Despite living on the Gold Coast for eight weeks it took me seven weeks to finally visit Brisbane. Although many people skip Brisbane on their visits to Australia because Sydney seems to steal all the attention there’s lots to see and do in Brisbane.
Tucked away near to Brisbane’s central business district overlooking the river, the City Botanic Gardens is located just minutes from the commotion of the city. The gardens first opened to the public in 1855 and is a great place to head to for a leisurely stroll, a picnic lunch or just to soak up some rays. As you explore the 130 acres of lush rainforests, shaded avenues and open grassy areas you’ll discover lily ponds teeming with colourful fish, fragrant bunya pines, towering palm trees and countless peaceful places to relax for awhile with a good book.
Situation by the Brisbane River, has something for everyone, from endless dining options to free swimming in the man-made lagoons
One of the city’s most popular attractions is the South Bank Parklands – a mix of rainforest, plaza, riverfront promenade, relaxing avenues and grassed areas, situated directly across the Brisbane River from the CBD. The perfect place to soak in the wonderful Queensland sunshine and get a feel for the city.
At the man-made lagoon, you can make the most of the accommodating Brisbane weather and have a refreshing dip.
Story Bridge was built to supplement the existing Victoria and Grey St (now William Jolly) Bridges, both already struggling with increasing traffic flow. Its position, connecting Kangaroo Point with Fortitude Valley, also allows vehicles to travel from one side of Brisbane to the other without having to pass through the CBD.
Walks along the river make it fun to walk around. If the distances are too far or you’re in a hurry there are buses and river ferries.
Brisbane has two different transportation options to get around via water. CityCat is part of the public transportation system, a great way to get around the city with the wind blowing in your hair and taking in the river views of the city. The City Cat is included under the “GO card” that we use for public transit here in Brisbane (You have the option to use the GO card on the buses, trains and the city cat).
The other option which is very similar to the City Cat is the City Hopper. It is a free boat shuttle service that runs along Brisbane River.
Queen Street Mall is Brisbane’s most popular shopping area with boutiques, chain stores and department stores to suit every budget.
While Brisbane is not as well known for its food as Sydney or Melbourne, there are still many delicious options available for all budgets. I mostly ate around Southbank.