Brisbane is often used as a stopover city when travelling to the Gold Coast or The Great Barrier Reef. I have a lot of friends who have visited Australia who seem to only visit Brisbane briefly before jetting off to some tropical getaway in North Queensland. As Australia’s 3rd largest city it is not somewhere to be overlooked. I might be biased as I grew up here but it really is a beautiful place waiting to be explored. Here is why you should visit Brisbane:
Ok so I might be really really biased especially on this point but we really are a friendly bunch of people. There is a certain stuffiness that you can find in Sydney and an almost too cool for school vibe in Melbourne but Brisbane is something else. My friends from the Southern States of Australia often agree. There is almost a small town friendly vibe with a big city feel.
It’s a warm place and the sun shines a lot, which makes it the perfect city for outdoor activities. There is a real outdoor vibe in Brisbane whether it’s having a BBQ in one of the many parks around the city, or dining al fresco in the inner city suburbs. In the city centre there is a man made beach that attracts tourists and locals alike especially on those hot days.
Brisbane’s landscape is diverse. You have mountains, rivers, forests, parks, and lakes all waiting to be explored. You can start your day with a hike around Mount Coot -tha and admire the view of the city. Once in town you can hop on a boat and visit one of the city’s most popular parks, New Farm Park, and smell the roses as the sun sets for the day. The city is built around the Brisbane River which makes for a lovely atmosphere. Some of the public transport is incorporated into this with the City Cat taking passengers around the city by catamaran. It’s also lovely to sit and have dinner near the river especially in areas such as Southbank.
Brisbane is definitely not short of culture. The Queensland Museum and the Gallery of Modern Art are located around the Southbank area. And on top of this is the Queensland Performing Arts Centre where you can catch a play or a ballet. These are only some of the cultural experiences ready to discover in Brisbane. If you are lucky enough to be in the city during the Brisbane festival you will be treated to some wonderful performances. The festival is usually held around mid September to early October.
The nightlife in Brisbane is incredible, with the clubbing scene mainly centred around Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. You can also catch some amazing live music that Brisbane prides itself on in one of the venues around the Valley. There are also some more up market bars in the city centre that are worth a visit. Especially around Eagle Street where the views of the river and Story bridge (kind of like Brisbane’s underwhelming sister bridge to the Sydney Harbour) are unmatched.
If it is shopping you are after then you have come to the right place. The city centre is home to all your big name brands and high street shops. If you start around the Queen Street Mall area you will find stores to fit all tastes. That being said if you are after something a little quirkier then places such as Fortitude Valley and Paddington are home to local designers, boutique shops and some more edgy finds.
FOOD AND DRINK
The food scene in Brisbane is the best it has ever been. Because of the great weather it’s always nice to dine outside. Explore some of the back streets in the city for a taste of Brisbane’s coffee shop culture. Brisbane has some of the best coffee I have ever drank, because it is freshly ground and none of that weak watery stuff you get elsewhere.
So I hope this has convinced you to to give Brisbane a second look if you ever do find yourself in a Australia. Stay tuned because we are shortly going to be doing a blog post on what to do in Brisbane once you have decided to visit.