One day, three ways: Brisbane


Subscribe to bike share scheme City Cycle for $2 a day and the first 30 minutes from bike station to bike station is free (, $2). Grab a croissant-to-go from authentic French patisserie Chouquette (, $7). Cycle to New Farm Park by the river to munch down. Meet up with a Brisbane Greeter ( for a free walking tour of public art, city precincts, nature and heritage tours. Eat Asian street fare at the Wandering Elephant food truck, check Twitter for location (, $10). Head south of the river to Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (, free entry). Get to Govindas all-you-can-eat vegetarian dinner buffet for $12.90 ( Bed down at Chill Backpackers (, $89 double).

TOTAL: $120.90


Start the day with breakfast and Genovese coffee at local favourite Au Cirque in New Farm (618 Brunswick Street, $20) catch the river cat to South Bank (, $5.80) and board a gondola on The Wheel of Brisbane for a sky-high view (, $15). Head to the CBD and lunch at shared plate heaven Love Public (, $50). Get your climbing shoes on and join a Story Bridge Adventure Climb (, $99). Have an early dinner and a Tiki cocktail at foodie precinct Alfred and Constance (, $50) then a gruesome Bloody Brisbane Crime tour of Brisbane (, $25). Sleep over at the lush Emporium Hotel in the Valley (, $219).

TOTAL: $483.80


Head to Shucked Coffee House at Newstead for Brisbane's best breakfast (, $30). Park the beast at Brisbane's Archerfield Airport and take an hour-long helicopter ride over Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Moreton Bay (, $299). Lunch is five courses with matching wines at two hat Urbane (, $170) followed by an hour mud, steam and shower journey at the Opal Rasul at Stephanies spa (, $159) at the Sofitel. Pull up a pew at three hat Esquire to finish the day (, $200) then collapse into a swanky junior club suite at the Sofitel (, $544.50).

TOTAL: $1402.50