Staying at Base Central.
Back in April, Stu and I visited Brisbane for a week. I never made it to Brisbane on my last visit to Australia so I was excited to see another Aussie city. It’s a lot smaller to Sydney and Melbourne and I guess that appeals to a lot of people and it also suited our timeframe as we were only there for a week. A week is more than enough time to get a feel for the city and the surrounding areas.
Like all major cities it has a CBD with the standard shopping malls but the best parts of Brisbane are the outskirts. You have the Southbank area which is a man made beach next to the river with bars, restaurants and a cinema situated nearby. This is a perfect place to spend a sunny day. Stu and I were here for ANZAC day so the beach was rammed with families.
A relaxing alternative to Southbank is the Botanic Gardens where there are a number of relaxing walks to do or just sit down and enjoy the scenery. If you’re feeling up to a more challenging walk you can climb the nearby Mount Cootha. The top of the ‘mountain’ gives a brilliant view of the Brisbane skyline.
My favourite trip we did by far whilst in Brisbane was our trip to Australia Zoo, made famous by Steve Irwin. It was the most incredible day and I loved every second. All the zoo keepers are fantastic and have such enthusiasm for their jobs and for continuing Steve’s legacy. You learn so much about the work he did to help wildlife. The best of the day is the midday show at the Crocoseum. You get to see birds of prey racing around the stadium, crocs jumping out the water and much more. Don’t miss it!
We both enjoyed Brisbane but we felt like we couldn’t stay any longer here, unlike Melbourne where I could easily live long term.