Things to do in Brisbane

I would highly recommend staying at Ibis Styles Hotel on Elizabeth Street. We generally like the chain and have stayed in several locations around the world. They are usually ‘no frills’ but are always clean and have everything you need for your stay like a kettle, fridge, iron and ironing board. We arrived on Valentine’s Day and I would recommend reserving a riverview room. We were on a high floor on our first visit, (20th floor) and on our return visit we were on the 12th floor which still had very nice views. We occasionally prefer to stay in and ‘self cater’ and the hotel is literally above the Myer Centre which has a very good Coles supermarket so we were able to buy a lovely salad and with a BWS next door we could have the obligatory bottle of bubbles. Well it was Valentines Day! The next day we walked to the west end and sampled some falafel at Davies Park Market. We went back to King Ahiram, a Lebanese place we used to go to when we lived in Brisbane. You can have a set vegetarian platter for $10. They now also do BYO. We walked off lunch at the Botanic Gardens and a long leisurely walk along the Brisbane River rounded off the afternoon. After jumping on the free hopper ferry back to Queen Street where the main shopping and eating area was, we had a beer and a bite to eat in Milano, one of the al fresco restaurants dotted along the main thoroughfare. It felt very busy after Townsville which only really had two streets: Flinders Street and Palmer Street. Being so central, it was a short walk to Southbank, just across the river, where there is a large man made beach, with several pools, next to the big Ferris Wheel. It seems the new preferred mode of transportation in Brisbane is the electric scooter. You can rent these all over the city and they were very popular with both young and old. Another long walk to Fortitude Valley, an area known for it’s vibrant night life and cafe culture. Unfortunately we went there on a Sunday morning and it looked more like ‘the morning after the night before.’ We took a stroll along the Story Bridge where I nearly got thrown up in the air by a very speedy cyclist! The next day we went to the Museum of Brisbane where I found out Brisbane was named after a Scotsman from Largs! We went up in the old lift to the clock tower (free) where the city lay spread out before us. We discovered the lovely Cathedral and I couldn’t resist blessing myself with the holy water. We spent our last night at the Ibis Budget Airport hotel. This is like Ibis’s ‘poorer cousin’ but it did the job and was clean. We stopped off at Toombul shopping mall along the way as we knew the hotel had nothing nearby. There wasn’t much in the mall so we decided to go see a movie, and ended up seeing The Mule. Good choice. We found out you could order deliveries to the hotel so had a Dominos pizza. We had to get up at 03:30am the next morning for our early morning flight to Ayers Rock!

Vibrant and Colourful Brisbane
Big Wheel
Davies Park Market
Story Bridge
Fortitude Valley
Museum of Brisbane

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