Our Favourite Things to do in Brisbane, Australia!
Brisbane is the rebellious little sister of Australia’s capital cities; perfectly positioned on the water, you’d be forgiven for forgetting you’re in the heart of a cosmopolitan up-and-comer. It’s chilled-out, laid-back and yet… purposeful. Heading away from the city for a second, you’ll soon be party to a thriving café culture, as Sydney and Melbourne lose their best chefs and food thinkers to the small/big city vibe. Things are a touch slower here, compared to other eastern capitals – but don’t be fooled, there’s still plenty to do. So much, that we must limit our list to the CBD limits. Don’t worry, we’ll cover the suburbs in the future!
1. Explore the Lawns of Southbank
Nothing epitomises Brisbane better than Southbank. There’s always a little bit of something here, suited to every taste – but where to start? Our suggested plan kicks off in the open-air pool, a free-for-all service, placed on the edge of Southbank itself – a riverside swim at sunrise AND sunset is more than possible. After drying off, pick your way through the sprawling markets, pausing every so often to enjoy the tunes busking musicians and ending the first part of the day with a light lunch at Jetty or Popolo. More of a sweet tooth? We guarantee Cowch dessert bar has exactly what you need. Spend the rest of the day exploring the nearby museums and galleries, absorbing the come-as-you-are culture of the Sunshine State.
2. Paddle-board the Brisbane River
Although there’s nothing wrong with exploring the river by bike along the banks, you’re on holiday – don’t you want to do something different? Brisbane adventure stalwart, Riverlife, connects visitors and locals alike to the river, leaving the expect behind. From kayaking to paddle-boarding, you’ll soon be on the water, exploring the inlets, twist and turns with the guidance of a river expert. Feeling adventurous? Why not enjoy a paddle board experience at dusk, following it up with a drink at a local hot spot like Hop and Pickle? Go on. You’ll love it.
3. Visit the Mt Cootha Lookout
Traveling out of town now, no visit to Queensland is complete without a quick trip up Mt Cootha. The view is nothing short of breathtaking, as your eyes are afforded the best view of the Brisbane region from a 360-degree aspect. Take a few pictures, explore the gardens and finish up with a delectable lunch at the lauded Summit Restaurant… make sure to book ahead, sittings are often bursting with back-up names.
4. Story Bridge Climb
The Story Bridge is Brisbane’s answer to the Sydney Harbour Bridge – iconic, beautiful and definitely worth a look, at least from the bars of Eagle Street Pier, it is truly a marvellous modern structure. We’ll preface this tour with a warning – if you hate heights, unless you’re keen to conquer the fear, this isn’t the activity for you. The Bridge climb can be completed at any time of day, including sunrise, sunset and twilight, and definitely during the day. You’ll be afforded a rarely seen perspective of the city and beyond, including the gorgeous Glass House Mountains further north.
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