Top 10 Fun Things to Do in Brisbane
1. Story Bridge
If you’re in Brisbane it’s hard to miss seeing Story Bridge as it is one of the major landmarks of the city. At night, you can see it from miles away as it stands illuminated in bright colours. If you’re in Brisbane, read our Story Bridge article for interesting facts about the bridge, the best way to experience it, and other important information about the bridge.
2. South Bank Parklands Brisbane
South Bank Parklands is one of the most popular suburbs in Brisbane and you have to see it to understand why. Read our South Bank Parklands page to find the top attractions in South Bank that you should visit. Spend a day visiting the finest cultural offerings, dine at some of the best restaurants in town or stay overnight to make the most of your trip here.
3. Brisbane City Botanical Gardens
The beautiful and serene Brisbane City Botanical Gardens is located right in the middle of the city. Stroll through the lovely gardens, have a picnic or throw a ball. If you’re considering a visit to Brisbane City Botanic Gardens you should read our Brisbane City Botanical Gardens article which contains ten interesting facts about the city botanic gardens. Use the map to find your way around the gardens when you get there.
4. Queensland Cultural Centre
The Queensland Cultural Centre is one of the popular attractions in Brisbane and as a result draws a large crowd of both local and foreign tourists. If you’re in Brisbane and enjoy visiting museums, the Queensland Cultural Centre should be on your list of places to visit. Read our Queensland Cultural Centre page to find out which venues make up the Queensland Cultural Centre along with detailed information and what you can expect to see at each venue.
5. Walking Tour of Brisbane City Centre
One of the best ways to explore a new city, see its top tourist attractions and enjoy its atmosphere is to take a self-guided walking tour. With its downtown parks, riverside cycle paths, historic buildings and gentle landscape, Brisbane city is perfect for a walking tour; plus, there’s great public transport to take you to the starting point, around the city and back. Read our Walking Tour of Brisbane page to find out the best Brisbane tourist attractions that can be seen on a self-guided walking tour. Plus, there’s detailed information about each attraction along the way.
6. Brisbane River Cruises
One of the best ways to see Brisbane and get a feel for the city’s atmosphere is to take a cruise on the Brisbane River. Coasting up and down the Brisbane River is a great way to see the pretty peaks and troughs of the city. If you’re considering taking a trip along the river in Brisbane, see our Brisbane River Cruises article to find out which river cruise option is best for you and your family.
7. Queensland Maritime Museum
If you enjoy visiting museums, the Queensland Maritime Museum is worth visiting on a holiday to Brisbane. This museum, at the western end of the South Bank promenade, has a wide range of displays on maritime adventures along the Queensland coast. It lists among its exhibits shipbuilders’ models, reconstructed cabins from early coastal steamers and relics from early shipwrecks in the area. If you are planning a visit to this museum, read our Queensland Maritime Museum article to find out which are the top exhibits you should look out for when you get there.
8. Brisbane Forest Park
Do what the locals do and head to Brisbane Forest Park for a breath of fresh air and to get away from the noise and humdrum of the city. Located in the D’Aguilar Range, 10km north of the city centre, Brisbane Forest Park is a 50,000-hectare park that is great for bushwalking, cycling, horse riding, camping and taking scenic drives. Read our Brisbane Forest Park article for top things to see and do there.
9. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Situated only 50 minutes from the Gold Coast, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is rated one of the “Top 10 Zoos in the World” by AOL. Read our Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary article to find out some fun and interesting facts about the sanctuary as well as important details to help you plan your trip to one of Brisbane’s top attractions.
10. Mount Coot Tha
If you have an extra day in Brisbane or you’re looking for an excursion outside Brisbane, head to Mount Coot Tha, 8 km (5 miles) from the city centre. Mount Coot Tha means “place of wild honey” in the Aboriginal language, a reference to the tiny bees found in the area. If you’re interested, read our Mount Coot Tha article and find out how you can make the most of a visit to this popular tourist attraction.
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