Brisbane boasts several great suburbs and I maybe a little bias here, but one of my absolute favourite is Kangaroo Point. This is one of the oldest suburbs in the city that features rich history and diverse culture. Considered the region’s first penal settlement, Kangaroo Point is nestled just above the mighty Brisbane River and the home to iconic building built in 1880s, Yungaba House, Brisbane’s Story Bridge, and of course, the famed Cliffs. Because of its great location and several wide-open spaces, it is ideal for rock climbers, nature lovers, and for those who just want to relax and have picnic with their friends and family.
If you’re planning to visit Kangaroo Point but clueless on the things that you can do and places that you can explore, let me help you write down your itinerary:
Activities for the entire day
To really maximise your time when you’re in Kangaroo Point, I’d suggest that you get up really early. Right after you have a hearty breakfast, (I recommend the famous Cliffs Café, which also serves lunch) the first thing that you can do is abseiling. This is if you’re adventurous and if you want to experience the best views in Brisbane. Harness your fears and face the walls of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs and have the best outdoor experience of your life. With the help of a professional instructor, you’ll get to experience to descend down the 20m cliff for about 1.5 hours. This activity can be enjoyed by both beginners and experienced mountain climbers. Feel the rush and in the end, enjoy the sense of a huge achievement.
Alternatively, if you’re not that adventurous but still would like to be spoiled with the best view in the city, Story Bridge Adventure Climb is highly recommended. Locals say that you really haven’t been to Kangaroo Point if you don’t try this amazing activity that offers amazing experience for both kids and adults. This climb takes about two to three hours and is guaranteed safe for all ages. Just like with abseiling, this activity rewards you with unobstructed, heart-stopping views of Brisbane, which is sure to create lasting memories. The Story Bridge, which is as high as a 22-storey building, is one of the region’s most popular and most loved landmarks.
After doing abseiling or after climbing the Story Bridge, I am sure that you’ll be starving. When it comes to the best places to eat, there are quite a few restaurants that I can recommend. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for authentic Australian food or international cuisine, you will not run out of choices when you’re in Kangaroo Point. Below are my top picks:
- Mitoki Japanese Restaurant – Being one of the most highly rated restaurants in Kangaroo Point, Mitoki is tucked alongside the Story Bridge and is considered by both locals and travellers as an absolute gem. Offering stunning views of the Brisbane River that you’ll appreciate while you’re having fantastic dinner, Mitoki offers you a wide selection of the best Japanese food you can ever think of. This is the place to go if you’re craving for tempura, chicken karaage, beef gristle, potato croquets, and other authentic Japanese food.
- Lamberts at The Point Hotel – If you’re looking forward to experiencing modern Australian cuisine in a fine dining setting, Lamberts, which can be found at The Point Hotel, is your perfect choice. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner with great entertainment, this restaurant can definitely give you a great dining experience.
- Captain’s Cove Function Centre – If you’re craving for both authentic Australian food and seafood, I recommend this elegant restaurant that offers amazing river views. Food and customer service are both excellent.
After eating your lunch, I suggest that you Visit Yungaba House. If you want to learn a little bit of the region’s history and if you’re into old buildings, visiting Yungaba House should be part of your itinerary. This beautiful, breath-taking mansion, which features Italian architecture, is considered a historical treasure not just in Kangaroo Point but also in all of Brisbane. The construction of the house in 1887 was a defining moment for the suburb. It was the first port of call for migrants who came to the region some 100 years ago.
You can also relax by having a picnic with your travel buddies at lake side parks or try more different cuisines by going to Eagle St. Pier. This is an iconic waterfront precinct that offers you wide range of choices when it comes to sampling different dishes. Dine and have Story Bridge and Brisbane River as your background. This is also the place I would recommend for dinner and for capping the night with either coffee or wine.
If you’re planning on exploring Kangaroo Point while you’re in Brisbane, don’t forget to check out the main attractions that I’ve outlined on the first part of this article and I can guarantee you that you will not regret it. Just choose from the available options based on your preference and of course, your budget and I am sure you will have the best time of your life. For more information about this fantastic Brisbane suburb, please read a previous article of mine; ‘Kangaroo Point, Brisbane’.
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