Brisbane can often be dismissed as a ‘gateway’ city. Being on a much smaller scale to some of Australia’s other capitals (such as Melbourne and Sydney), it tends to fall off the map. However, not only is it the perfect base to explore both the Sunshine and Gold Coasts, the city has a lot to offer in it’s own right!
As a local, I’ve made it my mission over the past couple of years to get more involved with what’s on and have gone out of my way to find out what this small, but mighty, city has to offer! Being such a young city, I feel like Brisbane has only recently been going through what would be it’s awkward teenage years – finding it’s own identity. It’s followed in other cities footsteps with the addition of alleyway restaurants and rooftop bars, and does it’s best to make the most of the impressive (however brown) Brisbane River that winds it’s way around the suburbs. But it’s only now I feel as though it’s starting to come into it’s own. It has an endless number of festivals and celebrations on it’s annual calendar, is an outdoor lovers paradise, has become a shoppers delight with a number of exclusive retailers available, is making itself known on all foodies radars, and now there are some big and exciting development plans in the works. I can’t wait to see what the next couple of years bring to this city!
I thought I’d begin to share some more of my favourite spots in town, and have decided to start with a place that can be a little over looked. Roma Street Parkland.
A lot of hard work and heart has gone into making these grounds something pretty special! Hugging the north side of the CBD, these parklands are considered to be one of the two best examples of contemporary garden displays in Australia. Beautiful, bright blooms arranged in spectacular designs make wandering through these grounds an absolute delight. This small piece of paradise is divided into a variety of gardens, including the Spectacle Garden, Fern Gully and Rainforest, an Amphitheatre and more. The expansive grounds, equipped with all of the facilities you’d need, make for the perfect place to set up a picnic or fire up a bbq with friends or family and a wonderful escape from the inner-city hustle (maybe even make some friends – see if you can spot them in photo #2). You can walk about the grounds at leisure, or join in on one of the free guided walks, giving you the experience and knowledge of the volunteer guides. Or perhaps, you’d like to climb aboard the Parkland Explorer, rest your feet a little, and take a ride through the sub-tropical landscape of the parkland (complete with audio presentation and cheeky refresher by the fountains).
Being central, access is made easy, with car parking available, bus and train stops within metres as well as pick up/drop off space for taxis and coaches.
Make it a priority to pay this beautiful space a visit if you find yourself in town! In the meantime, be sure to check out the #brisbaneanyday tag on Instagram for even more local favourites.