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Brisbane Itinerary: 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 days in Brisbane Ideas!

Brisbane Itinerary: 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 days in Brisbane Ideas!

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Whether you are spending 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 days in Brisbane CBD our itineraries will help you make the most of your time in Brissy.

Brisbane Itinerary: What to do in 1-5 Days in Brisbane

1 Day in Itinerary – Southbank

If you only are planning to spend one day in Brisbane, then you need to spend your day in Southbank! It is probably the most iconic place in Brisbane and a must do.

We would also highly recommend staying in Southbank as it is in walking distance to, well, Southbank, but also the Brisbane city!

Here’s what you should do in your first day in Brisbane in Southbank:

Streets Beach in South Bank – It’s pretty cool that Brisbane city has it’s own private beach. There are 2 main pools to relax in at the “beach” in Southbank. There are also lots of change rooms where you can get changed into your “togs” as Aussies say. Behind the beach are two very popular beer bars which are very worthwhile going to. One of which you can snag a whole jug of beer for $14. The bank is a popular place for teenagers to meet or for families and couples alike to watch events on the big screens erected around the park.

Gallery of Modern Art – Add a spot of culture to your itinerary with a trip to the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). Before you go inside you might like to have a cup of coffee or a lunch or breakfast at the cafe at the bottom – it has gorgeous views of Brisbane’s brown river.

Nepalese Pagoda South Bank – If you’re looking for a unique piece of non-aussie centric history, the Nepalese Pagoda is perfect. This contribution to the World Expo 88 from Nepal is an amazing piece of architecture, history and beauty. Get up close to see and appreciate the magnitude of the size and detail.

Ride the Wheel of Brisbane – Nothing says romantic like the Wheel of Brisbane. Get a 360 view of the city, with a short stop at the very top so you can take it all in. Whether you choose to go during the day, watch the sunset from the Wheel, or see the glow from the city lights, you and your date are sure to enjoy the ride.

South Bank Markets – Perfect for an evening out, the South Bank Collective Markets are a pretty cool place to go in Southbank, enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. To visit these markets your stay in Brisbane will need to fall on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday night however.

See a show at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) – If you stay in Brisbane does not fall on a weekend, you alternatively might .like to see a show at QPAC – Brisbane’s best performances are hosted here!

South Bank Cinemas – If you need a relaxing night, a movie at the South Bank Cinemas might be the perfect plan. Home of the largest cinema screen in downtown Brisbane, Cineplex is a great place to catch a movie.

Brisbane’s Best Restaurants for Dinner:

OTTO Ristorante

The highlight of Southbank dining is undoubtedly Otto. It is literally busy every night of the week. It is considered one of the best restaurants in Brisbane with an award-winning menu and world class service.  Featuring a menu using locally sourced ingredients and combining them with classic Italian recipes to create stunning and delicious meals.

After your meal at Otto you might like to pretend your a local and take a walk over the goodwill bridge, ending at QUT (one of Brisbane’s best university’s). At the other end of the Goodwill bridge on the QUT side there is a tree covered in fairy lights which is the perfect backdrop for night time photography.

Cowch Dessert Cocktail Bar, South Bank

If you are looking for the perfect place to end your evening, the Cowch is the place you are hoping to find.  With the absolute best dessert and after cocktail menu in Brisbane you will be amazed by the unique and inventive flavors put into classic desserts.  Perfect for the end to any occasion.

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2 Days in Brisbane

For day 2 in Brisbane we are going to stay within the city limits but explore more of what Brisbane CBD + the outskirts has to offer:

Shop In Queen St Mall – Many cities like say Melbourne and Sydney have many iconic streets in their city, whereas Brisbane has 1 main street for shopping Queen St Mall. If you love to shop, check out the shops on the mall. There are also lots of places to stop for a drink in the middle of the mall when you get a little thirsty.

Visit the Casino – On the edge of Queen St Mall, is Brisbane’s iconic casino. You surely can’t visit “Bris-vegas” without spending some time at the Casino!

Story Bridge Adventure Climb – One of the most iconic things to do in Brisbane is to complete a story bridge climb. You can do this both during the day and also at night. Many people like to do this climb at night as the city lights from the climb are absolutely magic. Make sure you get a photo of your group at the top – it is a super iconic Brisbane insta moment.

