Destination Guide: Brisbane – RatPack Travel



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Where do we begin!

Brissy is a city full of foodie spots, bars and awesome nightlife.. Want a more chilled experience? Check out the galleries & museums around Southbank, or venture to one of the surrounding islands. Remember Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin? You can visit Australia Zoo as you head North to Noosa from Brisbane. Check out the crocs or do the proper aussie trip thing and hold a koala!  

Where is it?

South Queensland

Get these ON your bucketlist...

  • Wheel of Brisbane
  • Swim at the South Bank Street Beach
  • Visit Moreton Island
  • Go to North Stradbroke Island
  • Skydive!!
  • Australia Zoo {Steve Irwins Zoo!}
  • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary {cuddle a koala!}
  • Mount Coot-ha Lookout
  • Glasshouse Mountains

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Free things to do here:

  • Streets Beach Lagoon – a beaut pool that overlooks the river and the city!
  • Stand up comedy on a Friday night at the powerhouse
  • Check out the Queensland Musuem, The Science Musuem or the Gallery of modern art
  • Go up the clock tower and see the whole city {go here early to get your free ticket}
  • Go up and down the river on the free city hopper ferry
  • Chill out at Roma Street parklands
  • Mount Coot-ha – the ultimate cityscape view

Hostel recommendations:

  • Summerhouse Backpackers – a smaller hostel with a family vibe, awesome rooftop area and organised events
  • Base
  • YHA City

Areas to check out...

  • Fortitude Valley
  • Kangaroo Point
  • South Bank
  • Roma Street Parklands
  • Botanic Gardens
  • New Farm

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Foodie Spots...

  • SO many good Japanese restaurants in the centre of town
  • Eat Street Northshore
  • Eagle Street Pier
  • Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall
  • Head to Fortitude Valley for epic food >> use the website happiest hour for tips on where the best dinner and drink deals are. 
  • If you miss having a cheeky nandos in the UK… DONT PANIC….. Brissy has gotcha back, here you’ll find nandos.

Hit the town...

  • Down Under – the nomads bar
  • Guilty Rogue – the base bar
  • Fortitude Valley for loads of clubs – check out retro’s, GPO and try and find the secret whisky bar!
  • South Bank for plenty of pubs with epic views!
  • Dandys Rooftop Bar
  • Sixteen antlers
  • Up on Constance or Eleven Rooftop bars are epic

Top tips for Brisbane..

Brisbane is a great spot to check out whilst you are on the East Coast, get out into the city and get walking! Check out our tips below to make the most of the city:

  • Get a translink Gocard to explore the city
  • Use the free BBQ’s on southbank and in Roma Street Parklands
  • Keep an eye out for free events around the city and sporting events at the Suncorp Stadium

Our Top Tips


  • Summerhouse Backpackers
  • YHA City 
  • Base or Nomads Hostel

Day Tours

  • Australia Zoo
  • Gold Coast
  • Stradbrooke Island


  • Up on Constance
  • Eleven
  • Down Under Bar


  • Southbank Beer Garden
  • The Bavarian 
  • Coffee Iconic

Hidden Gems

  • Spice Alley
  • The Rocks
  • Watsons Bay


  • Glass House Mountains
  • Mount Coot-ha

How long?

1-3 Days

We recommend hitting up Brisbane for just a few days! If you are on a working holiday visa then you can be super flexible but if you are on a tight timeframe just a few days will be plenty. 

Where next?

  • Travelling up? Noosa
  • Travelling down? Gold Coast
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