Reasons to Visit Brisbane
Reasons to Visit Brisbane
Just last summer I spent weeks exploring Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Now I’m back in rainy Norwich and I’m feeling more than eager to return to Australia. Each city has something unique to offer, but if you’re seeking an Australian experience that combines the authenticity of Aus with exciting city vibes then Brisbane is the place to go.
Reasons to visit Brisbane, Queensland…
Australia, as most will know, is seriously, seriously hot during their summer months, but temperatures can take a bit of a dip during the winter. However if you’re seeking a warm summer holiday never fear! Brisbane is considerably warmer than Sydney and Melbourne throughout July and August (sunbathing weather)!
Brisbane City Centre Highlights
Days can be spent strolling along the Brisbane South Bank, which has an abundance of shops, restaurants, bars and galleries. Tired of walking? You can jump on the river taxi for a scenic trip to your desired destination. Away from the main strand is the West End, an authentic part of town, where you will find a collection of cheap, independent restaurants and some cool vintage shops – I personally recommend Swop for some vintage bargains!
The City Botanic Gardens (you will find beautiful botanic gardens all over Aus) also provide a stunning detour through the city towards the shops.
The riverside fake beach at South Bank is another great spot where you can relax, have some drinks and top up your tan. Looking for a real beach? No problem. The beautiful Gold Coast is only an hour on the train from Brisbane city centre. Here you can spend days on the white sand, splash about in the warm sea and then head to bars and restaurants in the evening.
The Gold Coast isn’t the only adventure that Brisbane’s transport links have to offer. Numerous buses, trains and ferries are your gateway to exploration. My favourite day in Australia was spent at Stradbroke Island where I went whale watching, surrounded by wild kangaroo’s, and walked across cliffs that had an immense sea view. You can get there by ferry. Lone Pine Koala sanctuary is also just a train journey away from Brisbane city centre, where you’ll see koalas, kangaroos, wombats and many more Australian native animals. These are just some of the highlights Brisbane has to offer!
Overall, Brisbane provides a great experience of buzzing city life whilst allowing you to explore its surrounding areas. Brisbane gave me a realistic insight into Australian life that the more touristy areas of Sydney and Melbourne couldn’t. I would recommend trying to see all three cities if you can, but in the meantime get yourself over to beautiful Brisbane!