Brisbane in a Day

Are you visiting Brisbane on a tight schedule and wondering how to make the most of your time? If you are, I have some good news for you. You can get a taste of the best that Brisbane has to offer in just one day.

Today, I will share a full-day itinerary that covers the best of Brisbane. So, continue reading to find out how you can enjoy the best our city has to offer in a day. And, if you choose to stay at our holiday apartments at Bridgewater Terraces, you’ll face no problems in following this itinerary.

1. City Botanic Gardens

Brisbane City Botanic Gardens

Brisbane City Botanic Gardens | By Brisbane City Council

Start your day at 10 am by spending an hour at the City Botanic Gardens in Alice Street, South Bank. The City Botanic Gardens is Brisbane’s oldest park which was planted back in 1825 by convicts. You’ll get to witness exotic flora and fauna, ancient trees and rainforest glades amidst lush green lawns and walkways. Some attractions worth visiting at the City Botanic Gardens include the Bamboo Grove, Mangrove Boardwalk, ornamental ponds and Weeping Fig Avenue. You’ll easily be able to explore these in an hour’s time.

At Bridgewater Terraces, our holiday apartments are conveniently located in Kangaroo Point, close to South Bank. Should you stay with us, getting to the starting point of this itinerary very easy! Simply catch a CityCat Ferry from Holman Street Pier to Eagle Street Pier and walk over to the City Botanic Gardens. It’ll take you less than 10 minutes to get there!

2. Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

GOMA Foyer

GOMA Foyer. Credit: Kgbo

After you’ve spent an hour at the City Botanic Gardens, head over to the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, which is just a 15-minute drive away. There are two galleries for you to explore while you’re there with both galleries focusing on contemporary art. Several special events and exhibitions are also held at the QAGOMA every year, and if you’re lucky, you might end up catching one. There are many shopping, cafes and dining options to keep you entertained while you’re there. Explore the area, have lunch and spend an hour or two at the QAGOMA. You’ll still have enough time to explore other Brisbane highlights.

3. Victoria Bridge

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Victoria Bridge

When you’ve had your fill of the QAGOMA, stroll down to Victoria Bridge which is less than a kilometre away. Here you’ll find a sandstone bridge abutment right next to Victoria Bridge, which is a famous memorial in South Bank. There’s a touch of historic charm associated with Victoria Bridge that will transport you back to the early 1900s. It’ll be posting lunch when you reach Victoria Bridge, and you’ll be able to capture some fantastic shots of the area and its surrounding abutments. Spend about half an hour here before heading to the Wheel of Brisbane.

4. Wheel of Brisbane

Brisbane Wheel

Brisbane Wheel at South Bank

From Victoria Bridge, walk over to the Wheel of Brisbane, which is just half a kilometre away. Take a ride on the wheel to experience panoramic views of South Bank and the adjoining parklands. The wheel will take you up to a height of 60m where you’ll witness breathtaking views of Brisbane’s cityscape. Make sure to capture some photos to take home some great memories.

5. South Bank

South Bank

South Bank, Brisbane, QLD

When you’ve had a good time on the Wheel of Brisbane, continue exploring the rest of South Bank. South Bank is Brisbane’s cultural, entertainment and lifestyle precinct and there are plenty of things to see and do in the area. From cineplexes to forecourts, shopping, drinking and dining options, you’ll find everything in the area. Spending your evening in South Bank is probably the best way to bring your day of sightseeing to a relaxing close.

And, if you choose to stay with us at, your accommodation won’t be too far away. Simply cross Brisbane River on a ferry from South Bank and our relaxing 1, 2, and 3 bedroom holiday apartments will be waiting to welcome you.


Even if you’re visiting Brisbane on a tight schedule, it is possible to experience the best of our city in a day’s time. Start your day at 10 am by spending an hour at City Botanic Gardens. Move on to the QAGOMA where you can spend a couple of hours and also have lunch. From QAGOMA, take a leisurely stroll to explore Victoria Bridge and its surroundings. When you’re done, take a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane. Spend your evening exploring South Bank before calling it a day.

For holiday accommodation that puts you close to all of these attractions, you’ll find nothing better than us at Bridgewater Terraces.

Take a look at our self-contained holiday apartments and make a booking with us today!

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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