Three-day Brisbane itinerary - Visit Brisbane

Taste of Brisbane: 72-hour itinerary

Are you the sort of tourist that likes to see the sights via your grumbling tummy? Get a true taste for Brisbane life with this three-day or 72-hour itinerary exploring Brisbane's best neighbourhoods bars, galleries and cafes.

Day One

Morning: Brisbane Greeters Tour

The best way to discover a city with heart is to start with the people who know it best. And even better, it’s free. Find out what makes Brisbane tick by jumping on a daily Brisbane Greeters walking tour. Led by passionate local volunteers, peek behind the scenes of our fair city and discover a Brisbane you never knew existed.

Lunch: Eat all the things

Comuna Cantina

If you are staying city side and wanting something delicious but well priced check out Coppa Spuntino for delectable pasta dishes and an excellent wine selection, Communa Cantina for tasty Mexican tacos and Felix for Goodness for fresh and ethically sourced lunch options such as pumpkin and apple fritters with poached quince. 

Early Afternoon: Check into your boutique accommodation

Select from a range of boutique hotels with contemporary, heritage or the traditional Queensland designs, locations and prices. From the award-winning five-star establishments, the Emporium Hotel South Bank, The Fantauzzo and Spicers Balfour, to the centrally located Capri by Fraser, the W Brisbane or NEXT Hotel and the quirky heritage listed Ovolo Inchcolm

Late night: Boutique Beers

Green Beacon

With Brisbane’s small-bar revolution, boutique beer is back on the menu. Get lost in the “Brewmuda Triangle.” Start at Tippler’s Tap, walk to Newstead Brewing Co and finish at Green Beacon Brewing for quality crafted beer and mellow crowds at the locals’ hangouts. For killer views of the Brisbane river and a laid back vibe check out Felons Brewing Co. or for something a bit special head to the over-water bar Mr Percivals located in the Howard Smith Wharves precinct. For more place to wet your whistle see our Breweries of Brisbane list. 

Day Two

Breakfast: Naim, Paddington

Naim has brought a modern cafe menu inspired by the marketplaces of the Middle East to the hilltop Paddington table. There sure are some exotic yet taste bud-tingling flavours and dishes on the Naim menu - the Pumpkin and Haloumi is delicious.

Morning: Paddington

After breakfast, wander down Latrobe Tce and Given Tce, Paddington. Paddington is a charming urban village well known for its traditional Queenslander houses that dot the hills among large leafy trees. But the suburb also has a reputation for being a hotspot for dining, wining and shopping.

Early Afternoon: Galleries

Catch a taxi to Brunswick St to visit the art galleries in Fortitude Valley: 
Philip Bacon Galleries: 2 Arthur St
Jan Murphy Gallery: 486 Brunswick St
Institute of Modern Art: 420 Brunswick St
Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts: 420 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley

Evening: Brisbane Powerhouse

Take a short taxi ride or CityCat to the Brisbane Powerhouse, situated on the Brisbane River. Brisbane Powerhouse is a unique venue featuring cutting-edge contemporary performances from Australia and overseas. This remarkable performing arts space, which once powered the largest tram network in the Southern Hemisphere, has become one of our foremost performing arts institutions. Don’t miss enjoying a sunset drink on the river at Bar Alto or Proud Mary.

Dinner: Les Bubbles, Bloodhound Corner Bar and Kitchen or Baja Modern Mexican

Les Bubbles

Be transported to France at Les Bubbles – a traditional French steakhouse serving mouth-watering steaks and bottomless frites. When the temperature drops, Bloodhound’s cosy and warm atmosphere is where you’ll want to be. From the kitchen you will find simple yet flavoursome South American food. For bright and fresh, vibrant flavours, Baja is the way to go. With a signature Margarita that will have you coming back time and time again, you can't go wrong with this pick. 

Late Night: Elixir Roof Top Bar and Eleven Rooftop Bar

Raise your glasses sky-high at rooftop bars Elixir and Eleven. Take in the sweeping views of the city while sipping on creative cocktails.

Day Three

Breakfast: Sourced Grocer

Housed in a converted warehouse, the open plan space serves as part dining, part grocer and is the perfect spot to indulge in wholesome organic food, sip on perfectly brewed coffee and stock up on local fresh produce and gourmet goodies.

Morning: Fortitude Valley

Explore James St for a great collection of designer and eclectic boutiques and flagship stores including St. Barts, Scanlan + Theodore, Bassike, Calexico Boutique, Camargue and Molten Store



Continue to walk up Ann St, Fortitude Valley where you’ll stumble across hidden laneways Winn and Bakery Lane. Don’t miss the decadent gluten and dairy-free brownies from I Heart Brownies at its flagship store in Bakery Lane. Cute and quirky boutiques can be found along Winn Lane, where you can also pick up hard-to-find independent publications at Kunstler.

Lunch: River Quay

South Bank is the ideal location for a slightly longer lunch where you can sit and enjoy Brisbane River views. Take a stroll along the Clem Jones Promenade before dining at Stokehouse Q, The Jetty, Popolo or Aquitaine at River Quay.

Afternoon: South Bank

After lunch wander through South Bank to the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). Since opening, Australia’s largest gallery of modern art has played host to many exclusive exhibitions. Over five levels, GOMA offers metres of galleries, including a dedicated exhibition on Aboriginal art, purpose-built cinémathèque, children’s art centre, research library, restaurant and retail facilities. Entry to the gallery is complimentary, however costs apply for special exhibitions.

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