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Brisbane Essentials in Half a Day + Video


Located in Queensland, Brisbane is the third biggest city in Australia and the first in its state. Relatively new city, Brisbane is a really nice place to discover and go around for a day or two. While I was visiting Fraser Island (see my article here), I flew from Sydney to Brisbane and back. I never set a foot in Brisbane before so that was a great way for me to discover the city in half a day!

My best way of discovering a city when travelling is by walking. Walking is great for you but also to discover places you would never see on a tour or from hoping from place to place. It can be exhausting from time to time, but you always have the option to go at that local bar or cafe and take a break!

Here are some must-see things for a Brisbane walk guide:

City Botanic Gardens

One of the first things I like the check out when in a city are their botanic gardens. In such new cities like Brisbane, I find it really good to wind down and see a bit of green. The City Botanic Gardens are also bordered by the Brisbane River which makes a very lovely view. You will also find around Alice Street, George Street, Parliament House and Queensland University of Technology campus (what a cool place to study!).

South Bank

You can access Brisbane South Bank by crossing a bridge on your walking tour. South Bank is a cultural, educational and recreational precinct where you will find a big wheel, amazing and free swimming pools and Queensland university. I thought the swimming pool idea was super cool, especially when Brisbane must get pretty hot in summer.


Centre with Queen Street Mall and City Hall

There’s a lot to do, see and shop around Brisbane centre. The Queen Street Mall is a pedestrian outside mall, super modern and has many cafes and bars around. It looks like there’s also a stage for concerts! Not too far from it, the city hall is a really cool piece of architecture to also check out.


For just a half day, it might be short to check museums but it’s always nice to walk past some of them especially if they are on the way! So if you’re curious and got a bit of time, have a look around Queensland museum, Queensland Art Gallery, Museum of Brisbane and many others.

Australian Museum Brisbane

Views of the city / Eagle Street Pier

Finally there are many cool views to see around Brisbane! Whether it’s from the South Bank, one of the bridges or anywhere near the river, there’s always something cool to see. I haven’t found a place yet but it would be cool to see the whole city from very high as well! I still got to see a beautiful sunset from a hostel before leaving.

Other things to see:

The Shrine of Remembrance next to the Aneac Square. It’s a beautiful piece of architecture and heritage-listed town square and war memorial located between Ann Street and Adelaide Street, in Brisbane.

Post Office Square which has a really nice patch of green as well as a huge shopping arcade and car park.

A bit further, Mount Coot-Tha lets you see a beautiful view of the whole city while enjoying botanic gardens, waterfalls and hikes.

And many other things that I haven’t yet heard of I’m sure!


Brisbane is a fun city to discover, especially on a sunny day! Everything looked very new to me so that’s very interesting to discover a city like this. I’m looking forward to the next time I visit the city and discovering more things!

Hope you enjoyed the video and my photographs as well! What should I see in Brisbane next time?

Brisbane sunset

Brisbane city view


South bank big wheel