To get to Brisbane we decided to get a bus from Gold Coast which took about 1 hour 30 minutes. The bus company was called Premier Motor Service and the tickets cost 16 AUD each. Our accommodation was once again very central so we walked from the bus station to the apartment. During our stay we mainly walked and used uber if needed. We also used Uber to get to the airport at the end of our stay as there was hardly anything in the price between the fare and the price of the air rail.
Our accommodation was an air bnb apartment located in a complex in the centre of Brisbane. Our host had left our key with reception to check in so it was really straight forward. Once we had checked in we had a look around the gym and pool area. Then our day took a turn for the worse… straight away we went to do our weekly food shop. The supermarket was literally a 5 minute walk from our apartment. At the end of the shop I was waiting outside for Shawn whilst he went to buy us a bottle of wine (in Australia alcohol is not sold in supermarkets) … and I went to check for the apartment key in my pocket and it had somehow disappeared. After checking ever single aisle and asking the poor girl on the customer service desk about 1,000,000 times whether it has been handed in, I had no choice but to call the host. When you book an air bnb there are two types of hosts, one that love meeting with you and telling you all about their city and the other who send you a set of instructions prior to arrival and avoid any form of contact with you. This time we happened to have number 2. To be honest he was a great help with the situation and asked the reception team to let us in to our room whilst he went to collect his spare key. 2 hours later and 100 AUD down, we had another key.
When searching for things to do in Brisbane before our trip, so many free activities came up. On our first day we headed to Brisbane Museum where there was a variety of displays on the history of Brisbane. From the museum you are able to go up the clock tower which used to be the tallest building in Brisbane. Now it seems to be one of the smallest, however it did have some good views. Over the weekend there was a Flavour food and drink festival along the South bank of the river. Southbank is a beautiful area which has been more recently developed, it a has a lovely pathway along the side of the river which boasts great views of the city. There are also beautiful picnic areas and even an outdoor swimming pool. At the Flavour festival, there were famous chefs cooking, as well as food and drink stalls with lots of free tasters and live music.
There just seemed to be endless malls in Brisbane. Queen Street Mall seemed to be the most popular located right in the centre. There was also a park area located opposite the shopping mall where the Brisbane council had put lots of deckchairs for anyone wanting to chill out. We sat there for a while one day and I thought it was such a good idea. There is also a lovely restaurant/café/bar located just outside of the mall, it is two-storey and is great for people watching.Nightlife
One of my favourite bars was Sixteen Antlers. It was located on the rooftop of the Mercure hotel and had some great views. We stumbled across this bar when trying to find one we had seen online and it’s safe to say it is a hidden gem. The bar area itself was small and cosy with lots of comfy seating a heated lamps to keep you warm during the evening. The bar was reasonably priced, a glass of wine was around 9AUD and cocktails 17AUD. We also went to a free comedy night held at the Powerhouse on the Friday evening which featured 3 comedians. The acts were actually really good and the venue was so busy. I thought it was really good that they would provide free entertainment on a Friday night of all nights, you would never get that in the UK!