Ryan's on the River

269 Main Street, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, Queensland, 4169, Australia
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Place worth to travel nearby

by FromChina

Hi there,I am from China and will stay at Brisbane for work placement for one month(10 may -10 June).It's the first time be there and be by myself,so I would like travel around by hiring a car .Would you please give me some recommendations?Unfortunatly,I'm free only on the Weekends.
Thanks a lot.

Re: Place worth to travel nearby

by swissfondue

Brisbane is Australias third largest city and has a diverse population of around 1.8million.

A couple of hours drive to the north of Brisbane is the area known as the Sunshine Coast and this is extremely popular with holidaymakers. Noosa, Mooloolabah and Caloundra are all lovely coastal towns with excellent beaches, restaurants and shopping.

An hour south of Brisbane is the vibrant Gold Coast and this is where theme parks such as Dreamworld and Seaworld are located. You can spend the whole day at any of these. If the weather is warm enough for swimming, Wet and Wild water park is great fun as well.

Re: Place worth to travel nearby

by DSwede

Bookmark for trip later in May

Re: Place worth to travel nearby

by stevemt

Also the hinterland for both the gold and sunshine coasts are well worth a visit. There are many villages that are very picturesque, wonderful views, great wineries, restaurants etc.

Re: Place worth to travel nearby

by FromChina

Thanks a lot.It's very helpful.

Re: Place worth to travel nearby

by stevemt

Your very welcome

Hope you have a great month in Brisbane, its a fun laid back city

Re: Place worth to travel nearby

by colin_bramso

I agree that you should explore the hinterland of the Sunshine and Gold Coasts as well as the more famous coastal areas. The roads are easy to get around on, the signage is good, you shouldn't have any problems.

Re: Place worth to travel nearby

by FromChina

Thank you,Colin Bramso

Re: Place worth to travel nearby

by amandajayne81

I agree with the other replies about the Sunshine and Gold Coasts as well as their hinterlands. My favourite place in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is Maleny and Montville. Very quaint and relaxing.

However I am putting a vote in for some more authentic rural Australian experience. Toowoomba is about 1.5 hours west of Brisbane on the Warrego highway and is a pretty big town by Australian standards with a fair bit to see. Also only an hour further west is Dalby and it is a great rural town with a bit of an 'out west' feel. Within another 3 hours you REALLY are west once you hit Roma. Roma can be done for a weekend and it is really worth seeing but you will be doing a lot of driving and it is extremely different to city life. We are talking bore water and dirt streets in town. Mind you June is a good time to visit. It is above 40 degrees celsius for most of the summer. The changing scenery on the way out is awesome.

Heading to the south along the Cunningham and New England Highways you have several towns Warwick (1.5 hours from Brisbane) and Stanthorpe/Granite Belt (2.5hours from Brisbane) and just over the border into New South Wales is Tenterfield (3hrs from Brisbane). All of these places have great tourist attractions mainly focussing on wineries and the cold weather! Very different from Brisbane and easily done in a weekend. Try googling them.

Have a great trip whatever you do.

Re: Place worth to travel nearby

by FromChina

Thank you very much,amandajayne81.Your suggestion is wonderful,i'll try some of them

Travel Tips for Brisbane

Don't leave Brisbane without...

by Petite

Don't leave Brisbane without visiting Southbank on the banks of the river. A great way to spend a day with the family on the weekend. A manmade beach, shallow swimming for the youngest family members, food a plenty, markets, live entertainment, cinema and megaplex cinema. Board the Citycat and travel up and down the river and get a different perspective of the city from the water. Viewing the city at night from Mt Cootha or when driving over Story Bridge.


by stevemt

There is some sculpture in Brisbane on public display outdoors, of animals, made out of old engine parts. There is a fish set in a wall, pelicans on a pillar in the river, and kangaroos, lounging in a Brisbane street.

They are great, and often photographed

There were a number of water sculpture's in downtown Brisbane that have unfortunately been removed, they were great also. 1 was a large glass and stainless steel table and chairs that flowed water. Some tourists (the game ones,) went and sat on the chairs to have their photo's taken.

Climbing at Kangaroo Point

by Jez79

A popular activity in Brisbane is climbing or abseiling the Kangaroo Point cliffs. The cliffs overlook the Brisbane river, across from the Botanical Gardens and CBD. The degrees of difficulty vary at the cliffs, with the beginner slopes prooving popular with new climbers. Of an afternoon the cliffs can be full of climbers. The cliffs are floodlit until midnight, allowing access during the evening as well. Particularly useful in summer, where the rock gets REALLY hot. There are a number of companies in the local area that run climbing sessions and hire equipment. Not being a climber, I'm not 100% sure which is best, but shop around. If you have your own gear, you can just head down and set up.

North Stradbroke Island

by Gentleman75

North Stradbroke Island is one of Queensland's natural treasures and a perfect weekend or mid-week breakaway destination, located right on the doorstep of Brisbane.

North Stradbroke Island is easily accessible by fast water taxi or vehicular ferry from Cleveland. Cleveland is about 45 minutes drive from Brisbane City.


by balhannah

To do this trail, you need to hire a car, or you can use public transport and see parts of it.
As I live here, I went by car. There is not a lot of traffic on the roads, so driving is easy!
This trail I found very interesting, finding sights that I had missed before on previous drives!

The Heritage listed sites, all have a Green sign located by them, telling the history of the site.
I did not have a whole day, as I visited markets on the way, so did not get to see everything, but will be back to revisit.

So now, hop in the passengers seat and we will begin our VT drive.................
PART 1....................................

The 78km drive is easy to follow and clearly marked with brown and white "Dugong" symbols.
You can get to the Southern Moreton Bay Tourist Drive from Gateway Motorway in the north or Pacific Motorway in the south.

From the northern turnoff, take Wynnum Road to Manly.
View the historical Fort at Lytton, then head on to Wynnum and take a walk on the mangrove boardwalk.
I also found the lovely, 100 year old + Guardian Angels school building, located on Bay Terrace.

From the high areas of Wynnum, you have great views over Moreton Bay to the Islands.
You will see Green Island, St. Helena (make sure you do a tour to here, its very interesting), Moreton & North Stradbroke Islands.
Lots and lots of yachts were out on the Bay, a perfect day for it!
Also, take note of the old homes in the area.

By the sea, there are parks galore with plenty of amenities for picnics and bbq's, also bicycle tracks along the foreshore.
As the Brisbane area does not have many sandy beaches, and its mud flats here, there is an excellent wading pool, a great spot for families.
If you need to buy lunch, why not have fish & chips from one of the cafes scattered along the Esplanade.

The Train takes about 35mins, and the walk to the esplanade is approx 800metres.

SO NOW, we will head onto Manly in PART 2........


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