Welcome to an authentic new-world town! Yes, if I was being asked to speak about Brisbane in one statement, then this is it! Cozy atmosphere, vibrant attractions, forward-thinking people, and beautiful nature all together offer memorable things to do in Brisbane. As it is third largest town in Australia, you seriously have a lot to do and see; so plan for proper number of days here.
Climate is just fine throughout the year. It is your choice if you like sub tropical weathers. While summers are really hot (December to February) restricting outdoor activities, winters (June to August) are really good to enjoy. Even spring (September to November) is ideal time to come. No matter when you come, kindly carry hats, sunscreen, and proper clothing.
One of the most interesting things to do in Brisbane is to explore Mt Coot-tha, the tallest one of its kind. However, the surprising fact is that it is really not a mountain. It is actually a famous spot offering a grand vista, a costly cafe as well as restaurant, Botanical Gardens, and a Planetarium. Nestled at a distance of 6 km from Central Business District (CBD), the mount attracts millions of tourists who love taking up a picturesque drive via the densely forested Reserve up till the summit for 360° vistas of the city as well as the flanking region. There are also several walking as well as bicycle tracks. As a suggestion, come here by car as it is the most enjoyable way to explore the site. Drive up until the summit where there is ample of parking place. Want to hike? Then, there are some challenging ones too.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is worth a visit simply for its koalas. Reachable within 15 minutes from the town via the hourly 430 bus or by the Mirimar boat cruise starting at the South Bank, you will be proud to see the first as well as largest koala sanctuary on the planet. Enjoy feeding kangaroos, cuddle a koala, and greet many other native animals in their natural settings.
Want to get adventurous? Well, then head to the Kangaroo Point where the walls running by the side of the Brisbane River attract rock climbers for offering a great vista of the CBD skyline. This place is so famous that the activities are even seen being carried on after sunset when the walls are flood lit. Enjoy abseiling, rock climbing, kayaking, rollerblading, and bicycling. Want to relax? Then, there are several picnic spots here with barbecues.
Nobody can miss the Scenic Rim – a big arc of mountains from the Mistake Ranges and ending on the Gold Coast. On this rim, explore some known locations like Binna Burra guesthouse, O’Reilleys guesthouse, and Cunningham’s as well as Springbrook’s Gap. The best part is that the largest area of the ranges are pristine holding is beautiful charm of wilderness. For those who are very adventurous, several hiking chances are available including day to multi-day trips.
If you are on your way to the Brisbane River, you just cannot stop yourself from cruising. Believe me, it might not be that amazing as Nile or Caribbean; but it will be surely memorable. Looking for where to shop? Okay, then I will recommend the Queen Shopping Mall that is the home of many shopping malls as well as Edward Street famous for brand-driven purchases.
Want to know some best restaurants? Well, go for Pane e Vino for Italian taste, Hanaichi for Japanese meals, Enjoy Inn for Chinese cuisine, Harvey’s as a café spot, and Taj Mahal for Indian delicacies. Sol and Pizza Café are also among the best ones to try and lay back.
For budget accommodations, I would recommend Central Brunswick Hotel at Fortitude Valley starting at $38, Kingsford Riverside Inn at Hamilton starting from $69, and Albion Manor Apartments and Motel at Albion for $105.