Brisbane is Queensland’s capital city, and is the third most populous city in Australia. Filled with coffee shops, museums and beautiful botanical gardens, there is so much to explore and to see and do. But if you’re anything like me, I always want to know the places I just have to visit when I’m planning my next trip. And so here are my 3 favourite places in Brisbane, that anyone thinking of visiting definitely needs to visit!
Although the world might still be a little bit crazy at the moment, and travel might still be restricted, it can’t stop us planning our next big adventure right?
Mount Coot-tha Reserve
Just a 15 minute drive from Brisbane’s city centre, Mount Coot-tha Reserve is Brisbane’s largest natural area and forms a stunning backdrop for the city. With over 1500 hectares of natural rainforests, creeks and more than 370 wildlife species, it’s easy to spend a full day exploring here. There are a variety of walking tracks, mountain bike trails and a selection of horse trails too, so it really is suitable for all types of people. The summit of Mount Coot-tha itself stands 287 metres above sea-level, and offers spectacular views of Brisbane. I visited after sunset, and the views were just insane – the evening we spent up at Mount Coot-tha was one of my favourite experiences during my whole two weeks in Australia.
I’d highly recommend driving up to the summit in time for sunset (there is limited parking available), treat yourself to a coffee and just relax and enjoy the views of the bustling city’s nightlife.
Brisbane City Botanical Gardens
Staying on the nature theme, the Botanical Gardens in Brisbane are huge. Like seriously. Located on the riverside, there are some incredible attractions including Bamboo Grove (a collection of over 20 bamboo species), Ornamental Pods and the Riverstage (which hosts events throughout the year and always attracts thousands of visitors!). The Weeping Fig Avenue was my favourite section of the City Botanical Gardens – created to be a barrier between the boundary of the City Botanical Gardens and Queen’s Park, the trees were planted in the 1870s and are still just as impressive today.
No matter where I am in the world, I always try and visit at least one museum (I can’t be the only one surely). Queensland Museum has been documenting, preserving and sharing Queensland’s heritage for over 100 years. It’s home to over one million items, and is the perfect place to visit on a rainy day – or if you want to escape Australia’s hot summers. If museums are your thing, I’d strongly recommend you try and squeeze this into your trip! The museum has a Discovery Centre which is an interactive space (I’m pretty sure it’s designed for kids, but I still had a great time) which allows you to meet the museum’s experts on everything from cultural history to palaeontology and everything in between. You can ask questions, attend Meet the Curator sessions and see live snakes, insects and cockroaches.
If you ever find yourself in Brisbane, and need a caffeine hit then definitely head to Dough Vinci, their iced coffees were phenomenal! Honestly would go back to Brisbane just for that iced latte…
There is so much to do in Brisbane and further afield in Queensland. Australia is ginormous and you really could spend 2 years travelling round and still not see everything.
If you’re thinking of heading to Brisbane or somewhere in Australia, make sure you do your research to make the most of your time in the country – you don’t want to travel all that way just to miss out on something you’d have loved to see!
If you need more inspiration for visiting Brisbane, check out my post all about what I got up to in my two weeks here.
Have you been to Brisbane before? Let us know in the comments below, and where your favourite places were!