This really depends on what interess you & when you’ll be here?
GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art) and the Qld Art Gallery complex is nice to stroll around.
Southbank has some great ‘free’ events both during the day & evening that include live music & cultural events.
If you’re an early riser, Saturday morning at the West End Markets is fabulous, then go for a wander around the West End – very alternative scene, lots of great sights to see there!
A trip up to Mt Coot-tha is well worth it too – bushwalking & a nice place to relax & see great views all over Brisbane
If you like the beach, you could do a day trip to the Gold Coast quite easily OR take the train to Cleveland or Manly by the bay.
There are bicycles all over the City & Inner City suburbs you can rent (cheap) to get around. There’s loads of bike tracks all along the river which will take you far.
The other great way to see the Brisbane is to just jump on a CITYCAT (ferry) & ride it the entire journey. It goes past the Qld Uni, the Botanical Gardens, Southbank, Kangaroo Pt Cliffs, New Farm, right down to the reach of the river & back. It’s a bargain day out, especially if it’s beautiful & sunny.
The Valley is a hub of entertainment in itself – people watching, alternative markets, bars, clubs – nightlife!
Paddington has a nice old Antique Centre and loads of cafes & bars.
Hope all this helps in some way? Have a great stay :-)
i am going to be there on a ship and only allowed to venture 3 miles from port, so i guess i am mostly looking for the bars and markets that may be close to the port.
if you have any more detail on that, please let me know
thanks again for your help!
I spent some time here. You will probably be docking at Portside Wharf, which is quite a nice spot.
- Cinema There’s a Dendy Cinema there, which shows a mix of mainstream and independent film. I found it a really comfortable pretty quiet cinema. http://www.dendy.com.au/locations_portside.asp
- Go Casual for Seafood There’s a pretty delicious seafood place (look for a casual place in the little shopping area, it’s fresh and yummy ) and ice cream.
- Japanese There is also Sono Japanese Restaurant – usually quite pricey – but you can find a lunch offer here: http://www.portsidewharf.com.au/#dining (well at the moment anyway) It’s meant to be a good restaurant.
So within a 3 mile radius, you have:
- Markets – if you’re there at that time. http://www.boutiquemarkets.com.au/aboutus.htm
- Breakfast Creek Hotel (great steaks, nice place to have a beer, great restaurant, a bit of an institution. Try the Beez Neez beer for something a bit Australian (it has honey in “and a hint of bitterness” – superb) http://www.breakfastcreekhotel.com | http://www.matildabay.com.au/our-beer/beez-neez
- Eagle Farm Races (again, a popular one with the locals – depends if you like horsey things) http://www.brc.com.au/
- You could also grab the City Cat ferry over to Bulimba. There’s a City Cat stop about a 10 minute walk from Portside (heading towards Breakfast Creek Hotel. It has another range of shops and restaurants, and the City Cat is a lovely ride. Bulimba is a pretty laid back mildly alternative place.
- The stop you’d need to leave from is Brett’s Wharf (you basically keep strolling mostly along the water from Portside Wharf with a little roadside at the end) Here are the Ferry Timetables: http://jp.translink.com.au/travel-information/journey-planner/ferry-planner. Put in from Bretts Wharf to Bulimba.
- It’s a 6 minute ride. Bulimba’s main street – Oxford Street has lots of restaurants, cafes and bars. It’s not very long, but there’s lots packed in. There’s also a movie cinema (cheaper tickets, smaller screens than the dendy but a kind of old school vibe). It’s called Balmoral Cinema (http://www.cineplex.com.au/sessions-BM.php) I liked going there though because they have delicious american brownies at the movie cafe inside that you can take in with you. Oxford Street starts at the ferry stop. http://maps.google.com.au/maps?q=oxford+street+bulimba&hl=en&ll=-27.451218,153.057983&spn=0.007388,0.013797&client=ubuntu&channel=cs&z=16
- By the way I’d say don’t be tempted by Brett’s Wharf restaurant (a beautiful waterside restaurant). Service is great, food left a lot to be desired. If my experience is anything to go by you’d get much fresher seafood at the takeaway store at a sixth of the price. http://www.brettswharf.com.au – looks good eh?
- I also highly recommend the restaurant Baguette which is in Hamilton (about a 10 to 15 minute walk). Meals are probably around the $40 mark. I found the duck really good quality. http://www.baguette.com.au | map: http://maps.google.com.au/maps?q=baguette+hamilton+google+maps&hl=en&ll=-27.434784,153.069592&spn=0.012988,0.027595&client=ubuntu&channel=cs&z=15&iwloc=A
- Here’s the google map to Portside Wharf, you can see what’s in the area: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=portside+wharf,+brisbane+australia&hl=en&ll=-27.449029,153.073626&spn=0.025973,0.055189&sll=-27.439583,153.086071&sspn=0.025976,0.055189&z=14&iwloc=lyrftr:m,1081606475369000272,-27.441107,153.092766
Thanks Everyone!!! i’m of the grid on the 28th
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