This is Brisbane – Australia’s third largest metropolis and for me its most beautiful city bar none. This picture was taken from the view deck of Mt. Coot-tha — overlooking its central business district and the surrounding areas. Brisbane is vibrant, modern, beautiful and hip. While most tourists will think twice when choosing between Sydney and Melbourne, I’d go for Brisbane anytime. It’s not as crowded as Sydney and not as ethnically-diverse as Melbourne. I think it’s Australia’s most underrated city but a sparkling gem nonetheless.

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This is the view of downtown Brisbane from the 29th floor of MERITON Serviced Apartments along Adelaide Street; where my wife and I stayed for a couple of days.  A peak from our window gives you a spectacular view of the city’s skyline, the Brisbane river and, on a clear day, the Moreton Bay.  Four blocks away is the Queen Street Mall while just behind it is the River Boardwalk where some of the city’s chic and priciest restaurants line up.  A leisurely stroll along the propped up side of the river is a relaxing way to explore the city.  The path can lead you to the city’s business district through Eagle street; while walking further along will bring you to the city’s Botanical Garden.