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12 MUST-DO EXPERIENCES IN BRISBANE

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Brisbane is proudly sashaying out of the shadow of Sydney and Melbourne to steal the spotlight. Home to the most visited art gallery in Australia and the world's number one young university, Brisbane is finally having it's turn at the mic. What makes Brisbane special? It's the warmth of the people, the fusion of a relaxed culture and a burning desire to shine brighter.
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South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia
Walking under the beautiful, floral arbour at South Bank parklands never fails to take my breath away. Don't leave Brisbane without walking through South Bank, under the arbour that meanders through the parklands and along the river. Check out...
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This was taken outside the locally famous Antique Barn, looking down the street past cafes and boutiques, at the start of the long stretch of famous ( at least in Brisbane) Paddington shopping. Paddington's main road is a shopper's paradise, lined...
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Brisbane QLD, Australia
These bittersweet blooms herald the start of Spring and for Australian students, time to start studying for exams. Brisbane is covered in washings of lilac every year thanks to the beautiful Jacaranda trees, which colour the skies and carpet the...
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145 Eagle St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
On prime position amongst Eagle Street's freshest bars, Esquire was the most highly awarded restaurant in Brisbane in 2012 and 2013 for it's ever changing degustation menu. The meals are tiny but pack a punch ( as will the bill). Sleek, open...
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280 Given Terrace, Paddington QLD 4064, Australia
The pizzas don't get much bigger than they do at the Kookaburra Cafe. A local landmark in Paddington, the Kookaburra serves up traditional Aussie fare in a relaxed, once residential building in the heart of the Paddington shopping strip. It also...
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Montague Rd & Jane Street, West End QLD 4101, Australia
It's simple food, served out of a demountable but the atmosphere can't be beaten. After you've worked up an appetite doing your shopping at Brisbane's Davies Park Farmers Markets on a Saturday morning stop for a coffee and a chat at the food van....
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Queen St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
Every Wednesday, Redacliffe Place bursts into life as the Jan Power Farmers Markets take over the square between the casino and the library. Feast your senses on fresh produce, Kingaroy peanuts, Byron Bay honey, Turkish breads, Singaporean...
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Eagle St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
Watch the sun go down and the city light up over a few drinks at Eagle Street Pier. It's the most relaxed Brisbane's (smaller) answer to Wall Street ever gets and there isn't a prettier place in town to loosen the tie or let your hair down....
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Stanley Pl, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia
The Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) burst onto the Brisbane scene in 2006 and has been demanding national and international attention ever since, earning top spot as the most visited art gallery in Australia and in the Top 50 Art Galleries In The...
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Brisbane's most scenic public transport is the City Cat. As a child, I even made it my birthday tradition to take a ride on the city cat through the city, stopping off at Eagle Street Pier, South Bank and New Farm Park. It's the perfect way to see...
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Kurilpa Bridge, Brisbane QLD, Australia
A vibrant river city, there seems to always be a new bridge being unveiled in Brisbane. The Story Bridge lights up beautifully at night, best viewed from Kangaroo Point or Eagle Street Pier. The Goodwill Bridge is a handy footbridge between QUT,...
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The Eat Street Markets launched in Brisbane with a bang, quickly ramping up their weekend offering from Friday night-only to a weekend long fiesta as Brisbane foodies flocked to the new mecca for international street food. The enormous markets are...
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Level 77, q1 building/9 Hamilton Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217, Australia
Australia's tallest residential tower allows visitors to take the elevator to the bar and restaurant located at the top, which offers views 230 meters above the beaches, skyscrapers and surrounding valley. Grab a celebratory glass of champagne or...