SparkLab – Live like a kid again at the reimagined science centre, now called SparkLab. With tons of hands on activities, you can work together and learn together. There is also a science bar where experiments take place daily at 11am 1pm and 3pm. The science centre is located in Southbank so you could always squeeze this into Day 1 if you have time. If you are looking for activities with kids in Brisbane, this is a good choice!

Sunset paddle along the Brisbane River – Exploring the Brisbane river by kayak is another popular activity in Brisbane to do. Watch a beautiful Brisbane sunset from the river and continue paddling as the city lights leave a reflection on the river and creates the perfect twilight glow. If you don’t have a kayak (which I assume you don’t), you can rent one and do the twilight kayak tour at RiverLife Brisbane.

Go for a bike ride along the Brisbane River – Don’t want to kayak? Grab a bike from the city bike racks and get your heart pumping with a bike ride along the Brisbane River. With several paths to choose from, you can find something that is up everyones ally. An alternative to this is exploring Brisbane by electric Lime scooter which is always a good choice!

The Westin Brisbane Swim up Bar – Need to cool off? Make a “table” reservation at the Nautilus Pool Bar at The Westin. The swim up bar offers a full bar and food service so you can stay in the water while sipping on something sweet. As if relaxing in the pool with city views isn’t enough, you can always plan ahead and get a room to keep the party going after your poolside dinner.

Haunted Brisbane Tour – The haunted Brisbane Tour is definitely one of the most popular things to do at night in brisbane. This 1.5 hour walking tour through Ghost Tours Australia, is sure to add some excitement to your night. Hear stories from Brisbane’s past, while taking in the breathtaking views of the city.

Dinner in Brisbane City Day 2:

Seen as you are exploring more of Brisbane city, let’s find something for dinner in the Brisbane CBD.

Donna Chang

Located in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD, Donna Chang perfectly combines expertly prepared Chinese cuisine with classic old-world elegance to create an amazing atmosphere of easy romance.  Huge chandeliers hang from the decorated vaulted ceilings and marble staircases with private dining area on the 2nd floor it is hard not to fall for the romantic pull.

Lutece Bistro

Not feeling chinese? Why not pop Lutece Bistro into your itinerary? Featuring one of the best views of the city of Brisbane due to the open and airy dining room with floor to ceiling windows, you’ll feel pleased with your choice before you eat a morsel. Starting with the first-class service, world class beverage menu, and spectacular menu options Lutece Bistro will not disappoint.

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3 Days in Brisbane

For day 3 in Brisbane we are going to go further, outside of Brisbane CBD into some of Brisbane’s best suburbs.

Merthyr Bowls Club barefoot bowls – This is a place where locals absolutely love to go in Brisbane for the cheap drinks and amazing river views. It is located in New Farm in Brisbane. No membership necessary and 2-hour bowls sessions are only $10. New Farm is a pretty cool suburb in its own right in Brisbane so you might like to check out some more of it while you are there including New Farm park.

Picnic by the Brisbane river – Speaking about New Farm, it is also one of the best places to enjoy a picnic by the Brisbane river. Another good place is the Kangaroo Point Cliffs. The Kangaroo Point Cliffs are also a great place to take a nice walk or enjoy some rock climbing. Be careful and don’t lean too far off the edge of the cliffs as people have died here!

Lone Pine Sanctuary – If you want to cuddle a koala, this is where you do it! Take a slow and relaxing walk around the sanctuary engaging with the animals and exhibits. Stop for a bite to eat at the café then hand feed a kangaroo, and meet a koala.

Brisbane Distillery – Book a reservation at the Brisbane Distillery and enjoy tasting their gin, rhum, and vodka, and try out their special cocktails. If you’re wanting to gain a little more knowledge, book a reservation for their Gin school so you can make and bottle your very own gin.

Broncos game at Suncorp Stadium – There’s nothing quite like a good rugby game. Cheer on the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium at night if you stay falls within their season. There is nothing that quite says Brisbane like a Broncos game!

Dinner in Brisbane Day 3:

Julius Pizzeria

This restaurant is actually located in Southbank so you could also do this for day 1 or day 2 in Brisbane.The warehouse design of the restaurant is softened by the large archways bring Italy’s rustic charm straight to the Southbank.  There is no lack of choices of amazing cuisine from wood fired pizza to the most amazing antipasto around.

