29 Jun Enjoy The Very Best of Brisbane for 72 Hours
Brisbane is an awesome city! It has a great urban vibe where you can enjoy countless amazing restaurants, bars, art museums, tours and much more. But Brisbane isn’t just a ripper of a city, the great outdoors can also be enjoyed while spending your vacation here. Located by Brisbane River, and with the beautiful botanical garden and parks around the city centre, you have the conveniences and fun of urban living, as well as opportunities for plenty of outdoor fun.
It is the best of both worlds, and everyone coming to see and explore Brisbane will have endless things to do. 72 hours will fly by in no time in Brisbane, but that is why we are here to help you. So let’s get ready for yet another adventure of Australia.
First things first, check in to your Brisbane hotel. And have we ever found the most excellent spot for you! Spicers Balfour Hotel is the perfect place on this 72 hour adventure you’ve embarked on in Brisbane. Spicers Balfour Hotel is located in the fashionable suburb of New Farm, and you will stay in luxury accommodation just minutes away from the city centre making it the ideal base while exploring the city. With a stylish and chic design this award-winning boutique hotel is undoubtably the best place to stay while in Brisbane. The only problem is, you might not want to leave the hotel!
Now, a very important aspect to traveling is to always feel good physically. And what might really make you feel extra fine and ready to begin your Brisbane adventure is to start off this first morning with some yoga. Roll out your mat in your hotel room and load up Yogaholics. Yogaholics is Australia’s very first online yoga platform enabling you to do yoga wherever you are. They offer access to yoga videos taught by some of the most respected yoga instructors in Australia. The classes range from beginner to advanced vinyasa and yin classes, as well as guided meditations to start your travels off on the right…or left…foot. So shake off any jet lag or stiff legs before venturing out on your Brisbane adventure.
Hungry yet? We bet you are, so let’s go find some food to amp up this spectacular first day in Brisbane. Head on down to Grown to find yourself an utterly delicious brunch. Choose between your favourite classic brunch dishes and enjoy it with a Golden Latte or, may we suggest, the divine Beetroot Latte. And did we mention it is 100% plant-based food? Every ingredient is sourced no longer than 400 kilometres away. So you will feel reenergized, refuelled and ready to take on the rest of the day after eating at this lovely Brisbane restaurant.
Let’s go find out just why people rave about the outdoor activities in Brisbane. And the spot to see what the fuss is all about is at Victoria Park. Trust us, this isn’t your ordinary park with some swings and flowers. No, in Victoria Park the activities are endless. Come here to golf, putt, play, eat and drink. There is something for visitors of all ages and you might just want to spend an entire day here. Make sure to check the schedule to see what events might be on for your visit.
After the outdoor escapades let’s take the fun indoors. And a little outdoors still. Because Brisbane is also known to be a place where visitors can enjoy some incredible culture and art. And that’s what you’re going to see next. Find it at HOTA, Home of The Arts. This is the Golds Coast’s premier cultural facility. HOTA is bringing visual and performing arts to the city of Brisbane so as a tourist this is a must while visiting. It is located beautifully surrounded by parklands and a lake with Surfers Paradise as a backdrop. There is so much to see here; it’s the perfect way to spend your afternoon the first day in Brisbane
Do you like beer? Hopefully your answer is yes otherwise you’re missing out. Especially with an ace place like the one we’ve got lined up for you. Because it is time for an ice-cold brew and probably one of the very best in town. Find a seat at Brisbane Brewing Co. and get ready to quench your thirst. The great beer here is brewed right beside you, and you can enjoy some unique and interesting new flavours of craft beer. This is a one-of-a-kind brewery and a place you absolutely cannot miss. So head to Brisbane Brewing Co. this evening for a perfect cold one, or two.
