With almost three weeks, Brisbane was our longest consecutive stay on this little world trip we’re doing. It was one of my favourite destinations on this trip and I can’t believe how quickly it’s gone! I thought I would compile a short but sweet blog post about where to stay, how to get around and what to do.
Where to stay | Especially for a longer visit, Airbnb is your best option. Ours was in Toowong, coincidentally the neighbourhood in which I used to live back in 2007, and it’s quite a lovely area. This Airbnb is about a 20-minute drive to/from the airport, it doesn’t take long to get into the city or up and down the coast, a few shops and amenities are nearby and it’s got a lovely little garden, too. However, be warned: The streets here (and generally in Brisbane) are no joke – it’s like climbing mountains!
If you’re new to Airbnb, you can use my link to sign up and get £25 travel credit! (In return, I’ll get £15 once you completed your trip but this won’t affect the pricing of your accommodation at all.)
Getting around | Get a go! card for public transport in and around Brisbane. Our Airbnb actually came with two of them (very handy), they’re like Oyster Cards and make getting around much cheaper. One way all the way up to Australia Zoo or all the way down to the Gold Coast, for example, is just over AUD 10.00 per person. For just over AUD 3.00 per person, you can take the bus or Citycat into the city. It’s easy to use and saves you some pennies, too. To plan your trip, use the Translink’s journey planner here.
What to do | There are plenty of things to do in and around Brisbane, but these are the top three activities I’d recommend:
1. Visit Australia Zoo. If you’re coming from Brisbane by public transport, take a train up North to Beerwah Station where a free shuttle is waiting for you. Admission to the zoo is AUD 59.00 per adult, the prices for animal encounters vary (check out prices and options here). The grounds are quite big, so you’ll need at least half a day to see it all. The zoo honours Steve Irwin everywhere, you can really feel his presence without it being too ‘exploiting’. The koala encounter was a highlight for me but even without that, the zoo is well worth a visit. Oh, and they have a great food court with delicious food and reasonable prices.
Bonus tip: The last shuttle back to Beerwah station leaves at 3:20pm, which is a bit early considering the zoo doesn’t close until 5pm. There’s a public bus leaving the zoo at 4:30pm, which takes you to Caboolture station. Trains will take you back into Brisbane from there!
2. A trip to the Gold Coast. Whether it’s for a beach day or a surfing course, visiting the Gold Coast should definitely be on your list of things to do. I recommend going on the weekend, as there’s not much going on during the week, and definitely head there early enough to spend an entire day (or weekend, if you can). Trains leave from Roma Street Station every half an hour or so; we changed at Helensvale and took the tram to Surfers Paradise. Takes a while but it’s worth it!
3. A ride with the Citycat. For no other reason than the sheer coolness of getting around by boat.
Other recommendations: See a rugby game at the Suncorp Stadium (Brisbane Broncos are the local rugby team!); go to South Bank; have a stroll through the city centre; try Vegemite on toast (and tell me how you found it); overdo it on TimTams (and make sure you try the different flavours while you’re at it)
Have you been to Brisbane or are you going some time soon? Let me know! We’re on to the next adventure now – as always, you can keep updated on my Instagram if you like.
’til next time x