To experience a scenic view of the city, conquer Brisbane Story Bridge where you’ll see on the north is the Glasshouse Mountains and on the south, World Heritage-listed Gold Coast wilderness. As you learn about the bridge’s history and construction in a two-hour journey, visitors will rise 80 meters (262 feet) above sea level.
Where to Dine
Home to a number of restaurants and cafés — Brisbane — at which chefs highlight local Queensland produce. Multi-award-winning Esquire serves sophisticated and exciting food through its daily degustation menu in the center of the city. Another popular choice for its “omnivore” and “herbivore” set menus with matching wines is Urbane. If you are a breakfast person, check out Gauge which offers fresh, healthy food with many ingredients made in-house, while Gerard’s Bistro menu is taken from international flavors. For go-to for burgers, Miel Container is the place to visit and is situated in a bright-red shipping container down Albert Street. Rooftop bars Up on Constance and Eleven in Fortitude Valley serves the best cocktails or check out Cobbler in West End where you can choose from more than 400 whiskeys.
Check out Brisbane’s islands
Dotted with idyllic islands for Brisbane’s coastline. Just a 70-minute ferry ride from Brisbane is Moreton Island, this was identified as the third largest sand island in the world, the island home has less than 100 population. Creating a blissful paradise of sandy beaches, bush and lagoons, most of the island is a national park. Popular for diving and snorkeling Moreton Island is also home to the famous Tangalooma Wrecks. Another fantastic holiday destination is North Stradbroke Island and can be reached just a 40-minute ferry ride from the bayside town of Cleveland. Dunwich, Amity and Point Lookout are the three villages on the island – bordered by serene blue bays, impressive surf beaches, and relaxing lakes. Between June and October, tour the island by bicycle, pausing at Point Lookout to spot migrating whales.
Spend the night in a luxury wilderness camp
The Nightfall Wilderness Camp, just 90 minutes south of Brisbane, is where best spend a night under the stars. There is exclusivity at the camp as it is limited to six adults at any one time, and visitors will spend the night in luxury safari tents kitted out with fireplaces and vintage baths. There is an option to dine on fire-cooked organic cuisine or utilize tent camp kitchen and private barbecue to bring out the “chef” in you. Providing guests access to lush rainforest, waterfalls and walking trails as the camp is next to World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park.