Brisbane: The Top 5

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Brisbane is the capital and most populated city in the Australian state of Queensland and the third most populated city in Australia.  It is just as an exciting a place to do your internship as Melbourne and Sydney, with plenty going on around town.  Besides that, you will be in the hub of the beautiful state of Queensland, a great jumping off point for holiday weekends to the fabulous white sand beaches of the Gold Coast and Fraser Island.  Or head even further North into tropical Queensland for access to the Great Barrier Reef on the Whitsunday Islands or from Cairns…  But what about living in the CBD?  For those weekends when you don’t want to travel, or even a bit of post-work relaxation, here’s our top 5 things to do in Brisbane.

South Bank Parklands in Brisbane (Image linked from the South Bank website)

South Bank Parklands in Brisbane (Image linked from the South Bank website)

South Bank Parklands

Relax a little after work in the South Bank Parklands.  An idyllic space, and so close to the CBD, take a book and chill for a while or meet up with mates for some dinner at one of the many restaurants or BBQ spots!  The South Bank area is filled with restaurants, cafes, a lagoon, a beautiful beach, playgrounds, gardens and walkways or barbecue and picnic areas to enjoy your day.  Visit the website for more information.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane is a wonderful place to visit. It’s one of the few Australian zoos which enables you to feed and touch the animals. The wildlife zoo contains koalas, kangaroos, Australian birds, Tasmanian devils, wombats, dingoes, reptiles and small farm animals. You can feed the kangaroos any time of the day with food which you buy from the local café. You can cuddle a koala or a python if you wish and watch live shows about the various animals during the daily program, which are very educational and amusing to watch. If you’re visiting Brisbane then it’s well worth the effort to visit Lone Pine. Buses run daily from the city to Lone Pine and it’s opened daily from 8:30 til 5:00.  For more information about visiting the sanctuary, check out the website here.

Suncorp Stadium

Suncorp Stadium is Queensland’s premier sports and outdoor concert venue. It is a 52,500 seat, state-of-the art, world-class stadium hosting national and international Rugby League, Rugby Union, soccer and concerts.  For the latest events, have a look at Suncorp Stadium website here.

Eagle Street Pier at night (Image linked from the Eagle Street Pier website)

Eagle Street Pier at night (Image linked from the Eagle Street Pier website)

Eagle Street Pier

Running right along the river’s edge, the Eagle Street Pier area boasts “the best views in Brisbane” and overlooks the Story Bridge.  It’s packed with restaurants and cafes to choose from, although some of them are a bit high end!  If you want to enjoy the views but save some dollars, try the more affordable dining experiences like Coffee Club and Grill’d or a few German beers at The Bavarian Bier Cage.  If you want to arrive in style up the river, then the precinct is serviced by City Cat and River Ferries.  Have a look at their website here for some mouthwatering pictures and news of other event going on at the precinct.

Ann Street

The first street if you get off the Airtrain from the airport is Ann Street.  The main thoroughfare in the CBD, it’s a great landmark to reorientate yourself when wandering in the city.  Ann Street is home to the State Law Building, Central Railway Station, Brisbane City Hall, King George Square, King George Central, and also ANZAC Square and the Shrine of Remembrance.  But you will also find many interesting boutique shops, restaurants and parks scattered along the street.  You could try lunch at a new one each day during your internship!

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