Brisbane is a great place to visit. It’s the first big City we’ve been to in Australia and it certainly didn’t disappoint! There was so much to do and see, and so much culture around to dive into. We spent our time in Brisbane walking, biking, eating, sunbathing and sightseeing!
After our fantastic experience with Airbnb in Noosa, we decided to book one again for our stay in Brisbane. Again we managed to save money because the house came with free bikes, which helped us to save money on public transport and enabled us to visit places that we wouldn’t have been able to by foot. We are converts to Airbnb and recommend it to everyone we meet now; it’s a great way to get insider knowledge about a place and to meet the locals. We asked our host about the cheapest places to find food and even got some great tips about the surrounding area. Use this link www.airbnb.com.au/c/kathrynb98 to get $40 off your first stay through AirBnb. It’s so worth it!
There are a whole load of brilliant hostels in Brisbane to choose from, varying wildly in price! They cater for all types of people, from reserved quite types, to wild party goers! You just have to find the one that suits you, and make sure to shop around as some websites mark up the cost compared to the hostels own site. Here’s a few good hostels to choose from:
What to do in and around the place
There are a variety of things to do in Brisbane due to it being a city! We spent a lot of time at the South Bank basking in the sunshine near the lagoon. It’s such a unique experience to go for a swim in the middle of a busy city, and it was so lovely and refreshing after the bike ride to get there! There are all sorts of free activities as well as the lagoon. South Bank also offers free fitness classes each morning, from yoga to kick boxing!
We rode our bikes up to the top of Mount Coot Tha, which thinking back now was quite a mission! If you’re that way inclined, it’s a really great way to spend your day, although be warned Brisbane is a very hilly city! I think there are also busses that take you to the top if you’re less of a nutter than we are, and many of the hostels also offer trips. The view from the top is spectacular; you can see Brisbane’s skyline go on for miles. I think the pictures speak for themselves to be honest!
The botanic gardens are also worth visiting; they have loads of amazing varieties of flowers and trees. We always like to have a wander round the gardens; it’s cool to see how different they are in each place we visit.
Make sure you go out at night time, the city comes to life! Have a walk around South Bank taking in the big sky scrapers and see them lit up in all of their glory. There is a big wheel in the city centre too if you’re that way inclined, although we’re both terrified of heights so we gave it a pass! There’s also heaps of nightlife out there if you want to go drinking. Brisbane is well known for a great party!
Make the most of the free tour up the bell tower of the city hall. This is a hidden gem. The views from the top are really spectacular and it sure beats paying to see them! Thanks city hall for helping out us budget backpackers!
There is so much to do in Brisbane you could spend ages there (and lots of people do!), we chose to stay for about 5 days and felt like that was more than enough time to do everything that we wanted to do there. With it being a city you can find all sorts of amazing experiences and some really delicious food too!
So there you have it. Your full and complete guide to Brisbane and all the things you can get up to, so what are you waiting for… get booking!
Kay and Dom
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