Queensland Backpackers explores Brisbane
Australia’s third largest city is a backpacker’s dream, full of amazing parks, vibrant nightlife, an ideal subtropical climate, and friendly people. The city is often listed among Australia’s most desirable places to live and everyone is looking to get in on the action: a staggering 1,000 people pack up and move here every day. If you’re headed to Brisbane be sure not to miss the best the city has to offer.
Hike through the Mt Coot-tha Reserve: Situated a mere 7 kilometers from the Brisbane city center, the Mt Coot-tha Reserve sprawls across 220 beautiful acres. The park boasts an expansive botanical garden with an impressive collection, from exotic rainforest trees to rare palms. The reserve is also home to Australia’s largest planetarium, If you’re looking to take a quick swim, be sure to check out Simpson Falls and JC Slaughter Falls.
The Aboriginal Art Trail is one of the best hikes in the park. It is short—a mere 1.5km—but it takes you past eight pieces of art work by local Aboriginal artists, including tree carvings, rock painting, and a ceremonial dance pit. If you’re looking for a hike that is a bit more challenging try the JC Slaughter Falls Track. The 3.4km path leads to a lookout over the reserve with stunning views.
Visit the Queensland Cultural Center: If you’re looking for a glimpse into Queensland’s fascinating past you will find it here. The Queensland Cultural Center is home to renowned Queensland Museum, which boasts a interesting collection of exhibits, from dinosaurs and ancient mammals to more modern artifacts, such as the Avian Cirrus, the tiny plane that Bert used to make the first England-to-Australia solo flight in 1928. The Queensland Cultural Center is also home the Queensland Art Gallery, an excellent place to get acquainted with the work of local artists.
Grab a coffee at the Gunshop Café: This gunshop turned café is now one of Brisbane’s trendiest eateries, with exposed brick walls, ornate ceiling lamps, and a beautiful garden in the back. The menu changes on a daily basis and boasts ingredients sourced from the local Brisbane market. A meal here is an absolute must.