Visit Brisbane – plan your trip for a day

We have spent a lovely long weekend in Gold Coast, and in addition to that we drove to Brisbane for a day. It was spontaneous, without a plan, just stopped wherever we liked along the way. In case you might visit the city too, here are things we have done on a daily trip to Brisbane!

Kangaroo Point and cliffs

We parked near the famous Story Bridge. It looks pretty nice and if you are looking for something more adventure there is a possibility to climb up. Less extreme than climbing Harbour Bridge in Sydney, but still a lot of excitement I suppose!

Kangaroo Point and cliffs

In Brisbane, you can use the city’s electric scooters. All you need to do is download the app on your phone (Neuron) and top up your account. This is how we enjoyed the beautiful area by the Brisbane River. In conclusion it’s a nice spot for a walk and also to sit by the river side.

Southbank and the Streets Beach

Since Brisbane is landlocked, the city has a man-made urban beach. In other words you can enjoy sun and swim in the middle of the city! There is a park, lots of greenery, pubs, shops and two swimming pools. You actually feel just like at the seaside, as hot and as crowded in the summer day.

The Terrace, rooftop restaurant at the Emporium Hotel

Driving streets of Southbank, we spotted a rooftop bar. Great views of the city, river and Streets Beach. The food was delicious too. Prices are acceptable, therefore The Terrance is my highly recommended place list! During the day, you are welcome in any outfit, but in the evening the dress code is black tie. – smart casual – in other words, dress to impress!

Botanical Garden

The garden area is quite huge, but it is worth visiting even for a short time. Since the entrance is free of charge, I would go there even for an hour. The area is divided into different sections with a Chinese-style garden, a cactus garden or a greenhouse just to name few.

Night Market – Eat Street Northshore

This place is dope! Great vibe – amazing decor, live music, a huge selection of food and several shops with various products. You pay a symbolic amount of penny for entry (few $). The food was so delicious that we took small portions from each stand, just to be able to try a bit of everything. Well, specifically just few 😉 The market only takes place during the weekend, therefore always check the website to not lose your time. All in all, it is a must experience!

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

As soon as we arrived there I was in heaven! This place is not like typical zoo and I love how much space animals have here (exception are birds, which doesn’t matter the size of the cage – for me it never feels big enough for a friends with wings).
This sanctuary is home to around 130 koalas, and many other animals. As I have said, if you are an animal lover, without doubt this place will be heaven for you!

holding a koala

I hope you get to see wombat walking on a dog leash as well. Here you can book your visit!

Viewpoint Mt Coot- Tha

From the lookout you can see the entire Brisbane skyline. There is a café, where you can have coffee and something to eat. This place appears in many recommendations, however I feel that you may skip it without regret.


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