Brisbane – Australia

Brisbane may be a huge city but it is still very green, I get the impression that the quality of life here is very high and centred around the outdoors.

Things To Do In Brisbane:

1. The Storey Bridge is a really good place for taking photos over the city skyline, both day and night.

2. South bank is the centre for weekend activity, there is a massive park with outdoor pools for families to enjoy, there is also a weekend market and a Ferris wheel, don’t miss south bank out of your Brisbane itinerary.

3. You can still get a cheap meal in Chinatown, it’s also a nice walk at night time. There are a lot of pubs and restaurants in the area.

4. There are lots of parks and gardens in the city, the botanical gardens in Brisbane are a joggers paradise, they take up about a quarter of the main city peninsula. Kangaroo point park is also a joggers paradise. Visit at night to get a picture of the massive lit up tree underneath the storey bridge.

We were lucky enough to have my cousin Natasha and her lovely friend Emma show us about for one day, they had a car which meant that we got to see a couple of places that we wouldn’t have gotten to see on our own:

5. Mt Coot-tha is about a 15 minute drive from the centre of town, it has panoramic views over the whole city and its surrounding area, the perfect place for a selfie.

6. Eat street at north shore is a permanent food market made from old shipping containers, they serve food from all around the world and is probably the best value for money you will find in Brisbane, even though there is a $2.50 entrance fee.

Getting Around:

Central Brisbane is a fairly walkable city, but if you find yourself on the wrong side of the river, then there is a free ferry every 30 minutes, just look out for the red one and it will take you to the other side for free. Or stay on for the rest of the route for a free cruise along the river.

Where To Eat:

If you can get to eat street it is certainly worth the effort, if not then there are still a couple of cheap food courts in Brisbane, we loved the Indian cafe inside the McWhirters mall close to Chinatown.

Getting There:

From the airport a shuttle bus will cost around $15-20/pp depending on how many people are in your party. The bus drops you off right at your hotel so there’s no need to worry about how far you need to walk afterwards.

The Greyhound bus terminal is on the north west side of the city on Roma street, there are regular buses connecting Brisbane with the rest of the east coast.

Where To Stay:

We stayed at the Cliff House Hotel at Kangaroo Point for £42 per night, booked through hotels.com, the location was good for us but was around a 30 minute walk into the city centre. Rooms were clean and modern.

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