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Top 5 Things to Do in Brisbane to Make Your Stay Absolutely Perfect

By Budget Motels on 04 October 2018

Set on the Brisbane River in the beautiful Sunshine State, Brisbane is a must-visit destination for local and international tourists alike. Blessed with subtropical weather year-round, this haven has a jam-packed events calendar, award-winning food and wine, and plenty to explore across the city and in the surrounding region. As long as you enjoy idyllic summer temperatures, you’ll love Brisbane – it has something for everyone. Whether you’re staying for a weekend, or really getting to know the city, these five activities cannot be missed. In no particular order:

  1. Southbank
    If you love free activities, live music, swimming, and simply meandering through beautiful parklands, then the iconic South Bank is a parcel of Brisbane you simply can’t miss. Built for Expo ’88, the parkland has everything from yoga to dance classes, riverside pools to Christmas markets. Perhaps the best way to end any weekend in Brisbane is with a Sunday Session on the green – head to a local restaurant or plonk yourself on the grass and watch the sunset with a drink in hand.
  1. Davies Park Market
    Set under a canopy of shady giant fig trees, the Davies Park Market comes to life every Saturday Morning. Offering a wide variety of fresh produce, healthy treats, bespoke gifts and hand-crafted homewares, it’s a great place to shop for souvenirs that aren’t tacky, or simply sit back and people watch with a smoothie in hand.
  1. Mt Coot-Tha Botanic Gardens
    Unlike Melbourne or Sydney, you can get panoramic views of the city without traveling out to the surrounding mountain ranges. Mt Coot-Tha, less than 20 minutes from the CBD, offers spectacular views, breathtaking hikes, and delicious food from the cafes and restaurants at the summit. Stunning by day and romantic by night, this is the ideal spot for fitness nuts, foodies and photographers alike.
  1. Gallery Hopping
    Brisbane is the host of one of the country’s most exciting and innovative art galleries, the Gallery of Modern Art. Packed with over 16,000 works upon its walls, the building is set on the Brisbane river and is a work of art itself. For more local pieces, visit the Universities – the Queensland University of Technology, the Queensland College of Art and the University of Queensland all host smaller but equally impressive collections.
  1. XXXX Brewery Tour
    Whether or not you’re a beer drinker at heart, you can’t miss this iconic Brisbane brewery. Known as one of Australia’s favourite beers, this tour will take you through the 135-year history of XXXX. Learn about brewing methods and how to pour the perfect pint, and finish off your tour with a beer tasting session with your guide.

Brisbane truly does have something for everyone, and no matter how long you’re planning on staying, you’re sure to want to extend your holiday. Whilst significantly less expensive than the southern states, you’ll still want to book affordable accommodation to ensure you get the most out of your trip. For a truly local experience, talk with your hoteliers for their top picks as well!