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What to do with 12 hours Brisbane

Brisbane, in the Sunshine state of Queensland, with 300 days of sun a year, is a great place to spend the day. Here is a handy 12 hour itinerary, from Kayaking down the river to enjoying a view of the city from Mt Coot-tha. Why not print it out and take it with you on your trip!

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Brisbane is one of South East Queensland's most vibrant cities. With tons of exciting activities and around 300 days of sun a year, it's a great place to spend the day on your way along the south east coast. So, if you're planning a stop in the beautiful river city, here is our handy 12 hour itinerary to make sure you get the most out of your stay. (...psst, if you want to fit all of the following in, we recommend you hire a car for your day in Brisbane as you never know when public transport will cause delays - time is of the essence!)

Start your day trip with a hearty breakfast and a cup of coffee at one of Paddington's boutique cafes such as 'Anouk' then perhaps browse an antique bookstore (or kill two birds with one stone at 'Black Cat Books') or pick up some classic vintage wear at one of the many specialty stores as you gear up for your day of sightseeing. Nestled at the foot of Mount Coot-tha, Paddington is one of Brisbane's oldest suburbs and offers great views to the river and onwards to the city.

Next stop on the itinerary is a lazy drift down Brisbane River with Riverlife's kayaking tours. These kayaking adventures launch from Kangaroo Point and make their way down the river towards the Brisbane Eye in South Bank. Get your blood pumping and gain a unique perspective of the Brisbane CDB on board one of these tiny floating rafts.

Once you've worked up an appetite on the kayaks you'll have chance to grab lunch at one of the many bustling restaurants along South Bank including Beastie Burgers (not for the feint hearted!) and Amici's Italian Restaurant. Home to the Brisbane Eye, South Bank offers visitors a beautiful walk along the river, opposite the CBD. Weekends can get busy so be sure to book a table in advance to avoid disappointment. If you've got a few spare moments, why not take a peek at the science museum or the art gallery as well.

Samford Valley is next on the list. At only 20km drive north-west of the city, Samford makes up part of the hinterland region that surrounds Brisbane. Enjoy a bush walk, try some yoga or simply relax and enjoy the natural surroundings. For the adventure seekers, why not try your hand at paintball skirmish or horse riding? Whatever your preference, Samford Valley has something to offer every member of the family.

Tank's on empty, it's time to pack the family in the car again and make you way to the CBD for a restaurant dining experience to remember. Brisbane has over 3,000 restaurants with everything from Indian curry houses to American diners. Whatever the taste buds are craving, chances are you'll find it in the heart of Brisbane's CBD. For an extra special dining experience, head to Eagle Street Pier and enjoy a spectacular view of Brisbane city by night at one of their numerous restaurants.

With tummy's full and eyes beginning to droop, finish off your Brisbane experience with an ice cream and view from atop Mount Coot-tha's Summit lookout. With breathtaking 200 degree views of Brisbane city, Mount Coot-tha offers one of the best views the city has to offer. After a day of adventure, your body and mind will be in need of a well deserved rest so make sure you book into a hotel for the night before continuing your south east Queensland road trip the next day. Happy travelling!