I, like many of you, suffer from a beautiful condition called wanderlust.
Having said that, I am fortunate to have won a geographical lottery. I can savor glorious locally made produce, enjoy french champagne while watching a beautiful sunset on a mountain, and scale riverside cliffs without going more than half an hour from my home.
That, is the beauty of Brisbane.
For those of you who feel you have to head south to Sydney or Melbournetown to get the best of the land down under, I say you underestimate what Queensland’s capital has to offer.
So regardless of whether you’re a local, or stopping by from interstate or overseas, here is a quick run-down of the best this city has to offer.
In a 24 hours.
WARNING: This itinerary contains early mornings and exercise.
For full availability this list is best completed on a Saturday.
First up, sunrise run/dog walk/romantic stroll along the Southbank Parklands.
If you want to hit the beach, look no further than the one at Southbank. That’s right. In Australia we have beaches in our CBD.
Once the sun is up jump in the car/bus/train/cab and head on over to the Rocklea Markets.
With local produce and trinkets as far as the eye can see, the Saturday markets are a must for anyone visiting Brisbane. Grab yourself some breakfast and a freshly pressed juice and enjoy the local bands that put on a show every weekend. Not to mention the abundance of taste testers mean you really can try everything.
Once you have adequately digested, it’s time for the adventure to begin.
Whether you’re a first timer or a seasoned pro at scaling cliff faces, Kangaroo Point Cliffs are a must-do on anyone’s bucket list.
By now it’s definitely lunch-time, and if you’re anything like me you need regular feeding. Our next stop is just across the bridge at the James St Markets.
James St is an eclectic mix of stunning local produce, fancy imported delicacies, and to top it all off they have sweet sweet gelato.
If you’re feeling in need of retail therapy there are some incredible boutiques just around the corner from the food.
By now the afternoon will surely be getting away from you, so it’s time to head to Mt Cootha. And yes, here in Brisbane we have breathtaking mountain views 15 minutes away from the CBD. Jealous yet?
Watching the sun set over our beautiful city will leave you speechless, and is best done with a glass of bubbles in hand at the Summit Restaurant and Bar.
If you’re in Brisbane for longer than 24 hours then I would strongly recommend hanging around for dinner, but since we’re doing it all in a day it’s time to move.
There’s only one thing more romantic than enjoying dinner under Brisbane’s own Eiffel Tower….
Enjoying a rustic Mediterranean meal slightly to the left of the Eiffel Tower.
If you have only one night to dine in Brisbane, it needs to be done at Alegria on Park Road.
I eat a lot. And I am convinced that the best food in Brisbane comes from head chef Lorenzo Nobilio’s kitchen. The man is a culinary genius and Alegria is absolutely beautiful.
Of course if you ever return to the Eiffel Tower (which you must), do stop in next door at La Dolce Vita Caffe.
Once you return from your food coma it’s time to hit the town. Fortitude Valley has something for everyone, but if you’re like me and enjoy a well made drink and good company, look no further than Laruche.
Walk through the door and you’ll feel like you’ve fallen down Alice’s rabbit hole. Most of the decor (including the giant chandelier) was hand crafted by one of the three talented owners, and if you’re up for a challenge try and spot the inverted peacock feathers on the main wall.
Head to the bar and be blown away again, the Laruche Bartenders know their stuff and have an impressive back-bar to create from.
Our 24 hour Brisbane adventure is in its last few hours, and if you’re looking for a decent meal at 3am we’ve got you covered.
Pancake Manor on Charlotte st is open 24 hours a day, and if you are looking for real food at the witching hour you can’t go past the chicken crepes… or the steak. Of course if you need a sweet treat, the pancake menu is also very impressive.
The sun is on it’s way up, and so our journey comes to an end. Of course if you’re feeling large after your full day of indulgence, just head back across the river for another sunrise run at Southbank.
The moral of the story is, there’s something delicious happening all the time in your very own back yard
If you live in Brisbane.
**I do not own any of these images…they were all sourced fair and square from Google images 🙂