Whether you have only a day or a week, Australia’s Sunshine offers a fabulous range of diverse holiday choices. In fact, be it in the city or beyond, there’s just so much to see, do and enjoy yourself in the vibrant Brisbane.
Queensland, fondly known as the Sunshine State, is one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations for its many places of interest and places to visit. Although visitors and tourists like to associate Queensland with the sun, sea and surf, nevertheless, it is also famous for its adventure, art, culture and wildlife.
Not to worries too much about touring around Brisbane as most of the exciting destinations and places of interest are close by and can easily be discovered.
Tips for moving around – Brisbane is connected to Gold Coast via the high-speed Airtrain. Besides, Inter-city bus services are available from most major towns and cities. You may consider hire a car, have a map next to you and start exploring! What you should seriously take into consideration is how much time you have.
Here is what I believe will help you get the most of your time in Brisbane:
- Firstly, determine how much time you plan to be there.
- Secondly, when you reach Brisbane, head to the Visitor Information Centre at the Queen Street Mall for some useful brochures and books on tourist information to help you map your stay.
If you have:
HALF A DAY to catch some of the city’s highlights:
Climb to the top of the Story Bridge for a spectacular view of the city’s skyline. And on good days, you can see as far off as Moreton Bay and the surrounding islands.
The Queensland Maritime Museum
Just off the Brisbane River is a museum that offers an adventure by itself, with an extensive collection of lovingly restored wrecks, navigation and boating paraphernalia. At the dry dock, you can even explore the insides of the HMAS Diamantina, a WW2 warship.
South Bank Parklands
Located south of the city, South Banks consists of a man-made beach, parks and Aquativity, a water play facility for toddlers. This is also where you find the Queensland Performing Arts Complex, State Library, Queensland Art Gallery, museums and the Wheel of Brisbane which overlooks the city centre.
1 DAY for visiting additional few other places!
- Queen Street Mall – It is home to over 700 specialty stores, international fashion houses and the stately 80-year-old Brisbane Arcade. You will be able to meet some of Brisbane’s most-awarded fashion designers such as Bora and Pia du Pradal, jewellery designer for Details and Depazzi, and to find unique gifts at Tea Centre, Shop 12, Gift Habitat, and more.
- Fortitude Valley and Ann Street – Here is where you’ll find boutiques that filled with cool fashion, funky extremes and hot nightclub gear from emerging designers.
- Paddington – A shopping village that is 10 minutes from the city, there are quaint cottages selling vintage clothes, second-hand items and antiques.
This is a favourite look-out point just off the city centre. It’s a great spot to enjoy a cup of tea or ice cream in the day or for a romantic dinner with your loved ones in the night while enjoying the panoramic view.
CRUISE BRISBANE RIVER ON A CITYCAT
What is a better way to explore a river city such as Brisbane? I would think it is best to explore the inner-city suburbs on a high-speed catamaran! To do so, you can board and disembark at any of the ferry jetties, and to your surprise the services starts as early as 6am!
2 DAYS for going beyond the city limits. There are many day tours that can be arranged from Brisbane.
The Australia Zoo
This is where you can get up close and personal with koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, crocodiles and more! Also check out the Wildlife Hospital just beside the zoo, where animals that are injured or attacked receive treatment. If you’re a Steve Irwin fan, spend a few minutes paying homage to the Crocodile Hunter at a makeshift memorial with thousands of signatures from fans.
Moreton Island Marine Parktour
See dolphins, sharks, turtles and more at the largest sand island in the world. Try tobogganing (toboggan? It is a sled without a runner underneath) on sand dunes, dolphin feeding and whale watching.
You may choose between Dreamworld, Warner Bros Movie World, Whitewater World or Wet N’ Wild.
Bridie Island Marine Park
Catch dugongs, turtles and migratory birds at play, or enjoy a cruise or camel-riding on the beach.
3 DAYS OR MORE for some must-sees:
The Sunshine Coast
If you’re going up north, check out the Eumundi Market every Wednesday and Saturday. This is a vibrant market peddling unique ware like handmade soap, wood carvings and more. Don’t miss to visit the world’s largest Ginger Factory and take a ride on the Cane Train to learn all about ginger!
Head south to this hot favourite! Don’t miss the great view from QDeck and the Rainforest Skywalk on Tamborine Mountain (suitable for adults and children).
Sip on wines from grapes grown on rich, red volcanic soil at the Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery and Flame Hill Vineyard at Mount Tamborine.
Last but not least, your Camera!