How to Spend a Fun and Fascinating Weekend in Brisbane – Top Things To See and Do
When it comes to enjoyable and active weekend getaways, you really can’t go wrong with Brisbane. This exciting city is blessed with a year-round sunny climate and a laid-back atmosphere that has made it a longtime favourite for travelers. So read on for the top things to see and do during a weekend in Brisbane.
This is a green and friendly city that is known to be hip and young, with a plethora of great restaurants, galleries, boutiques and shopping, and much more. Overall Brisbane is a pleasant and vibrant city that will certainly keep you busy for your entire weekend stay. Most weekend travelers end up wishing they had more time to spend here, so you will want to schedule a longer trip for down the line. If you’re just doing a weekend, then check out these must-see attractions.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
For anyone looking to get a good look at that famous Australian wildlife, then this sanctuary is a must stop. Of course, you have your koalas here and can pet, hold, and feed them. You also have such Australian classic animals as kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, dingoes, snakes, and saltwater crocodiles.
The sanctuary is located right by the Brisbane river, making for a bucolic setting at which to observe and interact with these amazing creatures. There are several activities and attractions at the sanctuary, including feedings, tours, and even a river cruise.
The Cultural Precinct
Situated on the banks of the Brisbane River, this community houses some of the most interesting museums in the city, several incredible and diverse galleries, and several great places to eat as well. This is a pleasant destination that you and your family could spend an afternoon enjoying.
If you’re looking to get your museums in on your journey, then this is a great way to get the best of the city’s many museums in at one time, especially the highly rated modern art at Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA). The State Library of Queensland is here, and the kids will love the Queensland Museum and Science Centre. For a nice day on the river with plenty to do and see, get yourself to the Precinct during your stay.
Brisbane Botanic Gardens
Many have claimed that this is the most stunning spot in the city, and it won’t take you long to find out why when you behold the panoramic views and the plush, vibrant gardens that make up this top botanical spot. The gardens here are diverse and offer a stunning cross section of plants, flowers, and fauna from all across the world. You can easily spend many hours wandering the various gardens in this green oasis including Japanese gardens, mazes and trails, rainforest areas, and lookout points with stunning views from many different angles. One of the main things travelers seek after long motorhome hire journeys is peace and quiet, and you will absolutely find it here. This is one of the most stunning and diverse botanical gardens in the world, so it is a must see on your trip.
Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art
We’ve mentioned this one before when we were talking about the Cultural Precinct, but even if you’re skipping the rest of the attractions you need to check this gallery out. First of all, it is free, so checking out one of the coolest galleries in the city won’t cost you a dime unless you want to purchase something from the gift shop (you will).
There are more than 1,700 works in the permanent collection plus a wide-ranging series of exhibits throughout each year. From indigenous Australian art to super modern cutting-edge works, the multiple wings of this stunning architectural marvel play host to a mind-boggling assortment of artworks, crafts, and conceptual pieces. If you’re only doing one museum in Brisbane, this should be the one.
There are so many dining opportunities in this neighborhood that you may end up being overwhelmed at the options, so make sure to do your research and choose which establishments are right for you. Other than culinary delights, there is a manmade lagoon to swim in on warm days, free fitness classes, multiple bike and running trails, and many yards of lush greenery that make this the perfect place to kick back and enjoy a sunny afternoon in Brisbane.
Any motorhome hire traveler looking for the perfect Australian weekend getaway would be very wise to choose Brisbane. This is a thriving and colorful city featuring a laid back, friendly vibe that travelers have come to adore over the years. From great eating and culture to greenery and outdoor activities, there is more than enough going on in Brisbane to make for a delightful weekend trip.
Author Bio: Nicole Anderson is a content writer based in Sydney and is very happy that she gets to write about camping and the outdoors during workdays.
Her weekends and holidays are spent either doing quick trips around Australia, then writing all about it to share to other wanderers. Or spending afternoons lazing in her inflatable hot tub at home. Either way, she’s a very happy camper.
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