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How to fill my afternoon

Hi there

I am travelling with five other adults with an 8 hour stopover in Brisbane. We get in around lunchtime, and fly out at 8pm. We were planning to hire a car to enable us to get around - but can anyone suggest some activities or places to go / things to see?

Many thanks!

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1. Re: How to fill my afternoon

Really, with only 8 hours i wouldn't worry about the car. Remember yu will need to add in time to get through customs.uggest you catch the airtrain into the city and take it from there. The service runs till 10 pm now so you'll have no problem with catching the service. Perhaps even consider a maxitaxi. It will probably be cheaper for 6 of you.

From here Brisbane city is your oyster. I guess it depends on what you wanted to do when you got here.

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2. Re: How to fill my afternoon

Thanks for your reply Oscar. We're travelling domestic so no need to worry about Customs.

I've had a look at various sites on the net such as visitbrisbane.com but they seem to be more for people who have extended stays.

I wondered if it would be worthwhile trying to go to Southbank for a drink, or if it is easy to get to the parklands, or if there are any other touristy type things we can fill our time with.

I've only been to Brisbane airport and the Gold Coast on previous visits and would consider people watching a hobby so somewhere that we can do this for a while would also be good.

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3. Re: How to fill my afternoon

A few ideas for your time in Brisbane city, after you have caught the Airtrain into Roma Street ...Roma Street parklands nearby... walk to the Kurilpa foot bridge across the river, this takes you to the Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), continue walking along the riverbank to Southbank, where you could while away a good couple of hours - loads of Restaurants and Cafes there to watch the River and world go by.... You could then hop on a Citycat ferry, the journey downstream would probably be better, if you went to the end of the line and back, it would take around an hour (avoid peak hour though)...If you like architecture, a walk through the City Centre, taking a look inside the Treasury Casino building also, would also be nice.

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4. Re: How to fill my afternoon

Excellent advice from Lyn B. A recent visitor to our fair city commented on how good the Roma street Parklands were. A very underused resource in the city. Definitely head for Southbank for a drink and a bite to eat. There's lots of restaurant/cafe's in Little Stanley street. If anyone has a sweet tooth you can head to Max Brenner or a little further down in West End is Freestyle tout. Have another look on the visitbrisbane website and take a look at the Southbank precinct.

visitbrisbane.com.au/Travel/…Brisbane.aspx

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5. Re: How to fill my afternoon

Oscar and Lyn thank you very much - this is exactly the sort of information I was looking for. Very much appreciated!

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6. Re: How to fill my afternoon

Depending on your time of arrival - the visitor information centre has a free guided tour of inner city Brisbane finishing at Old government house in the city Botanic gardens. Starts at 12noon each weekday you could email to book. Also Google Brisbane Greeters - you can request the services (free) of a greeter for up to 4 hours. Google visit Brisbane - lots of ideas there.

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7. Re: How to fill my afternoon

Depending on your time of arrival - the visitor information centre has a free guided tour of inner city Brisbane finishing at Old government house in the city Botanic gardens. Starts at 12noon each weekday you could email to book. Also Google Brisbane Greeters - you can request the services (free) of a greeter for up to 4 hours. Google visit Brisbane - lots of ideas there.

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8. Re: How to fill my afternoon

taking a look inside the Treasury Casino building also

We had a very nice meal in here as well. Also a stroll around something that was like a beach by the river (but was being repaired at the time) loads to do for a few hours.

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9. Re: How to fill my afternoon

If you're hiring a car, drop by the Cliffs Cafe (3 River Terrace, Kangaroo Point) the only cafe at the top of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs with spectacular views of the city and the river

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10. Re: How to fill my afternoon

Your experience will differ with the day of the week that you visit. Fri/Sat/Sun will be busier than Mon/Tue/Wed. As you are a female in your mid 20s to early 30s here is my fail safe advice for your party of 6 adults.....Take a maxi taxi to the Hamilton Hotel....it'll be about 1pm but don't worry about eating........smash down a few quick drinks......then slide across the road to Brett's wharf and take the 1:48 City Cat upstream. Pretend to be a little tipsy...like after a day at the races.....and introduce yourself to all the friendly people on board. By 2:13 the drinks from the Hammo' will have reached your bladder so disembark at Sydney Street (under the Story Bridge).....now, taking your shoes in hand, sprint race your friends 500m to the Story Bridge Hotel, use toilets, smash down 3 more drinks. Return to Sydney St & catch the 3:03 Ferry across the river to the Riverside Centre where you will find a number of bars where you and your friends can enjoy a few more "Flirt-tinis" during a 90 minute drinks bash. Now it's around 4:30 and you guys are starting to feel a little "loose", the light is starting to fade and all those (now) cute office types are starting to leave their workplaces. Now's the time to get out there and meet more friendly Brisbanites. You could stagger along the bike path through the Botanical Gardens where you can meet the "fit types" as they swerve to miss your group snaking along the bikeway....but #$%^ that.....by now you guys are far too cool for exercise so why not join the emerging peak hour crowd back on the ferry.....just remember to go to the toilet first. While falling into patrons' laps, introduce yourselves to the friendly people on board, tell them how lovely their city is and how youse just lurve the river...blah, blah, blah...and how you'd love them to join you for a drink or 5 before you have to catch your plane. With your new friends depart the Ferry at South Bank and make your way to the Ship Inn. By now you will be wishing you'd had lunch at the Hammo but don't worry, there's airline food waiting for you soon. Shout the bar at the Ship Inn, sing songs, dance on tables, buy bar snacks. Waving goodbye to your new buddies, stuff your face with the last of the cold chips and gravy and make your way to South Bank Railway Station. Catch the airport train and arrive at Brisbane airport just as your plane departs. Now....take a maxi taxi to the Hamilton Hotel.......