Brisbane, which is Australia’s third largest city, is considered one the country’s new-world city bursting with creative confidence and positive attitude. Previously a sleepy town when compared to Melbourne and Sydney, Brisbane now features non-stop development and its pleasant locals and spectacular sceneries make it one of the most visited Australian cities. If you’re planning to visit Brisbane, then experiencing Brisbane CBD is a must; Enjoy vibrant architecture amidst lush, relaxing parklands. It has all the ingredients needed to make a beautiful city.
If this is your first time visiting Brisbane CBD and you don’t have an itinerary planned for your weekend, then this article is especially for you. Being a local I can definitely provide you with useful insights and insider tips to ensure you make the most out of your visit.
Day 1, I recommend you try and visit the following major attractions:
- City Botanic Gardens – most people who visit Brisbane are fascinated with its natural beauty. If you’re into nature and if you enjoy looking at different plant species, this attraction shouldn’t be missed. Within the garden, you’ll find many attractions including Walter Hill Fountain, Bamboo Grove, Weeping Fig Avenue, ornamental ponds, Jemmy Morrill and the Brolgas sculpture, and the river frontage where you and your travel companions can sit down and relax.
- Museum of Brisbane – This is something that is definitely a must-see when you’re in Brisbane CBD. Located in the City Hall, it is Queensland’s official museum featuring exhibits related to the region and to the country. Operated by the Brisbane City Council and opened in 2003, it has already received more than 3 million visitors to date.
- Cathedral of St Stephen – If you are fascinated with old but impressive structures, you should visit Cathedral of St Stephen, which was built between 1864 and 1922. Designed by English architect Augustus Pugin, it is the home to offices for the Archdiocese of Brisbane.
Day 2, I suggest you explore the Roma Street Parkland, the Old Government House, the Treasury Casino (try your luck!) and then get cultured at the Brisbane Arts Theatre, and the Brisbane City Hall.
And let’s not forget shopping! There’s always time for shopping! In between your sightseeing, I suggest that you hit the Queen Street mall not just for great shopping experience but also to grab a bite.
Some of the places that you cannot afford to miss are the following:
- Fortitude Valley – This place is striving to be recognised as Brisbane CBD’s top shopping destination. With new shops being built every week, I can say that it’s on its way to the top. Whether you’re looking for branded clothes and shoes or you’re looking for great bars and restaurants to satisfy your hunger and cravings for Australia’s social local scene, this is the place to be.
- Adelaide St. If you want to save time, since you only have 48 hours to explore Brisbane CBD, I’d recommend including Adelaide St. in you itinerary. Why? It’s because you can do both shopping and dining here. This is a place where you can find popular restaurants and stylish stores selling everything you could possibly look for. From designer shoes to cheap souvenirs for your family and friends back home, you can be assured that Adelaide St. have something for you. Adelaide St. is very close to some of CBD’s most loved attractions including Anzac Square and Central station.
- Antique & Fineart Auctions – If you’re looking for collectibles, artworks, clocks, and watches, make sure to visit this quirky retailer located at Logan Rd.
Now, if you’re going to explore Brisbane CBD in 48 hours that means that you’re going to have at least 4-6 meals in between shopping and sightseeing. Below are the restaurants that you definitely shouldn’t miss.
- 300 Queen St Eatery – If you don’t want to waste anytime and if you want to have wide array of affordable yet sumptuous options, this is the place to go. Just off Queen St, eateries that you can find here offer Indian, modern Australian, Asian, and other international cuisine. Perfect for both breakfast and lunch, you can grab sushi, salads, roasts, curries, and even smoothies for very cheap prices.
- 85 Miskin St – Looking for fine dining experience? Then, I would recommend 85 Miskin St for dinners. This laid back restaurant is one of locals’ favourites because of its high quality food and service. Dishes that you can look forward to include curry emulsion, black sesame, wakame, and crispy fried soft shell crab. This contemporary restaurant is the place to go if you want to have hearty and delicious meals. It’s also a great place to relax after spending the whole day sight seeing.
- A World of Chocolate – Chocolate lovers unite here! Located at Queen St Mall, this great place will make you feel as if you’re in Willy Wonker Chocolate Factory. This is the perfect place if you’re looking for desserts and if you’re travelling with kids. Enjoy their brewed hot chocolate and their handmade chocolates.
Brisbane CBD offers so many attractions as well as several dining and shopping options that you’ll soon realise that 48 hours isn’t enough to explore this beautiful city. However, if that’s really what you have, consider the places recommended here as they are some of the best ones. Still want to know more about this amazing city of ours? Then please continuing reading ‘Brisbane CBD: The City’s Heart.’
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