Brisbane is a wonderful city. The pace of life is more relaxed than in big sisters Sydney and Melbourne but, for those who seek it, there’s never a shortage of wonderful things to do. Here are our local insights on the best ways to spend your time in the river city.
Brisbane enjoys almost year-round warmth, with maximum temperatures rarely dropping below 20° Celsius. This, combined with the high number of sunny days, means outdoor activities are always a great option. Go for a stroll, run or picnic in the city’s beautiful Botanic Gardens, challenge yourself to a stair run or abseil at Kangaroo Point Cliffs or enjoy the spectacular gardens at Roma Street Parklands, which also play host to a number of outdoor events throughout the year.
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Brisbane does markets exceptionally well, offering fresh from the farm produce at bargain prices and delicious creations made to enjoy on site. Try Davies Park Markets at West End every Saturday for a great breakfast, delicious fresh produce and live music by the river and Eat Street Markets in Hamilton every Friday and Saturday evening for the ultimate foodie experience under the stars. If you’re in search of vintage fashion, handmade treasures and local artwork, head to the Collective Markets at South Bank every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Brisbane loves a good event, whether it’s a footy match at Suncorp Stadium, an AFL game at The Gabba or a big-name concert at Brisbane Entertainment Centre. For cultural events, the Gallery of Modern Art and Queensland Performing Arts Centre are your go-to venues. Queensland’s capital also loves festivals and you can find one in almost every month of the year from Caxton Street Seafood and Wine Festival in May to Riverfire in September.
Brisbane is quite a sprawling city – something which adds to its relaxed pace – so setting yourself up close to public transport is key. The Gambaro Hotel on Caxton Street is nice and central, allowing you to enjoy yourself on foot in the surrounding streets and putting you within easy reach of all major train lines and many major bus routes should you want to explore further afield. If you do venture across the river to South Bank or West End, there’s nothing nicer than taking the City Cat ferry or walking across the Goodwill Bridge. Brisbane’s public transport system runs on go cards, which you can purchase online or at one of many local retailers.