How to Enjoy Brisbane in 48 Hours

How to Enjoy Brisbane in 48 Hours

If you only have 48 hours to explore Brisbane, can you see all of the important bits and not miss a thing? The answer is yes – but it requires plenty of planning! Here is our guide on how to sightsee Brisbane in just 2 days.

Head Out Early

On your first full day in Brisbane, be sure to head out as early as possible. Don’t linger in bed in your hotel – get out there and see what’s waiting for you! This city has so much to offer, so you’re going to have to get going as soon as possible. For the morning, head to the Gallery of Modern Art as soon as it opens on the South Bank. This gives you a chance to miss the crowds and see everything for yourself.

Get Mobile

To see the key sights quickly and without wearing yourself out, it’s necessary to get a little help. Get mobile with a Segway tour of the city! This will take you to see landmarks such as the Story Bridge, and will also give you a good idea of how the city is laid out. After lunch, consider booking in for a half day kayak tour to see even more from the Brisbane River. This will show you a different side to the city, and it’s also a lot of fun. Plus, you can now say you have been kayaking and riding a Segway in Brisbane. Check, check, and check!

Enjoy Local Delights

Don’t rely on fast food – make sure that you take the time to sample the local delights. Find out the best cafes and restaurants in the city that will coincide with your routes as you explore. Make a note of them and go visit them for lunch and dinner every day! This way you get a cultural understanding of the city even as you explore. Remember, sometimes the best experiences can be found in the least obvious places. Try and get tips from a local to have the best food in Brisbane!

Meet the Residents

On your second day, there’s something you have to do before you leave. Don’t bid farewell to Brisbane until you have been to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary! There’s nothing like having a cuddle with a koala, and you will want to spend at least half the day there to get the most out of it. Later, in the afternoon, your decision will be influenced by taste. Do you head to the Museum of Brisbane to learn about history and culture? Or do you go to the Brisbane Powerhouse? This is a modern art centre, but it’s also a place to socialise, enjoy great food, and gather in the sun. You might also be lucky enough to catch a free music, comedy, or visual arts performance.

When you have just 48 hours to spend, the important thing is fitting in as much as possible. Get up early and go to bed late – you can sleep once you’re back home in your own bed! Brisbane has too much to offer to miss out with early nights and sleeping in.

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