48 hours in Woolloongabba and Kangaroo Point
If you’re in Brisbane for the weekend and heading to the cricket or an AFL match, you’ll no doubt be heading to Woolloongabba. The excellent news is there’s plenty to do if you’re staying close to the Gabba. You have an abundance of accommodation options in the area, and it has the experiences and food to match. Strap yourself in, it’s going to be a great weekend.
Check in, then relax
If you’re coming in from Brisbane Airport you’ll no doubt be in a cab gliding over the Story Bridge. Your first order of business is to snap a pic of the incredible city lights and then exhale – the weekend has landed. After you’ve checked in to your accommodation, head down to Canvas at Woolloongabba for extremely laid-back drinks and eats. The tapas and pizzas are great, and on the cocktail front we recommend either Penny’s Big Bang (like a slice of raspberry lemon cheesecake in a glass) or one of the many martinis available.
But take it easy, the weekend’s just begun.
Eat breakfast at Foxy Bean
This cafe is a local favourite, especially in the evenings when it becomes Foxy Drop and serves a selection of cocktails and wines with share plates and meals. But it's breakfast time so get yourself the bushman's benedict with chiptole braised beef cheeks and pork savoury mince, poached eggs, bearnaise, fresh spinach and sourdough. What a mouthful.
History of Boggo Road Gaol tours happen at 11am Thursday to Saturday and 10am Sundays, but you should get in contact with the tour operators and inquire about their next Ex-inmate/Ex-officer Tour or the Escapes Tour.
Eat at 'Brisbane’s worst vegetarian restaurant'
The Norman Hotel is the go-to pub for footy fans heading to a Brisbane Lions AFL match (the Gabba’s just down the road) and the steaks are generally considered to be among the best in Brisbane. They call themselves “Brisbane’s worst vegetarian restaurant” if that’s any indication.
For two glorious hours you can take in insanely great views of Brisbane in one of only three bridge climbs in the world. It also has the only bridge abseiling experience in the world, so you can truly make the day an unforgettable one.
Catch the cricket or an AFL match at the Gabba
Brisbane’s live sport calendar is generally packed and you’d be mad not to get involved in the awesome atmosphere at the Gabba when there’s either cricket or AFL on. And let’s face it, Brisbane weather pretty much rocks all year round so a night at the footy in winter is basically summer down south.
Have a huge beer at the Brisbane German Club
Prost mate! The German Club is just across the road from the Gabba on Vulture St and the beer hall gets extremely lively with awesome music (played by a lederhosen-wearing guy named Andrew), huge steins of beer and authentic German food (get the pork knuckle then cry when you finish it). And after all that delicious witbier, you’re bound to sleep well.
Have a late-ish brekky at Pearl Café
You’ve no doubt slept in thanks to the revelries of the German Club, so clear your fuzzy head with great coffee and even better eats at Pearl Café. The menu changes a bit but if the baked eggs with house-cured duck ham is available, tuck in. Note the breakfast menu finishes by 11am.
Kayak along the Brisbane River
Work off that mammoth breakfast with a kayak tour of the Brisbane River with Riverlife. You can paddle your way under the Story Bridge or down past South Bank, and you can try some cool manoeuvres, such as standing while paddling, swapping kayaks or even kayak basketball.
You might be struggling to lift your arms after that kayak session but there’s no better motivation than a cold craft beer. Brewhouse Brisbane has the medicine and you should also grab lunch here – spanner crab hushpuppies (kind of like a croquette) are the goods.
Load up on meats, cheese and olives at Pennisi Cuisine
If you’re a cheese platter kind of person (who isn’t, seriously?) you can load up on the good stuff here. Create a charcuterie platter to die for and grab all the trimmings while you’re here – don’t forget the olives.
Watch the sunset over the city from the Kangaroo Point Cliffs
Photo by @taramary7
Now you have your platter, head on over to the Kangaroo Point Cliffs and watch the sunset paint the sky and the city a thousand different shades of orange and pink. It’s one of the best views in Brisbane so be sure to have your phone’s camera at the ready (#brisbaneanyday if you’re posting online) and marvel in the weekend that was.