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Australia Zoo, Coastal Islands & Adventure World in Brisbane, Australia with Breanda

Best things to do in Brisbane Australia with Breanda Cross - Howard Street Wharves

Howard Street Wharves

I’m really excited to interview Breanda Cross of Breanda From Brisbane about Brisbane, Australia. Breanda’s tips for the best things to do in Brisbane are awesome because she moved to Brisbane from the U.K. and has lived here for many years.

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Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and is located along the East Coast of Australia. The Brisbane River cuts through the middle of the city and the city has embraced the river as a part of its life. You’ll find numerous bridges, “city cats,” and ferries to transport you back and forth across the river.

Queensland is known for its incredible weather, and Brisbane takes full advantage of the temperate climate. Breanda says that visitors will find that, like Goldilock’s porridge, the weather is “not too hot and hot too cold.” The only exceptions are December and January, which can be hot and humid. September and October is festival season, starting with the Brisbane Festival, Riverfire, Brisbane Good Food & Wine Show, and Breanda’s favorite, the “Writer’s Festival.”

Visitors can also enjoy the marvelous beaches and coastal islands during their stay. Breanda says that Coochiemudlo Island is a perfect place to spend a day on the beach with a picnic lunch. She also recommends Stradbroke Island to see the dingos and wildlife.

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Visit Brisbane, the local convention and visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

If you’d like to learn how to travel for free using airline miles and hotel points, check out my free 7-day email course.

Best things to do in Brisbane Australia with Breanda Cross - Bouganvillia Walk South Bank Parklands

Bougainvillea Walk South Bank Parklands

Getting around Brisbane

The local airport is Brisbane Airport (BNE), which is about a 20-minute drive to downtown.

Breanda says that the best way to see the city is to use a prepaid Go Card on the bus, train, or ferry. The Go Card provides a 50% savings over a paper ticket and is far more convenient. Many hotels also offer shuttles from the airport. Her favorite way to see the city is by the ferry since Brisbane is a river city.

Bicycles and electronic scooters are becoming very popular around the city. And Uber is also available in Brisbane.

If you’re looking to explore beyond the city core, renting a car is a good option. Parking is plentiful and reasonably inexpensive. For the best offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

Best things to do in Brisbane Australia with Breanda Cross - Underground Opera

Underground Opera

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Breanda Cross about Brisbane, Australia. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Brisbane, Australia
  • Green dots = best things to do in Brisbane, Australia
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Brisbane, Australia

Who is Breanda Cross?

Breanda is a travel blogger and podcast host living near Brisbane, Australia. She is originally from the U.K. and has traveled all over the world. Breanda is currently retired and is an avid environmentalist.

Podcast lovers can hear Breanda speak on two different podcasts that she hosts. Fast Fiction Podcasts is a collection of short stories and skits of varying lengths and styles that are narrated and performed by a collection of skilled actors. G’Day from Oz is a podcast that shares some of the sounds and stories from Australia.

Best things to do in Brisbane Australia with Breanda Cross at Radio 4EB

Breanda Cross at Radio 4EB

Here are a few articles that she’s written:

You can connect with Breanda on her website and on Twitter.

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Best things to do in Brisbane Australia with Breanda Cross - Howard Smith Wharves

Howard Smith Wharves

Stay tuned for our next episode

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Listen to the next episode when author Jeremy Hance shares the best things to do in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Jeremy and I talk about the Mall of America, Minnehaha Falls, and the Renaissance Fair. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

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