Don’t be fooled into thinking you need to pack up the car and sit in hours of traffic to feel like you’ve had a holiday.
This month, get to know your own backyard: Brisbane City. With luxurious hotel stays, award-winning restaurants perched along the river, and some of the best shopping strips around, you’re bound to fall in love all over again with the glorious city we proudly get to call our home.
Below are six ways to immerse yourself in the beauty of Brisbane.
Book a staycay
There’s no need to sit in highway traffic to feel like you’ve had a restful escape. Relax and unwind right in the heart of our very own city thanks to our iconic five-star luxury hotels like W Brisbane and The Hilton. From the moment you arrive at either establishment, you’ll feel a world away from the bustling city streets outside. Immerse yourself in the excitement and culture of W Brisbane’s WET DECK bar overlooking the Brisbane River, or unwind in classic hotel style at The Hilton – either way, you’re bound to extend your check out.
Reset with nature
Get lost amongst the beauty of Brisbane’s greenery. From our City Botanic Gardens to our stunning Riverwalk, taking five in the sunshine does a world of good for the soul. Unlike other concrete jungles, our city is blooming with beautiful green spaces just begging to be enjoyed. Grab some mates and up your step count while exploring the wonder of our city from a different perspective.
Pencil in some retail therapy
Is shopping your cardio? Then Brisbane City is your gym! Busting at the seams with all the best places to burn a hole in your wallet, you’ll shop ‘til you literally drop. From the high-end stores on Edward Street, to the diverse mix of our favourite Aussie brands and international labels found in the Queen Street Mall’s QueensPlaza, Wintergarden, and The Myer Centre, and the treasure trove of one-of-a-kind finds in the Brisbane Arcade, there’s no need to shop anywhere else!
Put your mental and physical capabilities to the test across a range of fun activities all found in Brisbane City. Get your blood pumping at Fox In A Box with their extensive range of escape rooms such as Zombie Lab and Zodiac Killer, or unleash your inner-history buff with Museum of Brisbane. Their city tours will have you in wonder as they reveal some of our city’s biggest secrets, while their exhibitions such as City in the Sun and The Storytellers: Next Chapter showcase our Sunshine State in reimagined ways through the eyes of some of our best local artists. Whichever way you get your kicks, is up to you.
Whether it’s coffee with a friend, a long lunch with your nearest and dearest or an intimate date night, the city has some of the best dining spots for your next meal out. Located along the river, Eagle Street Pier boasts an impressive list of some of the best drinking and dining spots in town. Take your pick of Mediterranean, Italian, modern Australian, Thai, or Japanese all boasting the best seat in the house thanks to the stunning river and Story Bridge views. Pull up a chair and enjoy a post-shopping spritz at Jimmy’s On The Mall, don your best heels for an unforgettable dining experience at Chinese restaurant Donna Chang, or sink your teeth into the best steak in Brisbane at Walter’s – whatever flavour you’re feeling, you’ll find it on your doorstep in the city.
Quench your thirst
Nothing beats a cold chardonnay at 5pm, and Brisbane City is home to some beautiful hole-in-the-wall and laneway bars – if you know where to look! With three city locations (Edward St, Wandoo St, and Eagle St), City Winery is bringing delicious drops to the people of the city. With wine blending workshops, tour and tasting lunch options, wine and food pairing experiences, cooking classes, and a cellar, make sure you stop, drop, and grape!
Ready to start planning your next stay-cay in our beautiful city? Head here for more inspiration on where to eat, shop and play.