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48 Hours in Brisbane City

Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and it brings along the sight, sound and aroma of a lively Australian city. Despite having a relatively small population of just over 2 million, Brisbane certainly has a distinctive charm of its own. The weather there is almost always fabulous, accompanied by a growing cultural scene. From galleries to museums, exhibitions spaces to theatres, Brisbane has a burgeoning art scene to offer. You will also have an unforgettable experience at the markets it offers. In the list below, you will find the best ways to spend 48 hours in Brisbane that will make you fall in love with this city uncontrollably!

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You can also catch the CityHopper along the river. All aboard the tiny red vessel! You may have seen the little red CityHopper boats dashing from one side of the river to the other. They travel between Sydney Street terminal in New Farm Park and North Quay in the CBD transporting people between for free.

South Bank Parklands

Brisbane’s inner-city oasis. Take a dip at Streets Beach, Australia’s only man-made inner-city beach. Browse its weekend markets (Fri-Sun). Spend an afternoon at Gallery of Modern Art taking in the latest exhibits.

Fortitude Valley

Brisbane’s entertainment capital with live gigs & laneway bars. Check out the boutiques and Street Art at Winn Lane and Food trucks at Eat Street Northshore Markets (every Friday & Saturday, 4 – 10pm; and Sundays during the winter months).

For the Shopaholic

Fashionable James Street is the lifestyle precinct offering a selection of well-known Australian & international designer boutiques, homewares, cafes and open-air bars.

Queen Street Mall: A heady mix of international boutiques, flagship stores and Australian labels, Queen Street Mall is located at the heart of the city. This shopping precinct is packed with more than 700 retailers.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Rated one of the top 10 zoos in the world, this is the largest koala sanctuary down under.  You can hop on Mirimar Cruises, which will take you along the river directly from the CBD to Lone Pine, showcasing Brisbane’s riverside suburbs along the way.


Story Bridge Climb

Get a spectacular bird’s eye view of the city and its bay and surrounds from Story Bridge’s 80m summit!

Tangalooma Island Resort

Handfeed Wild Dolphins: Just 75 minutes by ferry from Brisbane is Moreton Island, home to a friendly pod of dolphins which swim to shore each evening to be hand fed by resort guests staying at Tangalooma Island Resort. Other popular activities include sand tobogganing, quad bike rides, diving, fishing and more!

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