Brisbane is considered to be Australia’s most relaxed city, making it easy to get around and great for packing in as much in as possible. Find yourself with just 48 hours to explore? No worries! With our handy guide you’ll get to know the best of Brisbane’s sights, cafes, restaurants, and more.
As a base for your stay, we’ve selected the Meriton Serviced Apartments on Herschel Street, positioned perfectly in the city’s North Quarter, for your accommodation. The brand new property boasts 259 luxury apartments with stunning views over the city and river.
New Farm is an inner city suburb of Brisbane that is renowned for its great eateries and cafes. Among the favourites is Little Larder, a vibrant cafe located in the middle of residential Moray Street. A great place to meet some locals, Little Larder also serves up fabulous coffee and delicious breakfast to fuel the day ahead. If it’s a special breakfast you’re after, Double Shot Espresso serves exceptional food and coffee, with the signature dish being a flaky pastry tart filled with fluffy scrambled egg, tomato and bacon.
While in New Farm, pay a visit to the Brisbane Powerhouse, an arts and cultural hub located in a former power station. Plan ahead and check out the different displays and events happening, or simply go to enjoy the magnificent architecture.
The Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha are recognised as Queensland’s premier subtropical botanic gardens, and entry to the gardens is free. Work up an appetite for lunch while you admire the fabulous displays, listen to a children’s story under a tree, or take part in a free guided walking tour.
The iconic Brisbane lookout at scenic Mt Coot-tha has long been a favourite attraction, sitting 287 metres above sea level and offering unsurpassable views of the city. The Summit Restaurant and Bar is the perfect place for lunch, serving up great value two-course lunches away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
After a somewhat leisurely morning, it’s time to have some serious fun and push your boundaries with some adventure. Kayak down the river as the sun sets over the city, or experience the afternoon sun while climbing Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge.
Whenever you’re doing a lot during the day, it’s a good idea to take a couple of hours to recuperate before heading out for the evening. Otherwise you’re going to hit 7.30pm and want to go to bed, when instead you should be exploring the nightlife of Brisbane!
We recommend you check out the heavenly spa and sauna to soothe legs tired from walking, or take a dip in the pool to smooth out those kinks.
And before you know it you’ll be getting ready for drinks and dinner.
Tucked upstairs above the Euro and Urbane restaurant complex is the compact and funky Laneway, home to the sweet sounds of samba, boutique beers and the uber cool. Buzzing with energy and boasting a sophisticated cocktail menu, The Laneway promises to be one of the hottest places in town on a Friday or Saturday night.
Famous for food and its incredible views, Eagle Street Pier is the place to be come a Friday or Saturday night. Home to a range of both casual and award-winning restaurants, the pier is home to Matt Moran’s Aria, a restaurant offering the quintessential Brisbane dining experience. Not that hungry? Head to the bar at Japanese Saké Restaurant and Bar and make a selection from the Otsumami menu while enjoying a saké or shochu cocktail.
After dinner it’s time to try out your poker face at the Treasury Casino & Hotel. If poker isn’t your thing, then try your luck on black or red at the roulette table. You never know the characters you’ll meet, so go in ready for a random conversation or two.
South Bank is home to 17 hectares of lush parklands, award-winning restaurants, picturesque river views, and events of all types. For breakfast, try Cafe Lagoona’s with its view over the pristine Streets Beach, or visit Beach House Health Bar for a healthy but delicious start to the day.
After breakfast, take a wander around South Bank, soaking up the cosmopolitan atmosphere, art, and culture. On a hot day, you could take a plunge into the water of Streets Beach or check out the Queensland Maritime Museum, one of South Bank’s finest historical gems.
Room with Roses was voted as one of the five best high teas in Australia, and offers a deluxe high tea that includes a range of decadent scones, sandwiches, savoury treats, and tarts. The family recipes and quaint decor make for a truly unique and elegant dining experience.
Or if you’re looking for something a little more casual, try the burgers at Burger Urge South Bank. All of their burgers are made with high-quality produce, and it all tastes deliciously fresh.
The Queen Street Mall is Australia’s most popular pedestrian mall, with more than 700 retailers calling it home. Must visits include the high end Queens Plaza and the well-loved Wintergarden, with its labels such as Tommy Hilfiger, Lee, Coach and Sambag and Mecca Maxima.
What better way to take a closer look at more of Brisbane than on a bicycle? The slower speed makes sightseeing much more conducive than a car, and best of all you can stop where you like to take a closer look without having to find a parking spot. Brisbane Bicycle Tours will make sure you see what you want, with a range of different tours available to cater to all interests.
After all that shopping and bicycling, you’ll need some time to unwind and enjoy your spacious apartment. Take a shower, pour yourself a wine, and relax on the balcony to enjoy the view before you get ready for dinner.
From the team behind The Flying Cock comes the newest Fortitude Valley eatery, home to Thai street food, inventive cocktails, and house draught beer. Enjoy Bangkok tacos, Thai chicken hot dogs, and cocktails such as the yummy Love You Longtime at the LONgTIME restaurant.
No visit to Brisbane would be complete without a live gig, and in Fortitude Valley there’s music to suit every taste. Look ahead of time and choose from your favourites, or hit the streets and follow the sounds you love.
Even with just a whirlwind 48 hours in Brisbane, with our itinerary you will have seen some of the best sights and experiences the most delicious food that the Queensland capital has to offer. Book your visit to Brisbane today and begin the adventure!