The largest city and the state capital of Queensland, Brisbane is one of Australia’s most popular cities, and a convenient stop-off point on a trip up or down the east coast. In contrast to bustling Melbourne and Sydney, Brisbane is low-key and relaxed, a perfect city for those wanting to take life at a slower pace, not least because of its surrounding beaches, some of which (like Surfers Paradise) are world famous. It’s no wonder that more people than ever are looking to relocate to Brisbane and that real estate Brisbane with Homesales.com.au is a thriving area of business.
If you’ve only got a weekend or a few days in Brisbane, here’s a list of the top five highlights not to miss:
- Take in the View
Brisbane visitors can get a panoramic view across the city and out across the surrounding terrain by making the two-and-a-half hour climb up Story Bridge – one of three bridges in the world that can be climbed. It’s AU$99 per adult and AU$85 for children, so if you’re looking for a city-based thrill on a good-weather day, this is the place to go.
- Head to the Beach
Although the city’s not far from the coast, Brisbane doesn’t have a natural beach. A day trip will see you in the surf on either the Gold or Sunshine Coasts, but if you want to stay in the city, the manmade South Bank Beach is where you’ll find the locals on a chilled weekend and parents with their kids during the summer holidays. This leafy area on the banks of the river is the ideal retreat from the city centre and it’s perfect for kids because it’s clean and safe. The beach is also free – another reason that it’s a great place to spend a lazy afternoon.
- Cuddle a Koala
For most of us, thinking about visiting Australia is synonymous with the image of cuddling a cute koala. However, being based in Brisbane means you’ll be right next to one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in the country and the first koala sanctuary; Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is home to 130 koalas, amongst other Aussie natives, and – as Queensland is the only state that allows visitors to hold koalas – this great sanctuary is the best place to get that souvenir photo.
- Pack a Picnic
For a chilled out afternoon after a busy morning of shopping, head to Brisbane’s Botanical Gardens for a picnic lunch in this beautiful and tranquil landscape. Right in the CBD, the gardens are set on the river banks and are big enough for everyone to find a spot to themselves.
- Get Cultured
If you’re in the market for something more highbrow that sunning yourself at the beach all day, Brisbane has plenty of museums and galleries, like the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). With modern pieces from the 1970s to the present day, the museum showcases art in variety of forms from video to photography.