Brisbane 2011


Going to Brisbane soon. Have some plans, but suggestions welcome, especially teenager-friendly places to have dinner or near the CBD.

(Very disappointed to be missing the Emulator retro games exhibition. Ah well.)

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

9 replies on “Brisbane”

check out the tramway museum in Ferny Grove, north west of the city (just a short walk from the train station). It’s got a number of different classes of trams, a section of track for them to run on and they do rides as well …

Tram museum is definitely on the list. The rail museum in Ipswitch is closed due to fire-related power supply problems.

Southbank yes, galleries and museum etc. Will look at the Gold Coast and forest skywalk too.

Roma street parklands is worth a look in my opinion… (If I recall correctly, it used to be a rail yard – unrecognisable as such now though!)

The lagoon beach swimming pool thing on southbank is good too

agree with Dogs Breath though, there doesn’t seem to be much to do in Brisbane CBD…

I’m biased but I think Brisbane is a hidden gem. Some thoughts:

GOMA is outstanding

If it’s been restored since the flood to its original glory, Southbank is the world’s best ‘public baths’ and the Grey Street redevelopment behind it is an interesting example of urban design

Try to do an intensive driving tour of inner city suburbs like Paddington, Red Hill, Highgate Hill, Hill End, etc. The streetscapes of old Brisbane with their hills, vistas, verandahs and vines are magnificent and unique.

I’m very impressed by the landscaping at UQ. Agree with a previous commenter that the Roma St gardens are delightful.

Yeah GoMAa is worthwhile.
The theme parks are worth doing too if you’re going to the Gold Coast….cost cutting has meant a 3 park pass can be had for $99 these days.

Oh, and make sure you go for a ride on the Busways (Probably the worlds best example of BRT in action). The citycats are included in your PT tickets too, so that’s a cheap way to cruise the river.

While we love all things Melbourne, must put a shout out to ‘Freestyle’ at Emporium in Fortitude Valley (Central location). This cafe does the most amazing dessert plates! If you want an alternative dining experience too and your teenagers are nearing their twenties, try ‘Garuva’ – not far from Emporium.

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As others have said, South Bank is a great place to spend the day. As well as the parklands and beach, you get the museum, Sciencecentre (for a fee), Gallery of Modern Art and Art Gallery all in one place. Check out Amicis restaurant at the opposite end of Southbank for good food.

The Music Kafe in West End is a small place that has local bands playing most nights. Cheap drinks duirng happy hour and try the pizza, best value and pretty darn good.

The Commissariat Store along William Street is a great place for the history buff. A good selection of historical items and good guides to tell you the story of early convict life in Brissy. Would like to see a pic of you ‘planking’ on the wooden autopsy table.

The Casino-end of the Queen Street Mall has great German markets on Wednesdays. Also, the German Club at Woollongabba has great food, beers and atmosphere. Sunday they have raffles and smallgoods for sale.

Citycycle (user pays Council supplied bicycles/helmets) for a hair-raising self paced bike tour of the CBD and surrounds or a leisurely ride through the City Botanic Gardens.

If you get to Fortitude Valley (Chinatown, next to the CBD), you have to go to the Kuan Yin Tea House for excellent vegetarian fish, chicken and pork (the kids won’t even know that it’s not real meat). Gotta try a pudding milk tea (with real custard pieces) and pork friend rice.

If you’d like more suggestions, drop me a line.

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