Welcome to the Sunshine State and the capital Brisbane.
Although usually overlooked by the bigger and more popular cities – Melbourne and Sydney, Brisbane has all the niceties of a modern, forward-moving city and enough history to warrant a ghost tour (because that’s important when considering what City to visit in Australia).
Below are a few things to see and do that I recommend when visiting Brisbane:
- Southbank Parklands and man-made beach;
- Take a cruise down the Brisbane River to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary with Mirimar Cruises Koala and River Cruise;
- Check out the views of Brisbane and maybe even enjoy some fine dining up at Mount Coot-tha;
- Go rock climbing or try other adventures at Kangaroo Point;
- Take a City Cat.. anywhere;
- Have a drink on at one of Brisbane’s rooftop bars;
- Climb the Story Bridge (not cheap but an amazing experience);
Brisbane also has a rich selection of restaurants and eateries available for different dining experiences. If you get the chance, check out:
- The Defiant Duck, Newstead – pints, buffalo wings and burgers #winning;
- Newstead Brewery (you guessed it – it’s a brewery);
- Eat Street Markets – a pop-up culinary experience to dazzle your tastebuds;
- Mount Gravatt Marketta – literally the same as Eat Streets but on the Southside and cheaper!
- Stokehouse, Southbank – it will break the bank but the food is lovely and you’re on the Rover!
- The Lazy Dog Cafe – bring your pooch along (they love all dogs!);
There is so much more to see and do in Brisbane… I think I’ll need to come back and edit this listing with regular updates. Other notable comments are that the Gold Coast is only an hour drive from Brisbane City and the Sunshine Coast (depending where you want to go) is roughly 1.5 hours North or about two hours to Noosa.
So what are you waiting for? Come and visit Brisbane – you won’t regret it! (unless you are a snotty nose goose.)