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  • 48 Hours in Brisbane

    Posted by Jennifer Anderson February 7, 2014 - 3,651 views - 0 comments - 0 likes - #food  #beach  #art  #culture  #brisbane  #Coast  #mountains  #bushwalking  #48hours  #innercity  #hinterland 


    Much of what's worth seeing in the city of Brisbane is relatively concentrated around the CBD. This means you can save time on travel and really pack a lot into your 48 hours. The quickest way to get around is the central train system. If you can't get there by train there's buses servicing all surrounding suburbs. Look up the timetables on the TransLink website or app. There are also free buses, the CityGlider and the Brisbane City Loop, that will take you through the CBD and to its surrounding suburbs. For slower but scenic city travel take a ferry, the CityCat.


    Brisbane is also really close to both coastal and inland attractions. You can split your time between the city and the coast or countryside for two contrasting days of fun. The Gold Coast is only one hour south of Brisbane. While the Sunshine Coast is two hours north. The region surrounding the Queensland/ New South Wales is particularly scenic. The popular seaside town of Byron Bay in New South Wales, is under two hours away.


    Here I'll take you through some of the attractions and destinations (if only to aid my imagination in thinking that I'm on the beach, on the peak of a mountain or feasting my ears on local sounds). Hopefully this info will allow you to pack more into your 48 hours or show you where to look, to find what you're looking for. But of course there's always more to discover and a story of your own to make.


    Inner City


    New Farm


    New Farm is an inner suburb of Brisbane City that provides great eateries and cafes, perfect for breakfast or brunch. It's a trendy place to visit if you want to get out of the city centre itself and just explore. Also in New Farm is the Brisbane Powerhouse. A beautiful old building housing art, theatre, comedy, music and more. Catch a CityCat to the New Farm Park ferry terminal to see Brisbane life on the riverbanks. Here you'll find New Farm Park; popular with families, couples and friends; it's one of the only public places you can legally consume your favourite beverages of sorts. The Brisbane Powerhouse is right next to New Farm Park. Catch a photography exhibit, or free comedy and live music.


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    South Bank, South Brisbane


    South Bank is Brisbane's hub for art and culture, located a short walk over the Victoria Bridge from the CBD. Here you'll find the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) holding some of the best modern art of the country. The arts scene in Brisbane is a lot more relaxed and therefore accessible to all. The cinema program at GoMA is pretty awesome – themed around anything from superheroes, Japanese, surrealism, music or international female film makers – and free. You'll also find Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) for all kinds of theatre, music and dance, the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) and the Queensland Museum.


    South Bank has been designed as lovely open area for people of all ages. Stroll through the beautiful South Bank Parklands or along the river. Find dining options and bars in between, as well as Australia's only urban beach, Streets Beach. South Bank also hosts a range of outdoor cultural activities year round.


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    Just next to the parklands, moving away from the river, you'll find two blocks of diverse eating options (from themed eating to gourmet snacks), shops, cafes and a bar to suit any mood. A favourite with couples for it's beautifully relaxed atmosphere.


    Walk to the end of Grey Street and you'll be at Brisbane's newest dining precinct, River Quay. The food is heading towards the upper ranges of cost. They boast a philosophy of locally sourced, seasonal eating, that should provide a worth while experience of Australian produce. River Quay may provide the best views over dinner in Brisbane, providing the most peaceful and expansive views of the river and the city skyline.


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    Eagle Street, Brisbane


    Located in the CBD along the river, Eagle Street Pier has an upmarket vibe. Come here to meet classy crowds at one of the riverside bars. You'll also find both casual and fine dining. Eagle Street is a good choice for dining with a view, while still fitting with the casual lifestyle of Brisbane. A lively nightspot on Friday nights; head to Friday's for a nightclub vibe with a more relaxed outdoor area, Bavarian Bier Cafe for great food, beer and crowds, or the Riverbar & Kitchen for casual but trendy drinks right on the river.


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    Kangaroo Point


    Kangaroo Point is a really peaceful suburb of Brisbane City, surrounded by the Brisbane River. Nestled underneath the iconic Story Bridge you'll find the Story Bridge Hotel. This long-standing institution is still popular than ever with people of all ages; great for a relaxing lunch or afternoon drinks. Get a sense of our river city by booking a climb with the Story Bridge Adventure Climb. Other activities in the area include rock climbing at the heritage-listed Kangaroo Point Cliffs and stand-up paddle boarding or kayaking on the river with Riverlife Brisbane.


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    Outer City


    Sunshine Coast


    The Sunshine Coast is around a two hour drive up the east coast. The Sunshine Coast is a lot more relaxed than the Gold Coast. You'll find stunning beaches and great surf breaks. Noosa is a popular destination for it's resort atmosphere. You'll find small boutiques offering gifts, local designer fashion, and resort wear, as well as, relaxed cafes and food outlets.


    Sunshine Coast Hinterland


    The Glasshouse Mountains National Park is a one hour's drive north of Brisbane. Bushwalk and picnic as you take in the unspoiled surrounds. There's a range of tracks to choose from, ranging from 45 minutes to 3 hours. A great place to introduce yourself to a koala, echidna or grey kangaroo, among 26 rare plant species. Nearby you'll find Australia Zoo, the passion project of the late Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin. Also in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, you'll find the historic towns of Maleny and Montville. Visit the outskirts of the town's for hillside scenery. Visit vineyards, sample local produce, and discover local crafts and art.


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    Gold Coast


    The Gold Coast is a diverse city offering both a party scene and the relaxed lifestyle of coastal living. For all the biggest clubs and busy bars head to Surfers Paradise, where the beach is often merely a backdrop to the bustling streets. Main Beach and Broadbeach offer casual beach-side vibes and sophisticated dining precincts. For great surf breaks head further south to Burleigh Heads. Gold Coast beaches can get quite crowded. Lesser-known but smaller beaches such as Nobby Beach (in Miami) provide a bit of an escape.


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    The Gold Coast is also home to four major theme parks – Dreamworld & White Water World, Seaworld, Warner Bros Movie World and Wet 'n' Wild Water Park.


    Gold Coast Hinterland


    There's plenty of things to do in the Gold Coast Hinterland. Explore lush rainforests, swim in swimming holes, visit wineries and sample produce at local factories. Explore the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk through Lamington National Park. Or make a day trip to the quiet community of Tamborine Mountain for both nature and adventure.


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    Words by Jennifer Anderson