An indulgent 48-hour Brisbane adventure
Strap yourself in and get ready to experience Brisbane in just one weekend of adventure and indulgence. From an island hop to spa treatments in Brisbane City, this itinerary covers your 48-hour Brisbane trip with all the best the city has to offer.
Evening: Story Bridge Adventure Climb
Check into Capri by Fraser. These 4.5-star apartments in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD are the perfect HQ for your weekend getaway. Spacious and luxuriously appointed, each studio and one-bedroom apartment comes with a sweeping view of the Botanic Gardens or city skyline.
Capri by Fraser, 80 Albert St (cnr Mary St), The City.
There’s no rest for the wicked. Take a deep breath and feel the rush as you climb the glorious Story Bridge. One of only three bridge adventure climbs in the world, you’ll be rewarded for your bravado with a breathtaking 360-degree view of the River City as the sun sets. The two-and-a half hour climb is nothing short of spectacular. Tired of all the steps? Why not abseil down one of the pylons into Captain Burke Park?
Story Bridge Adventure Climb, 170 Main St, Kangaroo Point.
Dinner: Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane City
Luckily your Albert St apartment means you have a host of restaurants within walking distance. When your tummy starts to rumble, head straight down Mary St towards the river and you’ll find the popular Eagle Street Pier dining precinct. Choose between the award-winning Jellyfish Restaurant, Sake, Rico Bar & Dining, or celebrity chef Matt Moran’s Riverbar & Kitchen.
When it comes to kicking up your heels, jump in a cab and head to Brunswick St in Fortitude Valley for an eclectic mix of clubs and bars. Or if the bridge climb tired you out, call it a night.
Breakfast: King Arthur Cafe, Fortitude Valley
Head to King Arthur Cafe for a creative breakfast menu that pleases both healthy eaters and sweet-treat fans, using locally sourced and ethically produced food.
164c Arthur St, Fortitude Valley
Mid-morning: Tangalooma Island Resort
Your next adventure awaits. Jump in a taxi and check in at the Holt Street Wharf where you’ll catch the 75-minute launch to Tangalooma Island Resort. With your swimmers, your sunnies, spare shorts and tee, your afternoon will be spent riding quad bikes over the sand dunes, feeding the wild dolphins and chilling out on the beach enjoying drinks and canapés as the sun sets. By the time you return to the city at 9.15pm, you’ll be ready for bed.
Day cruises depart at 7am or 10am and return at 4pm or 7pm (or a little later in summer). The standard day cruise departs at 7am and 10am, returning at 4pm. The day cruise inclusive of dolphin feeding and watching the dolphin feeding returns at 7pm.
Early morning: Riverlife
Rise and shine sleepyheads, this morning you’re exploring Brisbane from a different angle. Whether you’re a first-timer or experienced paddler, Riverlife’s guided kayaking adventures or paddle-boarding will have you gliding along the meandering Brisbane River past some of the city’s most prominent landmarks, including the City Botanic Gardens, the Queensland Maritime Museum and South Bank Parklands.
Don’t feel like getting wet? Riverlife also offers a variety of inner-city adventure activities ranging from rock-climbing and abseiling on the iconic Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Segwaying along the banks of the river, as well as bicycle and rollerblade hire.
Riverlife Adventure Centre, Naval Stores Lower River Tce, Kangaroo Point.
Mid-morning: High Tea, Stamford Plaza
Day three is for self-indulgence, so kick off with a decadent high tea affair. At the stylish Stamford Plaza, choose from a traditional morning tea, lobby high tea or chocolate high tea buffet. Whatever you fancy, elegance and sophistication are the hallmarks of the experience as you enjoy meticulously crafted treats, with stunning Brisbane River views a bonus.
Edward St, corner of Margaret St, Brisbane City.
Afternoon: Queen Street Mall
Feeling refreshed, revived and full of treats, it’s time to hit the boutiques along Queen Street Mall. QueensPlaza is the fashionista’s dream; from the whimsical designs of Alannah Hill and Leona Edmiston to the sophistication of Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Herringbone and Max Mara. Across the way in the Wintergarden, find the latest looks from Veronika Maine, Sambag and Seed. Walk up the mall to The Myer Centre where your favourite retail stores, including Swatch and Wittner, can be found.
Late afternoon: Spa treatments, Dome Retreat
It’s time to unwind and experience a little pampering. Slip into a fluffy robe and drift away as you relax and recharge with one of the Dome Retreat’s luxurious treatments. Choose between the classic facial, aromatic massage or body scrub and wrap. Decisions, decisions.
Dome Retreat, Level 4, Brisbane Marriott Hotel, 515 Queen St.
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