Why you need to plan a trip to Brisbane right now
Queensland’s capital city is uber cool and has some of the best outdoor spaces, amazing shopping outlets, cultural hubs plus world class dining. Here’s why Brisbane is a must do on your Australian east coast trip.
The River City
Brisbane’s not called the River City for nothing! Brisbane‘s views and attractions are best seen from a leisurely City Cat ride down the iconic river where you can take in all the sites from all angles while basking in Queensland’s sun. If a relaxing river cruise doesn’t float your boat and you’re after something a little more adventurous? Riverlife Adventure Centre offers a wide range of exhilarating activities from kayaking, paddle boarding and even abseiling – see Brisbane from a different viewpoint.
For those craving a culture fix then the Cultural Centre is the place to be. This riverside hub has a thriving arts and entertainment scene. Here you’ll find the Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Museum and the Sciencentre. The best bit, most of it is FREE and won’t cost you a cent to experience.
City beach and sunny days
Brisbane’s blue skies and sunny days are pretty hard to beat plus there are lots of them even in the depths of winter. When things are heating up in Brisbane everyone heads to the South Bank precinct, with Australia’s only inner city man-made beach, it’s the perfect spot for a dip in the lagoon and a BBQ with friends.
Wining and dining
Popping up like daisies all over the city are new hip cafes and bars. From laneway cafes decked out with thrift shop furniture, rooftop pool bars to sublime 5 star restaurants, Brisbane’s foodie scene has got everyone covered. Take a casual stroll from the Brisbane CBD to trendy suburban cafes and coffee stops. New Farm, Teneriffe, Paddington or West End are some of the faves and the perfect spot to tickle your tastebuds and watch the world go by.
Brisbane also has some pretty top notch picnic spots. Roma Street Parklands, New Farm Park and Kangaroo Point Cliffs are prime locations to sprawl out the picnic rug and enjoy a lazy afternoon.
Fancy an Island getaway? Right on Brisbane’s doorstep is two of the most relaxing and picturesque island destinations in South East Queensland.
One of the largest sand islands in the world, Moreton Island is the perfect spot to go sand tobogganing down the dunes. The wrecks just off the island are a must do for any avid divers or snorkelers.
Stradbroke Island or ‘Straddie’ as it’s known to locals is a natural treasure! With white sandy beaches, inland lakes and plenty of wildlife, Straddie is the place to be when you need some island time.
Brisbane people love sport, its part of being a Queenslander and the passion runs through our veins. Whether you’re a sporting buff or not, you’re bound to be overwhelmed with excitement at any of Brisbane’s world class sporting venues. Cheer on the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium, watch a cricket test match at ‘The Gabba’ or be in the crowd for next year’s Brisbane International at the Queensland Tennis Centre. Whichever sport you’re watching you can guarantee the atmosphere will be electric.