After some specialty beer, it is time for something else truly special. Ever heard about the famous Sydneyrestaurant Aria? Well, if you know anything about spectacular chefs and food, you will know that this is world class! And Aria is in Brisbane now too! By chef Matt Moran and partner Bruce Solomon you can now have an extraordinary dining experience your very first night in Brisbane. Meanwhile, while indulging on their perfectly balanced seasonal dishes, you can enjoy the striking views of the Story Bridge across the Brisbane River. And top that off with an award-winning wine list. This is top notch dining, and the perfect first dinner in Brisbane!
The night isn’t over! Time to hit up The Flying Cock. This spot is widely-known as Brisbane’s best night out. With excellent live music and delicious quality drinks you can spend your night here having the time of your life. Open every Friday and Saturday to 3 am it might be hard to get home as you’re undoubtably having too much fun. This is the place to see, and be seen! Look up their calender too as once a month they host a Stand-up comedy show called “You’re Joking”, and they have Beer Yoga as well as Barre At The Bar.
Day two, and we might as well be honest here, it may be hard to top day one. But we sure are going to try! And we see no better way than to begin your second morning learning how to ride a segway with Kangaroo Segway Tours. No need to have tried a segway before as they are super easy to learn how to ride. So beginners or experienced drivers can join in on one of the awesome tours offered by Kangaroo Segway Tours. We recommend you to join The Adventure Tour going 27 km around the city seeing the best and most popular attractions in Brisbane. It is a blast!
After this wonderful segway adventure a coffee sounds like the perfect thing to enjoy next, don’t you think? So drop off the segway and get your legs used to walking again while finding your way to Le Petit Paris. Here you can relax in a true Parisian atmosphere enjoying a splendid coffee with the option of trying a mouthwatering sweet treat like their fresh French pastries or sweet crepes. If you’re more into something savory the savoury crepes are yummy too.
Some more deliciousness for the tastebuds? Well of course, Brisbane is home to some game-changing food experiences so you better be ready to eat up. Next you’re going to the Boundary Street Market. A glorious outdoor marked where you can indulge in food from all over the world including Turkey, Romania, Mexico, Japan, France, you name it. If you’re traveling with kids they have a cool play area too. There is often live music you can listen to while tasting the worldly food alongside a cold drink in the sun. They also have great vegan and gluten-free options.
Now after filling up on delicious food, there is of course even more fun to be had. This time we promise it won’t involve consuming more food. When describing Brisbane we promised fun outdoor adventures and that is exactly what you’re going to go on next. Riverlife has the best type of adventures in the river city of Brisbane with over 13 years of experience. They’re located at the base of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs and have many different fun tours to choose from. Test your skills on the river for kayaking or stand up paddle boarding. If you’re not looking to be on the river but rather you want to enjoy the views of it maybe join their kangaroo point rock climbing or abseiling tours. Regardless of what tour you choose this will be a highlight of your Brisbane vacation!
For pre-dinner drinks tonight you’re heading to the very popular bar called Embassy Craft Beer Bar. Sip a refreshing speciality craft beer while kicking back in the rustic industrial stylings of the bar. Embassy has 16 taps plus one traditional hand pump with beer ranging from the wellknown to the rare and unique. Also, with over 100 bottles varieties of beer you will surely find your favourite while resting the body in style.
For dinner you can prepare yourself to eat yet another spectacular meal. We’re going Italian this time. At Il Verde you will be served some of the best Italian dishes with a menu that boasts a combination of traditional Italian technique and fresh, modern flavours. Even though you feel like you’re eating fine dining dishes the prices are affordable. Their salads with fresh mozzarella are so good, you will want to try one of those alongside one of their excellent pasta dishes! Their cheese wheel pasta is also one you don’t want to miss, enjoy this cheesiness on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Don’t worry, the night isn’t over just yet. To finish the night go to Ric’s Bar, the most iconic music venue in Brisbane City. This is the longest running free entry live music venue with live music happening seven nights a week. You can also lounge in the beer garden here under the stars while thinking back on all the awesome memories you’re already created in Brisbane. If you’re here for the first Sunday of the month they have Scribble Slam taking place in the backyard. Here two artists have 90 minutes to complete an artwork with a theme announced on the evening. It is great fun! So finish up your night at Ric’s Bar.
