How long should you spend in Brisbane?

Kangaroo Point, Brisbane QLD

Kangaroo Point, Brisbane QLD

Brisbane is certainly one of the finest holiday destinations in Australia. Our city receives hundreds of thousands of tourists every season and the numbers are only growing. However, one common question that I’ve noticed with tourists is how long to stay in Brisbane.

If the topics in TripAdvisor are anything to go by, then 2-5 days is long enough to stay in Brisbane on your holiday. However, it really does depend on what you want to do whist you’re here. If you only want to see the city highlights, then 2-3 days is fine. But if you want to see all of Brisbane and take day trips to surrounding destinations then you could very well need 5-7 days, if not longer.

To help you decide how long to spend in Brisbane, consider the following destinations. If only a few tickle your fancy, then opt for only a few days. However, if you’re interested in all, then you’ll want to stay for longer. Either way, you’ll need accommodation in Brisbane. So once you have decided on how long you would like to visit, be sure to book with us at Bridgewater Terraces.

1. South Bank

Most of our guests at the Bridgewater Terraces take some time out visit the South Bank Parklands. A family friendly destination, South Bank boasts of lovely gardens, pathways, a beach and great shopping and dining options. South Bank lies close to the accommodation in Brisbane that we provide at our holiday apartments. You will need at least one entire day to explore South Bank, so plan accordingly.

2. Brisbane River

The Brisbane River is incredibly popular with our guests and locals alike. In fact, it is our position on the river that attracts many of our guests. Consider taking a half-day or day cruises along the river to see Brisbane for a different perspective. You’ll get to see the best of Brisbane and best of all, you won’t have to travel far to get on the boat!

3. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

A visit to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is an activity that is sure to make you want to stay longer in Brisbane. You’ll get to see koalas in their natural habitat here and learn more about Australia’s indigenous wildlife. Lone Pine is located quite far away from our accommodation in Brisbane. As such, you’ll need to plan for an extra day if you want to drop by this destination.

4. Brisbane Lookout

Brisbane has some great destinations just outside the city and one must visit destination is Mt. Coot-Tha. You’ll get to witness grand panoramic views of Brisbane city from Mt. Coot-Tha lookout, both at day and night. Make sure to add an extra day to your holiday itinerary if you plan on visiting this destination.

5. Outdoor activities

Australians love adventure and this is reflected in Brisbane’s wonderful outdoor activities. Kayaking, paddle boarding, rock climbing and abseiling are some adventure activities you can look forward to. These activities are held next to Brisbane River, which is close to the accommodation in Brisbane that we provide. You’ll probably need more than a day if you want to enjoy all adventure activities that are on offer.

6. Queen Street Mall

No Brisbane holiday is complete without a little shopping. Fortunately, all you need is a day to drop by Queen Street Mall for all your shopping fixes. With malls, arcades, boutiques and luxury fashion, you’ll find it all here. Queen Street Mall lies in close proximity to our accommodation in Brisbane, here at Bridgwater Terraces.

7. Story Bridge

Another adventure activity that you must try out in Brisbane is the Story Bridge climb. A guided climbing tour is held every day at dawn, daytime and dusk. Story Bridge lies just 200m from Bridgwater Terraces. You can club this activity with other activities around Brisbane River to save time on your holiday.

8. XXXX Brewery

To taste the best of local Brisbane beer, drop by XXXX Brewery. You’ll also learn more about the brewing process at this great brewery. A visit to this destination will only take a few hours, so you can club it up with other activities in Brisbane city.

9. Fortitude Valley

If you’re fond of live music, you must catch some of the local talent in action at Fortitude Valley. Live shows are held every evening all over the Valley. You can even enjoy a day out, got to a club at night and then grab some take-away before returning to your apartment.

10. Art galleries

Brisbane is known for being home to some fine art galleries, exhibition centres and museums. If you’d like to learn more about the culture of Brisbane or watch theatre, these galleries and exhibition centres are where you need to go. Most galleries lie in the CBD, so you can easily include these in your itinerary.


To decide on your Brisbane holiday duration, you should first decide which destinations you want to go to. If you choose destinations within the city such as Southbank, Brisbane River, Queen Street Mall, Story Bridge, XXXX Brewery, Fortitude Valley or the art galleries, 2-5 days is more than enough. However, if you’re planning on taking day trips to destinations just outside Brisbane, including Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary or Brisbane Lookout, you’ll need to add a few extra days to your itinerary. Either way, you’re sure to have a gala time whilst you’re here!

For the best holiday accommodation in Brisbane, choose our apartments at the Bridgewater Terraces. Get in touch with us to find out more about the holiday apartments we have on offer.

About Denis Goodman

Denis is the manager of Bridgewater Terraces and has a long history with accommodation and property management rights. He brings his knowledge and experiences into his writer to help holiday makers have a wonderful holiday.

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