Brisbane is a wonderful place to live or visit. Known for warm weather, sunny beaches and a relaxed lifestyle. If you have the time venturing out of the city to surrounding areas such as the Gold Coast or Noosa is worthwhile or going even further afield to Cairns, Fraser Island or the Whitsunday Islands is sure to delight!
James Street in Fortitude Valley is a wonderful place to dine and as it boasts a variety of fantastic choices you can decide what you feel like once you get there! Hellinka is a fantastic option for Mediterranean style food and Same Same boasts an elegant take on Thai food. After dinner you might like to stroll over to Sixes and Sevens, a uniquely Queensland style Public House or head to Tippler’s Tap for craft beers and live music. As well as the abundance of eateries there are plenty of stores to check out also. To see all James Street has to offer, check out the dedicated website:
Fish Lane in South Bank is another excellent destination, being both an Arts Precinct and bustling with bars, restaurants, and cafes. Looking for authentic Lebanese cuisine? Head to Tarbouche Mezza Bar and enjoy the perfectly charred flatbread hot off the saj grill while the belly dancers perform. For those who cannot get enough of Asian street food, Chu the Phat is the place for you. Drawing inspiration from Hong Kong, Korea, and Taiwan, it is sure to delight the palette. Make sure to finish the meal with their iconic deep fried ice cream nestled in a raspberry chilli caramel. You will also find plenty to do and see on Fish Lane, you can learn more here:
Mrs. Brown’s Bar and Kitchen, with its delicious food and excellent cocktails, is our Brisbane offices’ favourite local. With a great menu available for both dine in or take away, you can enjoy their popular Korean Fried Cauliflower and Salted Caramel Espresso Martini, no matter what your plans are.
While a great riverside destination during the day (think picnics and relaxing by the water), as the sun sets, Howard Smith Wharves, nestled under Story Bridge, just keeps on giving. Enjoy delicious food and relax with a spritz in hand at Mr. Percival’s, where it’s Summer all year round. If you head to Greca, you may find yourself there for a while, this contemporary Greek taverna advocates shared dishes and slow eating, savouring both the food and the company you are with. Felons Brewing Co. offers a range of experiences with their Brewery & Bar where you can enjoy woodfired pizzas and high-quality beers. If the sun is still shining, you might sit out on Felons lawn where you can enjoy Fish & Chips made with the finest seafood available. Or for a multisensory experience, immerse yourself in Felons Barrel Hall, a modern Australian twist on a German beer hall priding itself on a love of flavour, sound and colour!
Brisbane has a lot to offer when it comes to Art and Entertainment with Grey Street being a hub for things to see and do. Home to both the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art, or QAGOMA as they are known collectively. Each gallery is distinct, but they are united by their shared purpose to display exceptional art. Round out the day with an evening at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) where you can see performances by Opera Queensland, Queensland Ballet, Queensland Theatre, Queensland Symphony Orchestra or C!RCA, a contemporary circus company.
If you love live music, keep an eye on The Tivoli, it has a constant lineup of bands, comedians, and other performing artists. Conveniently located in Fortitude Valley so there is plenty to do before and after the show. You can also check out a Brisbane office favourite, The Triffid, in Newstead. It is a vibrant venue featuring a cozy beer garden, which is great for a casual drink, and a diverse selection of live music.
Located 1km from Brisbane’s CBD, The Brisbane Cricket Ground or as it is more commonly known, The Gabba, is the home to everything relating to AFL and cricket. The nickname came about because of the suburb it is located, Woolloongabba. The stadium will receive an upgrade in preparation for the 2032 Summer Olympics which will take place in Brisbane.
If Rugby, Rugby League or Soccer is your preference, Suncorp Stadium, formerly known as Lang Park, has you covered. The stadium is bordered by Caxton Street, or The Cacko as it is fondly called by locals, where you can spend time before and after a match with plenty to enjoy.
Connecting to Country
There are many ways to engage with Indigenous culture throughout Queensland. Experience the world’s oldest surviving rainforest, the Daintree, led by a traditional custodian. Take part in a hands-on workshop with help from a Kuku Yalanji artist at Janbal Gallery in Mossman. Join the Jarramali Rock Art Tours through an outback museum on the Cape York Peninsula. While up north, try and time your trip to catch the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair. If you make it past the tip of Australia to the Torres Strait Islands, check out the Gab Titui Cultural Centre on Thursday Island which house traditional artefacts alongside the work of contemporary Indigenous artists. Once you’ve made your way back to Brisbane you can continue the discovery at Birrunga Gallery and Dining where you can enjoy the exhibits while savouring the fresh native ingredients used in the delicious, First Nations inspired menu. you might even have the chance to meet one of the Indigenous artists who stop by regularly. You can round out the day by going to Spirits of the Red Sand, an immersive Aboriginal Live ‘Roving Theatre’ and dinner experience.
