24 Hours in Brisbane

I’m afraid my post for Brisbane is a little bit shorter than the rest, because it’s somewhere we only passed by as we were spending a bit longer in Byron Bay! However, I have planned out a day in Brisbane for those of you who have the same plan, so please read on and let me know what you think!

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The Southbank

Brisbane may be a city, but they’ve got a pretty sweet man-made beach on the side of the main river, called the Southbank. It’s a long strip of riverside with theatres, restaurants and bars topped off with a beautiful pool and manmade beach – sand and everything. Start your day off here for an early swim and a sunbathe before it properly heats up in the middle of the day.

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For lunch pop to The Southbank Beer Garden for a light snack and a drink with great views of the beach.

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Take advantage of the free cityhopper service along the river to see Brisbane from a different angle. I didn’t actually get a chance to use this service as we were that short of time, but I would have loved to try it. Especially as it can help bring you further along to the next must-see on my list…


Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Hop on the boat (or in a car like us) and head to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. You can cuddle a koala and also see kangaroos, emus, dingos and crocs whilst happy in the knowledge that they’re all being looked after and treated for.

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Once you’re koala-d out, head back to your hotel and wash off the days sun before heading out for dinner. If you fancy a sunset view of the river, wonder back down the Southbank and check out the vast amount of restaurants there. We stumbled across Mucho Mexicano which had an incredible selection of food (and more importantly – frozen margaritas) where we settled on an absolutely huge chicken fajita platter between us that would’ve taken about a day to finish. 

If you don’t want the night to end, head out and to any of the surrounding bars on the Southbank. Or, like us, head to Doughnut Time to try out the absolutely huge and incredible named doughnuts on offer, just take a look at the below…

And there we have it – one day in Brisbane. It’s a city with the option to have both a city break and also a bit of beach time, but my personal favourite is definitely Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to visit all your Australian wildlife.

I hope you enjoyed this post! If I’ve (inevitably) missed anything out please comment below. In the meantime, please enjoy some more Koala pictures…


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