The Best Things To Do In Brisbane
Brisbane is the subtropical capital of Queensland, the so-called “Sunshine State”. It is made up of a variety of independent and unique boroughs, divided by the Brisbane River, which meanders through the suburbs from the ocean. The city combines sunny weather with beautiful scenery and outdoor river-life, broadcasting an omnipresent joy of life.
Due to the good weather, most of Brisbane’s features are to be experienced outdoors: take the City Cat for a cruise on the Brisbane River and enjoy the views as you glide along the suburbs and parklands of the city. Expect amazing views of the nocturnal city lights and colorfully floodlit bridges by night.
The CBD is best explored walking around. You can take a break from city life by taking a stroll through the beautiful green City Botanic Gardens followed by a drink in one of the many bars on nearby Eagle Street Pier overlooking the river. Make sure to visit the South Bank Parklands, an entertainment and recreation area with lots of drinking and dining options, where you’ll find the Wheel of Brisbane and even a man-made beach with a lagoon to swim in!
Brisbane is home to the GOMA (Gallery Of Modern Art), the biggest gallery of modern and contemporary art in Australia. Another cultural highlight is the Brisbane powerhouse, a former power station converted into an iconic art center offering shows, exhibitions and fine cuisine. As night falls check out Brisbane’s bar and club scene in the entertainment district Fortitude Valley.
Fun daytrips from Brisbane include Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary where you can meet and feed kangaroos and wallabies and can even cuddle a koala! Due to Brisbane’s great location, getting to the coast will only take little over an hour, so take a trip to the Sunshine Coast or Gold Coast to enjoy a day at the ocean! Moreton Island and North Stradbroke Island are also just a stone’s throw away – make sure to visit them on a day trip!
HERE ARE OUR PICKS FOR THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN BRISBANE…
Australia Zoo is iconic, and famous for its unique management by the Irwin family. It’s a must-see part of any trip to Queensland. Boasting a wide range of international and native animals, you can tailor your day to make it special. There’s Bindi’s Bootcamp for the young, and a wide range of “up close and personal” experiences available. Make it a big day, you won’t regret it!
Story Bridge Adventure Climb
It’s time for an adrenalin rush! The 2.5-hour Story Bridge Adventure Climb takes you to the peak of the Story Bridge, where you can peer down on the hustle and bustle of the Brisbane City, and take in the sights from Moreton Bay, right through to the Glasshouse Mountains. These tours leave every 20 minutes, so make sure you arrive at least 15 minutes before the departure time!
South Bank is arguably the entertainment hub of Brisbane, with the famous “Streets Beach” – a man-made beach for the whole family to enjoy – and a host of restaurants and bars. Families are well-catered for with playgrounds scattered amongst the sprawling parks. Once you’re done, catch a ferry from South Bank to New Farm Park for a great way to explore the city from the river.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Only 12 Kilometres from the centre of Brisbane, this is the place to meet Australia’s wildlife and learn about their habitat and needs. But don’t think this sanctuary is just koalas, you will see and learn about a wide range of Australia’s native animals including eagles, kangaroos, platypus and Tasmanian devils. A special treat is the sheep dog show!
Play, laugh, and scream with excitement all day at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast! A day trip to magnificent Dreamworld is must for every visitor, with a unique combination of thrilling rides, rides for children, and plenty of shows to enjoy along the way. Dreamworld also has a range of wildlife, including koalas and Bengal tigers. When you’re hungry, enjoy one of the many restaurants and cafes.
Warner Bros. Movie World
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION… and then more action, at Movie World! Located on the Gold Coast, just a short drive from Brisbane, is this major theme park offering a full day of excitement and fun. Meet your favourite movie characters, experience what it’s like to be on a movie set, watch the Stunt Driver show, and even go on thrilling rides and rollercoasters. A day at Movie World is one you won’t soon forget!
Thrills and fun for the whole family at White Water World. We’ve worked it out… with 140 rides, slides and water activities, it’s impossible to get bored!! Try the “Wedgie”, it’s Australian for thrilling. For the kids, including those under 5, head to Wiggle Bay. With all that fun you’re sure to get hungry, so lucky there are lots of cafes.
