I recently went to Brisbane, Queensland – for 24 hours. This was my first time in “Brissie,” as the locals call it, and I was determined to make the most of it. This is how to spend 24 hours in Brisbane.
How To Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane
You’re going to want to start off your day with a solid breakfast. After researching all of my vegan options, I decided to go for an indulgent pancake breakfast. I headed to the Lost Boys in the CBD after seeing this list.
What I received was a bit different than what I’d expected, though. The pancakes were alright, but I’d recommend checking out a more relevant list (or some instagram accounts) if you’re looking for an instagram-worthy breakfast. I’m constantly on the search for insta-worthy food for my vegan instagram account.
After you’re fueled up, take a walk down the river to Kangaroo Point. I took the Story Bridge, which was a great opportunity to get a glimpse of the city on the other side of the river. After crossing the bridge, head to CT White Park and take the walking trail along the harbor. It’s a great walk. If you aren’t a fan of long walks, you can rent bikes by the hour at stops along the path. If you get a bit tired, have a sip of water at one of the many water fountains along the way and have a seat at one of the little piers. Once you’re ready, walk across Goodwill Bridge and head across the river back into the city.
I used this chance to make friends with the locals.
Brisbane is a beautiful city and has lots to offer. I stopped for a chilled (and inexpensive) lunch at the Queens Plaza – there is an Indian restaurant in the food court that offers rice & one curry for $6.80 (that is insanely cheap for Australia).
The day was a bit windy and I was a bit tired from the walk, so I took the bus home after lunch, which was around 4 PM. I spent the night having a good chat with my airbnb host.
Where to Stay
This is the airbnb that I stayed at – the hosts were so great. The room was so cute and comfy and the house was only about 20 mins by bus into Brisbane. I love airbnb and use it almost exclusively when I am in a city for a short time. Use my link to get $25 off your first airbnb stay! Airbnb hosts are so helpful. I asked my hosts how to spend 24 hours in Brisbane and she helped me map out this entire walk.
I visited Brisbane after leaving Cairns – check out my first scuba diving experience in Cairns! If you’re planning a trip to Australia, make sure to check out my guide to the working holiday visa in Australia, and my favorite restaurants in Melbourne, and the best hikes in Sydney.