I should have written this post 4 years ago but then of course my blog Splendidmilestones wasn’t founded yet at that time. I have had great opportunities to travel great spots in Australia for example, but didn’t discover yet that innate passion within me in writing 😀
So one random day, when I just can’t wait for my Asian series of travels to start and had been indeed longing to write about my travel of SG-KL-Phuket-HK-Macau-Bali, etc., I found my wonderful photos of those great places from 4 years ago just left sitting at my albums at my social media account, and thought it might help if I’d utilize them through writing a post to give ideas for those who haven’t been there.
First off, I’d like to write about Brisbane, Queensland. The visit there was glorious. Had that opportunity to visit the tropical city, because we were on our way to Cairns at the Far North Queensland. So from Perth, the city was our stopover.
Being in this wonderful city for quite a short time, these are my suggested things to do for those who will only have limited time and your destination is to just the CBD itself, sans Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast :
1. Dine at the Eagle Street Pier. Eagle Street Pier is famous for vibrant life and where great cafes are situated overlooking the waters of the Brisbane river. It is more of a precinct with various options for dining, with again, fantastic views of the river. You would also leave from this pier if you’d take the Cross River Ferry.
2. Take the rivercruise. Your experience aboard the ferries crossing from Eagle Street Pier is unequalled. The views of the city from the ferry is overwhelming, you will then land to the beautiful Southbank Parklands.
both photos from above are from the ferry leaving the Eagle Street
3. Kill the time at the Queen Street Mall. Although for someone like me who came from Asia which boasts numerous gigantic malls and killer-shopping-experiences, the impact of shopping in Queen St. mall is not really that powerful on me.But of course it is where shops and cafes are concentrated in the city and the best thing about capital cities in Australia is, the transportation is very organized and very accessible. So from your hotel, you can easily access Queen St. mall without taking expensive cabs.
4. Walk around Griffith University for occasional flea markets and the artificial Streets Beach. Where could you find a beach in the middle of the capital city? This idea is so great that it brought convenience to parents who wants kids to have a fun in the sun and sand on the weekends without travelling for hours to Sunshine Coast or Gold Coast. Streets Beach is close to Griffith University in which, at that time we visited, there was a flea market, I don’t have any idea if that is because there was an occasion or something, but indeed worth a visit.
5. Try the cafes at the Southbank Park. The cafes at the Southbank Park, at the riverside is tantamount to what the beautiful Brisbane can offer. While visiting the Southbank Parklands with its lush gardens, aside from seeing rare species of animals (because nature in Australia is absolutely well taken-care of, I must say), you will enjoy the feel of the city as well. So that’s city life + environment care in one.
So those are my 5 suggestions of things to do while in Brisbane. Of course you can tailor-made yours depending of how much time you have. You may add, visiting the Chinatown, or take the CityCat which will take you to numerous spots like the Botanical gardens, or go to museums or theaters depending on which interests you.
Here are some more photos to share :
And of course some few clicks from dining :
There you go, hope this post helps. I had some queries actually from my TripAdvisor account about those places I’ve visited so I thought that from now on, in my blog posts, it could’ve been better if I’d also share some tips and what-to-dos in my posts. Felt grateful I had the privilege to visit this popular city of Oz, thanks to the sponsor 😀
Nostalgia and smiles from this beautiful experience in 2010, hope you’ll find some few ideas for your own travel in Brisbane.