When I was doing my initial planning for my second Australia trip, Brisbane was definitely not on my list. However, after rounds of budgeting along with other changes, I thought that we could squeeze in a day to check out Brisbane, or Brissy, and… so we did! Some called it boring, but it reminds me a little of Toronto, where everything’s pretty laid back and chill – and yet it’s a city of its own that’s thriving.
Anyhoo, here’s my version of 24h in Brisbane that I went through myself and vetted by my friend who lives there so I guess it’s pretty much a decent itinerary you could follow. Here we go:
12PM: Brunch at one of the cafes at Fortitude Valley
Fortitude valley aka Australia’s first dedicated entertainment district shouldn’t be missed when in Brisbane. The area is lined with cafes, boutique shops, rooftop bars, and now continues to be a hive of activity. We chose to have brunch here instead since we only have one night and we thought sunset at South Bank would be a better idea. Don’t believe? Read on. (Of course if you really take your bar nights seriously then you can switch it around)
2PM: Walk from Fortitude Valley to Kangaroo Point via Story Bridge
Warning: it’s about 3KM
Stop by Winn Lane in Fortitude Valley if you’re into the arts scene.
They have a shop that I love particularly and regretted not getting some magazine copies:
As you walk towards the Story Bridge, you’d pass by Chinatown and some graffiti filled walls.
Or you can create your own,
and finally reach story bridge at about 4.30PM and wonder why people are jogging already?! (I also learnt that most corporate workers end work at 4PM there.)
5PM: Take the free ferry ride from Thornton St Ferry Station to South Bank
Look at the ferry timing to know which direction you’re heading to. Also, take note of the ferry you’re boarding because free one is called the CityHopper! The route map and timings could be found here.
And can I say the sunset was pretty spectacular? It’s in such saturated orange it was surreal. Can’t get enough of Australian sunsets – this country has some damn good orange skies that I promise will leave you in awe. (Read: One of the best sunsets in Australia: Byron Bay)
6PM: Dinner at the South Bank
Met up with a friend where she brought us around South Bank and checked out a man-made beach in the middle of the city:
I’m not too sure if I liked the idea but it was definitely something to see. Ha!
Also, if you’re into Korean bingsu and the likes, check out Passion Tree – apparently it’s very popular among the asians (esp Koreans) there in Brissy!
8.45PM: Eat Street Night Market (Fridays & Saturdays – optional)
If you’re still full of drive and energy by this time and is there on a Fri/Sat, I’d recommend you to go over to the Eat Street Markets for supper. If not, I guess you could call it a day and wake up earlier the next to do more things. Australia’s always friendlier to tourists in the day since their malls close early. 😉
the next day
10AM: Visit the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Just because it’s the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary. If you’re visiting Australia for the first time and haven’t seen a koala bear or didn’t plan for it in your other destinations around Australia then this is a must-do. Also, if you really would like a hug one, then I guess this place would be for you (but that means additional cost). If not you can skip this altogether and move on…
10AM-12PM: Brunch at West End Markets (applicable for weekends) + Shopping
To breakfast or brunch!
It’d be great for weekends because weekend markets are open and you could explore more! West End Markets/ Boundary Street Markets was recommended by a local and it turned out to be pretty good!
I hope this helps!
How about you? Have you been to Brisbane? What do you think? 🙂