A business traveller’s 3-day guide to Brisbane City

If you're here for a business event it's likely you'll be nestled up in a meeting room, so when you get the chance to explore Brisbane's CBD in between conference commitments be sure to make the most of it.

Loosen the tie, ditch the heels and step out into our sun-dappled streets to discover award-winning restaurants, cafes, quirky bars and must-see art galleries.

Day 1


The Gardens Club

They say nothing gets the mind ticking better than a spot of exercise, so kick off your morning with a stroll through Brisbane's Botanic Gardens before the first day of your conference. The park was originally planted by convicts in 1825 with crops to feed the colony but nowadays you'll stumble upon ancient trees, delicate flowers and exotic plants. Stop by The Garden's Club for a coffee or order a pre-packed picnic basket and enjoy brekky on the lush lawn.


Brisbane Greeters Burnett Lane

Discover the city's nooks and crannies with a Brisbane Greeters laneways trail. Wind through our lanes eyeing off street art while hearing tales of Brisbane's past. We've got a bevy of passionate locals to show you around and it's all free. Trails can be adjusted to suit your interests, from architecture to heritage walks. Whatever you choose, you'll come away with a new perspective of Brisbane.

Soak up Brisbane's history with a visit to City Hall and a trip up the clock tower. This 1930s building offers 76-metre-high views of the CBD and plenty of photo opportunities. It's also home to the Museum of Brisbane so be sure to catch an exhibition.


Nothing says gourmet dining like Public. You'll want to try a number of dishes on the award-winning menu, so grab your colleagues and order the emu tartar, yolk and soy (how Aussie is that!) as well as the octopus, black garlic and black pudding.

The Gresham Brisbane

What better way to round off your first night in a new city than with a well-made drink. Waltz down Queen St until you stumble upon an impressive 1880s building steeped in old-world charm. Here you will find The Gresham, the perfect spot for a lazy drink and yarn with colleagues after a busy day.

Day 2



Wake up and smell the coffee at Strauss on Elizabeth St. The cafe's slick fit-out has a no-fuss menu laden with such classics as mixed-grain bircher, banana bread and poached eggs on sourdough. Keen to find out what else Brisbane City has in the way of morning brews and brekkies? Check them out here.


Treat yourself to a spot of shopping along the Queen Street Mall. We've got the big global players and a number of impressive local designers, too. Head to the obvious picks first – H&M, Zara and Uniqlo – and then stop in at Tengdahl for chic women's resort wear. Scour the racks at men's fashion label UBERMEN for quality minimalist pieces. Get the full list of designers here.


There's nothing better than a traditional margherita pizza washed down with Italian wine, and Coppa Spuntino can deliver just that. The restaurant is run by the team behind award-winning Canvas Cocktail & Wine Bar, the aforementioned Public and burger lovers' paradise Red Hook. Any one of these spots can satisfy for a night out and they're all in the heart of Brisbane City.

Day 3


Stretch Yoga

Just because you're here on business doesn't mean you need to sacrifice your workout routine. Strike a downward dog at Stretch Yoga or hire a bike from Free Range Bike Hire for something a little more intensive.


Felix for Goodness

Pull up a chair and load up your fork with all the fresh, local and organic produce Brisbane has to offer at Felix for Goodness on Burnett Lane. You would've passed this hidden gem on your Brisbane Greeters tour and now it's time to try them out for yourself. We recommend the Walker Farm Chicken baguette and a fresh cashew milk espresso frappe.


Come for the steamed duck buns, stay for the Malteaser espresso martinis. Madame Wu serves up delightful modern Asian fusion cuisine in a low-lit, funky setting. Be sure to nab a table on the balcony and enjoy one of the best views of the Brisbane River and sparkling city skyline.

Nant Whiskey Bar

Up for a change of scenery? Just around the corner on Edward St is underground whisky bar Nant. With a distillery set up in the Tasmanian hinterland, these guys have expanded with two bars in Brisbane (the other one is in Fortitude Valley). Take a swig of their exclusive single malt whisky and hide away for the night with a couple of your colleagues and let the good times come.

If you'd like more insights into everything to eat, see and do for delegates, as well as access exclusive deals, make sure you visit the South Bank Concierge.

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