Let’s start with what are the places to see. The lookout at mount Coot-Tha offers a postcard view of Brisbane and is a good way to have a first grasp of the city. On the way there you can stop at the botanic garden for a peaceful walk in a tropical environment. In the same area there is also the Koala Sanctuary where you’ll get familiar with all the legendary Australian animals such as koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils and platypus. Those three places are to be seen once and ideal to take the visiting family and friends.
To hang out in a more daily basis, Southbank, its big swimming pool and artificial beach is a popular meeting place and a good alternative to a trip outside the city if you want to relax with sand. On the weekend, I enjoyed going to the West End market. It offers great food on the spot but also amazing products (vegetables and fruits) at rock-bottom prices.
Finally, here are some places to try out at night.
The restaurant “A night in india”, has one of the best Indian food I have ever tasted but also the cheapest take away of the city.
The power house is a necessity to see, especially at night. Located in New Farm you can go there just for a beer, a nice dinner or, on Sunday nights, for the famous free comedy shows presenting local and international artists.
If you are craving for a tasty cocktail in a relaxed atmosphere the Junk bar is a marginal but surprising little place with many great reviews.
To stay in a chill environment but for beer envy, go to the Scratch pub. They have a wide and changing selection of beers with an advantage on all the others: you can bring your own food! (In addition you can easily access it by bus from St Lucia).
To get more electric, Family night club is among the most popular. Nevertheless, I noticed that after a while everyone has its own favorite place to go out (either in the CBD or the valley) so be prepared to move around.