About a month ago, I was racking my brain in an attempt to figure out the ‘touristy’ spots in Brisbane. My in-laws were coming to visit for the weekend and wanted to ‘see Brisbane’. In Sydney I could take you to visit many classic tourist spots, and the first place on the list would have been to see our beautiful Harbour; but it’s really hard to find an attraction in Brisbane that compares to such beauty. Unfortunately, I can’t say the murky brown river does it for me. Despite this, if I had to pick a comparable, tourist-friendly destination in Brisbane it would be Southbank.
Amongst and about the well-groomed parklands (which you can stroll, run or ride through – the Brisbanite’s are an active bunch) are a variety of exotic restaurants, pubs and cafes. To make up for the disappointing factor that the beach is at least 45 minutes away from Brisbane, Brisbane City Council has also installed a man-made beach – it is pretty impressive, check it out here.
So Reis, my lovely in-laws and I ventured down the river on the City Cat to Southbank.
In the midst of this, are the Southbank Lifestyle Markets. They are full of arts, crafts, home wares, beauty products, clothes and jewellery. There are a few food stalls, but not very many as there are plenty of restaurants nearby. I’m not going to lie, the Churros cart does make the trip fairly exciting. To give you a little taste, here are a few happy snaps…
The markets aren’t cheap and it’s not a market that I am dying to get to each week, but they are nice to wander through if you’re at Southbank. The markets are on Friday Nights 5pm-10pm, Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 9am-5pm.