Lamington National Park
For a great day out to see Australia’s natural beauty, visit this magnificent example of Australia’s sub-tropical rain forest, just a 90-minute drive from Brisbane, and in the hinterland of the Gold Coast. The walks will take you past cascading waterfalls, and an enormous range of plants and birds. Keep an eye out for reptiles, frogs and other animals!
Every Wednesday and Saturday, locals and visitors flock to the Eumundi Markets to search for hidden treasure, or a keepsake amongst the myriad of stalls that line the laneways of this market. From food to sculptures, jewellery, wood work and clothes, this market has it all. When you’ve exhausted yourself exploring the stalls, take a walk along the main street of Eumundi, its right next door to the markets.
If it’s time to relax and unwind, while still broadening your Australian experience, Tangalooma is the ideal destination for you. Experience the dolphin feeding or go whale watching, and combine it with bushwalks and massages followed by restaurants and bars. This pristine, untouched island is what a holiday is meant to be about!
Brisbane lives around its long and vast river, and you can’t go wrong if you head towards its shores. On the edge of the city is the Eagle Street Pier, where you can join the locals for a drink at “Riverbar and Kitchen”, or wander over to South Bank where parks, restaurants and bars are plentiful! Explore Brisbane on the public ferry (called the CityCat) or book a river cruise and dinner to see the sights in style!
Wheel of Brisbane
A visit to South Bank is a great opportunity to “survey” the city on the Wheel of Brisbane. Located on the edge of South Bank, Brisbane has joined other great cities in providing this wonderful experience right amongst where locals live and play. This Wheel is a great way for the family to see the city, and is close to so many other attractions that can be visited along the way.
Bridge climbers will love this bridge! Book an adventure bridge climb to get the best views of Brisbane and its surrounds from 80 metres above the ground; from Moreton Bay to the Scenic Rim on the horizon. For the brave, you can even abseil down one of the pylons to captain Burke Park! This is a truly exhilarating experience.
Mt Coot-tha is THE lookout in Brisbane, with views up to the Glass House Mountains, and out to Moreton Bay. People flock to the look-out and enjoy the restaurant or a picnic at the summit. If you’re looking for a great place for a family picnic, the locals often go to Simpson’s Falls, a large parkland at the base of the mountain with plenty of space to run around.
If you’re a beer drinker, a glass of this famous beer is a must, and a trip to the brewery will make you a connoisseur! Located in Milton, an inner suburb of Brisbane, the brewery offers tours so that you can see and understand how the beer is brewed and supplied around the country. And of course, there is the tasting and meals at the alehouse!
A short trip by barge from Brisbane, North Stradbroke Island – or “Straddie” to the locals – is the perfect place for anyone looking for a “low-key” getaway. Come and enjoy beach-based fun, with swimming, diving and fishing, or explore the lakes as you head inland! Oh, and don’t forget to check out the pub!
Situated on the east-coast of Australia, an hour south of Brisbane, the Gold Coast is a blend of luxury hotels, golden beaches, perfect summer days and a party scene that goes until the sun comes up! If you’re looking for relaxation, excitement, or a family-friendly holiday – the Gold Coast is calling!
Byron Bay, with its ultra-relaxed and laid back vibe, picturesque hinterlands and white sand beaches, is the most eastern point of Australia. Boasting a vibrant music scene and electric nightlife, Byron Bay has an awe about it that can’t be describe in words; come, find peace and serenity for yourself!
Fraser Island is both the largest sand island in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sitting off of the Sunshine Coast, it stretches over 123km and every inch is a haven of sandy beaches and stunning cliff faces. The crystalline blue waters and shimming white sands make it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia.
The Sunshine Coast is the perfect mix of green, gold and blue; lush green national parks surround golden beaches with crystal blue waters. From relaxation retreats, to quaint villages, to adrenaline activities and water-sports, and nature as far as the eye can see – the possibilities are endless!
Gold Coast Hinterland
Take a step back from the glitz and the glamour of the world-famous Gold Coast, and discover the magnificent natural beauty of its surrounding Hinterland. Explore the endless rainforests and national parks, or visit one of the many villages scattered throughout the region, as you experience a softer side of the Gold Coast, quietly hidden away from the mainstream tourist trail. There are so many great ways to experience the Hinterland for yourself; from the splendid hiking trails to the spectacular lookout points, or even one of the many hidden swimming spots – the Gold Coast Hinterland is a place that should definitely not be missed!
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