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Bribane for five days

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Bribane for five days

Coming back from Sydney in late Feb 2007. Stopping off in Brisbane for five days. We want to relax a bit, but still see the city.

Staying in Holiday Inn, would like to know good eating areas not too far away and also good "tourist" things to do?

Sydney, Australia
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for Sydney, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Business Travel, New South Wales
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1. Re: Bribane for five days

Georgie/Morrision or Surfoz are your local expert for Brisbane, if you look at the inside pages regarding Brisbane, you will find everything you need to know.

I highly recommend it to you, catching a ferry over to Moreton Island...approx 70min ferry ride, and spending a weekend exploring the island.

We had the best fun ever here..........look at "about Ellemay" to see my review......

I have travelled all around the world a few times....Moreton Island will stay in my memories, as an unique experience.

Brisbane
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2. Re: Bribane for five days

So much to do depending on what you are interested in.

Nature -

> if you want to see Animals then Lone Pine Sanctuary is a good bet in Brisbane or head north to Australia Zoo (1hr north of Bris) or maybe if you are going to the Gold Coast you could visit Currumbin Sanctuary.

> I recommend visiting O'Reilly's at Lamington National Park for some nice bushwalks/rainforest with plenty of animal life around. You can get tours to there or make the 1 and a bit hour drive in a rental

> Plenty of nice parklands with New Farm Park, Brisbane Botanical Gardens etc.

Scenery -

> Good views from Atop Mt Coot-tha Lookout point

> Jump on board a 'CityCat' ferry and see everything from the River

> From New Farm or the city you can go on the Riverwalk which is a 1km long platform floating on the river which runs near the Storey bridge and has some good river views and pleasant breeze of an afternoon.

Southbank is the former World Expo site with shops, restaurants, river views and the man made beach. This area of town also has the Museum, Art Gallery and Performing Arts complex, along with the Kangaroo Pt cliffs for a nice walk.

If you want to visit the beaches you can go north to the Sunshine Coast or South to the Gold Coast. Rental car is probably easiest for both of these places, but you can catch a train to the Gold Coast with a shuttle bus to the beach.

So many places to eat in Brisbane within walking distance of your hotel. For night life you have two main areas - the CBD and the Valley. Both attract varying crowds depending on what sort of place/experience you are chasing.

Plenty of shopping around as well.

Much to do...even if I am a little bias.

Brisbane, Australia
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3. Re: Bribane for five days

Hi Subaru

What do you like to do? Plenty to see and do in the surrounding area of Bris vegas. Vist Southbank , museum, modern art, library.

Good tourist things to do, visit Lone Pine sanctuary, go for a burn up and down the river on a city cat, get off at Bulimba or New Farm. Bretts Farm or Breakfast Creek hotel, stroll around the villages and cafes. Visit Mt glorious on a scenic rainforest half day tour.

Vist Moreton or Stradbroke Islands, both very beautiful , very different.

Eating out - see George Morrisons list of reataurants.

Brisbane, Australia
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4. Re: Bribane for five days

have a look at tripadvisor.com/Travel-g255068-s1/Brisbane:A… and www.ourbrisbane.com.au to get an idea of what is around.

As far as dining out goes there is not a lot in the immediate area around the holiday inn. in the surrounding streets you have the restaurant in the Oak on north quay (standard 3 star hotel fare), the cafe in the bottom of the explorers inn on Turbot street(great for a cheap lunch), Cerellos on George Street (this would be the pick of the restaurants in the surrounding area), cafe Java on George Street (also Good for lunch) and any number of cafes that are only open on weekdays for breakfast and lunch. the area around the holiday inn is by and large a business district.

