24 Hours in Brisbane

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Are you travelling to Brisbane and are not sure what to do? In just 24 hours, you can dive headfirst into the unique charm of Brisbane, Australia. Join us as we explore the hidden gems that make Brisbane a memorable destination, from its stunning riverside setting to its vibrant arts scene. Make the most of your limited time in this dynamic city!

Couple walking in South Bank parklands

Start your day at South Bank Parklands, a beautiful riverside area filled with gardens, promenades, and cultural attractions.

From there it is just a short stroll to Streets Beach and take a morning swim at Streets Beach, Australia’s only inner-city man-made beach.

After enjoying a morning swim, you can head towards the cultural precinct and take a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane for panoramic views of the city and a one-of-a-kind experience in Brisbane.

If you are interested in art, then Queensland’s Cultural Centre is the perfect location for a mid-morning stop. Visit the Queensland Museum, Queensland Art Gallery, and Gallery of Modern Art, all located in the Cultural Centre precinct. As well as a Science Centre if you’re interested in history and science.

Ready for Lunch? Head to Little Stanley Street at South Bank, where you’ll find a variety of cafes and restaurants serving diverse cuisines to suit all pallets. You can enjoy a leisurely lunch in this area.

After you have enjoyed some of Brisbane’s best food, you can make your way into the Central Business District. You can walk, ferry, bus, e-scooter, taxi, or rideshare or any preferred method of transport and enjoy stunning views of the Brisbane River on your route.

Once you have completed your journey, head to the Queen Street Mall for some shopping or simply to explore the heart of Brisbane’s central business district. From here head to the City Botanic Gardens for a peaceful afternoon walk and enjoy the scenic beauty.

For dinner, choose a restaurant or bar at Eagle Street Pier, which offers a range of waterfront dining options with beautiful views of the river and the Story Bridge. Australian cuisine often features fresh seafood, so consider trying something like barramundi or Moreton Bay bugs.

After dinner, you can head to Kangaroo Point Cliffs, which offers a stunning view of the city skyline, especially at sunset.

After this, if you’re not yet ready for bed, Brisbane has a vibrant nightlife scene. Fortitude Valley is a lively area with numerous bars, clubs, and live music venues and will have something to suit your tastes!

Do you have longer in Brisbane? Or want more recommendations? Here are a few other fantastic ideas on a long list of what to do:

For panoramic views of Brisbane and the surrounding region, visit Mount Coot-tha. There’s also a café and botanical gardens to explore.

For an adventurous experience, consider climbing the Story Bridge for breathtaking views of the city and river.

Take a scenic cruise along the Brisbane River to see the city from a different perspective. Some cruises even offer dining options.

Eat Street Northshore. A vibrant night market with a variety of food stalls, live music, and an exciting atmosphere. It’s open on weekends.

If you want to get up close and personal with Australian wildlife, visit the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. You can cuddle koalas, feed kangaroos, and see various native animals.

Consider day trips to nearby destinations like Moreton Island, Stradbroke Island, or the Gold Coast, all of which offer beautiful beaches, outdoor activities, and wildlife encounters.

New Farm Park is a lovely park on the river, with walking paths, picnic areas, and a great view of the city skyline.

If you’re a sports fan, try to catch a game or event at the Gabba Stadium or the Suncorp Stadium, where rugby, cricket, and other sports are regularly played.

Whether you’re eager to embrace nature’s wonders, indulge in culinary delights, or immerse yourself in the local culture, Brisbane has something for everyone!

Looking for the best accommodation in South Bank Brisbane? Novotel Brisbane South Bank is the ideal location to base yourself as begin your adventures around Brisbane starting with South Bank Parklands right on your doorstep.

So, make sure you make the most of your time at our hotel in South Bank Brisbane and experience some of the activities and experiences listed above!