Brisbane is one of my favourite Australian cities, up there with Sydney too, and I had an absolute blast living there for just over a year. Brisbane, for those of you unfamiliar, is the capital city of Queensland and sits on the East Coast of Australia just a 2 hour drive north of Byron Bay. For some reason, not everyone remembers to add Brisbane on to their list when planning a trip to Australia but Brisbane is well worth stopping off in. Even if it’s just for the morning en route to one of Queensland’s other wanders like Fraser Island or the Sunshine Coast… you gotta do it! To show you what your time in Brisbane could look like, I am here with the ultimate guide for Brisbane. The can not miss list for Brisbane.
By the end of this list, you will be moving it to number one on your list of places to visit in Australia! Personally, I love that Brisbane has something for every type of personality be it; the party animal, the artsy soul, the active soul & everything in between. My social calendar was always jam-packed, much to the dismay of my university assignments. Australia, in general, is a little more expensive if compared to say, America or Thailand. Cities get bad press about being overpriced; however, Brisbane is the cheapest and I have tested my wallet in three major Australian cities. You can keep it cheap and have the best time, or you can go super extravagant as well, it all depends on your budget and the knowledge you have to hand! Let’s tuck into my tips for you…
It has unmatched city views and a restaurant/café with super delicious food. If you want to go with a date, it’s really romantic to get a spot & watch the sun set over the city with some wine. There is also the Mount Coot tha botanic gardens which has a Bonsai garden and is free. By far not the quickest way to get around, but oh so peaceful. It accepts GOcard & comes by every 15 minutes. Northshore Hamilton is the last stop on the route, it has some really good restaurants & is a lovely area to explore if you feel like taking an afternoon to watch the sites go by from the water. I highly recommend you stop at the Felons Brewing Co in Howard Smith Wharves for an evening cocktail and watch the sunset from under the Story Bridge.
As I was saying before, one of the best ways to explore Brisbane is to ride around along the water. Stopping off at heaps of different places from Southbank to the city botanic gardens to Howard Smith Wharves & you can get your exercise whilst you are at it, who doesn’t love a double win! There is a dedicated bike path that runs along the whole distance so you can cycle safely.
Southbank is one of the busiest hives of activity in the city, there is so much to do! Starting with the wheel of Brisbane ($16), a great way to get up high and see the sights. You can visit the Gallery of Modern Art if that’s your thing, free entry but some exhibitions cost. There is Southbank beach, man-made with the addition of sand it’s a nice way to get cool, get a tan & people watch. This is a hub for delicious food, so the choice is yours. Name a cuisine & it would be a surprise if there wasn’t a restaurant in the area. On the weekends there is a cute market pop-up in the middle of the street, definitely worth a look!
I can’t even describe which stalls to try, my only advice is one of everything. It was all delicious and they also have live music, so everyone sits on lawn chairs and just eats and eats and eats. They also have a selection of local craft type stalls so it can be a great place to pick up some unique souvenirs. One of the best ways to see the city in full, all at once! It’s $160 per adult and it lasts approx. 2 hours, you can also do ‘add on’s’ such as the lean out or walk the plank. Those are definitely not for those afraid of heights. Twilight is the most popular time of day so book in advance.