50+ enjoyable issues to do in Brisbane metropolis

Are you planning to go to Queensland’s capital metropolis, or maybe you reside right here and are on the lookout for one thing completely different to do that weekend? Our complete information of issues to do in Brisbane metropolis has concepts for all pursuits, ages and climate situations.

With over 50 points of interest and actions on this article, we’ve solely received the house for a quick introduction to every however all of them deserve their place on the record. Many we’ve lined in additional element in different guides and critiques on this web site so click on by means of to these articles with the hyperlinks supplied that will help you plan your go to and discover extra info. To make it simpler we’ve grouped the concepts into localised areas and classes.

Exploring Southbank

Swim at South Seaside

One of many fabulous public lagoon swimming pools within the area is Streets Seaside in Southbank. The large pool space is a good place to chill off, there’s a sandy seaside to stretch out or used the terraced entry and seating and small picnic nooks scattered round.

Streets beach, Southbank

You’ll discover lifeguards on responsibility for added security and the encompassing parklands supply many areas for BBQ’s, sports activities and leisure. There’s a view of the town skyline as you float round and also you’re by no means removed from the fabulous eating places and occasional spots of South Brisbane.

Somewhat farther from the town you may additionally take pleasure in testing a number of the different free public lagoon swimming pools within the Brisbane space.

The Wheel of Brisbane

The 60-metre tall Wheel of Brisbane was put in within the metropolis in 2008 as a part of the Worle Expo twentieth anniversary. Though supposed to be momentary it has remained widespread and survived a number of rumoured removals to stay a well-recognized a part of the town skyline.

Brisbane Southbank with Wheel in background

The Wheel has 42 capsules carrying as much as 336 passengers. The capsule configuration is typical with seating on both facet dealing with one another with home windows proper round. Capsules are air-conditioned which is crucial in a Brisbane summer time and a pair of are fitted for wheelchair entry. The trip lasts 12-minutes together with a cease on the high to benefit from the full 360-degree view over the town

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Metropolis Botanic Gardens

At this time the Metropolis Botanic Gardens on the banks of the Brisbane River are extra an enormous public park with in depth inexperienced house and mature shade bushes than the standard assortment of botanical topics that they began out as.

Huge old trees and market tents at Brisbane city botanic garden

The town’s major botanic gardens moved from this web site to Mt Coot-tha in 1976 after repeated flooding risked shedding many useful and irreplacable crops. Nonetheless the house was maintained as an intensive parkland within the central metropolis for the enjoyment of residents.

It makes a very good strolling loop from the town, by means of the gardens, over the goodwill bridge to Southbank, by means of the parklands and again throughout the Victoria Bridge to the town.

Queen Avenue Mall

The center of downtown Brisbane is the Queen Avenue Mall, the open air pedestrian and leisure house runs for 500 metres from Edward Avenue to George Avenue. It encompassing 6 main purchasing centres and over 700 retailers alongside its size.

Queen Street Mall

Most days you’ll discover some type of leisure alongside right here from buskers and balloon artists to exhibits and parades. Each Wednesday you’ll discover the bustling Metropolis Markets on the river finish exterior the library with 85 stalls targeted on recent produce, artisan merchandise and able to eat treats.

Brisbane metropolis corridor

Metropolis corridor is a brief detour from Queen Avenue Mall located on King George Sq.. The heritage constructing was opened in 1930 with a dramatic facade of columns impressed by the traditional strains of the Patheon. Though it’s a working civil constructing, it’s surprisingly welcoming to guests. Step inside the doorway corridor with vast sweeping staircases and ceiling arches to find extra.

Free 45-minute guided excursions of Metropolis Corridor are held all through the week giving a chance to see the structure, be taught a few of its behind the scenes secrets and techniques and see the Father Henry Willis & Sons Pipe Organ made up of 4,400 pipes.

The bells of the Westminster clock tower chime each 15-minutes all through the working day and you’ll take a free quick journey up the tower to see behind the clock face and get a 360-degree view throughout the town. It was solely Brisbane’s tallest constructing till 1967 however it’s nonetheless price taking within the sights from up right here.

Throughout December annually, the facade and options of Metropolis Corridor are illuminated at evening with a contemporary Christmas story geared toward kids however loved by all.

Kayak on the Brisbane River

One other different perspective on the town is from the Brisbane River. You will get out on the river by yourself boat, jetski or kayak however an possibility for guests who wish to put a bit extra exercise into their day is to take a kayak tour on the river testing Southbank, the Story Bridge and the town skyline.

