Saint Lucia, QLD, Australia

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Saint Lucia, QLD, Australia

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A university town set in Queensland's capital

In the suburbs of Queensland's capital city sits a little peninsula that juts out into the Brisbane River. Here, you'll find the neighborhood of St. Lucia, and the University of Queensland (UQ). Because UQ's campus takes up much of the area, the place has a decidedly collegiate feel. There are plenty of cafes, bars, and cheap eats, and it's a quick 10-minute cab ride to the heart of Brisbane for all the city has to offer. Consider booking a high-rise apartment as your St. Lucia vacation rental, for expansive views over Brisbane and a taste of local life.

A peninsula packed with plenty to see

Thanks to Queensland's pleasant year-round weather, don't be surprised if much of your time is spent outside. There are plenty of parks and gardens, perfect for everyone from picnicking families to students popping out on a quick break from class. A variety of city tour groups operate in the area, including walking and segway tours. The proximity of downtown Brisbane means easy access to tons of museums and performances, as well as shopping and nightlife. A ferry operates along the Brisbane River, serving as an efficient and peaceful way to hop off the peninsula and explore.

Family-friendly fun, on and off campus

UQ is a particularly family-friendly campus. Explore the scenic lakes by foot or by bike, stop for a coffee in the campus cafe, or head to the free art museum. Great Court, UQ's main building, is the heart of the campus, and a popular spot for events. Take in a theater production or a game, and relive your own college days with a beer or 2 from the balcony of a St. Lucia vacation rental. Once you've had enough of the good old days, head over to St. Lucia Golf Links, one of Brisbane's oldest golf courses.

Perfectly pleasant, just like the locals

Expect ideal temperatures in St. Lucia all year long, thanks to its subtropical climate. Winters (around June) are warm and mild, and temps rarely fall below 65, while summers really only heat up into the 80s. But while the mercury stays relatively even, don't expect constant sunshine. November through March is rainy season, with a passing thunderstorm happening with some regularity. When packing for your St. Lucia vacation rental, don't forget your brolly (umbrella), as the locals say! You just might need it out there.

Winding along the Brisbane River

Brisbane is a hilly city, which makes exploring most spots by bike slightly preferable to walking. Be sure to spend some time on or near Brisbane River, which feels a bit like the main artery of the city, winding and wrapping around different neighborhoods and peninsulas, including St. Lucia. Follow it far enough, and you'll find wildlife and mangroves you won't see in the heart of Brisbane. For another quick escape, the coast is only about a 30-minute drive from St. Lucia, where the famous sandy beaches of the Coral Sea can be found.