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Vibrant laneways, great shopping and flourishing craft beer scene entice travel blogger Jacqui Gibson to Brisbane city. Here’s your guide to Brisbane in 5 Stops.
1. Great coffee, local labels, chic bars and zany street art make Brisbane’s ever-growing list of laneways a must-see. Start with Fish Lane in South Brisbane. Check out Burnett Lane in the CBD (apparently, the city’s first laneway). And don’t miss Bakery Lane in Fortitude Valley for gooey brownies and boutique goodies.
2. Cool breezes, great urban views and excellent city access make travel on Brisbane city’s many ferry boats a great way to get around. The council’s extensive service means you’ll never wait long for pick up or drop off.
3. Love perusing specialty stores? James Street is Brisbane’s trendy, tree-lined shopping precinct in Fortitude Valley. Think 130 speciality stores covering homewares, contemporary art and designer fashion – that’s umpteen ways to spend your cash.
4. To eat, head to Alfred & Constance – a cluster of eateries and late-night bars 10 minutes’ walk from James Street in Fortitude Valley. Go for doughnuts of every persuasion, Asian share dishes and some of the city’s best pizza. Three bars and a dessert café set in a couple of heritage Queenslanders make Alfred & Constance the perfect evening stop off.
5. Today many of us judge a city by its craft beer. Brisbane undoubtedly stacks up if that’s your measure. From Newstead Brewing’s ‘Two to the Valley’ India Pale Ale to Woolly Mammoth Alehouse’s extensive beer range, there’s plenty to delight the tastebuds in this great Aussie city.