Listopedia: Brisbane for the Fit and Healthy Traveller
As travellers we’ve all had that moment mid-trip when we can’t face another (yummy) pizza or visit to a Cathedral, and so we seek out an outdoor adventure activity plus a café offering a plethora of healthy food options. Nodding your head?
Brisbane is a city packed with awesome options for outdoor adventure, healthy delicious food and plain old relaxing. If you’re heading to the Queensland capital soon, check out our Listopedia of the best healthy hotspots.
1. Mt Coot-tha
Home to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Brisbane Lookout, plus a scenic drive, walking and running tracks, Mt Coot-tha is a top spot to either completely zen-out while enjoying the brilliant views, or to go for a big explore. It’s worth checking out events run by the Brisbane Botanic Gardens that include school holiday activities, twilight yoga and circuit training classes. If you’re looking for somewhere to eat, the Kuta Café (next to the Brisbane Lookout) is open for breakfast right through to 10 or 11pm at night (depending on the day). Their menu includes vegetarians and gluten free options.
2. Walking Tour
If you enjoy exploring a city on foot, you’re bound to like one of Walk Brisbane’s walking tours. The tours are run by passionate Brisbane locals keen to show their city off! Choose from the City Essentials, Laneways Café or Art & Design tour and each usually runs for about three hours.
3. Pineapple Express Café
This superfood café found at Portside Wharf in Hamilton opened at the beginning of June. It’s quick becoming a favourite among Brissie locals for its delicious healthy menu. Think acai bowls and smoothies for brekky, wickedly good zucchini pasta for lunch and not to be missed paleo sweets.
4. Eat Street Markets
While you’re in the Hamilton area, it’s also worth checking out the Eat Street Markets open each Friday (4-10pm), Saturday (4-10pm) and Sunday (10am-3pm). These cool markets are held in converted shipping containers at Hamilton Wharf and offer an array of cuisine to choose from, live performances, fresh produce and clothes. The gluten free doughnuts are definitely worth trying!
5. Brisbane River Adventures
There are a number of brilliant activities you can do around Brisbane River – for something different, try abseiling or climbing the Kangaroo Point Cliffs. No experience is required so anyone can have a go! If that’s too much adrenalin for you, try kayaking or paddle-boarding on the river. It’s a lovely way to see the city. Or hop on a Segway tour! Riverlife is a great tour operator that has been running since 2005, and you can book all of these activities with them.
6. Wheel of Brisbane
The place to visit for glorious 360-degree views of South Bank and further afield is the Wheel of Brisbane. The Wheel, which is approximately 60 metres tall, first opened in 2008 and is a fun attraction for the whole family. It’s open seven days a week and you can buy tickets from the South Bank Visitors Centre. During Brisbane’s Ekka Show, the Wheel will host a Teddy Bears Picnic on the 12th August. The event is taking place in the South Bank Cultural Forecourt.
7. Brisbane Runs
For any keen runners, there are plenty of routes to try while you’re in Brisbane. One option is to start at the Eagle Street Pier, head through the Botanical Gardens, over the bridge and finish at South Bank. The South Bank loop is another great way to explore this popular area of Brisbane.
8. Green Bees Organics
This family run West End café serves up delicious organic food from breakfast through to dinner during the week and is open 7.30am-4pm on Saturdays. (FYI it’s closed on Sundays and Mondays). Highlights on the menu include their vegan coconut and chia pancakes with raw hazelnut ice cream, gluten free lamb pie and paleo sweet potato and pecan chocolate brownies.
9. I Heart Brownies
Speaking of brownies, Fortitude Valley’s I Heart Brownies is a little piece of heaven! Their brownies are 100% gluten free and prepared with only the best quality ingredients including Belgian black cocoa and Queensland cane sugar. The flavour selection is impressive – think Jaffa and Salted Caramel!
10. The Story Bridge
If you’re up for an adventure, the Story Bridge Adventure Climb is likely to be right up your alley. You can select to just climb the bridge (and back down again) or if you’re a real adrenalin junkie, you can abseil back down instead. The views at the top of the bridge are amazing and the climb is perfect for all ages taking around two hours.
11. Stephanie’s Luxury Spas
If you’re in need of some pampering , head to Stephanies Luxury Spa. With five locations in south-east Queensland, including at the Sofitel Brisbane hotel, you can choose from beauty treatments, spa therapy or anti-ageing therapies. In addition, they’re currently celebrating their 21st birthday and have spa offers, giveaways and luxury skincare prizes available from 23rd June, available for two months.
The lucky last thing to put in your calendar is The Brisbane Times Good Food Month running from July 9 – August 9. There are events taking place all around Brisbane including Night Noodle Markets, dinners showcasing the best from Queensland’s regional chefs and winemakers, stunning high teas and guided tours run by food and drink experts. It’s bound to be amazing!
Brisbane is a city you can visit and explore year round. It’s always fun, and the locals are super friendly! You’re bound to have a brilliant time enjoying everything the city has to offer.
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