To be honest , Australia was never really on my ‘bucket list’ of places to visit. It’s always seemed like a country that would never float my boat. But in April 2018 I flew out to Brisbane to visit a good friend of mine, who was doing her gap year in the city.
My father and brother had visited Australia in the previous year for The Ashes tour, and they raved about it, they visited Brisbane and Adelaide, and loved every single second. Hearing all their adventures, stories, and discoveries made me excited to visit and give it a try. I love going to new places, meeting new people and discovering new cultures so even if I didn’t like it, I knew I would still discover new things.
So here’s what happened on my trip to the land Down Under, the places I visited, the coffee I drank, and the adventures we had.
Read on for a my highlights of Brisbane…
So after our long flight from Manchester Airport, we arrived in Brisbane at 6am, ready to grab a shower, have a cuppa, and chill out for the day. We were collected by friends at the airport, and journeyed on our 40 minute drive to the place we’d be calling home for the next few days. And to be honest, in the first few days, we didn’t really do a lot.
Our first evening in Brisbane saw us drive up Mount Coot-Tha, where we were able to grab a much needed cup of tea (how British…), and sat and watched the sunset over this vast city. One of my favourite things is seeing a city lit up at night, there’s just something magical about it. Just look at this view…
Daisy Hill Koala Centre was built by Queensland Government and opened in 1995. The Centre is a unique place to learn about koalas, their natural habitats, diets, and their conservation. And the best part is that its free! I would highly recommend visiting the Centre if you have time during your visit, especially if you’re visiting from abroad, it’s one of the best chances you’ll get to see these magnificent creatures.
If you have a spare afternoon or just want to get back to nature, Brisbane Botanical Gardens has 100% got to be on your to do list.
We spent a good few hours exploring and we even took a mini picnic with us to really make the most of the sunny weather. The different flora and fauna are beautiful…as well as the wildlife you’ll discover. Its so awesome to be able to get back into nature even when you’re in the heart of a bustling city.
Our final few days were spent just out of the city, at Caloundra. We stayed in an apartment just a stones throw from the beach, ensuring we had incredible views every morning. We spent days at the beach, and they had a Street Market taking place whilst we were there. I’m not sure how often these take place, but if you happen to be in the area when it’s on, definitely have a mooch around. From street food, to live music and bargain shopping stalls, it’s an incredible atmosphere with a whole lot of sunshine to boot!
Coffee By The Mile
One of my favourite coffee stops in Brisbane was Dough Vinci, which we discovered en route to the Botanical Gardens. Definitely check it out if you’re after a delicious caffeine hit!
So if you’re unsure of Australia like I was, or desperate to hop on a plane to discover that vibrant Aussie lifestyle, Brisbane is 100% a city worth visiting. With its delicious food, friendly locals, sunny weather and a limitless supply of coffee shops, you won’t be disappointed.