Brisbetter Days Out is Brisbane City Council's new slogan to promote the many of the improvements in recreational facilities and activities that Brisbane provides. Below are some of the new places to visit and recent improvements made, along with some upcoming upgrades to look out for.
Brisbane City Council is always adding new facilities, upgrades and improvements, and Brisbetter is the slogan under which they are now using to make announcements about these. The Days Out part of this focuses on what you can do on a day out in Brisbane. There is a lot to do in Brisbane and if you haven't visited any of these places recently, then often when you return, you will find changes both big and small.
Brisbetter: Because Brisbane is getting better all the time
Mt Coot-tha was declared a park in 1883 in response to the need for a green reserve near the city. It wasn't until WW2 that the mountain area was developed when the location became a camp for US soldiers, as well an ammunition dump and searchlight station.
Checking out a sign describing the new trails up Mt Coot-tha
These days, it is a great spot for hiking, picnics and the only Brisbane City Council reserve with dedicated mountain bike paths. In recent years, there has been a lot of effort upgrade or add in additional facilities, especially hiking paths. Most notably is the Spotted Gum Trail leading from the back of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens up to the Summit. But there are also other new trails, some I have noticed the map, but have yet to hike.
The perfect city attraction is one that is enjoyed by both locals and tourists, and South Bank is Brisbane's spot. When the last working docks closed on Brisbane River, South Bank became a fairly basic park, which was converted into the Expo'88 site, and then developed into the modern South Bank.
The combination of public green space, recreational facilities, entertainment spaces and commercial activities in the form of shops, restaurants and bars, along with the location that gives you views of the city and easy access to theatres, art galleries and museums, makes South Bank a winner.
South Bank keeps improving their spaces, so there is likely to be a spot the suits your need
There have been some recent upgrades in spaces, including the playground and more areas where you can sit and relax. Despite developments elsewhere, South Bank remains a local favourite.
Howard Smith Wharves
With the success of South Bank, the Brisbane City Council is looking to repeat the success in other areas of the city, with the Howard Smith Wharves being the latest development. It has a completely different vibe and space to South Bank, and generally attracts young people who are happy to dress up and spend money on a night out. The area is packed with bars and you have many places to choose from, including bars with beanbags on the river's edge, so you can enjoy a drink and watch the lights reflected on the river.
Howard Smith Wharves is possibly the future of Brisbane's night life developments
You often don't need to go very far to find out what is better in Brisbane, just walk to your local park. One day you go there and there is nothing, just a grassy space, with maybe some benches, a few weeks later there is exercise equipment. Then a few months later there are barbecues, and you are thinking "Why would anyone have a barbecue here, there are no toilets" and then a few months later, a block of toilets turn up.
Check out your local parks for the many little improvements as Brisbane gets better
I would highly encourage anyone to visit their local parks on a regular basis to see what is being added. Often the big parks attract the attention, but there are lots of local changes across Brisbane as well.
The SEQWater Lakes
Within the Brisbane are 3 lakes run by SEQWater, and because these reservoirs are no longer used as part of Brisbane's water supply, work has been done to open these places up to recreation.
The SEQWater run lakes are adding new facilities and opening up to more activities over time
These areas are growing in popularity as recreational facilities and reflect the passion for Brisbanite's to get out and active. This includes swimming, hiking, barbecues and picnics, kayaking and mountain biking.
City of Lights Strategy
Brisbane has adopted the use of lights to enhance the beauty of the city. When temporary lighting went up in some places, it proved so popular, that often these temporary lights became permanent. A good example of this is lights on the Story Bridge. You may have also noticed lights going up on trees all around Brisbane, which is part of the City of Lights strategy.
The River City uses the river to also be the City of Lights
There is a lot more we will be able to hopefully enjoy in the future. This includes further development in West End as industrial areas close down. There will be more pedestrian and green bridges put in place to give better access across the river. and the Brisbane City Council has expressed a desire to open up more spaces to mountain biking, as the only place in the Brisbane City Council area that it runs where you can do this at the moment is Mt Coot-tha. In addition, the work on adding and improving cycleways continues, which provides more opportunities to both cycle to work and enjoy a lazy Sunday cycle.
Having your say in making Brisbetter
While we can simply enjoy or complain about any changes in Brisbane, we can also be active in this process. My advice is to not just worry about big changes, but also to write to the Brisbane Council and tell them what you would like to see, even if it is just your local park. Governments do listen when it is things that can easily do something about.
There is an attitude in Brisbane that is one of building on strengths. We can expect interesting developments in the near future that will give us better outdoor spaces, more entertainment venues and hopefully, better public transportation. We don't have to go far to have a better day out.