Brisbane in five days

Day 1: Bask in the sunshine during an alfresco breakfast amid the 40 acres of South Bank Parklands, followed by a scenic ride on the Wheel of Brisbane. From here, explore nearby galleries, museums and sites of the cultural precinct, including the Gallery of Modern Art’s impressive collection of Indigenous artworks. Tonight’s seafood dinner will be riverside in one of the high-end Eagle Street Pier precinct restaurants.

Day 2: See the sunrise and the early morning city views with the Story Bridge Adventure Climb. Later, celebrate with a cold beer and Aussie lunch at the iconic Story Bridge Hotel before taking in the Riverlife Mirrabooka Aboriginal Cultural Experience. Finish the day with a twilight kayaking tour and BBQ dinner under the stars.

Day 3: Start the day with a river cruise to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary – the world’s largest koala sanctuary where you can cuddle a koala, walk amongst kangaroos and meet a diversity of local wildlife. Ease your way into the evening with a brewery, beer and BBQ tour at the XXXX Ale House – a landmark Brisbane location.

Day 4: Jump aboard a CityCat and head to New Farm Park and the Brisbane Powerhouse for a live performance or edgy art exhibition. After a riverside lunch, head into Fortitude Valley to visit independent art galleries, creative spaces and fashion boutiques. You might want to try the Emporium precinct for more high-end shopping or indulge in an alfresco dinner or live music in Fortitude Valley or West End.

Day 5: Discover Brisbane’s history and city sites on a free walking tour. Shop till you drop in Brisbane’s best shopping experience in the Queen Street Mall before teeing off for 18 holes at the Victoria Park Golf Complex. Rest and relax with a decadent day spa experience at Stephanie’s Spa Retreat or The Dome Retreat.