Tips for visiting Brisbane in one day
Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland, a.k.a. the Sunshine State, is often overlooked by international travellers who prefer heading to nearby attractions: the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast or Fraser Island. With over 300 days of sunshine every year and a wealth of outdoor activities in its surrounds, it’s no wonder why people regard Brisbane as a gateway city and spend a short time there for visiting.
On my solo travels around Australia, I had the opportunity to stop over in Brisbane a few times.
These are my tips for visiting Brisbane in one day.
Take a stroll at South Bank Brisbane.
South Bank is of the major point of interest in Brisbane. And it’s the ideal place to start touring Brisbane. The South Bank Parklands encompass a haven of natural beauty and the distinctive cultural flair of the city. Cycling and walking paths skirt the majestic Brisbane River through lush gardens.
The Arbour, the heart of the Parklands, with its beautiful architectural design and the colourful bougainvillaea makes it to a uniquely picturesque promenade. The Southbank Parklands is a beloved spot by runners and bikers. A very creative place that celebrates the outdoor lifestyle at its best by offering a variety of leisure activities. On weekends do not miss out on the Southbank Lifestyle Markets, held at Street Plaza.
These are the highlights of the South Bank Walk in Brisbane.
Start visiting South Bank at the cultural centre. Stop at Queensland Museum of Art for visiting GOMA the Gallery of Modern Art. At Goma, you can see beautiful contemporary Australian art. From there keep walking to South Bank’s main attraction, the City Beach, at Streets Beach, the artificial tropical lagoon and the nearby Botanic City Gardens, if you want to marvel at spectacular tropical trees, plants and flowers.
Take a cruise on Brisbane River.
There is no better way to enjoy the city from a different perspective than going on a river cruise. The City Cat service often rides during the day it is a great way of visiting Brisbane if you have only a few hours. There are several stops along the river, and you can get off and on as much as you like to continue visiting other corners of the city.
Jump on the Brisbane Wheel
From the beautiful bridges, the Brisbane Wheel stands out as a magnificent eye-catching piece of architecture. This is a must-do thing to get a superb 360-degree view over Brisbane and beyond. I love Brisbane at sunset when evening lights add the colour and the special atmosphere to the place.
Brisbane Shopping in Queen Street Mall
After a stroll along the Brisbane River at South Bank cross over the Goodwill Bridge and continue your stroll into the Brisbane CBD. Queen Street Mall is where the city buzz is with its lively shopping malls. Brisbane is a great place if you like fashion, with a thriving community of local fashion designers. There are also good dining places and if you need a break from the mall’s frantic rhythm, walk a little bit further to the Roma Street Parklands, get a break in nature, really worth visiting.
If you have more time to spend visiting Brisbane, consider these other fabulous attractions.
Go to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
If you crave seeing the Australian wildlife and want to have a close-up encounter, this is the place in Brisbane worth visiting. At Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary you can see all Australian native animals. Koalas, Kangaroos and more. It’s one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries globally and one of the few in Australia where you can feed and touch the animals. It is located only 10 minutes bus ride from CBD. This is a great way of visiting in half-day. This is the website for more information about the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
Enjoy Brisbane from Mt. Coot-tha Lookout
A great way to enjoy Brisbane from the hill is to take a bus to Mt Coot-tha Reserve. It takes only 8 minutes from Brisbane to get there, and you can take in a spectacular view of the city; by good weather even a bit further to Moreton Bay. You can visit Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens and Brisbane’s Planetarium, which is the largest in Australia in this huge wilderness reserve. A great place if you want to get a taste of the wilderness.
How to get to Brisbane
As an international airport, Brisbane is well connected both within Australia through domestic flights and international destinations. However most of the international flights to Brisbane include a stop-over in a South-East Asian airport, like Singapore, Bangkok,
Flying to Brisbane
Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and all major destinations are well connected to Brisbane. You can fly with as cheap as 50-100 AUD to Sydney.
On this page, you can keep reading on how to find domestic flights within Australia.
Getting around Brisbane
Getting around Brisbane is easy with pubs, metro and local trains. You can, however, walk pretty much anywhere from Southbank to CBD it takes 20 minutes on foot.
Public transport is great, and if you plan to go to the Gold Coast or Byron Bay, you can save money with the GO-CARD touring Brisbane and its surroundings by using a public transport card.
Day Trips from Brisbane
If you plan more time than just one day for visiting Brisbane, there are many interesting places to visit around Brisbane.
On this post, you find details about more easy day-trips from Brisbane.
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