Michaelie Clark recently directed readers on a Melbourne Eurotrip, and now it's our turn. Brisbane has a selection of European inspired activities, so pack your (hand)bags and rug up (erm, maybe not) for a day of European fun for a fraction of the price and virtually none of the travel time.
Shop Like a Parisian
Start the day with a spot of shopping.
Racecourse Road in Ascot offers a selection of boutiques and bespoke retailers, and while the focus is on locally made products (not French), the prominence of artisan stores is reminiscent of the rues of Paris. Punctuate your shop with frequent trips to Le Bon Choix or Baguette Bistro and Bar like a true French native.
But if it's genuine French design you covet, there's only one place for it – Brisbane City. Design houses like Chanel and Louis Vuitton have set up their shiny boutiques in Queens Plaza and Queen Street. Looking is free.
All that walking and carrying sure does work up an appetite that only a huge Italian meal will satisfy.
For a meal that's fast, cheap and easy, grab a table or take away from Vapianos. They have about half a dozen locations in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, so finding a nearby store shouldn't be too hard.
If you don't mind the travel, it's worth heading to Coorparoo or Lota for a meal at Stella Star. It's pricier than Vapianos and other Italian franchises, but the meals are authentic and far superior.
Or you could plan ahead and make a booking with Golden Gondola. They offer cruises along the Brisbane River in luxurious gondolas and most packages include a meal.
Play Like a Scandinavian
When you see the sports that are most popular in the Scandinavian countries (Sweden, Denmark and Norway), you can't help but think that their inhabitants have something of a death wish. There's not a lot of rafting or snowboarding in Brisbane, but you could try a canoe ride along the Brisbane River or maybe some rock climbing. We've also got floorball and horse riding, two of the most popular sports in Sweden.
End the day with a good helping of alcohol at one of Brisbane's German pubs.
The German Club in East Brisbane serves beer and schnapps (not together, of course) from its main bar, and also offers hearty German fare (like pork chops, meat loaf and bratwurst) in the restaurant. Time it right and you might find entertainment in the form of a German dancing or singing group.
There's also Brewhouse Brisbane in Woolloongabba, a pub with its own microbrewery that serves a huge selection of imported beers.
If coming home at the end of the day is enough to induce culture shock, continue the overseas experience with a trip to a foreign pub or restaurant.