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How to Spend a Weekend in Brisbane

Heading to Queensland’s capital for the weekend? Make the most of your trip and discover all that Brisbane has to offer right here.

Make the most of your weekend visit to Queensland’s capital with this insider guide to the best of Brisbane.

Brisbane is fast becoming one of the hottest spots for international and domestic visitors. With so much to offer every kind of traveller, it can be tricky to choose where to spend your time when your visit is a short one.
Here we show you how to make the most of your weekend visit, with our top picks for where to eat, drink, explore, discover, and relax in Brisbane.


With its restaurant scene booming, Brisbane welcomes foodies from all over to experience the diverse range of flavours it has to offer.
Blackbird Bar & Grill – 123 Eagle St, Brisbane City
Enjoy 180-degree views of the Brisbane River at Blackbird Bar & Grill, which is famous for its unsurpassable steak. You’ll be eating in style in this swanky Gatsby-inspired venue.
Esquire – 145 Eagle St, Brisbane City
The team at Esquire are known for plating up delicious and inspired creations. Order from the tempting à la carte menu or indulge in the degustation menu – the choice is yours.
Gerard’s Bistro – 14/15 James St, Fortitude Valley
A uniquely modern spin on Middle Eastern-inspired dishes, Gerard’s Bistro is your go-to for any meal of the day. Opt for the banquet for a long lunch shared with friends.


Celebrate your Brisbane getaway with a glass in hand at one of the coolest bars in town. Brisbane’s bar scene is exceptional, offering something for every sophisticated cocktail sipper and craft beer connoisseur.
Riverbar – 71 Eagle St, Brisbane City
Take in the stunning views in this prime location. Perched right on the Brisbane River, Riverbar is the perfect place to sit back, relax, and watch the sun set with your favourite drop.
Dandys Rooftop Bar – 71-73 Melbourne St, South Brisbane
Sitting atop one of Brisbane’s favourite venues, The Fox Hotel, Dandys Rooftop Bar is a colourful and cheery space to overlook South Bank. Enjoy the tunes while you make your way through their menu of signature cocktails and let the good times roll. 
Story Bridge Hotel – 200 Main St, Kangaroo Point
This Brisbane gem is loved among locals and visitors alike. And with its relaxed vibe and extensive selection of craft beers on tap, it’s no surprise! The Story Bridge Hotel is the place to be. 


Get out and about to experience all Brisbane has to offer at these renowned sights.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary – 708 Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket
The largest koala sanctuary in the world, animal-lovers will feel right at home at Lone Pine. From holding a koala to feeding kangaroos, this is the top spot to experience Australian wildlife.
South Bank Parklands – South Bank, South Brisbane
With endless dining options, a Cineplex, picnic spots, a pool, the Streets Beach Lagoon, and vibrant markets on weekends, the South Bank Parklands offer hours of fun for every member of the family. Take a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane to get the best view of the city.


Brisbane’s art scene is growing, and the city boasts many cultural assets to discover.
Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) – Stanley Pl, South Brisbane
Check out the exhibitions at GOMA, featuring exciting displays from local and international artists. From paintings to sculptures, there’s always something thought-provoking to see at this Brisbane gallery.
Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) – Grey St & Melbourne St, South Brisbane
Get your culture fix at QPAC. From theatre to ballet, this stunning arts theatre in Brisbane delivers both world-renowned and up-and-coming shows, whatever you’re in the mood for.


Need some downtime to break up all the fun of your Brisbane adventure? We’ve got you covered.
City Botanic Gardens – Alice St, Brisbane City
Take a leisurely stroll in the beautiful City Botanic Gardens. Pack some sandwiches and a thermos, find your favourite spot by the Bamboo Grove, Weeping Fig Avenue, or ornamental ponds, and enjoy a quiet afternoon surrounded by lush greenery.
Brisbane Botanic Gardens - Mount Coot-tha Rd, Toowong
Treat your senses to the unique flora of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, filled with distinctly different gardens for the whole family to enjoy. Highlights include the Japanese Gardens, Planetarium, and Gardens Café.
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