What To Do in Brisbane
The capital of the sunshine state is on the up and up. Australia’s third largest city is less well known than its glossy counterparts Sydney and Melbourne, but it still has a whole lot going on. Brissie is set along the banks of the (aptly named) Brisbane River and is a beautiful spot with parks, awesome restaurants and bars and a laid back tropical vibe synonymous with Queensland.
Wondering what to do in Brisbane? Read on.
Stroll the South Bank Parklands for a day
You’ll never be bored on the South Bank. Featuring everything you could want out of a day including a beach, shady walks, shops, restaurants and often live music, the South Bank is the perfect day out. Summer festivals are popular and pop up events are hosted here throughout the year so check local listings to see what’s coming up. The South Bank is one of Brissie’s best neighbourhoods and if you don’t know what to do in Brisbane on a sunny day, head here.
Visit the world’s largest koala sanctuary
If it’s going to be anywhere, it’s going to be in Australia, right? Lone Pine is a stunning 18 hectares of forest home to over 100 koalas and plenty more iconic Australian animals besides. Learn about koalas, hang out with wombats, kangaroos, snakes and dingoes. The emphasis is on education here and you’ll come away with a greater knowledge about all of Australia’s wildlife. If you’re wondering what to do in Brisbane any day of the year, you can’t go wrong with Lone Pine. It’s also located in an area called Fig Tree Pocket which is reason enough to visit!
Take a picnic to the Botanic Gardens
Grab some mates, chips and dips and head down to the Botanic Gardens, arguably Brisbane’s prettiest spot. Check out the rainforest house and Japanese garden while you’re here, or just find a shady spot to lay the picnic blanket out and relax. The Botanic Gardens were created back in 1970 and while they have stiff competition from Melbourne and Sydney, they definitely hold their own. What to do in Brisbane for free? The Botanic Gardens are top of the list!
Splash out on some of the best food in the country
Brisbane is fast becoming a foodie capital and is building up a stellar reputation for some truly epic eats. Check out one of the many top class restaurants while you’re here including tasty Thai at Same, Same, moody and romantic, Essa and more in Fortitude Valley and the South Bank. There are also heaps of food festivals held in the city throughout the year.
Now you know what to do in Brisbane, check out the best time of year to go.
Brisbane’s climate is tropical, which means hot humid summers and mild winters. Winter is actually the most popular time to go as Brissie stays a balmy 21 degrees with dry, sunny days. If you’d rather avoid the crowds, head there during the autumn months of March to May when the mercury hits the mid to late 20’s and you’ll get a better deal on accommodation. If damp, humid weather does nothing to dampen your spirits then summer between December and early March is a great time to go. What you’ll need whatever the season is sunscreen, so lather up and get out there!