Brisbane is a city that certainly took me by surprise when I first visited recently. The thriving population who were both busy and bustling, yet relaxed and easy-going, was like a breath of fresh air and something I didn't expect at all.
Staying two nights right in the inner CBD at a lovely four-star hotel, The Rendezvouz, conveniently placed us within walking distance to Brisbane's beautiful South Bank.
On our first night we strolled over the bridge, the breeze from the waterfront gently sweeping across our faces. The city was buzzing with night-life; the old, the young, busy cafes and an abundance of lights adorning the beautiful casino, also known as 'The Treasury'.
One attraction stood out from the rest as we made our way over the bridge - the huge Ferris Wheel, lit up all the way around, and we exchanged grins knowing we'd have to go up on it as some point during our stay.
The foreshore was alive with romantic couples and children whizzing past excitedly on their tiny bicycles and an ice-cream stand that looked a little lonely. The paths were lined with immaculate gardens and street architecture dressed with beautiful flowers and shrubbery.
We couldn't resist taking a ride on the City Cat - Brisbane's Ferry transport. It was a tiny bit magical sitting at the back of the Cat, with the wind blowing through our faces, and the steady breath of the night life surrounding us filled my bones with adventure. I smiled, and I smiled again, because I didn't want it to end.