Queensland is huge – in fact, it is nearly five times the size of Japan, seven times the size of Great Britain and two and a half times the size of Texas! I am a proud South-East Queenslander, which in my humble (completely non-bias opinion), is one of Australia’s finest states!
(Image Credit – The Courier Mail – http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/g20-brisbane-sign-returns-for-good/news-story/3a795b6d1d5cc52534f0628ced436334)
Brisbane as the capital of Queensland, is our beautiful river-based city and has a population of 1.977 million, with me being one of its biggest promoters!
I thought I would take a moment to champion this gorgeous pineapple-on-pizza, thongs in winter, cold water showers at midnight in Summer, magpie-ducking, Yatala-pie eating, Straddie loving, cane-toad hating, Ekka-enthusiastic, air-conditioning flogging state of Queensland! Let’s start with Brisbane first :).
Here are five of my favourite things to do in Brisbane and why!
Kangaroo Point Cliffs – look out, photo opportunity and café. If you want one of the most gorgeous views of Brisbane and ‘the Brown’ (Brisbane river), then Kangaroo Point cliffs are just for you! If you are feeling adventurous – you can always try the “KP Stairs”, with the other fitness fanatics. I fondly refer to them as the stairs from hell, 107 steps located at the eastern end of Kangaroo Point Cliffs (head to The Cliffs Café – 29 River Terrace, Kangaroo Point). If you want a different perspective, then head down to Riverlife – address of Naval Stores, Lower River Terrace, Kangaroo Point. (image credit – Image credit – https://www.weekendnotes.com/great-brisbane-walks/).
Mt Coot-tha has a view of Brisbane and its sprawling metropolis, not like any other view in the region. It is only 20 minutes from the city centre, and it is quite peaceful and very pretty. Parking can be a bit of a pain, but if you feel like a challenge – you can always park further down the hill and make the walk up. I recommend having at least a beverage at Summit Restaurant & Bar. Sunset would be my bet, or even mid-morning in the cooler months. Head to 1012 Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, Mount Coot-tha. (Image credit: https://www.brisbanelookout.com/).
City Cats of Brisbane – ‘The Brown’ (my beloved Brisbane River) is one of my true loves. I will champion the murky, brown, bull-shark laden Brisbane River until the end of my days. It’s a contentious issue with my NSW Husband, given his local body of water – Sydney Harbour, which of course is pristine and blue; whereas the Brisbane River is brown, can smell at low-tide and is not at all anything like Sydney harbour. But I LOVE it – I love the river. I love living near the river, and one of my favourite things to do is to catch the City Cat. Anywhere from Southbank down to Brett’s Wharf is lovely. There is even the free city hopper (the red ferry) which you can catch from several different stops (North Quay, South Bank 3, Maritime Museum, Thornton Street, Eagle Street Pier, Holman Street, Dockside and Sydney Street terminals). (Image credit http://www.brisbane.com.au/story_bridge.htm).
New Farm Park – whether it is a picnic, a visit to the Powerhouse, the Jan Power Farmers Markets or fish and chips down by the river, make New Farm Park one of your visits! I love the park, it has a beautiful view of the city, is not too far away from the CBD – can be accessed by the bus or ferry, or even by walking along the Riverwalk or down Brunswick Street. Best time of year in my opinion? September – November, when the Jacaranda trees come alive and you have a beautiful sea of purple flowers to hang out in. Take a Frisbee, picnic blanket, some cheese and drinks, whatever you like, with no cause for concern – as you are able to drink at New Farm Park (one of the few places in public in Brisbane which you can). (Image credit – https://www.weekendnotes.com/new-farm-park/58125/).
Southbank – I love Southbank. It is so easily accessible and has over 17 hectares of parklands, eateries, gorgeous views of the river and the city and constantly has something on to be a part of. If you wasn’t to go for a swim, visit the man-made salt water aqua pools – free to use and plenty fo space for everyone. There is the Nepalese Pagoda (which we had at World Expo 88) – see if you can spot the rude carvings! My favourite is to walk through the beautiful Arbour – which is more than a km long and is in bloom with gorgeous magenta bougainvillea flowers – perfect photo location! The Wheel of Brisbane is also here – but to be honest, I don’t think you need to spend the $20- the view from the ground is gorgeous. Summer brings the Ben & Jerry’s outdoor cinema and it is also where we have our annual French Festival, Night Noodle Markets and bands/drinks on the weekends. (Image credit – https://www.weekendnotes.com/new-farm-park/58125/).
I could share multiple things I love about Brisbane, however the top five are some of my favourite things to do – if you are ever looking for something to do or see on the weekend (or even after an early mark during the week), I recommend trying any or all of the above!)