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Brisbane aerialBrisbane is a cosmopolitan and lively hub for arts, sport, culture and dining, heavy on laid-back charm, and increasingly recognised as a modern and sophisticated city on a global scale. And while the locals already know why it’s just been named one of Time Magazine’s ‘2023 World’s Greatest Places’, we’ve compiled an itinerary for you to get a sense of Brissie’s unique appeal – just in time for the FIFA Women’s
World Cup.

If you’re considering traveling to Brisbane for the tournament, schedule some time either side of the game to experience all there is to enjoy in Australia’s sunshine state.

Ready to live 48 hours in Brisbane to the max? Here’s how… Discovering Brisbane: as a family Leave your puffer jackets at home this winter with a trip to the Sunshine State for an outdoorsy, adventure-filled, summer-in-winter holiday with the kids, including tickets to the world’s largest female sporting event – the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Where to stay
Meriton Serviced Apartments on Herschel Street is a short walk to almost all of Brisbane’s iconic locations (including South Bank, Queen Street Mall, Brisbane Stadium) and offers suites that comfortably fit families up to six, and are all equipped with kitchenettes. The tallest building in Brisbane, families can make themselves at home while taking in spectacular views of the Brisbane River or city skyline.

Friday night:
Built from 180 repurposed shipping containers, Eat Street is located on a historic wharf on the banks of the Brisbane River and is a 14-minute drive or a scenic 30-minute City Cat ride from Meriton Serviced Apartments. The precinct comes to life every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening. Arcade games, restaurant pop-ups serving global cuisine from Peruvian to Turkish, stalls offering henna tattoos and
trinkets are all set against the sounds of some of Queensland’s best local musicians.

What you need to know:
● $5 entry fee, children under 12 – FREE
● $15 – 4 Person Entry Deal
● Carers accompanying a person with a disability are FREE
● FREE car parking at 221D Macarthur Ave, Hamilton
● Open: Friday, Saturday 4:00-10:00pm and Sunday 4:00-9:00pm

Saturday morning:
Breakfast in Brisbane is a must, but it can also be an overwhelming choice given the sheer volume of cafes that grace the sunny city. If you’re staying at the Meriton on Herschel Street, take a short trip up to Paddington Social, on Given Terrace (a five-minute drive, or a 20-minute leisurely stroll). Offering a cozy atmosphere in an old converted Queenslander house, Paddington Social has an extensive breakfast menu
that features staples like smashed avocado and eggs benedict as well as Thai-inspired dishes for more adventurous diners. There’s also a special menu for kids under 12.

Saturday day:
Once you’re fuelled and caffeinated, a visit to Lone Pine is a must. The Mirimar boat cruise departs daily from the Culture Centre Pontoon at South Bank and is a 5-hour, 45-minute return trip and includes 3-hours exploring the Sanctuary. It’s the best way to experience the winding Brisbane River, with front row seats to its historic buildings and iconic natural landmarks.

Your end goal is Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary – home to more than 100 koalas and 70 species of Australian native animals. As the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary, reserve a few hours here to ensure you make the most of it.

While the koalas are the stars of the show, there’s a lot more to enjoy at Lone Pine. Watch eagles soar in the amazing Birds of Prey show, or experience what life is like on an Australian farm during the sheepshearing exhibition. The Sanctuary is also home to a range of Australian animals including Tasmanian devils, kangaroos, emus, dingoes, crocodiles and wombats.

Return to South Bank and take a stroll towards the Culture Centre via South Bank’s award-winning South Bank Grand Arbour, famous for its stunning architectural vertical garden and walkway of blooming bougainvilleas. Wander past Streets Beach and dip your toes in the city’s iconic lagoon, offering box-office views to the soaring skyline. From here, book in for an early dinner at Fish Lane Arts Precinct – Brisbane’s
most diverse array of restaurants, bars and cafes. We suggest Julius, a friendly, laid-back pizzeria and the perfect spot for you and the family to fill up before the big game!

Saturday evening:
It’s game time! Take a left out of Fish Lane (head north) and stroll across the William Jolly Bridge to the top of Roma Street, down the famous Caxton Street and straight on to Brisbane Stadium (a 25-minute walk). Walking the streets as the crowd and atmosphere builds is the best way to feel the pre-game excitement. If you’re a little early, Newstead Brewery has a family-friendly vibe and is located right next to
the stadium on Castlemaine St in Milton.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup is a chance to watch history in the making and is set to be the largest female sporting event in the world. You won’t want to miss this event, so secure your tickets here.

Sunday morning:
Riverlife Kayaking Tours are a fun and active outing the whole family can enjoy. The guided tours run for an hour and a half along the Brisbane River and are an opportunity to take in beautiful scenery by the river and view the city’s iconic Story Bridge and the bustling Howard Smith Wharves precinct.
What you need to know:
● The minimum age for day kayaking tours is 8 years old. Children 12 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult. The minimum age for Twilight Kayaking tours is 12 years old.
Children 16 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult.
● Kayaking tours depart from Riverlife’s pontoon at Riverlife Adventure Centre, Naval Stores, Kangaroo Point.
● Bookings via the website.

After your kayak trip, take a short walk south-west from Riverlife Adventure Centre and up the Kangaroo Point Cliffs Stairs for a bite to eat at Joey’s – a restaurant that sits atop the cliffs. Joey’s offers a panoramic view of the city and is open from breakfast until late everyday. It offers coffee and pastries in the morning, and share plates and woodfired pizzas from lunch onwards.

A family stay in Brisbane during the FIFA Women’s World Cup will be an unforgettable experience, with world-class facilities, an impressive line-up of matches, and a vibrant atmosphere. From exploring the cultural highlights to enjoying the thrilling football action, Brisbane is sure to satisfy any family’s appetite for adventure and entertainment.