Is Brisbane for you? If you like a warm climate, laid back lifestyle, arts and culture, beaches by the city, excellent coffee, quirky cafes and bars and tropical parklands; then the answer is yes! You can always use it as a tropical escape—why not take a weekend city break?
This week we’ll tell you about some Brisbane hot spots to hit up; and check back next week to find out about more family-friendly fun.
South Bank Parklands
South Bank is located less than two kilometres from your new home! Whether you decide to stroll the 25 minute walk from Milton or jump on the City Cat; make a day out of it and check out these must-do’s.
With over 17 hectares of parkland to explore, make sure you talk a walk through the Rainforest—nestled in the heart of the Parklands you’ll discover a tranquil retreat as you wander through the tropical trees along the wooden boardwalk. Right next door you’ll find the Nepalese Pagoda—originally brought to Brisbane for Expo 88 (which was hosted on the lands where South Bank was later developed), the three-story high pagoda took over 160 Nepalese families to build and is one of only three peace pagodas in the world to be located outside of Nepal.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ll need to decide which style of food you’re feeling peckish for. If you’re looking for inspiration, visit Eat South Bank and discover world culinary delights at your fingertips. Whether you’re hungry for a modern Australian, American, Indian, Spanish, Chinese, Turkish, Mediterranean, Malaysian, Italian, Japanese, or a host of other international foods; you are sure to find what you’re looking for throughout South Bank and its precinct. Why not stroll along the Little Grey and Stanley Streets to get your mouth watering and sample the menus before deciding on your favourite.
River City Cruising
There is no better way to get to know Brisbane than cruising her river. Jump on board the Brisbane River Sightseeing Tour for an entertaining and information cruise. As you wind down the river, this family-run adventure will take you on a journey of Brisbane’s rich history while you take in the sweeping views of her city.
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art
Located within the South Bank precinct, QAG and GOMA sit side-by-side along the banks of the river. Together, the galleries boast over 17,000 works of art from historical to modern and contemporary and host Australian and international exhibitions throughout the year.
The Art Gallery opened in 1982 and GOMA was a welcomed addition when it was built just over ten years ago.
Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Known as QPAC, this is Queensland’s premier venue for local, national and international live performances. Whether you’re looking for an intimate play, a musical showcase, world renowned ballet, or your favourite comedian or musician live; QPAC has more than 1,200 performances a year. For free entertainment, stop by the Melbourne Street Green on Friday nights for Green Jam Sessions—where local artists perform under the stars. Grab a table on the lawn or bring a blanket, find something to satisfy your hunger and quench your thirst at one of the dining options on offer, sit back, relax and soak up the atmosphere.
While you’re wandering around QPAC, be sure to stop by the Tony Gould Gallery. Located on the ground floor of the Cremorne Theatre, here you will find a changing program of exhibitions curated by QPAC Museum. Open Tuesday to Saturday, these exhibitions are free of charge!
If you’d like to learn more about QPAC, its performing arts, architecture and history; then be sure to take a behind the scenes tour. You’ll get to see behind the curtain, find out what it takes to produce a show, view the theatre from the artist’s perspective, hear stories about past performances and discover the rich history of the Queensland’s performing arts theatres which began in 1911.
This is just a small glimpse into the many and varied outing options you have when you live in Brisbane. And don’t forget to purchase your tickets today to secure your chance to win a home and make this lifestyle a reality!