Things to do in Brisbane
With relatively flat terrain, Brisbane’s CBD is easy to get around on foot. The city centre is one of the Queensland capital’s main shopping hubs with the pedestrian-only Queen Street Mall and surrounding retail streets. There are also plenty of green spaces in the CBD with the Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Roma Street Parklands where you’ll see city workers and visitors soaking up the rays and enjoying lunch outdoors. Kangaroo Point and South Bank are also popular destinations to enjoy the great weather and views from the riverside cycle paths and walkways.
Brisbane also boasts entertainment, dining and shopping precincts in inner-city suburbs like Paddington and Milton in the inner-west, Kelvin Grove and Red Hill to the north, New Farm and Fortitude Valley just outside the CBD, and Bulimba and West End on the south side of the Brisbane River. These urban villages offer a thriving cafe culture, boutique shopping and niche finds just a short bus, ferry or train ride away from the CBD that are easy to explore on foot. Kelvin Grove, New Farm, West End and Paddington also have cultural and entertainment venues with performance and gallery spaces hosting interesting exhibitions, experiences and shows throughout the year.
For a different side of Brisbane, after-hours ghost tours of Brissie’s haunted spots at the cemeteries at Toowong and Dutton Park offer a spine-chilling insight into the history of this city. There’s a smattering of heritage buildings dating from colonial times around the CBD, or you can check out the innovative modern architecture and public art around South Bank and the City. Sports fans will also want to check out the Gabba in the southside suburb of Woolloongabba to catch a cricket match, soccer game or AFL clash in-season, or head to Suncorp Stadium for a rugby union or league game.
For our pick of things to do in Brisbane, read on.
Brisbane’s riverside cultural, recreational and dining hub, South Bank Parklands is close to the CBD with fantastic lifestyle facilities for everyone. From a manmade beach and lagoon to upscale restaurants and world-class museums and art galleries, it’s where Brissie comes to play.
For a vantage point and stunning views over Brisbane and the bayside, the natural surrounds of Mt Coot-tha Brisbane Lookout is a favourite with locals and visitors to the city. Set amid Brisbane Botanic Gardens, the favourite spot is just 14 kilometres from the CBD.
To test your mettle and gain a special view of Bris Vegas, get a head for heights with the Story Bridge Adventure Climb. One of only four bridge climbs in the world, visitors can enjoy an uninterrupted and unrivalled view of the city and surrounds from atop the iconic Story Bridge.
Located in the Sunshine Coast hinterland and just 45 minutes drive from Brisbane’s CBD, come to the Glass House Mountains National Park for a lungful of clean air, great hiking up the five peaks and an idyllic day among volcanic remnants, native wildlife and natural surrounds.
One of the few places where you can cuddle a koala, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is also a haven for many other native wildlife species just 35 minutes’ drive from Brisbane’s CBD. Visitors can also enjoy hands-on encounters with kangaroos, snakes, wallabies, lorikeets and even baby crocs.