Brisbane in a weekend
If you're considering a weekend getaway to the lively destination of Brisbane, it's best to plan ahead!
The third most populous city in Australia and and the most populous in Queensland, Brisbane is a popular destination for both domestic and international travellers, and it's not hard to see why.
The city is packed with a wide variety of things to do, eat, and see, so if you're only going to be staying for two days you'll definitely want to decide which attractions you need to tick off your Brisbane bucket list.
Here are just a few to get you inspired for your next weekend trip away.
South Bank Parklands
South Bank is one of Brisbane's must-see attractions - offering sprawling parklands and a range of activities to enjoy on a day out! Best of all, it's located close by to Mantra South Bank Brisbane.
Described as a 'lifestyle precinct', South Bank offers an opportunity to enjoy a seamlessly integrated mix of Queensland's natural environment as well as the cafes, restaurants and boutiques that the inner-city is so famous for.
The Parklands combines lush, verdant greenery and foliage with a beautiful public beach, lagoons and picnic areas with Little Stanley's cosmopolitan strip and Grey Street's art and cultural hubs.
You can easily spend a whole day here, getting lost in the bougainvillea-covered Arbour or the quaint cobbled laneways of the Stanley Street Plaza - South Bank has something for everyone to enjoy.
"The third most populous city in Australia and and the most populous in Queensland, Brisbane is a popular destination for both domestic and international travellers, and it's not hard to see why."
Brisbane is actually named after the river it is situated on (which is itself named after Sir Thomas Brisbane, a former New South Wales governor from 1821-25), so it's fitting that one of the city's must-visit attractions is the wide array of river cruises.
These offer a truly unique way of experiencing the beauty of the city, aboard one of the many river cruise boats that wind their way along the Brisbane River.
Depending on which cruise company you book with, you could enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner while you're sailing the waters in the comfort of a well-maintained vessel.
Dinner cruises are a particularly great way to take in the sights of Brisbane, as the city lights provide a beautiful backdrop to your evening cruise.
If you're staying at one of Mantra's hotels in Brisbane such as the newly-refurbished Mantra on Queen, you'll be within easy walking distance of many of the companies operating cruises along the river, such as Kookaburra River Queens.
Brisbane Festival and Sunsuper Riverfire
If you happen to be visiting Brisbane during September 7-28, you'll be just in time to catch all the action at the annual Brisbane Festival.
The Brisbane Festival is the much-loved annual arts festival that takes place in the city and includes performances from local and international artists.
As always, the iconic Sunsuper Riverfire fireworks spectacular will close the festival on September 28, so get in early to grab your prime viewing spot for this event!
Cuddle with Koalas
Brisbane is also home to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the first and largest of its kind in the world, which was first established back in 1927.
Located at 708 Jesmond Road, the sanctuary houses over 130 koalas along with kangaroos, dingoes, wombats, lorikeets and other friendly Australian fauna.
You can get up close to all of the action and even hand feed a few koalas in this two-acre reserve - perfect for animal lovers! The adventurous traveller may even like to have their photo taken with one of the sanctuary's resident snakes or baby crocodiles.
There are shows and activities presented daily, so there's always plenty to do at the Lone Pine Sanctuary.