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Experience Brisbane in 24 Hours

24 hours in brisbane

From its vibrant cityscapes to its gorgeous natural wonders and laid back vibes, Brisbane is an essential place to stop by, explore and traverse on an Aussie adventure. Short on time? It’s possible to relevel in Brisbane’s gorgeous surrounds in just 24 hours. Take a look below at 3 awe-inspiring itineraries to suit your interests and see what this city has on offer.

Recommended car

The great thing about Brisbane is that everything is pretty central and easy to get to. With that said, it is recommended to rent a compact car. You will be able to navigate the city with ease and drive to other locations with no hassle. A compact car is also a lot more fuel-efficient in comparison to bigger cars which will save you money.

Useful tips

  • When you return your rental car, make sure that you return it with a full tank of fuel.
  • When you are in Brisbane, some roads and tunnels will have a toll charge. Keep this in mind when you are driving.
  • Click here for more driving tips in Brisbane. 

Nearby depots in Brisbane

  • Brisbane Airport: Terminal Building, Brisbane Airport, Brisbane, 4007, Australia.
  • Enterprise: Festival Carpark, 53 Charlotte St, Brisbane City, 4000, Australia.
  • Europcar: 728 Ann St, Fortitude Valley, 4006, Australia.
  • Avis: 53 Albert St, Brisbane City, 4000, Australia.
  • Hertz: 55 Charlotte St, Brisbane, 4000, Australia.
  • Thrifty: 49 Barry Parade, Fortitude Valley, 4006, Australia.
  • Budget: 53 Albert St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia, Brisbane City, 4000, Australia.
  • East Coast Car Rentals: 82 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley, 4006, Australia.

Getting there: You can fly into Brisbane Airport. From there, you can pick up your car rental and start your road trip.

Explore nature in 24 hours

Mount Coot-tha

view of brisbane city from mount coot-tha

Start off your morning by driving your rental car to the gorgeous Mount Coot-tha. Just a 10-minute drive from the CBD is stunning views of the city sure to impress. Mount Cootha is an amazing place to go for a hike. The Summit Circuit is a fan favourite from locals. It takes you from the JC Slaughter Falls to Mount Coot-tha Lookout. After your walk, you can stop at the cafe at the lookout and relax and enjoy the view.

New Farm Park

jacaranda trees in new farm park, queensland

Perfect for families, New Farm Park is set on the Brisbane River. With rose gardens, open grassy spaces and an epic playground for the kids, this place is a great location for a picnic. There are plenty of places to park your car rental. Once you are done at New Farm Park, jump on the free City Hopper ferry which will take you to South Bank.

South Bank Parklands

aerial view south bank, brisbane

Littered with tree-lined streets, endless restaurants, bars and of course greeny and nature, the South Bank Parklands are home to gorgeous views of the city. It’s the perfect place to end your nature-filled day. On Sundays, there are usually events such as markets and music.

Relax for 24 hours

West End markets

farmers market stall with organic vegetables

Open every Saturday morning, the West End markets are an awesome way to start your morning. Filled with fresh produce, mouth-watering food and the best vibes, this place has it all, including an open field to sit in the sun and relax.

Botanic gardens

brisbane city botanic gardens

You will find the botanic gardens right next to the city and the Queensland University of Technology. Walk through the gardens and follow the river around to the city for a scenic walk.

James Street

barista preparing coffee

Treat yourself to a bit of retail therapy at the stunning James Street. You’ll find this iconic street on the cusp of Fortitude Valley and New Farm. From designer brands to gorgeous restaurants, this place really has it all.

Art Gallery and Museum

art museum in south brisbane

From The Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) to the multilevel museum, this place is where art and history intersect. There’s always an amazing exhibition happening, plus the architecture here is beautiful.

Enjoy the city in 24 hours

Roma Street Parklands

garden in roma street parkland

It’s hard to believe that there are gardens as beautiful as the ones at Roma Street Parklands, so close to the city. The juxtaposition between the city and nature is an amazing experience.

Queen Street Mall

brisbane city skyline

A popular area in the city is Queen Street Mall which is the main part of the city. Nearby is also King George Square which is where City Hall is. There are tours up the clock tour which is a must-try.

Howard Smith Wharfs

story bridge in brisbane

One of the newest additions to Brisbane is the Howard Smith Wharfs (HSW). Located under the Story Bridge, the HSW are where you will find bars, restaurants, and stunning views of the city. It’s set right on the river and is a hub of nightlife and culture.

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