How to spend your long weekend in Brisbane - Visit Brisbane


How to spend your long weekend in Brisbane

Hooray! The Ekka long weekend is on the way. Read on for our suggestions on how to spend your well-earned three-day break, whether you’re after hip hotels, urban adventures, boutique bars, live performances, gorgeous galleries, pretty parklands or delectable dining.

Day One

Morning: Walk Brisbane tour

Get to know Brisbane by taking an on-foot tour with Walk Brisbane. You'll see cool art, discover Brisbane’s stories and hear about people and history. You’ll explore hidden laneways, maybe try some local coffee and get the latest tips on the best bars, cafes, restaurants and things to do for the rest of your stay.

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 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


Pop into the Museum of Brisbane, which brings the city's art, culture and history to life through beautifully-curated exhibitions.

Early evening: Boutique beers and bars

For locally-made craft beer, Newstead Brewing Co and Green Beacon Brewing are popular locals’ hangouts in Newstead. For killer views of the Brisbane river and a laid back vibe check out Felons Brewing Co in the Howard Smith Wharves precinct or walk a few metres onwards to over-water bar Mr Percival's, where curated cocktails are a speciality. For more places to wet your whistle, see our Breweries of Brisbane list.


Plan to see a live gig or performance at The Outpost, The TriffidThe Zoo or Brisbane Powerhouse.

Day Two

Morning: Cruise to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Take a leisurely-paced cruise along the Brisbane River from South Bank to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary with Mirimar Cruises. At Lone Pine, you can get up close and personal with koalas, kangaroos and emus, see other native wildlife and be amazed by the raptor and sheepdog shows.

Afternoon: Urban adventure

Get active along the riverfront with Riverlife at Kangaroo Point. The urban adventure company is open for kayak, bike, URB-E and rollerblade hire, and for private group kayaking, abseiling and rock climbing experiences. For an elevated adventure, book a sky-high experience with the Story Bridge Adventure Climb and dare yourself to Walk The Plank or do a Cantilever Lean Out high above the river.

Evening: Sunset cruise

Enjoy a terrific twilight cruise on the Brisbane River with Mirimar Cruises. Receive a complimentary cocktail on boarding and take a leisurely cruise to the Brisbane Powerhouse where a welcome drink, appetizer and backstage tour await before a return cruise amid the dazzling city lights.

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

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 MAYA

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

Day Three

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, California and Bakery. Don’t miss the decadent cakes from Cakes & Sht in Bakery Lane. Cute and quirky boutiques can be found along Winn Lane, where you can also pick up bespoke contemporary jewellery from Jess Blak. Check out our laneways guide here.

Nearby, Brunswick Street and surrounds are home to intimate galleries showing off local talent, including Philip Bacon GalleriesJan Murphy Gallery and the Institute of Modern Art.

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 The Jetty, Popolo or Aquitaine at River Quay or procure the perfect picnic hamper to loll on the grass.

Afternoon: South Bank Parklands

After lunch, wander through South Bank, home to Brisbane's most celebrated parklands, by following the bougainvillea-covered Arbour. Stop by Street's Beach for a dip and then pop into the Queensland Museum, which tells the stories of the state. Nearby you can visit QAGOMA - home to sister galleries' the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art, Australia’s largest gallery of modern art.

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