Brisbane city is full of culture and this can be explored through the Queensland Cultural Centre at South Bank. From there, you can experience the artistic theatres and arts spaces. More cultural dominant suburbs in Brisbane include New Farm, Fortitude Valley and the Central Business District with its public art and heritage buildings. Dress up for the ballet, opera, concert or musical at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre or the Brisbane Powerhouse. Students can also visit the huge State Library of Queensland. Brisbane’s cultural excitement also increases as the Brisbane Festival is held yearly with a lot of interesting performances and activities.
Food and drink plays a big role in developing the Brisbane lifestyle. The city’s pleasant outdoor climate and fresh produce means that when dining out, menus will include delicious locally sourced ingredients. Places to dine include restaurants, cafes, bars, markets as well as pubs. Mobile and computer apps or websites such as Zomato and Urbanspoon can also help in seeking out places to dine at any time or meal of the day. From this, people can view the ratings and reviews of each type of restaurant to assist them with where they decide to eat and drink.
When travelling locally within Brisbane, there is readily available public transport which is convenient for getting around the city. Brisbane bus and trains help commuters save time and energy due to its informative system; enabling travelers to easily check the status and routes of the buses and trains. Mobile apps such as MyTransLink as well as Moovit can also help in planning the travel route around the city. As a student in Brisbane, the use of Go Cards will also increase the affordability of transport. For travel in and around the Brisbane River, beautiful places can be explored when travelling on ferries and CityCats.
People in Brisbane love their sport, all the way from rugby league and cricket to the Brisbane International tennis. At Kangaroo Point, you can abseil down the cliffs or even rock climb to the top. To explore the river, people can also kayak along the river or even walk across the top of the story bridge known as the Story Bridge Adventure Climb. For more leisure activities, you can walk, run, cycle or rollerblade along the Riverwalk. Other recreational activities include yoga and dance which are a part of Brisbane City Council’s Active Parks Program for all ages at more than fifty local parks across Brisbane.
Brisbane is one of Queensland’s premier shopping districts. At suburbs such as Fortitude Valley and Paddington, you’ll discover a more unique shopping experience like no other. Such as local designers, antiques, collectables, homewares, books as well as vintage items. The vibe may be quieter in the nearby urban suburbs, but the shopping is just as good. For more high-end fashion and busy places, you can shop at the Central Business District, Garden City/ Mount Gravatt mall and also Indooroopilly. As one of the more popular places to shop, the Queen Street Mall gets more than 26 million visitors per year. In Brisbane, where there are shops, there will also be places where you can dine on the day for some food and refreshing drinks as well. This enables people to fully enjoy a day planned just for shopping.
Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley is home to one of Australia’s most popular entertainment districts. When nightlife begins, the streets are alive with the sound of live bands, laughter as well as nightclub beats. There are also countless numbers of bars, clubs and restaurants on every block around the suburb. Other suburbs with exquisite nightlife include West End and Eagle Street Pier where there will also be live music venues, dance clubs, specialist spirit and cocktail bars as well as alternative clubs. For a more quiet nightlife, people can walk along the river at Southbank and enjoy the cool breeze and city lights while eating popular desserts such as ice-cream and donuts sold nearby.
Brisbane is blessed with many natural parks and places and truly feels like a green city. The Roma Street Parkland is located right in the heart of Brisbane along with the City Botanic Gardens. Across the river there is Southbank Parklands with its famous inner-city beach. Just ten minutes outside the city you will get to explore the bush walks and gardens of Mt Cootha. If people wish to plan for a more exciting day trip or weekend trip, they can visit nearby coastal areas such as the Moreton Bay region, the Sunshine Coast as well as the Gold Coast which is home to the famous Surfers Paradise and some of Australia’s most beautiful beaches. For more active explorers, you can also hike and climb mountains such as the Glass House Mountains not too far from Brisbane. Otherwise, there are other places to visit such as wildlife parks, zoos and animal farms.