Anyone who plans on vacationing in Brisbane will need to prepare well ahead of time in order to take advantage of all that the city has to offer. Brisbane is chock full of activities for single adults, married couples and families with small children.
A Brisbane vacation must include some shopping. In total, the city has over 1,000 stores to choose from. Be sure to check out The City area as well as the homeware and book shops in Paddington. Fortitude Valley’s trendy fashion stores at the Emporium and James Street are a must see.
After you’ve finished shopping, grab a bite to eat at one of Brisbane’s famous restaurants. Check out the prawns and fresh produce at Moreton Bay or the unbeatable eats at Lockyer Valley. Or, go for some bar food at the Tinderbox Kitchen. If you prefer Mexican, you can’t visit Brisbane without eating at Beach Burrito where fast, healthy Mexican food is served. Don’t leave Brisbane without checking out Making Lemonade for some amazing food, coffee and homewares.
Be sure to check out The Virginia hotel in Brisbane’s northern section, just a few miles from the central business district. This hotel is conveniently located near many local hotspots like the Brisbane Entertainment Centre and several sporting venues. It offers free Internet and parking to all guests. The Virginia is found at Cnr Sandgate & Zillmere Roads in Boondall Qld 4034. Hotel staff can be reached by phone at +61 7 3265 7066 and on the web at http://accommodationbrisbane.
If you are vacationing with a family, head out to the South Bank’s Streets Beach to get a tan and take a swim. Or, take everyone along for a picnic at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. The children will love the surprisingly light atmosphere of the local Queensland Art Gallery. This gallery along with the Gallery of Modern Art offer free entry. For a small fee, the family can partake in the gallery’s interactive Sciencentre. The whole family will also enjoy the video games and water park at Robelle Domain or the chance to bowl at Wintergarden’s Strike Bowling bar.
All Natural Destinations
Vacationers who want to reconnect with nature will enjoy Brisbane’s many parks and natural settings. The City Botanic Gardens and Roma Street Parkland are located in the middle of the city. Travel a mere ten minutes outside of the city and you’ll find the bush trails of Mt Coot-tha. Moreton Bay provides access to Australia’s world’s largest sand islands. Or, head on out to the beautiful Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm for some wine tasting. There’s also the Daisy Hill Koala Centre located at an awe inspiring bushland retreat. Here, the public can learn about marsupials and see koalas that are on display.