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With beautiful parks, fantastic food, and the stunning river that meanders through it, there’s more to Brisbane than work, play, and trips to the coast. Here’s your guide to spending three days in one of Australia’s most underrated cities.

Good for
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie

12 Places

3 City Tips

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12 Places

Day 1

CityCat Ferry

Ferries

South Bank Parklands

Parks, Game & Entertainment Centres, Playgrounds

Wheel of Brisbane

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Theme Parks

Eat Street Northshore

Flea & Street Markets

Day 2

Mount Coot-tha Lookout

Lookouts

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Roma Street Parkland

Gardens, Parks

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar

Restaurants

Day 3

Aria Cruises

Boat Tours, Dolphin & Whale Watching

City Botanic Gardens

Gardens

Story Bridge Adventure Climb

Hiking Trails

La Vue Waterfront Restaurant

Restaurants

Kirsty S's City Tips

  • Brisbane is a laidback kind of place, but you’ll still need proper shoes to get into its bars and restaurants. In some cases, scruffy clothing may result in you being turned away.
  • While tipping isn’t expected in Australia, rounding up your cab fare and leaving 10% in restaurants will be much appreciated by those who work in Brisbane.
  • The most cost effective way to get around Brisbane is to get yourself a Go Card. This electronic travel ticket can be used on trains, buses, and ferries across the city and beyond.
    Day 1
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    CityCat Ferry
    Ferries
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    Kirsty S Says:

    No trip to Brisbane is complete without a ride on the CityCat. Used by locals traveling to work as much as it is tourists marveling at the sights, the CityCat is the perfect introduction to Brisbane and is an incredibly inexpensive way to see the city.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Be sure to alight at any stop you please, perhaps enjoying a drink and a snack before hopping back on again!
    • CityCat ferries operate seven days a week, with services every 15 minutes throughout the day and more frequent services during peak times.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 383 things to do in Brisbane
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A worthwhile overview & very cheap 22/02/2018
    • Easy Way to See Brisbane by River 22/02/2018
    • CityCat Ferry
    Phone:
    +61 7 3403 8888
    Other:
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    South Bank Parklands
    Parks, Game & Entertainment Centres, Playgrounds
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Take the CityCat all the way to the South Bank, where you’ll find beautiful gardens, numerous food and drink options, oodles of culture, and even a beach. Culture vultures should head straight to the Cultural Center, which includes the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art. There’s also the Queensland Museum in this area, plus the Queensland Performing Arts Center. If all that sounds like too much, set yourself down and relax on the man-made beach instead.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There’s always something going on at the South Bank, from live music to food festivals, so keep your eyes peeled!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 72 Fun & Games in Brisbane
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice relaxing walk along the river 22/02/2018
    • Gorgeous and safe place to relax 22/02/2018
    • South Bank Parklands
    Address:
    South Bank
    Brisbane, Queensland 4101
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 7 3156 6366
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    05:00 - 23:59
    Other:
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    Wheel of Brisbane
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Theme Parks
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    Kirsty S Says:

    While you’re at the South Bank, you won’t be able to miss the Wheel of Brisbane. If you fancy a ride, you’ll be pleased to hear that the gondolas are air-conditioned and the views of the cityscape and river are superb.

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • The Wheel of Brisbane is located at the Cultural Forecourt in Russell Street.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 383 things to do in Brisbane
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Bit of fun 22/02/2018
    • Great Views 21/02/2018
    • Wheel of Brisbane
    Address:
    Russell Street, South Bank
    Cultural Forecourt
    Brisbane, Queensland 4101
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 7 3844 3464
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    10:00 - 22:00
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Eat Street Northshore
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Kirsty S Says:

    The Eat Street Markets are a collection of colorful and diverse stalls serving up a cacophony of different types of food. There are also craft beer and cider stalls, plus plenty more on offer amid the wonderfully chaotic colors and smells.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • You’ll find the Eat Street Markets along Hamilton Wharf on the north side of the city. You’ll need to pay a couple of dollars to get in.
    • It can get extremely busy at the markets and finding parking nearby usually proves pretty difficult.
    • Open on Friday and Saturday nights only.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 383 things to do in Brisbane
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Really entertaining evening out - huge selection of street food vendors, multiple entertainment options 22/02/2018
    • Best place to experience local culture 22/02/2018
    • Eat Street Northshore
    Address:
    221D Macarthur Ave
    Hamilton
    Brisbane, Queensland 4007
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 1300 328 787
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 20:00
    Fri - Sat
    16:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Mount Coot-tha Lookout
    Lookouts
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    Kirsty S Says:

