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Two days in Brisbane

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Two days in Brisbane

We (3 adults) will be in Brisbane October 22 & 23, 2005. We are in need of suggestions for what to do besides the zoo as we are going there on the 24th.

From other post i realize that Brisbane is not really meant for tourist although we (the tourist) think it is a must see. Are there any good shopping places or day trips (by bus, ferry or taxi) that would be worth it? Is there anything special happening on either of these days that would be worth going to?

Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated. THANKS.

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1. Re: Two days in Brisbane

On one of the days you could go to Southbank.

Southbank is an area on the Brisbane River that has markets on weekends and there are lots of shops, cafes, the Qld Art Gallery and Museum. You can do a cruise of the river,swim at one of the man made beaches and lagoons or take a stroll through the parklands.

checkout www.south-bank.net.au

this site has all the attractions and a calender for forthcoming events being held at Southbank.

You could also do a day trip to either the Sunshine or Gold Coasts.

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2. Re: Two days in Brisbane

- Mt Cootha for a drink or a meal

- Lone pine to see all the aussie animals

- Valley markets on the Saturday morning

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3. Re: Two days in Brisbane

the above 3 are true

but often tourist miss out on few other stuff.

if your interested in Beer, take a trip down to the XXXX beer factory at milton.its around 5 min by train from city or 20 min walk.

Its really interesting, since XXXX is a queensland only beer, but now one of the 2 biggest beer company in AUS. The factory visit is not expensive $10 for non drinker (get a free soft drink) or $16.50 for drinker (get 4 pots of beer, each pot 285ml).

Another event you musn't miss is the ride on the city cat (bus on the river) to the university of Queensland. You're find the univesity is HUGE and BEAUTIFUL..and very multicultural.

i have been to few uni's in the US like barkely and Stanford..but the campus is nothing like UQ.

lastly, if you like rockclimbing, go to kangroo point. its and wild experience, rockclimibing on the river. But you'll see heaps of tourist do it.

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4. Re: Two days in Brisbane

also consider a trip on the city explorer bus which tours most of brisbanes interesting areas and has a commentry so you know what you are looking at. it is a hop on/off service so you just buy your ticket and jump on or off where ever you want. if you are into shopping then the queen street mall and particually the Queensplaza building are worth a look for designer gear, and if you are more interested in quirky local stuff head to fortitude valley.

on the second and fourth saturday of each month there is a farmers markets held at the power house on new farm park (about 15min by city cat from the city) which is a lovely morning of grazing on all the wonderful food on sale.

you could also take a day trip to tangalooma on morton island via the tangalooma flyer, or spend some time at sirromet winery at Mt cotton.

the commiseriat stores museum is a facinating look at convict brisbane (there is a review in the reviews section) and the maritime museum at south bank is also very interesting.

for something to do at night....there is a wonderful planatarium at the mt cootha botanic gardens. QTC (queensland theater company) always has shows running, as do harvest rain theater company, and grin&tonic.

if you are interested in art there are some lovely little galleries around paddington and fortitude valley.

and for the die hard shoppers there is harbour town near the gold coast (big factory outlet centre).

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5. Re: Two days in Brisbane

Another great shopping outlet store just opened here in brisbane is out near the airport called the DFO (Direct Factory Outlet) just off the gateway motorway (on airport drive)maybe a good stopover prior to arriving or departing. Open 7 days 10am to 6pm

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6. Re: Two days in Brisbane

chexmix, as you're in Brisbane on a sunday, don't miss the Riverside markets. They're on every sunday from 7am around the Riverside centre and Eagle St.

This would be my plan:

Head to the markets first (around 8-9am is the best time to go, although if you sleep in don't worry! They're on till about 3pm in the afternoon). Have a wander around all the stalls, sample the food, buy some local crafts. Then catch the city cat ferry from the Eagle St ferry terminal (it's smack bang in the middle of the markets on the river).

Buy a daily ticket for the ferry. You'll only need a 1 zone pass to get to Southbank and the city. You can buy these on board and will cost $4.20 for adults. Catch the ferry to the Southbank parklands. At Southbank, there's tons of things to do. You can swim in the man-made beach, you can wander through the many paths, go to the Sciencentre, Museum and Art Gallery. As a bonus, there's markets on there as well! You'll be marketed out by the time you get back. ;)

From Southbank you can walk back to the city centre over the bridge or if you're dog tired, you can catch the ferry from one side of the river to the other.

This will bring you back to the North Quay area (near the casino) and at the top of the Queen St Mall.

For the more adventurous among you, try rockclimbing or abseilling the Kangaroo Point cliffs, or kayaking the Brisbane River.

For something uniquely Brisbane (and this is a ton of fun), go afternoon lawn bowling at the Merthyr Bowls Club in New Farm. For $20 you get 2 hours of bowling plus an excellent BBQ lunch. You'll need to book early for this because it is so popular, but it's worth it! Phone +61 7 3358 1291 to book.

Hope that helps!