Brisbane on a shoestring

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Australia, Oceania, Travel | 0 comments

Brisbane on a shoestring

My friends recently moved to Queensland’s capital city, Brisbane.  I went to visit and see what the place was all about.

The city has the laid back vibe of a coastal town but on a bigger scale.  People are still out and about, but aren’t rushing around and there isn’t the chaotic feeling you get in bigger cities.

A very family friendly place with lots of wide footpaths and kids playgrounds, which is no suprise with half the population being families.

However there’s still plenty for the adults by way of museums and galleries, nice restaurants and bars.

First up get some culture with a visit to the Queensland Art Gallery, State Library and Gallery of Modern Art, all of which have free general admission and are conveniently located next to one another.  They also all have cafes attached if you’re in need of a rest or some caffeine.

There’s also the Queensland Museum, a great place to take the kids for an interactive learning experience.


Gallery of Modern Art

Gallery of Modern Art


Queensland Art Gallery

Queensland Art Gallery


After that walk along the river through the Southbank Parklands.  This wide pathway runs along the river and is perfect for a walk / run / cycle.

Along the way there’s a rainforest walk, Nepalese temple, large kids playground and a pool made to resemble a beach, the perfect place to set up on a hot day.


Rainforest walk

Rainforest walk


Another great place to be on a hot day is across the river under a shady tree in the lovely Botanic Gardens.  There are plenty of seats to sit and read a book or have a picnic, and of course a kids playground.

Over this side is another great path for a leisurely stroll along the river.


The Botanic Garden

The Botanic Gardens


Queensland University of Technology is adjacent to the gardens, head to The Pantry located in Old Government House which has a beautiful courtyard perfect for a cup of tea and read of the newspaper.

If you’re looking for a takeaway the University Bookshop make a mean cup of Campos coffee.

Head into the city for some window shopping in WinterGarden and Queens Plaza, then walk up through the Anzac Square near Central station.

From there head down to the Museum of Brisbane which has great free exhibitions and is located in the beautiful old Town Hall.




Fortitude Valley is a hub at night with many bars, and has a small Chinatown.  From there you can walk down into the trendy areas of New Farm and Teneriffe.

James Street has a particularly Melbourne-esq feel with laneway cafes like Cantinho, and shops like Zimmerman and Camilla.

There’s a cute espresso bar called Jamie’s on the corner of Robertson Street, and Pineapple Express offers yummy raw treats.




On the headland of New Farm is the Brisbane Powerhouse, a cool building with original exposed brick and steel, stop here for a drink at the bar inside (Alto) with great views over the river.

Another great spot for a drink is at the Customs House, while I was there they had a fun pop-up bar for Spring.

For a delicious and affordable dinner make your way to Happy Boy, somewhat hidden in a garage down a residential street in Spring Hill and serving authentic Chinese food.


The view from Customs House

The view from Customs House


Overall a great city to enjoy the warm weather and relax.


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