Point Lookout on North Stradbroke Island is a gem that, I feel, does not get enough attention. The feel of the wind at full blast and the sight of magnificent waves crashing against the rocky shores is just wonderful. And in winter, humpback whales often form part of the view as they pass the waters off Straddie on their annual migration. Bring a picnic basket or alternatively, drop by one of the cosy eateries there, such as Fishes Cafe which has great seafood and very good coffee.
Climb atop Story Bridge for an adrenaline rush and unparalleled views of the city, Moreton Bay and the hills of the Scenic Rim. Or chill at the suburb of Kangaroo Point where you can take in the sight of the bridge, the river and the cityscape. Another spot from which to see Brisbane in its full glory is the Brisbane Lookout at Mount Coot-tha where you can get a scenic 360-degree view of the city.
One place that warms my belly is Watt Restaurant + Bar at the Brisbane Powerhouse. Located by the river, it offers food such as toasted sandwiches and big breakfasts. I love eating with the waters of the river lapping right beside me. When I am undecided about where to dine, I stroll through South Bank or West End, which offer a myriad of options. Places to dine in at West End include Lefkas Taverna for Greek cuisine and Sitar, a fab Indian restaurant. For dessert, I recommend Max Brenner at South Bank for its chocolate fudge brownie with ice cream.
I frequent a lot of markets and my favourites are the Saturday Fresh Market in Rocklea for fruits and produce; the Eumundi Market on Memorial Drive for arts and crafts; and the weekend Carrara Markets at the corner of Manchester Road and Gooding Drive for knick-knacks and other gifts. The Sunday Chandler Markets at the corner of Old Cleveland and Tilley roads have a great mix of everything. It’s also perfect for cheap veggies and fruits.
Great day out
I have soaked in much sunshine at the famous Surfers Paradise, the best beach in the world, in my opinion. Top that off with a visit to Underwater World to see its marine and freshwater animals, and my day is complete. I also recommend Moreton Island for the chance to interact with wild dolphins; Byron Bay, a beautiful surfing spot; and Wellington Point, where you can picnic and then walk across the sandbar to nearby King Island at low tide.
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