48 Hours in Bris­bane

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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.

Bak­ery Lane.

Bris­bane Greeters. Photo: Bris­bane Mar­ket­ing.

Bak­ery Lane. Photo: Roshan Sukhla.

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