Looking to indulge your teacherly love of stationery? We’ve got together a collection of stores to check out!
Located on James St, New Town in Brisbane, The Paper Empire stock a wide range of notebooks, pens, tapes and specialty papers. They also run workshops on Modern Calligraphy and Gift Wrapping. https://thepaperempire.com.au/
Pen & Paper located on Queen St Brisbane specialise in high quality pens and also stock stationery sets, notecards, journals and other essentials. If you are on the Gold Coast you can visit Pen & Ink located on Marine Parade, Southport. https://penandink.com.au/
South Bank is a wonderful place to go for locals and tourists alike. Bask in the sun and river views on the man-made Streets Beach or take a refreshing dip in the Boat Pool. With the kids? Make sure to stop by Aquativity, the interactive water park. Once you’ve enjoyed the water you can wander through The Arbour and enjoy the Exquisite Nepalese Pagoda. Stop by the Epicurious Garden, taste some samples and learn about growing your own produce. Dine at one of South Bank’s four dining precincts or bring your own picnic. There are also plenty of markets and other events with live music to enjoy each Sunday.
Travelling with children or in touch with your inner child? Then hitting up the theme parks on the Gold Coast is a must! Warner Bros. Movie World has an expansive range of rides and experiences to keep everyone entertained. For those all about the rollercoasters, check out DC Rivals Hypercoaster, Superman Escape and Green Lantern Coaster or for something that’s a different kind of scary, try the Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster Next Generation. After all that excitement you might need to cool off, Wet n’ Wild can help with that, although it might prove just as thrilling! With four new attractions due to open over the 2021/22 Summer there will be more high-speed sliding than ever. Sea World is most well-known for its numerous sea creature experiences but it also boasts a range of rides, both wet and dry, and an adventure playground. Perhaps the most diverse of the theme parks, Dreamworld, offers various experiences from thrill rides, family-friendly rides, white-water world, and a number of animal experiences including tiger island, which seeks to play a role in the conservation of tigers in the wild.
About 1 and a half hours from Brisbane, Caloundra marks the beginning of the Sunshine Coast. As the home of watersports, there are lots of great activities, such as kayaking and windsurfing, to engage in. Enjoy fish and chips with a beverage from Moffat Beach Brewing Co. A great place for anyone looking to enjoy the Sunshine Coast without the crowds.
Continue along the Sunshine Coast to the popular Noosa, there are plenty of aquatic experiences to try such as stand-up paddle boarding, jet skiing or whale watching. No matter the time of day you can enjoy delicious food or a refreshing beverage at Alba by Kuruvita serving up locally roasted coffee with breakfast or restaurant fare alongside it’s cocktail bar.
Offering a panoramic view of Brisbane, Mt Coot-tha is a great area explore. There are numerous bushwalking trails to choose from or take to designated mountain biking or horse-riding trails. For a more relaxed experience, wander through some of the 52 hectares of the Brisbane Botanical Gardens with beautifully themed areas drawing inspiration from around the world.
Springbrook National Park
With casual walks or longer hikes on offer, this UNESCO-listed park is a must see for those interested in natural history. Boasting lush ferns and conifers, spectacular waterfalls and an astonishing array of wildlife, it’s no wonder two million people are drawn here each year.
North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah)
A 40 minute drive or a short ferry ride from Brisbanes CBD. North Stradbroke Island (or Straddie to the locals) is home to both freshwater lakes and gorgeous white sandy beaches. With a relaxed village atmosphere and the best land-based whale-watching site in the world at Point Lookout (Mooloomba), Straddie is worth the trip.
Day cruises and ferries to Moreton Island depart from Brisbane regularly. Experience the joys of feeding wild bottle nosed dolphins at Tangalooma Island Resort or dive and snorkel the Tangalooma Wrecks. If you’d prefer a land-based activity, Moreton Island, being made entirely of sand, is home to the highest coastal sand dune in the world. You can join a 4WD desert safari, take to the dunes on a toboggan or quad bike.
Here are some additional links to start discovering what else there is see, do and explore:
If you need a little more direction, here are some helpful lists:
- 50 Things to do in Queensland (with links)
- Things to do in Brisbane
- Lonely Planet Guide on Brisbane
- Anzuk events