Brisbane is a fun, laid-back city with a ton of atmosphere, a vibrant events scene, great food and fantastic nightlife. Many tourists skip Brisbane and head straight to the glitzy Gold Coast, but the city has so much to offer tourists in its own right: whether you’re checking out a live band in Fortitude Valley, kayaking the Brisbane River or checking out the talented fire-twirlers at the monthly West End Fire Festival, you’ll find that Brisbane is a unique city that’s full of character, friendly locals and plenty to see and do.
You’ll certainly be able to understand why both Lonely Planet and GQ Magazine have called Brisbane “Australia’s hippest city”!
Lets explore the best things to do in Brisbane:
1. Visit the West End
The West End is a hub of alternative culture, as well as a great place to enjoy cuisine from all over the world, or a fun night on the town.
You’ll definitely be able to see how Brisbane got its “hippest city” moniker after a visit to the West End.
The Lychee Lounge is particularly worth checking out; it’s exotic craft cocktails are delicious and unique.
Good Time Bar is also great for its quirky record-store atmosphere and the interesting crowd it attracts.
The West End is renowned for its lively music scene, its healthy and delicious food options, gorgeous street art, and its vintage and alternative boutique shopping.
The Davies Park Market is also a lot of fun, with everything from pre-loved clothes to gorgeous flowers and organic produce.
Orleigh Park is a popular spot for a stroll, and since it’s right on the river, the views are stunning.