Brisbane's accommodation consists of 4- and 5-star chain hotels catering almost exclusively for business people along with 2- and 3-star accommodation for short-stay transit passengers, hostels, self catering apartments etc.
Brisbane's biggest disadvantage is it's lack of real beach, something that its rival cities all tend to boast over. However, the artificial beach by the swimming "lagoon" in the South Bank Parkland satisfies any urge to build sand castles (albeit killing off any cultural credibility the area has to offer).
Those after a shopping experience have the Queen Street Mall and Myer Centre department store which offer all the things that could be bought in any shopping mall or department store in the UK, plus bush hats and toy koalas. A weekend market operates in South Bank. Attractions to the city consist of a visit to the botanic gardens, Government House, art gallery, river cruises. Street entertainers seem to abound, especially at weekends in South Bank and Queen Street Mall. South Bank also offers a re-creation of a rainforest and various other attractions to pass the time.
By night there are a number of discos, some jazz clubs, a casino, cinemas, occasional concerts.
Local excursions consist of a catamaran trip to Moreton Bay Island National Park for dolphin feeding, sand tobogganing and whale-watching (June to Oct). Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to see Aussie animals. Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, rainforest and planetarium.