“Must do” experiences in and around Brisbane

When I have some spare time up my sleeve one of my favourite things to do is to look at quora.com; a fascinating Q&A website that asks questions about any topic under the sun. Today I came across a question and thought it would be great to share as it looks at what locals, and those who know Brisbane, recommend as “must do experiences”. I found quite a mix of suggestions and have included the most popular in this article, for you to consider for your next Brisbane holiday. All of the suggested activities are local or day trips and you will find that staying at Kangaroo Point will give you the perfect base to try them all.

But fist, for Brisbane holiday accommodation that will allow you to experience these activities in style and comfort, there’s no better choice than our riverfront apartments at Bridgewater Terraces.

So, on to the “must do” activities in Brisbane.

Top of the list, and recommended by a number of people, including Jill Diane Pope, Cory Banks and Lui Kohl, is a visit to the Southbank Precinct and, particularly, the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). If you’ve been reading my recent post you will see this that GOMA is mentioned regularly. That is because this gallery, the largest for modern and contemporary art in Australia, has wowed people with its fantastic exhibitions and installations. Fortunately, Southbank is incredibly easy to visit from Bridgewater Terraces by public transport, bicycle or on foot.

CityCatThere were several activities in Brisbane which were equally popular, including riding the City Cat, visiting Fortitude Valley and travelling a bit further afield to visit the Gold Coast.

Brisbane’s City Cat service is the regular ferry service along the Brisbane River from St Lucia and Hamilton. With regular services across 25 terminals, Jill Diane Pope, Sarah Crawley, Lui Kohl and Nadine Wills all recommend taking one of the City Cat journeys, not just to get to your destination but also to enjoy a beautiful ferry ride along the Brisbane River. Holman St, Thornton St and Dockside are the nearest terminals to Bridgewater Terraces to allow you to access this service. You can also catch the free City Hopper ferry service from each of these locations for a budget friendly alternative.

Fortitude Valley, just across the river from Kangaroo Point, also ranked highly with Jill Diane Pope, Glenn Rieger, Nadine Wills and James Radvan, for a great night out visiting the bars, clubs and restaurants in the area. The live music, tasty food and coffee were all big hits.

Jill Diane Pope, Peter Baskerville, Glenn Rieger and Lui Kohl all suggested taking a day trip down to the Gold Coast to visit the amazing beaches and to enjoy the theme parks. Only an hour drive from Kangaroo Point, it’s certainly a trip I would recommend for a full day out and you will appreciate the quiet relaxation afterwards at Bridgewater Terraces, either sitting on your private balcony enjoying the river views or unwinding in our hot tub.

Next on the “must do” list were visiting Mt Coot-tha and enjoying the Brisbane Botanic Gardens.

Mt Coot-tha is approximately 6 kilometres from the CBD and is a popular bushland destination. Benita Matilda and Lui Kohl both recommend visiting this highest peak in Brisbane for the tourist drive, walk trails and the Lookout at the summit which includes a cafe, restaurant and gift shop. At the base of Mt Coot-tha is the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, recommended by both Benita Matilda and Peter Baskerville, and the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium. The gardens, covering 52 hectares, feature a Japanese Garden, an exotic rainforest and a fragrant plant and herb garden, and provide a pleasant afternoon stroll for all ages.

Japanese Gardens at Mt Coot-tha

Japanese Gardens at Mt Coot-tha By Vicki Nunn (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The last activity in Brisbane to make the “must do” list was the Lone Pine Sanctuary, Australia’s first and largest koala sanctuary, this again is an activity that I’ve recommended many times and just goes to confirm what a “must do” activity it is. Benita Matilda and Lui Kohl both suggest cruising along the Brisbane River to the Sanctuary where you can enjoy meeting the wildlife, watch the sheep shearing and Birds of Prey shows and have your photo taken cuddling a koala.

As you can see there are many “must do” activities in Brisbane, so if you’re planning to visit, I suggest you stay longer than a day, and the perfect place to do so is right here at Bridgewater Terraces. During your stay, be sure to check out these suggestions and see if they make your top list or if you can discover any other great adventures you would add. We would love to hear what you think and welcome you to stay with us at Bridgewater Terraces.

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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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