A Day in Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane is the capital city of the State of Queensland Australia. Located on the east coast of Australia about midway between two renowned resort destinations, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. Around 2.3 million people inhabit Brisbane's metropolitan area. Its unique Queenslander architecture represents much of the city's heritage. This city has also hosted several prominent international events including the 2014 G20 summit. If you had a day to spend in this sunny, breezy and busy city down under, here are some suggestions.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

After you have your breaky (Aussies abbreviate everything), how better to start the day than pet some Koalas; so jump on board the Mirimar River Cruise to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world's first and largest koala sanctuary, with around 130 koalas. Here you can cuddle a koala or hand feed the kangaroos. You can also enjoy a real Australian outback farm experience here as you wouldn't have the time to take a 4-wheeler into the outback in one day.

South Bank Parklands

In the arvo (short for afternoon) explore the South Bank Parklands at a leisurely pace. Then find a comfortable spot at River Quay for a delicious lunch overlooking the city, or stroll along the Clem Jones Promenade. You will find many shops providing soothing refreshments to temper the early afternoon brissy sun. Art lovers can enjoy a visit to the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art. These world-class galleries house large local and international exhibitions, and best of all, they’re almost always free to enter.

Story Bridge Adventure Climb

If you want to experience something that is truly special in Brisbane, the Story Bridge Adventure Climb is a must-do. It is a unique journey up over the bridge's superstructure to the 80-meter summit which provides magnificent uninterrupted 360-degree views of Brisbane City, the river, mountain ranges and Moreton Bay Islands. One of only three such experiences in the world, the Story Bridge Adventure Climb also provides fascinating commentary from an experienced climb leader about the history and heritage of both the bridge and city surrounding them.There are many other activities and attractions to choose from. For example, a tour of Brisbane's XXXX Brewery, the Riverlife Adventure Center where you can take a guided kayaking tour along the Brisbane river or free guided tour around City Hall and the clock tower are some exciting alternatives. Furthermore, if you are sticking around longer and feel like enjoying the bar & club scene of Brisbane you should head into Fortitude Valley or as the locals call it "The Valley."A day in Brisbane sums up the lifestyle of much an Australian. Enjoying the outdoor lifestyle to the fullest, they show you the sunny side of life.