The last day begins with a brunch in the most amazing location at Riverbar and Kitchen. Located right on the Brisbane River this truly is a unique waterfront destination for any time of the day. There is plenty of outdoor seating so you can sit by the water in the warm Brisbane sun and enjoy a superb brekky or brunch. They open at 7 am, when the views by the water are wonderful.
Time to enjoy some more sweets and possibly also find something cool to bring back home. And we have to warn you, you might just fill up the entire suitcase with this. You’re going to Dello Mano which is Australia’s leading brownie artisans. They’ve been at it for 12 years and been responsible for igniting the Australian Brownie Revolution. With two stores in Brisbane, find the closest to you. You will find a beautiful store, an amazing food experience and hospitality that is world class. Their brownie boxes will undoubtably make your packing a bit harder when you’re leaving Brisbane.
Make sure to plan your visit to Brisbane around the Brisbane Street Art Festival. This is a city wide outdoor street art festival that seeks to give an opportunity for creative talents to have a multi-disciplinary platform. The festival encourages any and all art forms to participate. This is an amazing avenue for artistic expression, and if you’re so lucky to be in Brisbane, you will understand why it returns every year due to popular demand.
Want to sip on fantastic coffees and relax for a bit? After some culture at the street art festival another spot worth checking out is The Tiller. Their passion is serving great speciality coffee and also educating anyone who wants to know about the process from farm to cup. This is a true local business wanting to create a space where people can sit, chat, think, eat and most importantly taste the incredible coffee.
You know what goes well with coffee? GELATO! And this isn’t just your average gelato you’re about to try, the gelato at La Macelleria Gelateria is brought all the way from the streets of Italy. The two owners fell in love while traveling in Australia and then followed a dream to bring a real Gelateria to Australians in Brisbane! Lucky for everyone visiting Brisbane! So stop by to try this real Italian gelato or make sure to come by a Monday night for one of their workshops so you can try out making your very own artisan gelato.
Since you’ve been eating quite a bit today let’s make this last night about casual snacking and delicious drinks in cool places. For your first drink you won’t find a better spot than at Lychee Lounge. This is a place to be seen. One of the hippest bars in Brisbane serving some of the best cocktails you’ll find in Brisbane. The decor is cool and unique, and if you feel like a bite to eat they have some yummy bar food with a twist. We couldn’t think of a better place to begin your final night in Brisbane.
Next up you’re going to Bine Bar & Dining where you can continue the night of ace drinks and yummy snacking. At Bine Bar & Dining you’ll find food and drink specials of the day, a kitchen takeover on Tuesday’s and live entertainment every weekend. This is a super popular place with locals, and you will find delicious craft beer and great wines plus mouth-watering cocktails. The menu is modest but decadent. It’s a perfect next stop on your final night eating and drinking your way around the coolest spots in Brisbane.
The night is almost over but not quite yet, one final stop and is it ever a good one! Heya Bar will be your final spot to visit on this magical adventure in Brisbane city. And this is a one-of-a-kind stop. It consists of hidden bars, live music, pool tables, pinball machines, Asian streefood and plenty of drinks. It is inspired by the street markets of South East Asia. Heya is a wonderland of tiny little doorways, secret rooms and perfect for late night eats and drinks. Every Friday there is live music and free stand-up comedy every Wednesday, so try to hit it one of those days if possible.
We know your stomach is full now. And so is your suitcase, full of splendid memories, and some artisan brownies maybe. But, it is time to say goodbye to Brisbane and to all the cool spots and places you’ve been. With these awesome memories you can happily return home and start planning for your next trip back. Because Brisbane is a place people can’t get enough off!
Article by Flightnetwork
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