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See the beauty and charm of the city with a Brisbane car rental

Brisbane is the third biggest spot for tourists to flock to. It is also Australia's most popular city to rent a car and take a road trip. With parklands, botanical gardens and lush forests, there is plenty to do beyond the booming fireworks lighting the night skies and the growing music and arts scene.

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Taste the local cuisine or relax on a boat, as it meanders through the city on the Brisbane River. Swimming and rock climbing are just a few more of the many amusements at your disposal, with local transit making everything easily accessible. Whatever your interests or your travelling companions, Brisbane is sure to entertain and delight everyone in your party.

If you are not 100% sure what to do with your time in Brisbane, we may be able to help with that as well. Just like other cities around the world including Los Angeles, and London, Brisbane has many iconic things to see and do. Check out the awesome information below about Brisbane and things to do. If you know of something spectacular to do in Brisbane, and it's not already covered in our information, let us know about it!

We at VroomVroomVroom have come up with a list of things that you can do and places where you can stay during your trip to Brisbane. Check it out below:


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Address: 100 Jacobs Well Road, Stapylton, QLD 4207

If you want a unique movie-watching experience, then make sure to head to Yatala Drive-In which is more than just a Cineplex. It is more of a community event rather than just a normal theatre because you can socialise with other people, camp out, enjoy the starry nights, cruise in your car and of course watch your favorite film! Don't be surprised if you see movie watchers wearing pyjamas and carrying their pillows whilst watching film. There is a Candy Bar where you can buy some snacks and goodies. Watch the latest blockbusters at Yatala Drive-In, which airs new movie releases from Monday to Sunday. 

Address: Southbank Parklands Cultural Forecourt (meeting place)

Whether you enjoy cycling or just want to find new ways to explore Brisbane, you will surely have fun meeting new friends and riding bikes with Brisbane by Bicycle. They offer bike tours that are guided by a local who knows a lot about the history, culture, and happenings in Brisbane. Instead of using your guidebook when exploring the city, why not let the expert take you to different places including Brisbane's hidden gems and off the beaten paths. Bikers meet up at the park and finishes at a trendy bar in the city. Enjoy a complimentary soft drink or beer after the tour. 

Address: Foyer of the Metro Hotel Ipswich International, 43 South Street, Ipswich, QLD (meeting point)

The best way to see Brisbane and other neighboring cities is by riding a hot air balloon. The nearest hot air balloon company is Floating Images, which is just 30 minutes by car hire from the central business district. It is advisable to make reservations in in advance since they only have one flight each day and can only accommodate up to 10 passengers. The flight usually takes an hour so make sure to bring your camera with you so you can take wonderful snapshots of the city and the countryside. However, the whole activity lasts for 3 to 4 hours because there is also breakfast included. 

Address: Clem Jones Promenade, South Brisbane QLD 4101

Witness the distinct river scene in Brisbane by riding a boat through River City Cruises. The family-run business has been offering cruises on Brisbane River for more than 10 years already. Hop on the MV Neptune and head on the decks to enjoy breathtaking views of Brisbane's most iconic landmarks such as the Story Bridge and Kangaroo Point Cliffs. River City Cruises' experienced crew and friendly staff will surely make your trip memorable. The guided tour usually lasts for an hour and a half and you will learn about Brisbane through informative commentary. The boat departs at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Jetty A South Bank Parklands.


Address: 46 - 50 Water Street, Mater Hill QLD 4101

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Are you looking for a luxury hotel near the city centre? Sudima Suites is the place to be because of its first-class amenities and superb location. The 4.5 star hotel is situated in South Brisbane where you can find historical buildings, excellent shopping centres, cosmopolitan cafés, and cosy wine bars. There are several accommodation options to choose from: studio apartments, one-bedroom apartments, and two-bedroom suites. The suites are equipped with a kitchenette, cable TV, high-speed internet, air-conditioning, iPod dock, and other modern amenities. Sudima Suites also has a lap pool, gymnasium, and sky deck.

Address: 485 Adelaide Street (corner of Boundary Street), Brisbane QLD 4000

Whether you're travelling for leisure or for business, you can find comfort during your stay at Meriton Serviced Apartments. The company's first property in Brisbane is the newly-opened Soleil building and it is the second tallest residential building in the city. The building has 228 luxury apartments that feature various bedding options, sizes and styles to suit the preference of each guest. If you're travelling with an infant, make sure to reserve baby cots in advance due to its limited availability. 

Still have time to explore the city with your Brisbane car hire? Check out our list of other exciting activities below:

  1. Catch a CityCat
  2. If it's a nice sunny day, head down to the river and catch a CityCat up and down the river. You'll get to see Brisbane from a different vantage point, and it's a really nice way to spend an hour or two. There are plenty of interesting stops that you can make along the way. Get off at South Bank or Eagle Street, or explore New Farm Park and the University of Queensland.

  3. Check out South Bank
  4. Go for a swim at the inner-city beach (complete with sand!) and stroll around the parklands. There are plenty of restaurants and cafés to indulge at, then go for a stroll along the riverbank or see the latest movies on the giant IMAX screen.

  5. Shop at some local markets
  6. There are lots of great markets around Brisbane featuring locally made arts and crafts, fresh produce direct from the farm and just about anything else you could imagine.

  7. Mount Coot-tha Lookout
  8. Experience a sunrise (or sunset, if you're not the early rising type) from the lookout atop Mount Coot-tha. It provides a great vantage point of the whole city and is a must-do for any new visitor to the city.

  9. XXXX Brewery Tour
  10. Ask any Queenslander which beer they drink, and there's only one answer. XXXX. Some say it's because they don't know how to spell "beer", but this long-established inner Brisbane brewery has been quenching the thirst of locals for many generations. Take a tour to see how they make the golden liquid, and enjoy a taste of the Sunshine State's finest.

  11. Experience Days
  12. If you like to try different things, but paintball sounds a bit violent, try one of these Brisbane experience days. You can search around to find various exciting, out of the norm things to do for a day. From hot stone therapy and wine tasting, to golf lessons, jet boating, dawn hot air ballooning, skydiving or race car driving.

  13. Visit the Themeparks

For families with children or even for those young at heart, a few days out at the themeparks could be just what you need. With Brisbane so close to tAhe Gold Coast, a short drive in your rental car will have you out and about at the parks in no time. Whether you prefer to get Wet'n'Wild or would like to flex your trivia knowledge and enjoy the rides at MovieWorld, there are deals and rides to ensure you have the best day ever.

   8.  Walkabout Creek

Just west of the city is Walkabout Creek Visitor Centre which will prove to be a must see location if you are travelling with kids. With wildlife shows and trails to follow, this is an Australian wildlife centre that can't be missed and at only 12 km from the CBD a good little drive in your VroomVroomVroom Brisbane car rental.

As a treat to our loyal customers, enjoy 10% off Outback Spectacular, Seaworld and Movieworld here. Exclusive to VroomVroomVroom and thanks to Experience OZ!

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