Brisbane is for many people the perfect place to live and they say it offers the best lifestyle. When we were there, we found it a really lively place, big enough to have the nightlife, shopping, awesome restaurants and markets, but still small enough to be intimate and down-to-earth & you can also find so many great flights to Australia.
Another plus is of course that it’s only 1.5 hours away from Queensland’s awesome beaches, and never far away from the adventurous stuff.
So before you head off on your diving and sailing adventures in Queensland, make a stop over in Brisbane – it’ll be worth it.
Here are some things to do in Brisbane that we recommend:
Check Out The Brisbane Landmarks
There are quite a few “landmarks” in Brisbane that for one reason or another that really sum-up Brisbane.
Take a photo, join the events or learn the history. Pick and choose from these:
From the right angle (south-east or north-west) the State Law Building looks just like the Batman building in Gotham city, take a photo!
Watch cricket at its best at Brisbane’s international cricket ground.
One of Brisbane’s 3 Bridges
The bridges of Brisbane are very famous landmarks, and you can enjoy them in different ways; walk, climb or photograph.
However, the best time for photos is at the annual Riverfire event, in the beginning of the Riverfestival in September, when the bridges light up in big fireworks for half an hour.
Jan Powers Farmer Market
This market is a mouth-drooling event. 120 stalls selling local, seasonal, home made and organic food: wine, cheese, berries, fruit, veggies, fish, meats, jam… you name it.
This is the perfect market to stock up on some food for the pic nic basket, though not the cheapest food, you pay for the quality.
Roma Street Parkland
If you’re staying at a hotel near Roma Street Parkland you will find this park a perfect place to go in the morning for morning work out or afternoon walks (free entry).
16 hectares of green gardens and parks, this is the world’s largest subtropical park in a city. It’s a pretty new park opened in 2001 and has been very well looked after.
You will find a large lake and a few waterfalls in the park, and if you like guided tours there is a free one every day between 10 am an 2 pm.
There are cafes in the park, but you can also bring your own food and have a pic nic or have a Barbeque at the BBQ area.
West End Markets
If you’re staying in any Brisbane hotel close to West End, you cannot miss a visit to the West End markets – Every Saturday from 6 am to 2 pm you’ll find the West End Markets at Davies Park on Montague Road.
The West End is one of Brisbane’s most interesting and diverse suburbs. It used to be one of the poorer working class areas where migrants and artists lived, but today it’s a popular place to come, especially for cafe and restaurant visits, as there are so many to choose from, in all kinds of cuisine.
Enjoy FREE entertainment at Brisbane Powerhouse
Every Sunday night Brisbane Powerhouse shows free entertainment like music concerts and stand-up comedy shows.
There are often free events on during the weekdays as well, so if you won’t be there on a sunday you can always check out their website to see if there is some free entertainment sheduled.
This will keep you busy during your trip, hope you have a great time and find a good hotel in Brisbane close to the activities you want to do.
(photo credit: brewbooks – paul’s parking – Andy_Mitchell_UK)