The Big Trip: Brisbane

Leaving Byron Bay for Brisbane we were hopeful and excited for what the city had to offer, not least the opportunity to catch up with our friend Negin again.

The city is the most populated area in Queensland and the third largest populated area in Australia.  Despite this, we found the city to be relatively quiet and really chilled out.  It was a welcome change to the overcrowding in Byron Bay, Sydney and Melbourne.

We stayed at Annie’s Shandon Inn which whilst it was quite a short walk from the bus stop, it was at the top of a very steep hill making the walk hard word, especially in the heat.  We had a private double room with a shared bathroom and included in the price was a continental breakfast.  The owners were very welcoming and we found the facilities to be fine.  The décor in our room was full blown chintz; everything from the bed linen to the wallpaper, the room accessories and even the ceiling was completely covered in floral patterns!  It wasn’t to our tastes but it made no difference to our stay, just helped give the place a traditional ye olde inn feel.

Meeting up with our friend, we made our way to the Botanic Gardens and were fortunate enough to have a wander around the Riverside at the Gardens Market.  Whilst we didn’t see every area of the Gardens it was the perfect place to spend an afternoon strolling around in the sun, especially as the entry was free!  The market stalls sell a diverse range of products, everything from arts and crafts and fashion to food.

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After a quick pit stop for a cold drink we crossed over one of the many bridges to the South Bank.

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We had a wander around the South Bank Market before heading to Guzman y Gomez for lunch.  Whilst it is a chain restaurant it offered affordable and speedy lunch options for those with a hankering for some Mexican food.

After lunch we went to the Cineplex Cinema and booked tickets to see Batman v Superman that evening as well as Zootropolis the following day.  The cinema has great facilities and the pricing is fantastic.  If you’re in Brisbane and fancy watching a film, we highly recommend the South Bank location.

We continued exploring the South Bank, enjoying the Streets Beach man-made white sand beach, wandering around the Rainforest Walk and trying to spot bats before admiring the craftsmanship of the Nepal Peace Pagoda.

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On our last day in the city we went to explore the West End and found the Three Monkeys Coffee and Teahouse where we stopped to put our feet up and enjoy refreshing beverages and tasty treats.

We then took advantage of the free river ferry and cruised to each of the stops getting a unique perspective on the beautiful city.

If you missed the video of our time in Brisbane, be sure to check it out here.

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