I am travelling to Australia in 3 weeks time on my lonesome and starting my adventure in Brisbane.
Does anyone know of any good hostels to ease me gently into my experience and what is best to do around there???
I'm not even sure how long to stay there for talk about disorganised!!!
Any help gratefully received!!!!!!
Since I have friends living in Brisbane I've never had to stay at a hostel there, but I've heard good things about the YHA there (from yet other friends).
There's nothing much to really see in Brisbane, but it's a very nice city for just walking through, taking a cruise up the river, lounging at a cafe near the river, walking along the river (I particularly remember this open swimming pool in - I think it's Southbank - right alongside the river; I remember it because we were caught in a flash rainstorm on night right when passing it, so tried to shelter there - while meanwhile everyone in the pool was already happily wet so didn't mind much), and just generally taking it easy. Given the climate there, "taking it easy" really is the thing to do.
There's some awesome bookstores in Brisbane, and you just have to eat at Pancakes.
I can also recommend taking a train and bus down to Surfer's Paradise and walking on the beach there. Very easy to do as a day trip.
I know I'll get grief, however, I quite liked the XXXX brewery tour
It's tacky as hell, but It sort of knows it is anyway and unlike other brewery tours... you get to see where the bottles and barrels get packed (so you see thousands and thousands of bottles whizzing by!)
We also went to the Casino in town on a Thursday night (I think)
which was free to get into, the booze was relatively cheap and there was a live comedy show (for free!)
I only stayed in Brisbane for three days as like Sander mentioned there is not really much to do and see in the city. The hostel I stayed at was called Banana benders http://www.bananabenders.com/ and I really liked it because it was small, clean and cozy and had an awesome outside deck where people met.
Concerning sightseing it's worth to go down to the artifical beach and check out the markets and the Queensland art gallery and Museum of Modern Art was pretty cool. On a nice and sunny day I suggest taking a bus up to Mount Coot-tha. From there you have an excellent view over the city and you can do a couple of short walks around there. Closeby you'll also find the Botanical Gardens which I really liked.
Apart from that you can do a daytrip to Australia zoo from Brisbane and consider heading down to Byron Bay, a famous backpacker mecca on the east coast.
Have fun !
[ Edit: Edited at Sep 4, 2006 6:45 AM by steff ]
We started our oz trip in brisbane, its a wicked place! and a great place to start australia.
We stayed in a hostel called Bunk, its a real friendly place and pretty cheap and there are lots of other backpackers travelling on their own who you will get to know in the bar.
The onsite bar is a place that gets packed at weekends, so if you fancy a good laugh, its there if you want it.
Its just a short walk to the main shops and beach so your pretty central.
We stayed there 5 nights when we first arrived and 5 nights when we left australia for new zealand. im so jealous! i wanna go again!
'beach in brisbane', thats not a beach wait until you hit the barrier reef and other places on the coast then you will experience a beach !!!
Brisbane is an ok city the valley is a great party place, well it was 2 years ago when i was home.I'll be back in November and well as they say "there is no place like home"
Ok well not exactly a beach, more like a giant sand pit with water!
Still a great place to get over your hangover from the night before!
Fionaxxoo, where are you planning on going after brisbane? north or south?
Not too sure yet probably north but really going where the wind takes me hope that is the right thing to do!!!
What are the hostels like are they clean and decent in general?
I'm soooooo excited!!!!
Thanks everyone for your advice!
Yeah hostels in australia and new zealand are generally really good, so much better then places in europe and the USA.
Going north would be cool, might be worth to do a small trip down the coast first to byron bay/surfers paradise as they aren't far from brisbane.
If your heading north there are so many places to stop, just a few places are
great kepple island
airlie beach/ whitsundays
cairns (party town!)
There are lots of small towns in between that are worth a look if you have time.
We used a lonely planet book alot of the time, simply get to any random town and once you get there check the lonely planet for a hostel. they have rating etc and the type of hostel it is ie a quiet place or a party one
Have a great trip!