Brisbane is not really the first city that comes to mind every time you hear someone say ‘Australia’. What comes up are images of the outback and the Sydney Opera House, neither of which are Brisbane. While it is true that the city is not as well known, it sure has a lot of surprises when it comes to food and sightseeing. So if you only have a couple of days to spend in Brisbane and you have your own car or campervan hire, how do you spend 48 hours in this sunny city capital of Queensland?
The first thing you would want to do is have breakfast at Farmhouse Café, for a very French-inspired morning. The challenging part of your first day is making up your mind what to eat, but we will leave that up to you. After breakfast, you can shop for vintage souvenir items and some home ware or dropping by next door at Emile & Solange for their famous cheeses.
You can also shop for fresh vegetables and fruits at Powerhouse Farmers Markets, also home to gourmet food items and artisan food stalls. After you have spent a good part of the morning eating a hearty breakfast and nibbling on cheeses and snacks, head on to the city park for a rest. Another option is to take a ride along Brisbane River aboard the City Cat and get off Southbank, which happens to be the city’s cultural centre.
Spend your first afternoon in the city by visiting the Queensland Gallery Of Modern Art. The gallery is home to over 17,00 art works and you can just immerse yourself in the exhibitions and the spectacular design of the entire gallery. Afterwards, take a leisurely stroll along the Southbank’s esplanade and watch the sunset over Brisbane river and the downtown area.
After exploring the markets and the city’s culture hub, the best way to end your first day in Brisbane is with a night out. First, stop for pizzas at Julius Pizzeria and burn that off with a walk towards West End for bar hopping and live music.
After breakfast on day two, you can start your day with a shopping trip along La Trobe Terrace, home to quirky boutiques and antique stores. If, after all the shopping and strolling you start to feel a little hungry again, stop for gourmet burgers and craft beer at Fritzenburger.
In the afternoon you can go on a Brisbane Greeters tour that are run by locals so you know you are being shown around by people that know the city very well. This is a great way to learn about cool hang out spots for your next trip to Brisbane. And if all that land exploring is not enough, why not go way up? Check out the rooftop bar called Eleven which offers unrivaled commanding views of the city. What can be better than looking at breathtaking panoramic views of the city while having an afternoon cocktail?
Your final night in Brisbane needs to be special so this means dinner at the trendiest Thai restaurant in the city: Longtime. Located in Brisbane’s Chinatown, expect that there would be a line of customers at the front, but the food is well worth the wait. Lastly, spend the rest of your final night in Brisbane at the city’s most popular music venue, Triffid.
While Brisbane may not be as popular as Melbourne or Sydney, it does not disappoint first time or returning travellers when it comes to food, culture and nightlife. And there you have it, 48 hours in Queensland’s capital city. May be a quick trip, but one that will leave you with great memories.