I lived in Brisbane for a month and I never covered as much of it as I would have liked to! It’s such a vast city with ALOT going on. Here’s a few things you could do while you’re there…
Roma Street Parklands
The Roma Street Parklands is a beautiful 16 hectare park in the heart of Brisbane. There are big open fields to lay back and relax, maybe even have a picnic! The amphitheatre holds shows occasionally and there are moonlight cinema shows as well! If you don’t fancy that, just go to wander round and appreciate the beauty of all the plants and gardens!
South Bank Parklands
A cultural, social and educational place, the South Bank Parklands are a must-see in Brisbane. I mean, there’s a beach in the middle of the city! There’s no sea but there is a pool that you can dip in to cool off! That’s not all the Parklands has to offer, there are a variety of restaurants and a couple of shops. Not to mention the convention and exhibition centre!
Brisbane City Botanic Gardens
The Brisbane Botanic Gardens are another excellent place to go chill out and relax in the heart of the city. Follow the pathways through beautiful gardens and watch boats sail past. If you’re feeling fit, the path makes a great running track! If you’re like me, and can’t quite be bothered running, lay back on the fields or benches and just enjoy the beauty around.
Catch The CityHopper
The CityHopper is a FREE ferry service that goes partially up and down the Brisbane River. It’s a fantastic way to get from one side of the city centre to the other. Not to mention, you get a lovely view of the city skyline.
Climb Mount Coot-tha
For a few dollars, you can catch the bus from Brisbane CBD to Mount Coot-tha. It stands at 287metres and provides a stunning view of Brisbane from above. That’s not all it has to offer though, there are mountain bike trails, walking tracks and even it’s own Botanic Gardens! It’s definitely worth a visit, even if you just get the bus to the top!
A passenger return ferry to Stradbroke Island is only $14! For the beauty of the island alone, it’s worth it! Once you’re there, you can get an all day bus pass for around $9-$10 as well so you have no bother getting around! There aren’t very many places to go to but so much to see! From beautiful beaches to nature walks, Stradbroke Island is definitely a little slice of paradise! You can even spot turtles, dolphins, rays and even (when in season) whales!!
Moreton Island is a little bit further North than Stradbroke and more expensive as well. An adult return ferry is about $84 (I think!) which is a ridiculous price but I’d guess it would be worth it. We had planned on going to Moreton but due to financial issues, we had to miss it. We were quite gutted but that’s the life of a backpacker!
So, that’s a few things you can do when visiting Brisbane. As I said, it’s such a vast city and there is so much more that you can do but I don’t want to bore you to death with everything! Go and explore and let me know what you come across! If you’re up North Queensland, here’s a few things to do in Cairns.
Thanks for reading,