As the reigning capital city of Queensland, Brisbane is a cosmopolitan hub for flourishing arts and culture with a close connection to nature where you can island hop and experience beer yoga by waterfront all in one day. Here’s to the best of Brisbane in 3 fun-filled, extraordinary days.
It’s arrival day and Brisbane is ready to be discovered. But first coffee. And a bite. Botero House is always a hit or head down south of the river to Fish Lane Arts Precinct for lunch – home to a range of Brisbane’s top cafes, restaurants and bars. From contemporary to Asian cuisine, craft beer to wine bars and Brisbane’s first food incubator for food entrepreneurs, foodies can feast here at Fish Lane. Soak up the atmosphere (including the incredible street art) and get a feel for the city, the people and the beautiful flavours of Brisbane. Top off the end of your first day in Brisbane on a high note and experience the award-winning Aboriginal live theatre and dinner show at Spirts of the Red Sand. A world-first in Aboriginal storytelling, this is an intimate and inspiring journey into the heart of Aboriginal Australia. Located in Beenleigh less than a 30-minute drive south of Brisbane, courtesy transfers from select Brisbane locations are included in your Evening Experience as well as a delicious 3-course dinner – all the makings of an extraordinary night out.
Enjoy an unforgettable day out island hopping with Brisbane’s very own River to Bay boat tours. Island getaways from the city have never been this easy for a day exploring the great outdoors with experiences ranging from the best of Moreton Island to an incredible Straddie Safari. This scenic adventure cruise includes a guided bushwalk, swimming and snorkelling, with amazing wildlife encounters with kangaroos, koalas, and much more! When you’re back in the city and ready for another Brisbane must-do, make your way down by the waterfront to Howard Smith Wharves – with the iconic Story Bridge as your backdrop along the banks of the ever flowing Brisbane river, this historic space originally constructed in the 1930’s is the perfect setting for fine dining and evening entertainment. Check-out Felon’s Brewing Co. (beer yoga anyone?), ARC dining, Stanley Restaurant, Greca the contemporary Greek taverna or Toko for Japanese cuisine – the options are endless and absolutely delicious.
Explore the spectacular Story Bridge with a morning climb exploring Brisbane at new heights. Story Bridge is Brisbane’s premier iconic bridge which opened in 1940 and is a heritage listed steel bridge that connects Fortitude Valley to Kangaroo Point. You can drive or walk across it, and even go up onto the spans via a guided bridge climb with the Story Bridge Adventure Climb. Your last day in Brisbane wouldn’t be complete without a visit to some of the serious retail hotspots in the city. Check out high-end fashion boutiques on James Street, Fortitude Valley for upcoming local designers or do your best to peruse over 700 stores along Queen Street Mall in the CBD.
Where to stay:
From luxury hotels to self-serviced apartments, there’s plenty of Brisbane accommodation to suit every type of traveller. The South Bank is a great leisure location or for a one-of-a-kind stay in contemporary luxury, check-out the highly acclaimed Fantauzzo – an eye-catching landmark under Story Bridge where architecture, nature and art come to life.