Foods and drinks highlights

Brisbane’s meals and leisure scene has gone from energy to energy lately and continues to evolve. We mentioned our favorite Brisbane Cafes beforehand however beneath you’ll discover extra highlights foodies you’ll want to take into account throughout your keep.


South East Queensland isn’t house to a whole lot of wineries however Sirromet in Mount Cotton is price a go to. Stroll amongst the vines, spot wallabies stress-free within the afternoon, sit out on the deck with a glass of wine and platter or take pleasure in high quality eating at Lurleen’s. You may take a guided tour and tasting on the vineyard by appointment or attempt just a few wines to take house in a personal tasting from the cellar door.

Sirromet winery

Sirromet is a daily host to main music occasions on the expansive lawns and you may as well keep the evening on-site of their fabulous new glamping tents.

Eat Avenue Markets

This thrilling meals and leisure hub developed from a disused wharf and 180 recycled transport containers. The house now homes 70 distributors with a various vary of meals and drinks protecting most dietary necessities and meals kinds. Whether or not you’re after burgers, seafood, dumplings, meals for the ‘gram, wholesome choices, feeding your candy tooth, or one thing taking inspiration from the cuisines of Italy, Turkey, Japan, Mexico, Greece, South America or India you’re prone to discover it.

Eat Avenue Markets are each Friday by means of Sunday from 4 pm. You will get right here both by taking the CityCat ferry to the Northshore-Hamilton terminal after which strolling 400 metres (5 minutes) to the gate or there may be free parking for over 1400 automobiles if you happen to choose to drive.

Jan Powers Markets

These produce and foodie markets are held throughout Brisbane every Saturday. Along with a various vary of recent provides for the week, there are meals vans, seasonal treats and stay music to maintain everybody entertained.

The unique markets are hosted weekly in New Farm Park alongside the Powerhouse from 6 am to 12 pm. There’s unbelievable power and plenty of ready-to-eat treats and nice espresso obtainable to make a morning of it with a riverside picnic.

The Manly market occurs on the first and third Saturday of the month on the waterfront adjoining to the marina. The vibe right here is a bit more relaxed, the group a little bit smaller however the high quality and choice nonetheless glorious. Once more the ready-to-eat meals vans and occasional carts are in place with a wide selection to eat throughout the market or carry throughout to the park and waters edge.

Go to the Epicurious Backyard

You’ll discover the Epicurious Gardens simply up from River Quay within the Southbank Parklands. Entry is free and it’s a enjoyable house to find some new fruits, greens and herbs, get concepts on your personal backyard or simply take pleasure in being within the fantastically offered productive house.

A group of volunteers and horticulturists have a tendency the backyard and when you can go to at any time one of the best alternative is within the morning from Tuesday till Thursday. From 7 am to 2 pm the Harvest Cart is open and you’ll accumulate recent produce on a first-in foundation, be conscious of others and take solely what you need to use. Volunteers have a tendency the backyard from 7 am to 11.30 am and are a wealth of data on the crops, what grows nicely in Brisbane and ideas for brand new gardeners so take the chance to have a chat with them.

Discover the town laneways and cafes

Laneways took some time to take off in Brisbane Metropolis however there are many good choices to select from now. Heading out take into account exploring high spots Fish Lane in South Brisbane, Bakery Lane, Winn Lane and California Lane in Fortitude Valley or head into the CBD for Albert Lane, Eagle Lane and Burnett Lane.

Out on Morton Bay

North Stradbroke Island

For an island escape inside higher Brisbane it’s exhausting to go previous North Stradbroke Island, or Straddie because it’s referred to as by locals. This beautiful sand island is a good place for recognizing wildlife with frequent sightings of whales, dolphins, dugongs, rays, sea turtles, koalas and kangaroos.

Take the automobile ferry throughout from Cleveland or journey as a walk-on passenger utilizing the bus service that conveniently meets each ferry.

North Stradbroke Island

Head to Level Lookout for the gorge stroll, spend the day on the seaside at Cylinder, Frenchmen’s or North Gorge seaside, try the character across the blue and brown lakes, rent a moped and zip across the sights or camp out at Amity Level.

These two hyperlinks have all the highest spots to incorporate on Straddie and ideas for planning a day journey with a rent scooter or your individual automobile.

