48 Hours in Brisbane
And here you find yourself … visiting our spectacular Bris-Vegas for a mere 48 hours! How to get the best out of this city in just two days? Well read on folks, here’s an itinerary that will leave you wanting more! We also have a fab ‘things to do in Brisbane’ one-day guide if you are here for only a quick stopover.
You’ll need fuel to begin your Brisbane adventure, and there is no better place to start than at the NEXT buffet breakfast at Lennon Restaurant.
10 – 2 pm
From West End you can walk off the big brekkie and stroll to South Bank to jump on a 5-minute ferry ride (free if you catch the city hopper services – look out for the ‘red’ ferries) to Riverside. Grab a coffee here and enjoy the view of the gorgeous Story Bridge and surrounding cityscape. Here you can hire a City Cycle and ride along the ‘new’ New Farm boardwalk to New Farm Park. Drop off your bicycle here and have lunch at the Brisbane Powerhouse – Watt Bar Restaurant.
2 – 4pm
It’s time for an adventure! Head to Story Bridge and climb to the top of this iconic Brisbane bridge.
4 – 6pm
Chill OUT. Head to the pool and lounge on the NEXT rooftop for some rays and relaxation.
You’re hungry again right? Time to get your frock on and head to Paddington’s newly established Darling & Co . A gorgeous, contemporary restaurant that has had rave reviews of late.
Depending on your mood (and how many divine cocktails you encountered at dinner) fancy giving your poker face a go? The Treasury Hotel and Casino is a stunning heritage building nestled in front of the Brisbane River.
9 – 10am
Begin day two with a grab and go brekkie from our cafe and head straight to Riverlife to hire a kayak. Kayaking along the Brisbane River is a great way to see the city and sights from a different perspective. It’s therapeutic, relaxing yet physical all at the same time!
10 – 12pm
Catch a free city hopper to Riverside and meander your way through the city’s Botanical Gardens self-guided walk. From here you can cross the pedestrian only Goodwill Bridge and grab a delicious coffee from Brendan who can give you an insight to lots of things to do on your NEXT trip to Brisbane! The views from his café on the bridge are stunning – so sit down and enjoy a Merlo.
12 – 2pm
On the other side of the Goodwill Bridge is the South Bank precinct which includes GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art), Queensland Museum, Science Museum and the State Library. Most of it is free and it’s set amongst beautiful parklands plus Australia’s only inner-city, man-made beach!
2 – 4pm
There is no holiday without a little shopping right?! Check out the simply gorgeous tree-lined James Street and all its boutiques and high end stores. After splurging you’ll be sure to be thirsty … enjoy an early drink and people watch at Cru Bar and Cellar.
4 – 6pm
Head back to NEXT for a rest and rejuvenation before kicking on to Eat Street Markets – a seriously cool container filled outdoor venue full of every different cuisine you could want. Think fairy lights, fake grass, cold beers and a foodie-in-heaven experience.
Of course to complete your 48 hours in Brisbane you’ll need to head to the Valley to kick up your heels – try Limes, Alfred on Constance and Sixes and Sevens … and you won’t be disappointed. At least you’ll have a fabulously soft pillow to lay your head on at the end of the night at NEXT (and not far to travel back to your room from the Valley either!!).