Brisbane - Sightseeing
With nine shopping arcades, an abundance of departments stores and plenty of opportunities for browsing in quirky boutiques and second hand shops, shopping in Brisbane is an ever-expanding experience. Target your areas and you’ll make sure you maximise your time for a shot of retail therapy.
For a smorgasbord of glitzy stores to choose from, head to the Queens Plaza Mall. The latest addition to Brisbane’s shopping experience, this sanctuary of style can be found on the corner of Adelaide and Edward Street and boasts five levels of stores including chic, high ends brands including Tiffany & Co and Louis Vuitton.
Another Mecca to style is The Myer Centre, nestled in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD and featuring over 180 specialty stores, from fashion and accessories to beauty and homewares. There is also a cinema and restaurants so there’s somewhere relaxing to drop after you shop.
Cool Brisbanites hang out in Paddington, where a mixture of eclectic and quirky stores rub shoulders with great little cafes and restaurants. Paddington’s main shopping precinct runs along Given and Latrobe terraces, where you can browse antiques, vintage fashion and retro finds.
Shopping in the West End has a warm, cosmopolitan atmosphere. Discover unusual, engaging shops and ethnic or organic grocery stores here, as well as second hand shops, book stores and bijou galleries.
And for that real Brisbanite shopping experience, visit the Valley Markets, at Brunswick St Mall and Chinatown Mall on Brunswick Street. Open at the weekend, these popular markets sell everything from jewellery and accessories to artwork and one-off fashion.
With its focus on the outdoors experience, there are plenty of Brisbane attractions that ensure you can enjoy the city without missing a minute of the sunshine.
Visit Mt Cooth-tha Summit, 7km west of central Brisbane, where you can get a stunning view of the city - visit in the evening to see Brisbane in lights. You can dine at the delightful Summit restaurant on the mountaintop, or head to the Botanic Gardens, where 52 hectares contains subtropical and Australian flora, lakes, ponds, streams and a planetarium.
One of the most popular destinations for tourists and Brisbanites alike is the South Bank. Located across the river from the CBD, the South Bank has it all – waterside views, a sandy beach, grassy parkland areas that are ideal for picnics, cafes, restaurants, shops and lots of entertainment for the weekend visitors and tourists. Simply head over and relax in the laid back atmosphere, or make a beeline for the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art for a blast of culture.
The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary was the world’s first. Located in the cutely named suburb of Fig Tree Pocket in Queensland, in this haven for Koalas you can sip an organic coffee surrounded by 40 of the cute and cuddly creatures – which are marsupials by the way, not bears at all.
In Brisbane you’ll never have to look far to find something uniquely adventurous to do. Try climbing the Story Bridge, one of only 3 bridge climbs in the world. The 2 ½ hour bridge climb offers a stunning way to see the city in 360 degrees - time it well and see the sun rise or set. For more high adrenalin fun, try climbing or abseiling the Kangaroo Point Cliffs.
Take a river cruise – either by making use of Brisbane’s public transport ferries, or taking a cruise on one of the Kookaburra River Queens. This is a great way to see the city, with the sun on your face and the wind in your hair, you’ll really get into the laid back vibe of this healthy city.
With drinking ‘brews’ being a favourite Aussie pastime, you can’t really visit Brisbane without taking a peek at the XXXX Ale House, home to the drink that makes Australian’s not give a XXXX for anything else since 1924. Get the whole story of the science, art and heritage of the drink, then enjoy a delicious sample...
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