Brisbane is cosmopolitan living in paradise-like surrounds. Positioned along the Brisbane River with mountains to one side and sea to the other, the city has plenty to offer with great cultural attractions to explore as well as bustling dining and entertainment precincts. Brisbane is affordable and life runs at a more relaxed pace here. If you’re thinking about relocating to Brisbane, here are 5 cool things you’ll to get to visit whenever you want as a local!
Running right through the heart of the city, the Brisbane River is a popular spot for joggers, cyclists, walkers and families. There are numerous places to sit and enjoy the serenity along the riverside and there are daily cruises along the river to take in the city sights and the gorgeous weather in a leisurely fashion.
2. Fortitude Valley
Fortitude Valley is a suburb to the north east of Brisbane’s CBD famously known for its lively nightlife and social scene. Much of the area was built as a dedicated entertainment precinct – the first of its kind in Australia. Start with some shopping, then head to the Chinatown mall for an authentic Chinese meal. Follow that up with some cocktails in a local bar and then dance the night away to local and international DJs in Brisbane’s best club scene.
3. South Bank
Brisbane hosted the World Expo in 1988 and the South Bank parklands are the wonderful legacy that remains of that. This 17-hectare precinct combines lovely natural surroundings with leisure facilities and Brisbane’s landmark arts and cultural institutions. The centrepiece is Australia’s largest inner city lagoon and beach, which is filled with locals year round, as are the many cafes, bars and restaurants to service the more than 10 million visitors that pass through the precinct each year.
While at the South Bank precinct, do not miss the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA). The jewel in the cultural precinct’s crown at the northern end of South Bank, the gallery has over 17,000 pieces in its collection of modern and contemporary Indigenous, Australian, Asian, Pacific and International art.
5. The Wheel of Brisbane
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Expo in Brisbane, the city installed the almost 60 metre high Wheel of Brisbane – an observation ferris wheel with 42 air conditioned capsules that provides passengers with 360 degree views of the city in a 12 minute circuit. There are night rides too, giving you an alternative view of Brisbane with its twinkling city lights along the river.