Queensland might be famous for its golden, sandy beaches and its warmer climate, but its main city is just as worthy of your travel time. Even if you’ve only 24 hours to spare, a day in Brisbane is a great way to spend your time. With beautiful river banks, museums and galleries, gardens and even a beach, a day in Brisbane is just what the doctor ordered! And if you follow these tips, you don’t even have to break the bank!
If you have a day in Brisbane, visit the Queensland Museum and GoMA…
If you’re travelling with kids, Queensland Museum will be a hit. But even if you’ve not got kiddies in tow, the museum is still a must-see for your day in Brisbane.
Free to enter, the museum is home to a mixture of permanent and changing exhibitions (though you may have to pay to see the featured exhibition at the time you visit). You could easily lose a few hours in this museum. Here, you’ll be able to stare a giant octopus in the (very large, giant) eye. You’ll also learn about the vibrant history of Queensland, from centuries ago to more recent events. There are even dinosaurs, war memorabilia and, of course, the obligatory gift shop to enjoy.
Nearby is GoMA: another must-see for your day in Brisbane. The Gallery of Modern Art is also free to enter and offers plenty to please your senses and leave you equal parts impressed and puzzled!
Home to a colourful varation of modern art from Australia’s finest artists, you can easily lose track of time as you wander the rooms and peer into the myriad of canvas worlds. Check before you travel to see which new exhibitions are on offer and prepare to queue: this is one popular place!
To make the most of your day in Brisbane, walk the South Bank…
Put on your comfy shoes and prepare to walk! Short of cycling, walking really is the best way to get around Brisbane and see all that the beautiful city has to offer. And walking down South Bank is the best place to start your travels.
Along the riverside, South Bank is where you’ll find the Queensland Museum and GoMA, as well as…
- a Nepalese pagoda
- a garden where you can pick your own goods
- a beach
- the famous Brisbane sign and wheel
- eateries, photo spots, and more!
You could easily spend all day walking South Bank and not get bored. And the best bit? It’s free! So keep your camera handy, if you’re visiting on a sunny day keep your suncreen close to hand, and enjoy a stroll along the river. You’ll be treated to beautiful views of Brisbane and get to experience the sights and sounds of Queensland’s major city. For just one day in Brisbane, walking South Bank is the top tip.
If you’re staying in Australia for longer, pick some herbs to take on your travels…
If you’re staying in Queensland after your day in Brisbane, then be sure to visit the Epicurious Garden. Along South Bank, Epicurious is a garden where the public are welcome to take home a sampling from the crops. With fruits, vegetables and herbs on offer, this green space is a delight for all your senses! Just be sure to ask the volunteers there to help you pick to ensure the crops continue to grow and flourish.
For a final stop in Brisbane, explore Roma Street Parklands…
Across the river from South Bank, you’ll find Roma Street Parklands. Another luscious green space, there’s plenty to explore in these 16 hectares. Popular with locals as well as visitors to the city, these parklands make for a great final stop on your day in Brisbane.
The parklands are cleverly designed to offer different spaces, from picnic and barbeque spots, to landscaped water features and tropical plants. There are some steep hills involved, so factor that in if it’s a hot day or your feet are already tired!
My top tip would be to head to the Parklands from the Botanic Gardens, walking down Albert Street and heading into the parklands at the Parkland Boulevard entrance. From there, you can walk right through and take the scenic route to the railway station.
There you have it: sure-fire ways to make the most of a day in Brisbane without breaking the bank! If you have any other recommendations for places to visit in Brisbane, be sure to pop them in the comments below.
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