Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

72 Hours in Brisbane


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Boasting more sunny days than Florida and warmer winter days than the Bahamas, this is no ordinary city.  Brisbane is full of surprises, which is why you need a local tour guide for all the dirt and scoop…ME!

Thanks to a well planned out and connected city, getting from one end of town to the other is easy with free city loop buses and an extensive bus, rail and ferry system.  So grab yourself a public transport day pass, a free city map and guide, put on those walking shoes and don’t forget to slip, slop slap.  You are in Queensland after all!

Start the day at the information booth on the Queen St Mall.  They offer free city maps and guides and can answer all your questions.  If you’re a shop-a-holic then your day will start and end here! The mall area and surrounding streets have all the classic chain stores, small boutiques and shopping alleys with fantastic café’s and restaurants.

Hugging the river nearby is the Botanic Gardens where you’ll find Parliament House and the historic and recently renovated Old Government House, both offering free daily tours. A stroll through the gardens is the perfect way to unwind and snap some great pictures of the skyline.

Brisbane hosts a wonderful nightlife, but the heart of club land lies in Fortitude Valley and Chinatown.  From small boutique bars to large entertainment venues spanning several floors, ‘The Valley’ as it’s dubbed is the place to explore, eat and party till dawn.

For the roadie types, Brisbane is a great base for day trips.  Rent a vehicle and within an hours drive you can experience the Gold Coast, visit theme parks, explore the Glasshouse Mountains and nearby rain forests, view the garden shows of Toowoomba or bask on the glorious beaches of the Sunshine Coast.

As Brisbane is built on river banks, the wonderful parks of Newstead and New Farm are the perfect spot for an exotic picnic where you can laze in the sun or join a friendly local game of football, cricket or simply toss a Frisbee. Brisbane’s culture and attitude is laid back, inviting and always happy to welcome visitors.

Welcome to my city…your city…OUR city.  If you’re still looking for more, check out the city guide here.

Now, that you’ve heard from me, I’d love to get your take, what was missing from this Brisbane guide?  Help V Australia out, and leave your best Brizzy tips and recommendations below.

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