Brisbane, Brissy or Bris Vegas as it is known to the locals, is located in the South East part of Queensland, Australia. To thoroughly enjoy the city, you need to stay for at least a few days to a week. There are lots of new areas to discover and enough activities to keep you occupied. Brisbane has the reputation of being a large, friendly country town where the people are laidback and passionate about their city and State. Click on the orange words to be taken to their website.
One of the gems of Brisbane is South Bank. Which other cities can boast a manmade lagoon and white sand with views of the city? During the temperate winter months or hot summer days, you will find others swimming and sitting on the beach. The lagoon is only a small part which makes up South Bank. You have numerous restaurants, large grassy areas, the Queensland Art Gallery and the Queensland Performance Arts Centre.
Continue along the riverside walk and you will find yourself at the base of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs. It is here where you can challenge yourself to rock climbing, stand up paddle boarding or joining a Paddle and BBQ kayak tour. All the activities are available through River life.
Located at the top of the cliffs, you will find the Cliffs Café. Order a coffee with a view or treat yourself to a tasty brunch treat. It can get quite busy on weekends so be prepared to wait a little. Not far from the café is the Story Bridge. Sydney is not the only Australian city which offers a bridge climb. Brisbane also offers one in which you will make your way over the river and the passing traffic.
If you are looking for a precinct with some waterfront restaurants, head to the Eagle Street Pier. You will wind an array of restaurants to suit your taste. It is here you will also find a main terminal for the City Cat river ferries. They travel from the University of Queensland through to Portside. Make the journey to Portside on Friday and Saturday night and you can let your taste buds enjoy the extravagant food which is on offer at Eat Street Markets. They are open from 4pm-10pm Every Friday and Saturday nights from 4pm-10pm
To hit up the night clubs, head to Fortitude Valley. The suburb preferably known as ‘The Valley’ offers a range of clubs and bars. Other areas for a drink include the West End, bars tucked away throughout the city and New Farm.
Some areas outside the city centre to check out include:
Wollongabba is home to the ‘Gabba’. The 40,000 capacity stadium plays hosts to cricket in the summer and AFL during the winter. When there are no games on, you can head to the ‘Foxy Bean Café’ and ‘Pawpaw’ for brunch. Both offer great tasting meals at a reasonable price.
The other side of the city is Caxton Street and the Gasworks. They make a perfect meeting place before an event at Suncorp Stadium. The stadium is home to the Brisbane Broncos (NRL), the Brisbane Roar (soccer (football)) and home to the Super 15 team, the Queensland Reds (Rugby Union).
Further on up the road is Paddington. It is home to antique, bric-a-brac, fashion and music stores. If you are feeling hungry check out the Kookaburra Café
and challenge yourself to the Party Pizza. You will need a little help from friends as the pizza is four times the normal size and is cut into 50 slices. Try the Bacon Banana Chilli and you will be pleasantly surprised.
Every Sunday you can find numerous markets around Brisbane. One of my favourites is Eagle Farm Markets. The stalls are packed with fresh fruit ‘n’ veg, locally made crafts and a large selection of quick bites.
For exceptional views of Brisbane, make your way to Mount Cootha. Whether it is day or night, the lookout provides a wonderful vantage point to see the city in its whole. You can also conquer a bushwalk on one of the many trails which weave through the hillsides. On the other side of the city you have the Mount Gravatt lookout. This one you will need your own transport to get too but the views are worth it.
If you fancy yourself a swim in the ocean, you won’t have to travel far. An hour South you will reach the Gold Coast, home to Surfers Paradise. In the other direction, you will find the ‘Sunshine Coast’. Both offer great swimming options and a chance for you to learn how to surf.
There are a few ways in which people arrive to Brisbane. If you are flying in, you can catch the Air Train for $15 one way. This runs from 5 AM to 11 PM at night. The only other way into the city is by taxi. A taxi will cost about $50 into the city.
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