Brisbane might be a small city but it packs a punch in relaxed entertainment and fabulous weather, perfect for getting out and about. It will make your life easier if you stay somewhere along a train line, if you’re not staying in the city. Look for close proximity to public transport or hire a car – parking is generally doable in Brisbane if you’re staying on the outskirts of the city. Act like a local and see the parts of Brisbane that tourists wouldn’t always see, but try and squeeze in a couple of typical touristy visits.
Head to one of Brisbane’s Coolest Neighbourhoods for breakfast to kick off your stay. Spend the first day in the city and explore touristy areas like South Bank, including GOMA, the Esplanade and Streets Beach. There are heaps of options for lunch, dinner and all the coffees you might need in this part of town, especially on Grey Street. While you’re over this side of the river, have a cocktail and dinner at West End or South Brisbane. You can find heaps of options for any budget in these areas.
If you’re in Brisbane, you have to make the short journey (an hour) to one of our beautiful Coasts. If you head south, park yourself at Burleigh Heads, as there are so many good food and craft beer options around here. Try Paddock Bakery and Burleigh Brewing Co and of course, have a swim at the beautiful local beach!
If you’re heading north, head to Cotton Tree and have a float down the river, which is attached to the mouth of Maroochydore beach. Just a street back from the river, you’ll find a heap of shopping and food options, so have a lazy wander before heading back to the city.
It’s your last day, so kick it off early with a walk around New Farm Park or enjoy one of Brisbane’s many hiking trails. Jump in your hire car and head to Cedar Creek Falls for a morning swim to escape the heat (which is about 80% of the year in Brisbane!) Take a picnic lunch and enjoy the fresh air.
On the way home from the falls, stop in at Samford Village for a quick coffee and wander. It’s a small town vibe only 25 minutes from the city.
Head to James Street in New Farm for pre-dinner cocktails and find somewhere along this delicious strip to dine. James Street has a fantastic vibe at night, lit up with fairly lights.
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