Bribie Island

One other sand island within the Brisbane space is Bribie Island. For this one you don’t even want a ferry, there’s a bridge so you possibly can drive throughout from the mainland. The western facet of the island is sheltered swimming seashores whereas the western facet is made up of surf seashores.

Bribie Island

On the southern finish, it’s fairly constructed up now however over a 3rd of the island is protected as Nationwide Park. There are many strolling tracks and it makes a fantastic household day on the seaside.

Up shut with wild dolphins

There are two locations in Queensland the place you possibly can have a ‘nearly sure’ encounter with wild dolphins and presumably even the chance to feed one. Morton Island is one among these spots, the opposite in Tin Can Bay within the Huge Bay area above the Sunshine Coast.

I say nearly sure as these are free and wild dolphins, if they’ve one thing extra urgent occurring then some or all could skip just a few days however because the Nineteen Seventies the pod has been dropping into the bay at Tangalooma Resort on Morton Bay most evenings.

Wild dolphin feeding with Nari at Tangalooma Island Resort

So that the dolphins are secure and don’t grow to be reliant on human interplay, it’s all finished below the shut watch of skilled employees and there are strict guidelines that have to be adhered to. The fish supplied may solely make up a small portion of their complete day by day meals necessities.

Learn extra: Our expertise on the Tangalooma whale, dolphin and resort day journey from Brisbane

Whale watching from Brisbane

Like most of Australia’s east coast, the annual whale migration passes near the shoreline making a time out on Morton Bay a fantastic spot for whale watching. The whale watching tour we’ve finished and usually advocate is predicated out of Morton Island, you’re taking the boat throughout within the morning, be a part of the tour on the allotted time after which spend the remainder of the day being as energetic or relaxed as you need on the island.

Tangalooma whale watching off Morton Island

Along with humpback whales passing and breaching actually near the boat, we additionally noticed dozens of dolphins in a superpod, a dugong and sea turtles. The boat seeks out one of the best spots across the island’s coast, mentioning key points of interest such because the Morton wrecks, Flinders Reef and the historic lighthouse alongside the best way.

Guide a whale-watching tour on Morton Bay


Coochiemudhlo is a small residential island in Morton Bay. It’s solely 10 by ferry from Victoria Level nevertheless it feels a lot extra faraway from the mainland. The ferry solely prices $5.40 for an grownup making it very reasonably priced as an island escape for the day.

Beach on Coochiemudlo island

Take a stroll across the island, rent a tinny to go fishing, kayak, swim or plan a BBQ on the seaside. Be careful for the native birds and wildlife or rent some golf equipment and play a spherical on the island’s personal 9-hole golf course.

Dive or snorkel the wrecks on Morton Island

Morton Island is simple to go to on a day journey, it’s additionally widespread with campers and also you’ll discover the Tangalooma Resort right here too. Whereas on the island some will select to swim, take in the solar and chill out whereas others would possibly wish to check out some extra energetic pursuits.

There may be a lot to do on Morton Island like boarding down the large sand dunes, using alongside the sand on the fats tyred seaside bikes or renting a kayak to glide over the wrecks.

The 15 wrecks that had been scuttled right here between 1963 and 1984 now type a man-made reef that’s house to over 100 species of fish and also you usually additionally see dolphins and dugongs round them. There are guided snorkelling excursions run from the resort and dive excursions are additionally obtainable.

Discover the bayside

With the beautiful seashores of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast close by it’s straightforward to overlook that Brisbane additionally has coastal suburbs and parks. These are just a few you may want to try:

Stroll to King Island

Wellington Level is a well-liked seaside for households providing a sandy swimming seaside, boat ramp, pier for fishing, playground, BBQ and picnic amenities.

One of many actually enjoyable issues to do right here is to look at the golden pathway stand up from the ocean because the tide recedes making it potential to stroll all the best way out to King Island within the distance on low tide. You can begin the 1 km stroll a little bit earlier if you happen to don’t thoughts paddling within the water in elements.

Wynnum boardwalk

The Wynnum Boardwalk by means of the mangroves was up to date just a few years again to offer this path above the tidal mangrove flats. It’s a unbelievable spot to stroll within the shade of the established bushes that filter the sediment run-off of rainwater that makes its approach down from the mountains to Morton Bay.

There are a number of viewing platforms to look at life within the mangrove forest and on the northern finish, it joins to a gravelled then sealed path that makes its approach as much as a chicken cover. All the best way alongside is nice for recognizing birds, regulars alongside listed here are sacred and collared kingfishers, mangrove gerygone, a number of varieties of egrets and heron, black swans and pelicans. As you make your approach by means of to the grass and dry tree line you’ll typically see tawny grassbirds, golden-headed cisticola, quail, fairy-wrens, jap yellow robins and greenback birds.

