Put aside the overtly popular Australian cities to welcome refreshing Brisbane on your travel radar. Think river rides, outdoor adventures, unique boutiques, edgy art galleries and mouth-watering local food. If 24 hours is all you have to experience it, I’ll show you my favourite places to wake up your senses in this sunshine city.
The best way to start the day
I pour myself a cup of “get-up-and-go” without having to go anywhere. Freshly brewed coffee, in my suite.
Enjoying breakfast at my hotel
A DIY juice station? How good is that! I’m set to explore the city.
Walking down New Farm Park
Beautiful Jacaranda trees, kids playing, people practicing yoga – Brisbane’s outdoor life is love at first sight.
Shopping at the Farmer’s Market
Talk about farm fresh. Eating local can’t get any more local than this.
Going crazy over comics at Junky Comics
A comic book store? Yes, please! I can spend hours here with my favourite comic characters or find some new ones.
Chilling out at the South Bank beach
Swim, sunbathe or just watch the kids play. Life at the beach is never boring!
Picnic lunch at South Bank Parkland
Blue skies, blooming flowers and a cityscape background – lunch in the park sure has its perks.
Animal loving at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
What’s an Australian trip without getting up close and personal with a Kangaroo? These furry Aussie animals are so adorable.
Getting my caffeine fix at Anouk
Sipping a perfect cup of coffee in a magnificent historical building – if only every coffee break was this romantic!
Browsing at Paddington antique store
Homewares and lamps. Ornaments and clothes. I always find something unique in this huge theatre- turned-antique-store.
Braving the heights with Cliff abseiling
I’m craving a bit of adventure, and this is a great way to look at the city from a different angle.
Riding on a city cat ferry
Forget the taxi. For a quick-n-cheap trip, I take the ferry. Check out the historic homes and riverside mansions along the way.
Hiking the Mt. Coot-tha trail
The crunch of gravel under my feet, the chirping of birds in the air – how’s that for a soundtrack?
Admiring the view at Mt Coot-tha
Greenery all around, the sun beaming down. I think this is a perfect setting for some great panoramic shots. Don’t you agree?
Drinking at Green Beacon Brewery
There’s nothing more relaxing than sipping on some freshly brewed beer. I get my fill at this place while chitchatting with my new friends.
Dining differently at Eat St. Markets
Ship containers transform into chic dining places serving everything from Turkish falafel to American hamburgers here.
Enjoying a cocktail at the Nest
What a show! The bartender tosses the bottles, does little tricks with the ice, pours me a cocktail while juggling three bottles and serves it with a flame.
Diving into desserts at Chester St. Bakery
Craving dessert? I’ve come to the right place! So many types of pastries… this is heaven!
Partying at the Bakery Lane
I love the after-hours vibe of this place. From live DJ to classics, this place packs a punch for music lovers.
Getting jazzy at The Bowery
You can never go wrong with a martini and some live jazz music. Let the music play!
Biting into goodness at Doughnut Time
I’m amazed at the number of people lining up for these doughnuts. One bite into its popular chocolate-oozing ring and I know why it’s named ‘Love at first bite’.
Relaxing at Lefty’s old style music hall
A friendly spot with drinks, bar snacks and great tunes – what else do you need?
Watching city lights while walking by the river
It’s interesting to watch the Brisbane skyline at different hours. I love walking by the river to see the lights shimmering in water.
Returning to the hotel
After a day of adventure, there’s nothing more inviting than the comforts of a cosy room.