Brisbane is a small city compared to Sydney and Melbourne, but it’s definitely worth a visit. It’s smaller, but this means that it is quiter and less crowded as well. 🙂 I’ve been in Brisbane for 2 1/2 days and there are a lot of things you can do, that’s why I’ll share my personal must do’s and see’s in the following:
The CBD is a Must Do in every city, isn’t it? In Brisbane it’s the best place to go shopping, because you can find all the stores you need in the CBD – low-priced to high-priced. If you need a moment to relax after your shopping spree, you could go to one of the parks. And even if you’re hungry or if you want to have a drink, the CBD is the right choice. You can choose from different restaurants, bistros, cafés, pubs and bars. Talking about your plans for the night, what about The City Sounds free music program, one of many events, the cinema or the casino? You see, there are a lot of possibilities.
2. South Bank Parklands
The South Bank Parklands was the place I enjoyed the most. It’s younger and hipper than the CBD, offering a nice river and skyline view and beautiful parklands as well as a “beach”. 🙂 Make sure to catch one of the events or markets and enjoy a drink in one of the bars in the evening or night.
3. Story Bridge
There are several places from which you can enjoy Brisbane’s skyline, but my favourite one was the Story Bridge. We crossed this bridge on our way to the Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park where we wanted to enjoy the sunset with a view to the skyline, but unfortunately it was too cloudy that day. Anyway, the view at the Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park as well as at the Story Bridge is really good. 🙂 Since you have a lot of trees and plants in the park, I would prefer the Story Bridge. The best bet is to combine both: it’s an 20-30 minutes walk from the north side of Story Bridge.
4. Museum of Brisbane
Do you want to know more about the history of Brisbane? Go to the Museum of Brisbane, because it gives you a good summary of the history of this city. It is really interesting to discover and explore the people, places and stories of Brisbane, to see how it all began und how it grows every day.
5. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
It’s a 30-45 minutes drive from Brisbane CBD (by bus), but the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is definitely one of the things, you have to do when in Brisbane. Did you know that that Queensland is the only place in Australia where it is allowed to cuddle a koala? But cuddling a koala isn’t the only thing you can do at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary: feed a kangaroo, enjoy one of the shoes or explore the park and all the wildlife.