I have not been to Brisbane in a while, and therefore I can't really say. There is a cool, hippy hotel in Fortitude Valley for business travellers. Great restaurants too. I'm very happy living in Sydney.
Ah, Justine. You are missing out on many treats! The arts scene in particular is having many visitors tell me they wish they'd given Brisbane more time on their itinerary. It also caters very well for children and teens. At the moment I am having difficulty fitting in all the things I'd love to do with two young teens when they visit me for a week. Top of their list are a FREE fashion design course at a local library, and body and face painting at a nearby park. I'm not sure who will be the most exhausted by week's end.
Ha!!! ha!!!! ha!!!! Not a chance. Lonely Planet is so far behind the times.
In fact was Brisbane ever hip?
We don't even have a beach and NO South bank is NOT the beach!
The food is average to completely terrible in most establishments unless you can afford to sell your granny to eat out.
The current political leaders are hell bent on taking us all back to the 1980's and the dictatorship of Joh Bjelke-Petersen.