Brisbane's sunny lifestyle shines through every aspect of the city, most notably its people. To get entrenched in this way of life, do as the locals do.
You can spend hours soaking up the blockbuster exhibitions at the Gallery of Modern Art and the Queensland Art Gallery. The likes of Picasso, Henry Matisse and great contemporary artists have hung upon these walls. The whole Queensland Cultural Precinct at South Bank will fix your culture itch.
Wine and dine yourself to foodie heaven with a range of culinary options to dig your fork into. Brisbane's foodie precincts Eagle Street Pier in the city, River Quay at South Bank and James Street in Fortitude Valley are hotspots for fine dining that will make your mouth melt. The city is also known for its alfresco cafes and riverside restaurants that team up nicely with the glorious weather to provide a laidback atmosphere to enjoy.
Shopping is best tackled on the Queen Street Mall and its surroundings streets and laneways. Here you’ll find international flagship stores, quirky boutiques and your favourite chain stores stocking everything from the latest fashions to the must-have-this-second gadgets. Head out to the shop streets of the inner-city suburbs for unique gifts and gorgeous one-off purchases; try James Street in Fortitude Valley, Latrobe and Given Terraces in Paddington and the Young Designer Markets at South Bank.
Spend your nights sipping cocktails overlooking the glittering Story Bridge from one of the bars along the river or cosily nestled in one of the urban laneway bars and restaurants that are taking over the city.