About Kirsty S
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Feb. 2015
I have travelled extensively through Southeast Asia. I know Thailand and Malaysia particularly well, but also love Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore. I travel to this part of the world whenever I can, sometimes on a short trip while on route to Australia, and sometimes for extended periods of time so that I can really get beneath the skin of a particular area – whether I’ve been to that spot before or not. I've spent a lot of time in Bangkok – it's a fascinating melting pot of a city where there's always something new to explore. I also love Hanoi and have explored it both independently and as part of an organised tour. More than anything, I love discovering something new while travelling and sharing it with those who have the same passion for travel as I do. I’m a bit of a foodie and never get bored of the beach.
Parks, Game & Entertainment Centres, Playgrounds
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Theme Parks
Flea & Street Markets
Nature & Wildlife Areas
Boat Tours, Dolphin & Whale Watching
No trip to Brisbane is complete without a ride on the CityCat. Used by locals traveling to work as much as it is tourists marveling at the sights, the CityCat is the perfect introduction to Brisbane and is an incredibly inexpensive way to see the city.
Take the CityCat all the way to the South Bank, where you’ll find beautiful gardens, numerous food and drink options, oodles of culture, and even a beach. Culture vultures should head straight to the Cultural Center, which includes the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art. There’s also the Queensland Museum in this area, plus the Queensland Performing Arts Center. If all that sounds like too much, set yourself down and relax on the man-made beach instead.
While you’re at the South Bank, you won’t be able to miss the Wheel of Brisbane. If you fancy a ride, you’ll be pleased to hear that the gondolas are air-conditioned and the views of the cityscape and river are superb.
The Eat Street Markets are a collection of colorful and diverse stalls serving up a cacophony of different types of food. There are also craft beer and cider stalls, plus plenty more on offer amid the wonderfully chaotic colors and smells.
The journey up to the Mount Coot-tha Lookout is pleasant enough, but the sweeping views of the sprawling cityscape (and beyond on a clear day) will take your breath away.
Lone Pine is the world’s largest koala sanctuary, and there’s certainly plenty of room for both animals and visitors to roam around. Cuddle a koala, feed the lorikeets and kangaroos, or make friends with any other of the native Australian animals here, including possums, wombats, echidnas, and Tasmanian devils.
Before dinner, head to Roma Street Parkland, the world’s largest subtropical urban park. This is a vast and beautiful area that’s impeccably maintained and full of interesting flora and fauna – the ideal place to take an evening stroll right before dinner.
No more than a 20-minute walk from Roma Street Parkland is one of Brisbane's foodie gems, Alchemy, which overlooks the river. The food here is superb, the atmosphere relaxed, and the service impeccable. Combine that with dazzling views over the Brisbane River and you’re looking at the perfect night out.
This company will invite you to hop aboard a catamaran, where you can sit back and enjoy everything that Moreton Bay has to offer. Look out for dolphins and turtles along the way, and stop off for swimming, sunbathing, and scenic strolls along the sand.
City Botanical Gardens is a beautiful oasis in the heart of Brisbane, not far from the CBD and right beside the river. It features a number of sculptures of note, along with gorgeous gardens and peaceful ponds. There are also plenty of places to grab a drink and a snack.
If you can fit it in, a twilight climb of the Story Bridge will be one of those things you remember in years to come. The dazzling views of the sun setting against the backdrop of the river and the buildings is not to be missed.
This wonderful French restaurant serves delicious dishes and the staff are attentive and friendly, providing the perfect end to a jam-packed three days.