, Queen’s Ball, Fair Day, and Rally and March.
Once you’ve finished your meal, head to Fortitude Valley for some of Queensland’s best nightlife. Theme your night with unique venues like an arcade bar, a minigolf bar, and a comic book bar. Or visit LGBTQIA+ venues like The Beat Megaclub, The Wickham, and Fluffy’s. Brisbane also has a thriving Drag and Ballroom scene, and you’re sure to find a performance happening almost every night of the week.
Getting around Brisbane is easy and accessible, with trains running to most major suburbs (CBD, South Bank, Fortitude Valley) and over 400 bus routes ready to take you where you need to go. Use the TransLink Journey Planner for a stress-free way to navigate the city. Most bus services run from 6 am to 10 pm daily, with some NightLink buses running until late on Friday and Saturday to ensure you a safe trip after a night out. If you’re planning to travel by bus or train, be sure to grab a GoCard, available from the Brisbane Airport, most train stations, and many convenience stores.