With so many incredible things to see and do, it’s clear why Brisbane is one of the most popular weekend getaway destinations. The vibrant, riverside city is packed with culture, arts, food and adventure and Brisbane residents pride themselves on their laid back lifestyle and welcoming atmosphere. Brisbane’s sunny, warm climate and beautiful landscapes make outdoor activities a must in Brisbane. Whether it’s picnicking at the Southbank parklands, kayaking along the Brisbane River or dining at one of the alfresco riverside restaurants, there is no shortage of things to do in Brisbane.
A weekend in Brisbane is a great way to get a taste of the city and find out why life is so good in the “The Sunshine State.” To help you get the most out of your weekend in Brisbane, we’ve put together a list of the best things to see and do. This list includes everything from popular tourist attractions to hidden gems and local secrets.
So, without further ado, here are the top things to do in Brisbane this weekend!
One of the most popular ways to get around Brisbane is by bike. Head to Riverlife Adventure Centre where they will set you up with a bike, helmet and even give you some safety tips for exploring the city. Riverlife’s friendly staff will be more than happy to help you tailor the perfect bike hire package and provide you with maps, bikes, locks – everything you need to have a great time. Jump on Brisbane’s cycleways (green-painted bike lanes) and follow them as they wind their way through Brisbane’s lush parks and along riverbanks until you find your next destination. Cycleways can take you all around the city to popular locations such as the Botanic Gardens, South Bank Parklands, West End and New Farm Park.
We recommend stopping in the Southbank Precinct to refuel on coffee, brunch or a light lunch. There are plenty of outdoor cafes, bars and restaurants overlooking the river so you can sit back and enjoy the views while you relax. Another great option is to grab some takeaway and find a spot in the parklands. The parklands lush grassy spaces, beautiful rock pools and big shady trees make a beautiful picnic spot.
If you aren’t a fan of cycling, Riverlife also has Urb-E’s (electric scooters) available for hire. These scooters are a great way to zip around the city with ease, style and zero emissions.
Today is all about getting a new perspective of the city and what better way to do that than with a twilight kayak tour? It’s the perfect way to see and experience Brisbane at night and explore the city’s magical waterways. Riverlife’s Twilight Kayak Tours are lead by an expert instructor who will guide you along Brisbane’s picturesque waterways pointing out Brisbane’s best features as you go. You’ll be able to see places that are usually hidden from view and help provide some insight into Brisbane’s history.
Round out your day in style with a delicious dinner at Joey’s. Located atop the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Joey’s is renowned for its wood-fired pizza’s, fancy cocktails and breathtaking city views.
Start your day with a hearty breakfast from Northshore Harbour Cafe. Just a short ferry ride from Brisbane CBD, this beautiful, riverside cafe is the perfect place to fuel up for a big day of adventure. Their all-day breakfast menu features fan-favourites such as Eggs Benedict, French Toast and Avocado Smash as well as some exciting, unique dishes like Shakshouka- Middle Eastern spiced capsicum and tomato stew and Mt Cotton Mushrooms!
Once you’re done with breakfast, it’s time to head back towards the city to embark on one of Brisbane’s most iconic attractions- the Story Bridge Adventure Climb. A Story Bridge Adventure Climb is the perfect Brisbane experience for thrill-seekers and families alike. Soaring over 360 metres in the air, this exhilarating experience offers climbers breathtaking Brisbane city and river views, jaw dropping photo opportunities and will leave them with a remarkable sense of achievement.
If an exhilarating bridge climb wasn’t enough action and adventure for you, you’re in luck- Riverlife Adventure Centre is just a short walk away. Riverlife’s heart-pumping activities and tours are guaranteed to get your blood flowing and adrenaline soaring. A devilish Rock Climbing Tour will see you scaling the iconic Kangaroo Point Cliffs or a heart-stopping Abseil Tour will have you plunging over the edge! Riverlife’s tours cater can be modified for all ages, skills and abilities and personalised just for you!
Alternatively, for a more relaxing Sunday afternoon, we recommend crossing the river to Brisbane’s newest waterfront precinct- the Howard Smith Wharves. Here you will find some of Brisbane’s best food, craft beer and wine. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon drink at one of the gorgeous waterfront bars or head to the open green spaces for live music and pop up events! Kids will love the impressive pirate ship playground and the endless line of dogs wandering past on their afternoon walk.
The best way to end your weekend in Brisbane is by heading to Polpetta for an early dinner. Inspired by the streets of Rome, Polpetta serves up a mouth-watering array of Italian flavours and authentic dishes. Their house-made Braised Beef Ragu is a must try and their Ricotta and Cinnamon Bombolinis are to die for!
With happy tummies, full camera rolls and great memories, you are all set to head home. We hope our weekend in Brisbane Itinerary has inspired you to make the most of your time in the city!