In 2008 I moved to Brisbane, the capital and biggest city of the state of Queensland.
I had a great time living there.
Here are some reasons why I loved living in Brisbane so much.
1. Perfect climate
Brisbane has warm and humid summers and dry moderately warm winters. It’s the perfect climate for people who like to have different seasons but hate the cold winters like in Europe or north America
2. Friendly people
Even though most aussies are super friendly. I noticed that people of brisbane are more oppen and friendly towards strangers than in Sydney or Melbourne. Here you are very welcome everywhere and everybody is happy to help you!
3. South Bank Pools
As it is not possible to have a swim in the river without running the danger being attacked by a bull shark, the city of Brisbane installed an artificial beach in South Bank. It’s a great spot to go for a swim and relax during the day and the weekends. Its full of public bbq places and families often sit there on the weekends and enjoy the days off with their children.
4. Kangaroo Point Cliffs
You love outdoor sports? Then you will love Kangaroo Cliffs. Here you can climb up the hills in the middle of the city next to the river and enjoy the great scenery of the city. Climbing not your favorite sport? You can go for a run around kangaroo point and you most of the time walk next to the water.
5. Going out in Brisbane
Along Brunswick street in the Fortitude Valley you can find all the pubs and clubs. It’s a great place to go out and you’ll never get bored by the variety of places you can choose from. Around the Riverside center in the CBD you can also find some nice cocktail bars
Brisbane has hundreds of parks and that is what makes it a very friendly and green city. At every second corner you can find a place where you can relax and take a break. Most beautiful parks are the botanic garden next to QUT and South Bank Parkland.
7. World’s first koala sanctuary
Definitely worth the trip is the journey to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Founded in 1927, it is the world’s oldest and largest Koala Sanctuary. It’s one of the few places in the world where visitors are allowed to hold koalas for a fee and visitors are also allowed to feed and pet the free-roaming kangaroos in the kangaroo reserve where over 150 of them reside freely. It takes about 25 minutes to get there by bus from Adelaide St and costs around $4 one way.
8. Mount Coot-tha
It’s 300 meters above the sea level and about 6 km away from the CBD of Brisbane and everybody who likes great panoramas should go up there. From Mt. Coot-tha you have a great view over the city and can see how big Brisbane actually is on bright days you can see Moreton Island. From Adelaide st. it’s very easy to get there. It takes about 18 minutes and costs $ 4.30 one-way.
9. Many things to do
You will never get bored in Brisbane and you will always find something to do. You can go to South Bank and go to the movies, ride the Wheel of Brisbane, visit one of the museums or just go for a walk. Enjoy delicious Sushi in the CBD while sitting at the water or enjoy a cold stubbie in the well-known Story Bridge Hotel.
Buy yourself a daily ticket and travel with the city cat up and down the river and watch how the pelicans take their sun baths. You always wanted to make the bridge climb in Sydney but you though it was too expensive? In Brisbane you can Climb the Story Bridge. You won’t have an Opera House to look at but a skyline as beautiful as in Sydney.
Go and see the Brisbane Broncos playing in the Suncorp Stadium or watch a game of cricket at the Gabba.
Not enough? Check ourbrisbane.com there you will always find things to do!
The Gallery of Modern Art is a great place to visit especially on weekends. They always have really nice exhibitions. Once in there you want to stay the whole day!!!
11. Have a stroll over Goodwill Bridge
Goodwill Bridge connects the Maritime Museum with the Botanic Garden of Brisbane. The walk over the Brisbane River is beautiful and if you are lucky you can afterwards relax at the Riverstage and enjoy an audition during the afternoon.
12. Great Surroundings
Brisbane lays perfectly. Even though it doesn’t has own beach access you can easily get to the beach with the car and public transportation. In 1 Hour to the South east you can get to Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast with it’s well known surfing beaches.
In the hinterland of the Gold Coast you have magnificent National Parks like Springbrook National Park.
About 2 Hours South from Brisbane and in the state of New South Wales you have Byron Bay. A great spot for everybody who loves Surfing and relaxing. The surf there is perfect and the beaches are wonderful. The town is relatively small with some pubs and some hostels. Cape Byron is the most easterly point of the Australian main land. If you wake up early you can be the fist person on the Australian main land to see the new day coming in with a beautiful sunrise.
100 kms to the north of Brisbane you have the Sunshine Coast. It has some nice beaches and beautiful national parks. When walking around Noosa you easily get to spot wild koalas hanging around in the trees.
The famous Australia Zoo from Steve Irwin is also situated at the Sunshine Coast and followed by other attractions like the big pineapple.
Written and contributed by Off-the-Path