Experience the best of Brisbane in 4 days
This four-day Brisbane itinerary is the perfect blend of outdoor exploration, cultural experiences, and indulgent relaxation. We're talking 96 hours of experiencing everything from luxe accommodation, to forest hikes, city street art, and riverfront dining.
Day One: Arrival and city exploration
On arrival in Brisbane, check into your hotel and take some time to settle in. Brave, bold and bursting with energy, Crystalbrook Vincent is locally integrated with an environmentally conscious #ResponsibleLuxury philosophy. Discover more than 500 prints by acclaimed Australian artist Vincent Fantauzzo, and a wealth of modern dining experiences in Howard Smith Wharves – under the Story Bridge on the banks of the Brisbane River.
Begin your exploration of the city by taking a stroll around the South Bank Parklands. This is a beautiful public space that offers a range of activities, including walking and cycling paths, gardens, and even a man-made beach. Relax on the sand or take a dip in the water to cool off.
Afterwards, head over to the nearby Queensland Museum and Science Centre, a fascinating place to learn about the natural world and Australian history. With over 1.2 million objects and specimens on display, you could easily spend hours exploring the different exhibits. The museum has interactive displays, live animals, and cultural artifacts, making it an enjoyable experience for visitors of all ages.
Your hotel is set within the vibrant Howard Smith Wharves precinct, which offers the perfect locale for dinner this evening. Perhaps sample sophisticated Japanese cuisine at Yoko Dining, or for a more casual option, make your way to Felons Brewing Co. where a freshly brewed beer with a spectacular view accompanies your meal.
Day 2: Island Adventure
Awake to your second day in Brisbane, where breakfast at Mews provides the perfect fuel for a day’s exploration. Collaborating with independent local growers, Mews focuses on sustainably sourced produce that celebrates the beauty of ingredients.
Embark on a day trip with River to Bay to Moreton Island, located just a short ferry ride away from Brisbane and offers a range of outdoor activities.
The beautiful Moreton Bay waters are home to six of the seven species of sea turtles including the world’s largest – The Green Sea Turtle. It is also home to numerous marine life. Get up close and personal to these majestic creatures as you sail, swim, and snorkel around their underwater home.
During your exploration, discover the Tangalooma Wrecks. This area has several old shipwrecks that have become home to a variety of marine life. Kayaking is also a great way to explore the island's coastline and see some of the local wildlife.
Enjoy dinner before returning to your hotel.
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Day 3: Rainforest Retreat
Embark on a scenic drive to the nearby D'Aguilar National Park. This park is home to some of the most beautiful rainforest landscapes in the region, and it's a great place to explore on foot.
Go hiking in the lush rainforest and take in the sights and sounds of the natural surrounds. The park has a number of different trails to choose from, ranging from easy walks to more challenging hikes. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water and sunscreen.
Stop by the nearby Mount Glorious lookout for a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and valleys. This is a beautiful spot to take in the natural beauty of the region and snap some memorable photos.
After your hike, have lunch at one of the local cafes. The Mount Glorious Cafe is a popular spot for a bite to eat, with a range of delicious options on the menu.
Later, head to Fiume Rooftop Bar, a glamorous chic escape from the bustling Howard Smith Wharves precinct below. Perhaps take a refreshing dip in the infinity rooftop pool and make sure your camera is ready to snap a shot of one of their famous signature cocktails as you gaze out to stellar views across the Brisbane River as the sun sets.
Day 4: Cultural Cavalcade
On your final day in Brisbane, immerse yourself in the city's vibrant arts and culture scene. Take a walking tour of the city's street art, which includes over 150 murals and installations. This is a great way to see a different side of the city and learn about some of the talented artists who call Brisbane home.
Visit the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art to see some of the most interesting and innovative contemporary art from Australia and around the world. The gallery has a range of exhibitions and events throughout the year, so be sure to check their calendar to see what's on during your visit.
In the evening, head to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre to catch a show. This venue hosts a range of performances, from theatre and ballet to opera and concerts. It's a great way to experience the local arts scene and enjoy a night out in the city.
After a full day of art and culture, return to the hotel for a good night's sleep before departing the following day.
Image Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland