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Backpacking through Queensland? - What to do with 24 hours in Brisbane...

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PICTURE THIS: You’ve just arrived in Brisbane, checked into Base Brisbane Embassy or Uptown dumped your bags in your room and ask yourself the question - what do I do with 24 hours in Brisbane?

The best place to kick off any trip around Brisbane is the Queen Street Mall. Just two blocks from Base Brisbane Central hostel – and literally right behind Base Embassy – the Queen Street Mall is Brisbane’s premier shopping precinct. Cruise up the mall to Albert Street before swinging right to check out King George Square and Brisbane’s iconic City Hall.

brisbane city hall

Head back to Queen Street and keep walking up the mall until you find the old (the heritage-listed Treasury Casino) and the new (the Brisbane City Council Library). Keep walking up from there over the Victoria Bridge to get a nice view of the Brisbane River- South Bank Parklands to your right, the CBD and Kangaroo Point Cliffs ahead and to the left.

Over the river there’s more things to do than you can poke a stick at – I know, because I got a stick, started poking, eventually gave it up as a bad joke… Once over the river on the right you’ll find the Queensland Museum for all you ever wanted to know about Australia’s natural history; the Sciencentre for all you ever wanted to know about science and technology (in a seriously fun way!); and the Gallery of Modern Art for all you ever wanted to know about Australian and international modern art.

gallery of modern art brisbane

Course that’s not all you ever wanted to know about is it – what about food? No problems there because Brisbane’s West End has just about every type of cuisine you could possibly want (unless you’re after traditional Kyrgyzstan cooking) + cool pubs and bistros + some seriously sensational second-hand book stores! Of course, if all you want to do is chill out and maybe have a swim; South Bank Parklands has you covered there. Markets on weekends, artificial lagoon with beach, green spaces to just lie about and top up that sun tan! Once that’s done and the sun decides it’s bed time, walk over to Kangaroo Point to watch it descend over the hills of Brisbane…

Naturally, if you’ve only got 24 hours in Brisbane, you’ll want to have a drink and meet other like-minded travelers. Head back home, because when the sun goes to bed, the Down Under Bar comes out to play…

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