Things to see and do

Natural Attractions

Mount Coot-tha: This mountain offers scenic views of the city and is a popular spot for hiking and picnicking.

Brisbane Botanic Gardens: These gardens feature a wide variety of plants and flowers, as well as a Japanese garden and a tropical dome.

Moreton Bay: This bay is home to a variety of marine life, including dolphins, whales, and turtles. Visitors can take a boat tour to see the bay’s islands and beaches. Take the train to either Shorncliffe or Cleveland or even catch a ferry to Moreton Island or car ferry to North Stradbroke.

Kangaroo Point: Kangaroo Point is popular for it’s panoramic vantage point of the Brisbane CBD, especially at night. It offers elevated amazing river views of the city from the Kangaroo Point Cliff park. You can take a ferry ride from the city across the river or walk across the Storey Bridge or Goodwill Bridge. There are stairs to ascend from the river walk at both ends of the cliff. Grabbing a bite to eat at the Storey Bridge Hotel or at The Ship Inn at South Bank after your walk is highly recommended.

Tourist Attractions

South Bank Parklands: This popular destination features a man-made beach, gardens, and a variety of restaurants and shops.

Queensland Museum: This museum showcases the natural and cultural history of the state of Queensland.

Story Bridge Adventure Climb: This tour takes visitors to the top of the iconic Story Bridge for panoramic views of the city.

Brisbane City Hall: This historic building, now a cultural centre, offers tours, exhibits, and a lookout tower with views of the city.


Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary: This sanctuary is home to over 130 koalas, as well as other Australian animals such as kangaroos and Tasmanian devils. Make a day of it and take the ferry.

Australia Zoo: This world famous zoo, located about an hour’s drive from the city, was founded by the Irwin family and is home to a wide variety of Australian and exotic animals.

Best Places to See

City Botanic Gardens: These gardens offer a peaceful and scenic escape from the city, with a wide variety of plants and flowers, as well as a Japanese garden and a tropical dome.

Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA): This modern art museum features contemporary art from around the world, as well as special exhibitions and events.

Brisbane Powerhouse: This historic power station has been converted into a cultural centre, featuring a theatre, art gallery, and a variety of restaurants and shops.

Suncorp Stadium / Lang Park: If you’re in town for a big sporting event, chances are it’s at Suncorp Stadium.

Best Places to Eat

South Bank Parklands: This popular destination features a wide variety of restaurants, from casual eateries to fine dining.

Queen’s Wharf: This new riverside development will offer a range of dining and entertainment precincts.

James Street: This trendy neighbourhood is home to a variety of restaurants and cafes, as well as boutiques and art galleries.

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