August 29, 2018

Last year, some 9 million tourists visited Australia. Despite being the capital of the Sunshine State, Brisbane is commonly passed over for its more glamorous sister. Perhaps Brisbane might not be as swanky as Sydney, but its charm lies in its urban tranquillity. Boasting some of the coolest spots Down Under, here are some spots in Brisbane to slow down and savour the moment.

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South Bank

South Bank, lovingly known as “Brisbane’s favourite backyard” remains a mainstay of Brisbane’s coast. Spanning 17 hectares of parklands, South Bank is a one-stop destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment—perfect for couples and families. Must-sees include Queensland’s own Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), the Wheel of Brisbane, Soleil Pool Bar, and weekend instalments of the Collective Markets.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is a mere 15-minute drive from Brisbane City. However, if you have the time, opt for the scenic route aboard the cruise ship that takes you down Brisbane’s waterfront, with live commentary to boot. Don’t be taken aback if a komodo dragon stumbles into the café while you’re having your meal; these creatures are allowed to roam free around the Sanctuary. Make sure you also check out the kangaroos, snakes, and other Australian wildlife.

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Coffee Anthology

If there’s a national Australian food icon, it’s got to be good ol’ avo toast. Located on Margaret Street in the heart of Brizzy’s CBD, Coffee Anthology is renowned for its delicious food and fantastic service. Serving up brunch staples from waffles to bagels to eggs benedict, Coffee Anthology is an institution that is here to stay. Don’t forget your cuppa.

The Brisbane Chocolate Walking Tour

What better way to acquaint yourself with the city than going on a Chocolate Walking Tour? Strap on some comfortable shoes and get ready for 3 hours of chocolate tastings littered around the city. Conducted every Saturday from Queen Street Mall, the tour is an opportune time to gain an insight into the art of chocolate while making friends with fellow tourists and locals alike.

Brisbane Lookout at Mount Coot-tha

A classic destination for visitors to Brisbane, scenic Mount Coot-tha promises to satisfy both your wanderlust and your belly. Skip the movies and take your partner on a romantic hike along the walking trail. Those who make it to the top can reward themselves with a panoramic view of the city over a meal at the award-winning Summit Restaurant.

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