This new monthly series, travel my home, will discuss what it’s like to live in a tourist-oriented town or city. Like the series for remote job of the month and travel job of the month, I will reach out to various people across the globe to get their take on what it’s like living in a place that is ‘meant for tourists’.
We’ll be looking at the types of tourism popular in the area and what we believe to be worth (as well as what we think most tourists miss out on). Want to stay in the know on hidden gems in hotspots? Sign up below to never miss an article.
This month, we’ll be focusing on Brisbane, Australia. With help from Rachael Hedges, a woman who has lived in Brisbane for over ten years, we’ll tell you about the best Brisbane has to offer.
Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and is located on the East Coast of Australia.
It is a popular tourist destination that serves as a gateway to the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.
April and May is the best time to visit as it is still sunny and warm, with low rainfall, and less school holiday crowds.
I’m Rachael and I have lived in the beautiful city of Brisbane for ten years now. I’ve lived in a few cities around the world and Brisbane is definitely my favourite place to call home. Sunshine makes me happy and we certainly have plenty of that! I describe Brisbane as a laid-back city. There’s less of the hustle and bustle, with more of a relaxed feel. In the last few years Brisbane has really picked up its game in the food and bar scene – there’s now a number of popular alleyways and great food popping up all around the city and inner suburbs.
Brisbane is known for its wonderful sunshine – it is the sunshine state after all! Tourists come here to enjoy riverfront dining, on the South Bank lagoon. People often come to Brisbane on their way to Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast or to visit the rest of Queensland, particularly The Great Barrier Reef!
The most popular tourist attractions would be South Bank lagoon and surrounding areas, GOMA – our fab art museum and Lone Pine Kangaroo Sanctuary.And they’re all worthwhile!
Tourists often dismiss the Botanical Gardens – they are quite tropical and it’s lovely along the riverfront. Speaking of which, there’s a free City Hopper ferry which goes from New Farm to North Quay and is an excellent way to see the city from the water! The Council also provides cheap push bikes around the city which makes exploring easy! Come evening, watching the sunset from Kangaroo Point Cliffs is a must. Make your way to the Story Bridge Hotel for a drink at an iconic pub afterwards. If you’re here during rugby or NRL season, definitely get along to a local game! You can never beat a home team sports game in any destination I’ve found.