Brisbane is the capital of Queensland, a young, cosmopolitan city that sits astride the Brisbane River. With its modern, chic, shopping and al fresco cafés, bars and restaurants, it's also a city of culture, home to two galleries in one: QAGOMA - the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art. The river bends through this vibrant city, offering plenty to see and do, with a café and bar around every corner.
We make the short trip via Surfer's Paradise, just 75km south of Brisbane CBD, with an afternoon, evening and part of the next morning to get to know the vibrant city of Brisbane and its laid back inhabitants.
Vibe: Beautiful weather, outdoor lifestyle, warm and welcoming
Known for: Urban chic, koalas and Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo
THINGS TO SEE AND DO
CREDIT: Tourism and Events Queensland - Brisbane City Botanic Gardens
Stroll through Brisbane City Botanic Gardens
Take a break from the city's shops and bars with a visit to Brisbane City Botanic Gardens, right on the Brisbane River on the edge of the CBD. Take a picnic to enjoy amongst the plants, or if you are feeling a little more energetic, join a free yoga class or rent a bike and cycle through the parks trails.
Take a river walk
One of the best ways to explore Brisbane is to take a walk along the river. You can stroll along the banks, or actually walk over the water on one of the Riverwalks, a pedestrian walkway along and over the river.
Grab a coffee
Brisbane has a growing coffee culture, with a number of suppliers roasting their own beans. We stay in Brisbane City, so you could cross the river and walk down to South Brisbane and Woolloongabba to check out Pawpaw with their all-day breakfast. Try Coffee Head Co. for organic teas and coffees, or a hot chocolate and toastie.
Check out Brisbane's Craft Beer scene
How do you cool off and relax at the end of the day in a warm city? Craft beer, anyone? We've picked out a couple of craft beer bars close to the Brisbane City YHA where we stay. Try Brewski Bar with a changing range of craft beer, or Saccharomyces Beer Café in South Brisbane, with craft beer and eat-in or take-away burgers and sandwiches. If you were wondering, saccharomyces is brewer's yeast.
WHERE STRAY STAYS
YHA Brisbane City
The award-winning YHA Brisbane City has a great location overlooking the river and right in the heart of the CBD. Cross the river to explore arty South Brisbane with its quirky shops, cafés and bars. Your Brisbane accommodation features a bar, café, rooftop terrace with pool and has air con and free Wi-Fi.
392 Upper Roma Street
Brisbane, QLD 4000, AustraliaView in Google MapsTel:
+61 7 3236 1004
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