Explore Brisbane by foot
Exploring by foot is arguably one of the best ways to see a new city.
Rather than taking a bus where things tend to flash by, following your feet offers you the chance to explore and discover at a leisurely pace - your own pace, in fact.
You can stop wherever and whenever you like, take a closer look, backtrack, follow your nose, your ears or your eyes. You can engage in a conversation with the locals, watch a street performer or take the route less travelled by, all while getting your daily exercise.
So for your next Queensland family holiday, consider spending your first day hitting the streets.
Both Mantra on Queen and Mantra South Bank Brisbane are centrally located so it'll be easy to walk out your front door and into the busy and bustling metropolis that is Brisbane.
Embarking on this excursion on your first day is a good idea because it will help you get a fix on things, find out where you are in the grand scale of the city and help you to scope out spots you'd like to visit during the rest of your holiday.
Start your day off right by walking out your front door in any direction. Have a look at the first five cafes you pass by, and then go back and pick one of them to have your first breakfast in.
After breakfast, head in a totally new direction. While you will still need a map just in case you end up outside of the central city area, getting yourself lost is a fantastic way to see parts of a city you would never have otherwise seen.
Once you decide you've had enough of wandering, pull out that map and find out where you are, then plot your route to the nearest attraction.
The Brisbane city gardens or the Museum of Modern Art could be good destinations, as you will be able to see even more sights on your way there.
"Get your comfortable shoes ready and get walking, as it's a great way to explore a new city."
Keep an eye out for any interesting looking restaurants along the way too, as by the end of the day you should be well and hungry, and ready for a feast.
If getting lost in a city isn't quite your cup of tea, then it might be an idea to similarly explore the city by foot, but actually plot out your stops along the way.
The XXXX Ale House and Brewery Tour could be a good place to visit for the grown ups, as the walk that takes you slightly out of the central city will reward you will tastings on your tour and a chance to pick up some goodies from the gift store.
Similarly, if you want to see the city by foot but simply don't know where to start, you can arrange to go on a guided walking tour.
The Brisbane Hidden Gems tour is a good one for the shoppers, as it takes you through the best of the boutique and hidden clothing stores known only to the locals.
There's also the more Brisbane-focused walking tour that leaves from the Brisbane Information Centre at midday on weekdays, which will take you through all the must-see sights such as the arcade, city hall, the old state library, the botanical gardens and many more - all for free and all with a minimal chance of getting lost.
And if those options don't appeal to you, make up your own! There's so much to see and do in the city that you can hardly go wrong.
Whatever you do, just don't forget your comfy walking shoes.