Backpacking Tips for Brisbane
Brisbane is a safe city for backpackers, but like any metropolis danger can lurk anywhere.
We don’t have an entire suburb or a particularly dodgy bar, street or locale that you should make a point of avoiding. But just like the Jedi teaching “always be mindful of your surroundings”.
Alcohol is always the greatest danger, too much, too soon will always get you into trouble.
Every backpacker loves a drink, but getting drunk in a strange city, in a strange place, is probably the only danger you will come across, so just be careful and you wont have any problems.
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Visiting Brisbane as a backpacker is like finding yourself in an adventure wonderland. There’s so much to do and see, and your every desire is catered for – from quiet strolls along the river to the adrenaline rush of skydiving.
But first as a backpacker, you need to position yourself to take advantage of the best part of Brisbane for a backpacker.
The central city heart of Brisbane is surrounded by the Brisbane river, surrounding the city are the suburbs of , Spring Hill to the north, the Valley to the east, Kangaroo Point & Woolloongabba to the south , West End to the West.
West End to the west is where Brisbane backpackers hostel Somewhere to Stay is located and positioned perfectly for the backpacker.
A good way to get your bearings when you first arrive is to explore the city by foot, by river cruise or by a speedy ferry. Take in the sights and discover why the river is so central to Brisbane life. For a wider view, take a champagne breakfast balloon flight over the city, or join a day bus or 4WD tours. More unusual tours include historic walking tours, specialist art tours with fine food and wine, adventure trike tours, ghost tours and eco tours.
Animal lovers can see Australian wildlife up close at Lone Pine or Alma Park Zoo. For the outdoors types, head out to sea on a fishing charter, or set sail on a sailing tour or cruise of Moreton Bay. And exploring nearby North Stradbroke and Moreton Island’s beaches by 4WD is a must.