LIVE LIKE A LOCAL: 48 HOURS IN BRISBANE

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Queensland’s capital deserves a spot on your travel radar.

Words EMMA RAMSAY
Images VISIT BRISBANE

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Brisbane is a friendly city loved for its chilled-out metropolitan heart and social locals. Follow this weekend itinerary that explores the top spots and things to do in Brisbane on any given week. We guarantee this is where the locals will be – see you there.

 

Friday
Afternoon: Check into an edgy hotel
When it comes to cool boutique hotels, Brisbane has great options. Last year the city welcomed the first five-star hotel in 20 years: the W Brisbane. It’s a gorgeous hotel that is designed around the river theme with rooms in eclectic décor, all facing the Brisbane River. In Spring Hill, The Johnson is a gorgeous Art Series Hotel celebrating the abstract works of Michael Johnson. Nearby on the city fringe, the New Inchcolm Hotel & Suites is a charming one set in an old 1920s art deco building. Then there is graffiti-covered Tryp Hotel in the heart of edgy Fortitude Valley, or renovated Queenslander Spicers Balfour in nearby suburban New Farm. Take your pick.

Dinner: Catch the CityCat to Eat Street
The city is built around the Brisbane River, so what better way to explore than to see it from the water. Brisbane’s shipping container street food village is located at the closest ferry stop to the bay – so sit back and soak in the sunset and boat ride as you pass New Farm Park and the old woolstores of Teneriffe. At Eat Street, take your pick from hundreds of dishes and do save room for dessert.

Saturday
Early morning: Watch the sun rise over Brisbane CBD from Mt Coot-tha
Rise and shine early birds. It’s the sunrise not the sunset that’s most spectacular from Mt Coot-tha. Drive up pre-dawn to watch the bright globe rise behind the skyline. Take a rug, pop yourself down and wait for golden hour to arrive.

Breakfast: With the locals
Post-sunrise, you’ll be first in line for breakfast at your favourite café. Gauge, South Brisbane offers fine dining breakfast designed to tickle the tastebuds with some interesting twists on classic dishes. Try its black garlic bread with burned vanilla brown butter that got a mention in a rave review by The New York Times. King Arthur Café in Fortitude Valley makes offers a pleasing menu for both healthy eaters and sweet-treat fans using locally sourced and ethically produced food. For something more exotic, Naim in Paddington gets inspiration from marketplaces of the Middle East and gives an exotic twist to breakfast classics.

Morning: Join the Jan Power Farmers’ Markets at the Brisbane Powerhouse
Get to know what grows around Brisbane at the local weekend farmer markets. One of the city’s best is the Saturday Jan Powers Market at the Brisbane Powerhouse. Graze on samples at artisan stores, pick up fresh local fruit and grab a coffee.

Lunch: Picnic in New Farm Park with bounty from markets
Laze around on a picnic rug in New Farm soaking up rays and good company with a picnic bounty of local produce purchased at the morning markets. New Farm Park is super popular with locals.

Afternoon: Explore a neighbourhood or shop the city
Shop the Valley laneways. In Teneriffe, wander between the Woolstores of yesteryear, and in Bulimba catch a flick at the historic (and cheap) Balmoral Cinemas. Experience the boutiques and café scene of Paddington. For more shopping, head into the city to explore more than 1,000 international retailers and local boutiques along Queen Street Mall and surrounds.

Dinner: Cheap and cheerful in Fortitude Valley, or dive into a hatted dining experience
Brisbane is home to Queensland’s highest number of National Good Food Guide hatted restaurants. A high number of the city’s top restaurants are in the CBD, so prepare for the degustation at Urbane or Esquire with high-end shopping along Queen Street Mall and Edward St. Fine dining tastebuds and a student budget? Fortitude Valley is home to Chinatown and has plenty of cheaper Asian restaurants to try like Happy Boy, The Vietnamese, Fat Dumpling, Bird’s Nest Yakitori and Wagaya. In short, you’ll never go hungry.

 

Sunday
Morning: Explore the halls of QAGOMA
“Have you been to GOMA?” will be one of the top three questions any local will ask. Brisbane is proud of their modern art gallery. It’s the largest in Australia, and there is always an interesting exhibition to catch.

Lunch: Go on a food safari along Fish Lane
South of the river, but in the heart of it all and across the road from QAGOMA, Fish Lane is quickly becoming Brisbane’s coolest laneway. As new buildings pop up, restaurants, cafes and bars are moving in beneath them – making the journey from West End to South Bank an adventure in itself. Build your own long lunch by hopping from venue to venue.

 

Royal Brunei Airlines flies Melbourne daily for easy connections to Brisbane. Direct flights from Bandar Seri Begawan commence 11 June, 2019. Discover things to do in Brisbane in www.muhibah.com.bn

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