Many people in Brisbane think this actually has the best pizza in Brissy – you be the judge!

4 Days in Brisbane

So you’re still here and that’s great because it means you get to experience even more of what the amazing city of Brisbane has to offer!

Here is what we would recommend for a Brisbane itinerary for 4 days in Brisbane.

Watch the sunrise at Mount Coot-tha – Mt Cootha is seriously one of the most picturesque spots in Brisbane. Because it is so beautiful it is one of the most popular date ideas in Brisbane. If you are an active group, you might like to enjoy one of the many bush walks in the Mt Cootha area after watching the sunrise. If you are not an early riser, Mount Cootha is equally good for sunsets for those who prefer to make it an afternoon addition to the itinerary.

Have a picnic at the Botanic Gardens – The Brisbane Botanic Gardens is the perfect place for a picnic! Visit the 56-hectare Gardens at Mt Coot-tha, or the 17-hectare City Botanic Gardens, or the 15-hectare Sherwood Arboretum.

Ride the CityCat – If you haven’t done this on day 1, 2 or 3 yet you definitely need to do a city cat ride on day 4. It costs about $5 a ticket which is pretty steep but if try to jump on a little red ferry if you see one come as those are totally free. Defs one of the best free things to do in Brisbane. You could do this also on day 3 as the ferry stops at New Farm. It also stops at Balmoral which is another cool area to explore in Brisbane.

Netherworld Old School Arcarde – One of the newer additions to Brisbane which has become very popular. In fact, if you arrive on a weekend you’ll probably face a line to get in. Netherworld Old School Arcade features an arcade with old school games, pinball machines, old school game consoles such as the Nintendo 64 and the original playstation, as well as a huge variety of board games. They also have a bar with house made alcoholic sodas and a diner to feed your appetite.

XXXX Brewery Tour – If you’re up for an educational walk AND you like beer, visit the XXXX Brewery for a tour. The tour takes about 90 minutes and includes beer tasting, wahoo. XXXX is the most iconic beer to Brisbane – it’s part of our culture – so it’s a worthwhile experience.

Dinner in Brisbane Day 4:

Alchemy

As the name suggests, expect a degree of magic when dining at the award-winning Alchemy.  Head Chef Brad Jolly offers both a la carte or degustation menus to enjoy with the most extravagant and amazing view of the Story Bridge.

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5 Days in Brisbane: Day Trip Time!

One of the things I personally like most about Brisbane is that it is so close to so many cool places. For day 5, I would suggest making a day trip from Brisbane as part of your itinerary.

Here are my top choices:

Take a day trip to Noosa – Located about 2-3 hrs from Brisbane, it the very popular beachside town of Noosa. This is probably the most popular beach for tourists near Brisbane, other than the Gold Coast. Visit the zoo, plan to swim with humpback whales, go on a cruise, hang out on the beach, or explore the Noosa National Park.

Take a day trip to the GC – Alternatively, you could go the other way from Brisbane to the Gold Coast, only 1.5 hours away. One of the most popular and hipster spots on the GC is Burleigh. If you do end up at the GC you might like to make a stop at the Yatala Drive-in movies on your way back to Brisbane. The only drive-in cinema left near Brisbane, it is a pretty fun place to go and loved by all Brissy and GC locals. Get a meat pie with the lot at the Australia-famous Yatala pies before you hit the road.

Day trip to Moreton Island – Spend a day at Moreton Island. Be as adventurous or relaxed as you want. Relax and watch the waves crash on the beach as you enjoy a meal at one of the many eateries. Feed the wild dolphins, snorkel or dive the ship wrecks right off the island, or learn about the local wildlife at the Moreton Bay Marine Park, then end the adventurous or relaxing day watching the sunset on the sandy beach.

Day trip to Bribie Island – Visit Bribie Island and spend the day on the beach or exploring the Bribie Island Recreation Area. You can also visit the Seaside Museum, the Butterfly House, and stop at some of the shops and restaurants. Trips to Stradbroke Island and the Sunshine Coast are also popular additions to your Brisvegas itinerary.

Dinner in Brisbane Day 5:

For dinner on Day 5, you could eat at your location which is probably better or come back to Brisbane. If you are in the GC, you might want to check out our guide to the most romantic restaurants in the GC which details our favs.

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