48 Hours in Brisbane
FORGET EVERYTHING YOU
thought you knew about dull old Brisbane because it doesn’t exist anymore. Yes, Brisbane is still a friendly place with a warm, subtropical climate and plenty of venues that take full advantage of that, but the city is all grown up now with some pretty bright and shiny things to experience. Here’s what you could do with 48 hours to spare.
3PM: You’ve arrived, and you are ready to dump those bags and run out to have some fun. Explore the city and discover the shopping mecca of James Street.
Whether your weekend itch will be scratched by beautiful homewares, designer fashion, Scrumptious Reads or the latest movie, James Street will have the answer. Finish your afternoon with a relaxing session at the Thai Foot Spa.
EVENING: Take a short stroll up Ann Street for dinner and find The Apo located in a heritage-listed pharmaceutical dispensary that dates from 1862. There’s a restaurant downstairs and a sneaky bar upstairs just perfect for that pre-dinner drink. The Apo sits on the corner of Bakery Lane, a cute little enclave where you’ll find quirky menswear, instant garden delight, and heart-shaped brownies that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without.
UP LATE: Still ready to roll after dinner? Head back towards James Street but stop at Eleven Rooftop Bar on the way. This sophisticated bar on the eleventh floor of 757 Ann Street offers sweeping views of the Valley’s nightlife.
MORNING: Bless yourself with breakfast at Reverends Coffee in Brunswick Street where the coffee is smooth and velvety and the breakfast filling. Tea is also treated with reverence here, and you’ll find a fine selection served with a different touch.
Fortitude Valley has a long Brisbane history from the earliest days of settlement around 1850, through its role as the premier shopping district, to its notorious part in Brisbane’s gangland past. Take yourself on a Brisbane City Council Heritage trail of the area or book a Brisbane Greeter tour for a local’s perspective.
MIDDAY: After walking through the streets, you’ll want to relax for a while over lunch, and River Quay at South Bank offers the perfect place. Relax on River Quay Green on the Brisbane River’s banks or dine at the restaurant strip which lines the boardwalk.
Brisbane Greeters. Photo: Brisbane Marketing.
Bakery Lane. Photo: Roshan Sukhla.