Brisbane is the glittering northern city, the jewel in Queensland’s crown. Australia’s third largest city is emerging as creative, inspired and thoughtful, focusing on quality food, culture and outdoor living. Its lifeblood is the Brisbane River that snakes its way through this foot-friendly city. Shop up a storm on Queen Street, followed by a stroll around to see the city’s historic buildings. Dine al fresco along South Bank’s sandy lagoon, then pop by the sprawling Queensland Cultural Centre, which hosts a growing number of world-class exhibitions. From eclectic Fortitude Valley to fashionable New Farm and Teneriffe, thriving little pockets of Brisbane are there to be discovered.