During the day, Brisbane’s CBD is suits, coffees and traffic – the epitome of the daily grind.
But when the sun sets on Brisbane’s inner city, it’s far from sleepy and there’s no better way to discover it than with a local expert.
A Brisbane Greeter’s Night Tour offers just that taking in some of the city’s best-loved and lesser-known spots with a knowledgeable volunteer.
Each Night Tour varies in accordance with each group’s interests.
“It’s very casual, we can stop anywhere which is really nice,” said Brisbane Greeter’s guide Blair Allsopp. “It’s nice just to be out in the city at night and twilight because most people spend their day in the city and at night they go back to the suburbs.”
One of the night tours begins at The Gresham, a classy cocktail bar on Queen Street.
“The reason this is such a classy pub is Thomas Gresham, who started the Gresham Hotel in Dublin, when he was young he was sent to work as a servant for wealthy people, “Blair explained. “And he worked his way all the way up to become a Butler. So when he left the employee, he started his own guest house.”
“It became the place in Ireland and so when they opened the Gresham Hotel here, it was the same idea they wanted to make it the landmark hotel.”
From there the tour heads to Edison Lane, so named after Thomas Edison because the laneway was the birthplace of electricity in Brisbane. There’s even a circuit board painted onto the pavement as homage to its history.
From the centre of the city to the banks of the Brisbane River, another stop on the tour is Riverland. It’s a collection of shipping containers, each with street food offerings.
The final stop of the tour group is to the Fairy Trees adjacent to the Goodwill Bridge.
These two huge fig trees are easy enough to walk right by during the day, but come nightfall they light up with literally thousands of fairy lights. Very Insta-worthy.
“People who’ve lived here their whole life often say at the end of a tour like this ‘I’ve been here my whole life, but I’ve never seen this part of the city’ or ‘I’ve never seen this at night’,” Blair said. “Because when you walk through it in the daytime, it’s a totally different experience to walk through it at night. It’s like two different cities.”
The tours usually consist of four or five stops and the beauty of them is tour-goers are free afterwards to continue exploring at their own leisure.
Brisbane Greeters Night Tours run from 4.30 to 6.30pm Thursdays to Saturdays. And the best part is they’re totally free!
To book a Brisbane Greeters Night Tour of your own, click here.