Staying at the holiday inn has one big advantage for dining options.... you are on the train station.

catch the train to brunswick street and enjoy fortitude valley (Brisbane's China Town - the valley cornere, king of kings and enjoy inn are all good), from there is is just a short walk down Wickham street to the emorium shopping centre which is home to mecca bah (turkish) wagamamma (asian fusion) and freestyle tout (desserts)... it also has a number of interesting boutiques. It is also not a long walk from bruswick street train station to james street where there is the palace cinema, harveys, spoon deli, the james street market, luna lounge and many others (this is a great place to go for breakfast or lunch). you should be aware that the valley can be a rough area at night, and it is not advisable to walk through there on your own, however you will be fine in a group.

you can also catch the train to shorncliffe or many on the bay and enjoy fish and chips by the water, or catch the train to milton and walk to the rosalie and park road cafe precincts. you are also able to catch the train to dreamworld, the sunshine and goldcoasts and to australia zoo.

at the holiday inn you are just a short walk from the city cat which can take you to bretts wharf (access to bretts wharf restaurant and the racecourse road precinct as well as portside), Southbank (ginga, mado, cafe del ugo, ahmets, timmy's and viet delights to name a few), Riverside (home to vinos, char char cha, siggis, and kabuki... also just a short walk to restaurant TwoII), Mowbray Park (Spoon Deli, fisk 53) and new farm park (watt modern dining, spark bar, and the newfarm deli and cafe precint - also the farmers markets on saturdays)

have a look at tripadvisor.com/Travel-g255068-s501/Brisbane… to get an idea of what is available.

As far as activities go, there are heaps of things to do in brisbane.

If you enjoy art and culture then spend a day at the cultural precinct at southbank. it houses the state library, gallery or modern art, state art gallery, museum, sciencenter tony gould gallery,and performing art center. you can also visit the many private galleries in newfarm (james and bruswick streets) and paddinton (latrobe tce.)

for the active there is rock climbing, kayaking, abseiling, bike hire and roller blading at riverlife center under the kangaroo point cliffs (the city ferry will drop you just up the bike path)... you can also do day trips to moreton island, st helena islad (old penal colony - the ghosts tours are great).

you can take a cruise on the river or out to the bay (captain cook cruises) and also on the hertiage tug boat the forceful which leaves from the martime museum in southbank.

if you like history take a tour with jack sims around the city and find out about Brisbane's Ghostly past http://www.ghost-tours.com.au/. you can also visit the abbey museum on the way to the sunshine coast (they have mummies and play host to a huge medieval tounament)

for wildlife there is australia zoo and lone pine... or you can wander along one of the many bush walks in brisbane forest park. you can go whale watching from hervey bay, or feed the dolphins at tangalooma.

visit the theme parks at the gold coast (dreamworld, seaworld, movieworld, wet n wild, whitewaterworld) - or the aquarium at mooloolaba on the sunshine coast

take a day trip to one of the hinterland towns - montville, malany or mt tamborine.... or to the coast (mooloolaba and noosa are best in my opinion).

you can go to the flower festival at toowoomba, the apple and grape festival at stanthorpe, visit the rail museum at ipswich or feed the birds at o'reilleys.

for the shoppers brisbane is home to many international and local designers including ralph lauren, tiffanys, canturi, morrisey, gant, rm williams, mambo, herringbone, review, carla zampatti, kerri craig, louis vuittion, guess, fcuk etc...

if you want any more suggests let me know

Brisbane, Australia
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5. Re: Bribane for five days

Do a day trip up and down the coast if you have a car!

Mt Cootha is really nice as well, for some greenery, roma street parkland is nice to stroll around.

Check out the newest shopping centre in the city, Queens Plaza

Whilst in the city, you can get good cheap asian food in elizabeth arcade. The 2 japanese joints are good so is the asian one down the corner.

Pasta place on the corner of albert and charlotte is good as well and reasonable. Think it's called pane vino

If you're hear over the weekend, chocolate high-tea at the stamford is highly recommended. So is kabuki, at the stamford. Good japanese teppenyaki place.

Definitely got to go to breakfast creek hotel for the steaks and beer off the wood (only pub in australia that still does it)

For fine dining, marco polo at conrad casino is highly recommended. So is Siggi's at stamford.

Good freshly made Sushi up on the 2nd floor of wintergarden called Hanichi.

Walk over to southbank and enjoy the man made beach if it gets too hot!

Do the sunday eagle street pier markets....very interesting and pretty decent for a city market

Also check out www.yourrestaurants.com.au for food reviews etc.

Brisbane, Australia
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6. Re: Bribane for five days

oh and jump on the citycat for a couple of dollars for a tour up and down the river!

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