How To Spend A Day In Brisbane


How To Spend A Day In Brisbane

05 August 2019

It’s usually the Aussie cities of Melbourne and Sydney that attract all the attention, but Australia’s warm, sunny Brisbane is worth a day’s visit too – and you’ll probably hear quite a few familiar South African accents during your wanderings! As the capital city of the ‘Sunshine State’ Queensland, there’s plenty to do in vibrant Brisbane.

One of the city’s biggest strengths is their coffee, so grab a cup of Joe at one of the many spots lining the river or the inner city before you start your exploring for the day. Coffee Anthology on Margaret Street is exceptional, and you’ll be sorely tempted to stuff a backpack full of beans to take home with you.


If you’re not ready to take to solid land just yet, the river is a great way to get about and allows you to see the city from a different perspective and get some great holiday snaps. If your cruise ship docks at Portside Wharf, then you can either take a bus or hit the water for a ride on the CityCat from Northshore Hamilton or Bretts Wharf ferry terminals to Riverside, South Bank or North Quay. If you’re ok with going slightly further afield, you can board the Mirimar river cruise to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary- the oldest and largest koala sanctuary in the world. Here, you can interact ethically with kangaroos and koalas.


To get your bearings and learn more about the city’s history and life in the city, why not join one of the Brisbane Greeters tours? They’re exceptionally well-run and you’ll be shown around by a local – give it two hours and you’ll be ready to pass as a resident.

Alternatively, make your own way. If you’re looking for some of the best shopping that the Sunshine State has to offer, head straight to Queen Street Mall, Brisbane’s premier fashion and retail destination. Art lovers will relish a chance to visit the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, both of which are usually free to enter. For panoramic views, you’ll want to climb Story Bridge. It’s one of only three bridge climbs in the world, and the exhilarating outing takes you 80m above sea level, where you’ll be rewarded with 360 degree views over the entire city. It takes around two and a half hours, so go prepared and try your best to time it over golden hour or sunset for some incredible photo opportunities.


For dinner or a late lunch, you can’t beat South Bank. It’s one of the most beautiful and relaxing areas of Brisbane, comprising no less than 17 hectares of lush, landscaped parklands. It’s also a dining hotspot and you’ll find every type of cuisine from American to Italian to Mexican and Japanese. Australia has incredible ethnic cuisine on offer thanks to its diversity, so branch out from your usual. There’s fresh Vietnamese food at Viet de Lites, where the lemongrass beef vermicelli is a standout. Wash it down with a beer or cocktail at one of the vibey bars in the precinct, before heading back to your ship ready to tackle your next destination.