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Brisbane is a relatively compact city compared with Sydney and Melbourne. Most of Brisbane’s main attractions are located within a 2km radius of the CBD and the others that can be said to be ‘in Brisbane’ are located within a 15km radius.
Where you stay in Brisbane largely depends on what you want to do, and how much you want to spend. Generally, though, the CBD has accommodation which caters to all tastes and budgets. From five star hotels like Stamford Plaza and Conrad’s to huge backpacker complexes like The Palace and banana benders. (stars given beside name of hotel).
Stay in the Central Business District (CBD or heart of the city) if you want to be in the heart of everything. Walking distance to all of the major sights and easy to hop on a bus, train or ferry to visit other areas.
Places like Fortitude Valley with its buzzing music scene and Kangaroo Point are a good choice if you don't need to be absolutely central, but still close to the action.
Southbank is a great area to stay if you have kids. The numerous activities around the area will keep them occupied for many days. It's also home to fabulous dining and shopping.