If you haven’t heard yet, I recently moved to Brisbane. And although we never lived here for years of visiting Brisbane, we are very pleased to decide to move to the sunshine state. And if you’re visiting yourself, I’ve listed the best things to do in Brisbane to help you plan your stay. But you should know: these are not all tourist recommendations. These are all my best recommendations as a new local in what I now call my hometown.
Go down to Brisbane Riverwalk
The Brisbane Riverwalk, about 870 meters long, is the best way to get Brisbane’s best assets. The Brisbane River has evolved over time, especially in recent years. Today, the river is full of daily activities, including ferries that cross from north to south and vice versa, and countless pedestrian bridges to get the most out of your morning and evening walks. This river is in the center of Brisbane, so take a walk along the river.
Sunbathe at South Bank
Brisbane is one of the few cities in the world to have a beach in the center of the city. It’s an artificial beach, of course, but it’s still worth a visit! South Bank is on the south side of the river, on the banks of the river, as you can imagine. You can reach the precincts via a pedestrian bridge, and while you are there, there are many great eateries, bars, and cafes.
Stay at Calile Hotel
As far as my favorite hotel is concerned, The Calile Hotel in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane is certainly the best hotel. This hotel has renewed the meaning of a five-star hotel, offering a relaxing Palm Springs atmosphere in the hustle and bustle of the James Street district. So if you’re looking for a special place to stay, there’s nothing better than The Calile. Make sure you spend the day meandering around the many boutiques and bars that make up James Street while you’re there.
Visit Eat Street on the North Shore
If you’re looking for a place to visit with friends or meet people, you can’t spend the night on Eat Street North Shore. This oversized food market is characterized by shipping containers that hold almost every dish (and combination dish) you can imagine. Whether you’re jumping into the head of Spanish paella first or enjoying the fresh Vietnamese spring rolls, there’s really something that everyone can enjoy on Eat Street.
Go shopping on James Street
If you’re staying near the city, you definitely need to visit the James Street shopping district. This area has popped out of nowhere, but with quality shop fit-outs and fashionable local designers, you’re sure to stay here. James Street in Fortitude Valley is literally Brisbane’s one-stop-shop. You’ll find everything from StAgni to Aesop and Lululemon.
Watch the sunset from Mount Coot-tha
If you’re like me, you don’t want to waste the sunshine. And believe that this is the state of the sun’s rays, so it provides an infinite number of rays! If you’re looking for an enviable sunset location, you don’t have to look for anything more than Mount Coot-tha. Here you can enjoy a wonderful view of the city below. In addition, you can look to the sea and actually understand the size of the city as it continues to grow.
Day trip to Moreton Island
When it comes to day trips, nothing beats a day trip to Moreton Bay. Just an hour’s drive and ferry from Brisbane, it is one of the most popular day trips from Brisbane. Once there, you’ll enjoy incredible marine wildlife observations, shipwrecks, and seemingly endless coastlines.
Get a drink at Howard Smith Wharf
Howard Smith Wharf is full of great bars and casual restaurants, no matter what food you are looking for. Great location overlooking the river, casual food. If you like drinks, stop by Percival and have a good night. And if you’re looking for a complete meal, walk along the Chao Papi waterfront for delicious Italian food.
Get gluten-free donuts with Nodo
Nod Donuts is just a short walk from the James Street shopping street. With a large selection of gluten-free donuts and the best ice cream in Brisbane, you won’t want to miss it.
Take a walk in Tenarifu
If you want to feel like a local when visiting a new city, don’t miss the chance to explore Tenarifu. This riverfront neighborhood is home to many of the city’s most beautiful loft apartments, housed in old wool shops and more. The area is also the hub of boutique fitness studios such as the Inspire Cycle and Vicalates Pilates Studio.
Indulge in Greek in Helenica
If you like Greek food, you can find the best in Hellenika. Overlooking the outdoor pool and Calile Hotel, Hellenika quickly became one of the most popular places to enjoy a delicious lunch or long brunch on Sundays. Don’t miss the Greek salad (a classic reason), dip platters, and the famous eggplant french fries.
Visit West Village
If you’re looking for Melbourne in Brisbane, that’s exactly what you get when you step into the West End. This neighborhood shed some of its grunge (though not really all) and saw waves of cafes, bakeries, bars, and markets sweeping the area. West Village is a great starting point for indulging in gelato, sushi, and my personal favorite Harris Farm Market.
Watch the sunset at Kangaroo Point
To conclude our list, if you’re looking for the best place to park yourself on a picnic, there’s no better place to do so than Kangaroo Point for sunset. This is not only very close to the city but also one of the easiest and most beautiful places as the day approaches the end.
Visit Stradbroke Island
As far as the locals are concerned, no island is better than Stradbroke Island (or affectionately called “Stradbroke”) for a weekend. Located within Moreton Bay, the island is full of local wildlife, both land, and sea. Not only is it a great place to spend a weekend camp, but it’s also a favorite of local hideaways.