The vivid skyline of Brisbane at night. Picture Source
Brisbane is a fantastic city, but it’s also a massive city. If you’ve not visited before then you might find it difficult to decide what to see and do. Unless you have unlimited time, you’re probably not going to be able to explore every last crevice of this expansive metropolis. The more articles you read about the city, the more places you want to see and the more things you want to do. It probably feels as if you can’t win. Luckily, you’ve found an article to take the pain out of researching Brisbane. These are some of the things you definitely need to do if you’re going to visit this spectacular city.
Embrace its fantastic dining spots
The food is incredible in Brisbane. Some of the amazing breakfast spots have been mentioned on this site before. You might want to check out the Corner Store Café (that’s its actual name – don’t just search for a café on any old street corner). Their sandwiches are unique and utterly delicious. The food options are also well-suited to lunch as well as breakfast; the lasagna toastie is a fantastic example of this. The Southside Tea Room is another great spot for succulent lunch options. Fancy a sandwich made with pancakes instead of bread? They’ve got you covered in that regard.
If you’re looking for fancier dining establishments later on in the evening then you might want to check out Allium. This restaurant serves exquisite food on a menu that never stays the same for long; that just makes the dishes even more spectacular, and you’ll certainly want to savour the taste if you know that food options might not be on the menu forever. You might only get one shot to try out a particular dish. If you’re just looking for a drink then you should check out rooftop cocktail bars such as Eleven for some fantastic beverages and a beautiful view of the city.
Abseiling is a real adventure. Still, you could do that anywhere, right? Well, that’s true, but there are only so many places in the world that allow people the opportunity to abseil off a bridge. Brisbane is one such place. Its spectacular Story Bridge is a miraculous piece of architecture to admire from ground level, but imagine how spectacular it is to stand atop this gargantuan structure and jump off it. You don’t have to imagine, of course. You can climb up this bridge, admire stunning views of the Glasshouse Mountains and the Gold Coast, and abseil off once you’ve had your fill. If you just want to admire the sights then that’s fine. Abseiling is optional, but it’s certainly the cherry on top of a perfect cake. Why stop at one adventure? If you’ve spent all that time climbing up a bridge then you might as well jump off it (safely) too.
Journey up and down Brisbane River
If you’re looking for an experience that allows you to experience all of Brisbane in one go then you should journey up and down Brisbane River. Obviously, you won’t be able to see the entirety of the city from the river, but you’ll certainly be able to admire a great deal of it. Additionally, the river itself is such a stunning marvel. It’ll also take you all the way to the wonderful Moreton Bay, and that’s another majestic spot worth seeing. You might want to check out Event Cruises for private yacht hire on Brisbane River and in Moreton Bay. That way, you can enjoy these beautiful waterways in style.
Explore Brisbane Forest Park
Of course, if you want a real adventure then you should definitely find the time to explore Brisbane Forest Park. This tranquil nature reserve is a slice of scenic paradise for any tourists who are looking to take a break from the urban jungle that is Brisbane’s city centre. There are plenty of waterways in the park; you’ll be able to see the South Pine River, Enoggera Creek, Gold Creek, Lake Manchester Dam, Gold Creek Dam, and so on. There’s more to admire in this forest than pretty trees. And it’s not some oversized manmade garden; the Forest Park is home to fantastic forms of wildlife. You’ll see animals here that can’t be seen in any other place. The eastern water dragon, for example, is a particularly incredible creature that has made its home in Brisbane’s Forest Park. You’ll be able to find plenty of birds that are native to Australia, and you’ll also find stunning animals such as sugar gliders, wallabies, pademelons, wombats, bandicoots, lizards, turtles, and fish (including the very unique and beautiful lungfish).