So, you’re pumped to check out all that South-East Queensland has to offer after seeing all the stunning event settings for the Commonwealth Games on TV?
We don’t blame you. But before you go reserving all your time away for the GC glitter strip, make sure you leave a couple of days to venture 80km north to Brisvegas as well.
No longer the dull big country town devoid of action, the state capital has come of age in recent years, now offering a host of cultural, entertainment and activity hotspots for every taste and budget.
Here’s just a small sample of what you can pack in over just two days…
Day 1: Mt Coot-tha to Tangalooma Island Resort
1. Watch the sunrise at Mt Coot-tha
Start your morning on a high – literally. Hike up to the cliffs of Mt Coot-tha and enjoy the sunrise over Brisbane’s horizon.
2. Visit Jan Powers Markets in New Farm
Take the morning on a tasteful journey through New Farm and build your appetite for your final destination, a local love known as the Jan Powers Markets. Buzzing with culture, freshly picked produce and locally crafted brews, these markets will leave you spoilt for choice. Don’t leave without taking a bite out of the freshly hand-made pastries, acai bowls and more.
3. Quad bike into the sunset and feed wild dolphins at Tangalooma Island Resort
Bring your island fantasies to life within 75 minutes at Tangalooma Island Resort, right off the coast of Brisbane on the subtropical Moreton Island. Surrounded by crystal blue waters, this Island paradise is the perfect opportunity for a mini-holiday in one day. From relaxation to adrenaline pumping adventure, there’s nothing but endless opportunities on land and sea. Slide down one of the largest sand dunes in the world on a toboggan, quad bike through scenic bushland or tread water snorkelling with a myriad of tropical fish. If you have time to stay until after dusk, Tangalooma Island Resort is one of the only locations in Australia that you can hand feed wild-dolphins in their natural habitat.
Day 2: Indulge in delicious food and embrace the culture
1. Enjoy a guilt-free breakfast at Kiss The Berry
Breakfast is an institution many line up for and Brisbane is definitely holding its crown with an eclectic café scene. Kiss The Berry is Brisbane’s most delicious and aesthetically pleasing acai bowl eatery. They have an extensive seasonal menu that will suit every craving and they’re enjoyable at any time of the day.
2. A picnic lunch prepared and provided by Popolo in South Brisbane
Savour every moment of Brisbane’s beautiful South Bank Parklands, where you can bask in the autumn sun and graze through a deliciously prepared picnic by Italian inspired kitchen and bar, Popolo. With a specialty in rustic eats, shared plates and the Italian traditional pizza, Popolo has made a name for its self by creating picnic baskets overflowing with artisan and charcuterie delights. Roll out a picnic blanket on to the lush green and take in the city views one delicious bite at a time.
3. Hop around with the CityHopper
See Brisbane in all its glory by journeying down and up the winding Brisbane River. Take one of the City Hoppers – a free ferry service – to truly appreciate Brisbane’s skyline: observe the new Queensland Government building hovering over the river, pass towering scrapers and glide under the legendary Story Bridge.
4. Indulge in delicious gelato at Messina in South Brisbane
Add another scoop of sweetness to your visit to Brisbane with Italian made favourites at Messina Gelato. South Brisbane’s best kept sweet secret is home to the biggest store in the country, housing over 40 different flavours, including favourites Pistachio and Macadamia Crunch.
5. Catch a show at QPAC
Laugh, sing and dance along with some of the most premiere performances Brisbane’s ever seen. With the likes of The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and other world-class musicals hitting the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, we promise you won’t stop smiling. Grab yourself a ticket to Disney’s Aladdin and find yourself in a brand new world, or see Queensland Ballet jump leaps and bounds in La Bayadère. There’s always something for everyone.