    The journey up to the Mount Coot-tha Lookout is pleasant enough, but the sweeping views of the sprawling cityscape (and beyond on a clear day) will take your breath away.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Tips
    • There’s a cafe up there that opens early, making it the perfect spot for a scenic breakfast.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 383 things to do in Brisbane
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great view at day or night! 21/02/2018
    • Was ok 20/02/2018
    • Mount Coot-tha Lookout
    Address:
    1012 Sir Samuel Griffith Drive
    Brisbane Lookout, Mt Coot-Tha
    Brisbane, Queensland 4066
    Australia
    Phone:
    3369 9922
    Other:
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    Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Lone Pine is the world’s largest koala sanctuary, and there’s certainly plenty of room for both animals and visitors to roam around. Cuddle a koala, feed the lorikeets and kangaroos, or make friends with any other of the native Australian animals here, including possums, wombats, echidnas, and Tasmanian devils.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • To reach the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, catch the 430 bus from Queen Street bus station. Alternatively, Mirimar run a daily Koala and Brisbane River Cruise from the South Bank.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 383 things to do in Brisbane
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good afternoon 23/02/2018
    • Cool animals 22/02/2018
    • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Address:
    708 Jesmond Rd
    Fig Tree Pocket
    Brisbane, Queensland 4069
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 7 3378 1366
    Price range:
    US$28 - US$28
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Roma Street Parkland
    Gardens, Parks
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Before dinner, head to Roma Street Parkland, the world’s largest subtropical urban park. This is a vast and beautiful area that’s impeccably maintained and full of interesting flora and fauna – the ideal place to take an evening stroll right before dinner.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Keep an eye out for the friendly Australian water dragons that live in the park.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 383 things to do in Brisbane
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful gardens in the heart of the city 22/02/2018
    • Hospital visit 19/02/2018
    • Roma Street Parkland
    Address:
    1 Parkland Bvd
    Brisbane, Queensland 4000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 1300 137 468
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Alchemy Restaurant and Bar
    Restaurants (European, Australian)
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    Kirsty S Says:

    No more than a 20-minute walk from Roma Street Parkland is one of Brisbane's foodie gems, Alchemy, which overlooks the river. The food here is superb, the atmosphere relaxed, and the service impeccable. Combine that with dazzling views over the Brisbane River and you’re looking at the perfect night out.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • Alchemy Restaurant and Bar is located along Eagle Street.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #65 of 3,747 restaurants in Brisbane
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Booking process 08/02/2018
    • Elegant food with real flavour 03/02/2018
    • Alchemy Restaurant and Bar
    Address:
    175 Eagle St
    Brisbane, Queensland 4000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 7 3229 3175
    Price range:
    US$13 - US$49
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    12:00 - 15:00
    18:00 - 22:00
    Sat
    18:00 - 23:30
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    Aria Cruises
    Boat Tours, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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    Kirsty S Says:

    This company will invite you to hop aboard a catamaran, where you can sit back and enjoy everything that Moreton Bay has to offer. Look out for dolphins and turtles along the way, and stop off for swimming, sunbathing, and scenic strolls along the sand.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Sail Moreton Bay offer a number of different tours, including jet ski tours and winter fishing trips.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Cleveland
    • Business networking on a boat 18/02/2018
    • Great Day Out 18/02/2018
    • Aria Cruises
    Address:
    146-148 Shore St N
    The Public Pontoon Raby Bay Harbour
    Cleveland, Redland City, Queensland 4163
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 487 441 618
    Price range:
    US$67 - US$67
    Other:
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    City Botanic Gardens
    Gardens
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    Kirsty S Says:

    City Botanical Gardens is a beautiful oasis in the heart of Brisbane, not far from the CBD and right beside the river. It features a number of sculptures of note, along with gorgeous gardens and peaceful ponds. There are also plenty of places to grab a drink and a snack.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The City Botanic Gardens are located along a part of the riverside known as Gardens Point.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 383 things to do in Brisbane
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • An Oasis close to the City Centre 22/02/2018
    • Lovely pace to wander and great to escape from the warmth of the day 21/02/2018
    • City Botanic Gardens
    Address:
    Alice Street
    Brisbane, Queensland 4000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 7 3403 2533
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Story Bridge Adventure Climb
    Hiking Trails
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    Kirsty S Says:

    If you can fit it in, a twilight climb of the Story Bridge will be one of those things you remember in years to come. The dazzling views of the sun setting against the backdrop of the river and the buildings is not to be missed.

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • Don’t worry too much if you’re not in peak physical condition – it’s a slow and easy climb, with plenty of flat platforms to walk along.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 383 things to do in Brisbane
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Well worth it! 14/02/2018
    • A nice climb! 25/01/2018
    • Story Bridge Adventure Climb
    Address:
    Story Bridge, Queensland
    Brisbane, Queensland 4169
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 1300 254 627
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    09:00 - 17:00
    Sat - Sun
    16:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    La Vue Waterfront Restaurant
    Restaurants (Steakhouse, French, Seafood, European)
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    Kirsty S Says:

    This wonderful French restaurant serves delicious dishes and the staff are attentive and friendly, providing the perfect end to a jam-packed three days.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • Call La Vue to book ahead and ask for a table by the window.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 3,747 restaurants in Brisbane
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Unpleasant to say the least..... 11/02/2018
    • Have a great night! 08/02/2018
    • La Vue Waterfront Restaurant
    Address:
    Admiralty Towers 2 U 1 501 Queen St
    Brisbane, Queensland 4000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 7 3831 1400
    Price range:
    US$19 - US$33
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    17:30 - 23:30
    Other:
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