The City Botanic Gardens, in the heart of city-centre, is a great place to relax and unwind. This park is very well laid out, offering a green haven in the heart of the city. You can admire beautiful plants and very impressive trees.
Visit the “Eat Street” market which takes place on Fridays and Saturdays from 4pm to 10pm and on Sundays from 4pm to 9pm. At this market, containers have been set up as stands. These are mainly food stalls (Greek, Italian, Asian, etc.). This market boasts a unique atmosphere, with small concerts, fairground attractions, and a retro feel adding to its quirky charm, all set along the river.
One of Brisbane’s liveliest neighbourhoods is the Fortitude Valley area in the north of the city. This area has some of the best restaurants in the city. It’s also the perfect place to go out at night and party. During the day, the Brunswick Street Mall, located on a pedestrian street, is popular with locals and tourists for its various stores and cafes. In the same area, you will also discover Brisbane’s Chinatown. Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge is within walking distance of the Fortitude Valley neighbourhood.
Located just outside the city center, discover Brisbane’s second botanical gardens, Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha. A beautiful park with many sights to see including a butterfly greenhouse, rainforest walks, towering trees, and a small lake. Enjoy a breathtaking view of Brisbane and its surroundings from the summit lookout of Mount Coot-Tha, located near the Botanical Gardens.
Only 30 km from Brisbane is North Stradbroke Island, the second largest sand island in the world! This island is accessible by ferry from the port of Cleveland. The journey takes about 40 minutes. Take some time to unwind at one of the many beaches on the island, including Flinders Beach, Main Beach, Frenchmans Beach, and Cylinder Beach, each offering breathtaking ocean views.
This location is also an excellent spot for viewing humpback whales between June and November, as well as dolphins that can be seen throughout the year. Take a leisurely walk along one of the many trails, including the North Gorge Walk, which offers scenic views of the ocean. North Stradbroke Island boasts a diverse range of wildlife, and it’s not uncommon to spot kangaroos and even koalas.
Above North Stradbroke Island, you can explore Moreton Island. This island, a little more touristic than North Stradbroke, is located about 40 km from Brisbane.
Moreton Island does not have any developed roads. For this reason, it is preferable to leave its discovery to a one day excursion. Once on the island, there are many activities available, including snorkeling to discover the wrecks of “Tangalooma”. You can rent a gyropode (“segway”) or a bicycle. Go on an adventure in a kayak and dive in to explore the underwater life. Paddle-boarding is also very popular.
For those who love hiking, there are several trails to choose from depending on their level of difficulty. The Blue Lagoon trail is one of the simplest options. The summit of Cape Moreton is an excellent hike where you will have breathtaking views of Queensland’s first lighthouse. For the more athletic, enjoy a 360-degree view of the coast by walking to Mount Tempest.