Recently Matt went for a week’s crack climbing outside Brisbane, so we took the opportunity to spend a weekend in Brisbane.

From Sydney its about a 1.5 hour flight, or an 11 hour drive! We stayed in town as we didn’t have a car. There is lots to do around Brisbane (including the koala park) which we’ll pick up another time. Here are some of the highlights:

South Bank: The south bank is a nice landscaped area with a cool walkway covered in pink flowers and an artificial beach and pool. I’ve swum in it before at night with nobody else around, which was cool with all the city lights, and just quite surreal!

Wheel of Brisbane  On the South Bank is the Wheel of Brisbane – essentially a mini London Eye. We took a ride on that for $15 each. You get your own pod (as long as it isnt busy), audio commentary and do about 5 laps round. It was a good way to see the city.

Wheel of Brisbane

Wheel of Brisbane

Brunch and other food: A lot of our time in Brisbane was spent eating! We had some awesome brunches which I really enjoyed. There were loads of restaurants and cafes offering a wide variety of yummy things. We had ice cream too (of course), and other snacks including a nice Italian dinner with my friend Simon who moved from our London to Brisbane office last year.

Queensland Museum: We went around the free Queensland museum which had quite a good range of things including natural history, info about all the natural resources in Queensland, an Aboriginal section and a collection about collecting.

Sea turtle at the Queensland Museum

Sea turtle at the Queensland Museum

Ferry trips: We brought Go Cards to travel around Brisbane public transport, but it turned out we didn’t really need them at all. From near where we stayed there was a free ferry which takes you up and down the river to basically wherever you want to go. They had an open top deck too so you got a good view of the river attractions cruising up and down at a nice leisurely pace, including the Story Bridge.

Clock tower: I got a last minute ticket for a trip up the Brisbane clock tower. You go up in one of the country’s oldest lifts, get to see inside the clock face and get cool views from the top. Its in an ‘old’ 1800ish town hall building which reminded me of England.

Kangaroo Point: Matt would be upset if I didn’t mention this. Kangaroo Point are a load of cliffs on the bank of the river where you can go climbing. If we get the opportunity to go back to Brisbane we’ll have a go at some of the routes. It is floodlit at night too, so you can climb any time.

Kangaroo Point

Kangaroo Point

Star Trek: A bit random I know. The cinema in Sydney is about $20, more for 3D. By Sunday night we had slightly run out of things to do, and walked past the cinema by our hotel. A 3D films was only $11, so we went to see Start Trek. I enjoyed the film, as well as the popcorn and maltesers! The maltesers here taste funny, but I reckon I can get used to it.

Overall verdict: 6.5/10. Good place to spend a weekend, but for longer than that you’re best off having a car to get out and about to some places beyond the city center. We could have gone to some other free museums too (including modern art) but that’s not really our scene.

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