Bayside Park in Manly

Manly in Brisbane’s Bayside has a big waterfront park, marina, small seaside space, unbelievable kids’s playground, sheltered tables and BBQs, loads of grass space for video games and picnics and a break wall to stroll out over the water and fish.

Throughout the highway there are many cafes, little outlets and galleries to take pleasure in, you possibly can choose up fish and chips to eat out within the park and there are common weekend markets to wander by means of and choose up recent produce and crafts.

Take a scenic waterfront stroll

From the Wynnum Boardwalk by means of to Lota on the southern finish, you possibly can comply with the waterfront path on foot, cycle or scooter. Watch the indicators, a lot of the approach is a shared house however there are just a few elements which can be pedestrian solely however a shared house off-road different remains to be obtainable by means of these sections.

Pandanas tree and beach at Wynnum
Seaside and pier at Wynnum

In Wynnum cease off on the seaside, wading pool or stroll out alongside the pier, we’ve seen turtles, dolphins and dugong from the wharf. In Manly stroll out alongside the break wall reverse the Marina, we’ve seen dolphins right here too pretty usually and fishing from the wall is a well-liked possibility. There are picnic amenities and kids’s playgrounds if you attain Lota and at many different spots alongside the best way.

Redcliffe Jetty and weekend markets

The Redcliffe jetty has been a characteristic of Redcliffe since 1885 however the present one, the third to be constructed right here, dates again to 1999. With a seaside appropriate for swimming, a number of cafes and eating places situated simply throughout the highway from the seaside and a weekend market held each Sunday from 8 am till 2 pm this makes a fantastic time out with the household.

Looking back along the Jetty to Redcliffe Markets
Redcliffe Jetty wanting again on the markets and seaside

Look out for Bee Gees Manner if you happen to keep in mind the 70’s financial institution with a contact of nostalgia. The Gibb brothers had been native boys, their first common gig was down on the Redcliffe Speedway and so they signed their first music contract from their Redcliffe household house.

The out of doors walkway tribute contains life-sized bronze statues, a nightly lights show, photographs and tales from their profession.

Settlement Cove Lagoon

On the waterfront in Redcliffe is that this fabulous lagoon swimming pool. It has all of the amenities that you must make a day of it or head down for a refreshing swim and BBQ tea on a scorching summer time’s night. There are bathrooms, showers and altering rooms, picnic shelters, BBQs and a playground obtainable for public use.

Settlement Cove Lagoon pool in Redcliffe

You may stroll the shoreline from Redcliffe on a waterfront promenade all the best way again to Clontarf and the bridge.

Brisbane heritage

Take a ferry up the Brisbane River

There’s a vary of ferries that function on the Brisbane River from Hamilton to the College of Queensland. Others simply criss-cross the river just like the one between Bulimba and Teneriffe. Throughout work day commutes they are often fairly busy however they’re a fantastic possibility for getting out on the weekend and for vacationers they’re a necessary and really reasonably priced option to uncover the town from the water.

Brisbanes free city hopper ferry

The important thing terminals you would possibly select to disembark and discover embrace Bulimba, New Farm Park, Riverside (metropolis) and Southbank. Contemplate choosing up a Go Card to shortly and conveniently entry most public transport at a reduction over paper tickets. You can too use the Cityhopper ferries for journey between the seven stops from North Quay to Sydney Avenue, New Farm for gratis.

Metropolis heritage stroll

Brisbane turned a everlasting settlement is 1823 and was declared a city in 1834, a comparatively younger metropolis by world requirements however that doesn’t imply there isn’t an fascinating heritage to find as you wander by means of the central metropolis and surrounding areas.

If in case you have the time you would possibly wish to take a look at another these self guided heritage walks printed by Brisbane Council. Alternatively you can begin within the Queens Avenue Mall and uncover the Regent Theatre and Brisbane Arcade, wander by means of to Metropolis Corridor accomplished in 1930 on King George Sq. and throughout to the Albert Avenue Uniting Church opened in 1889. Different highlights embrace the Windmill Tower, Central Railway Station, the Basic Publish Workplace, St Stephens Cathedral, the Bond Retailer and Outdated Authorities Home.

Outdated Authorities Home

Behind the town botanic gardens and adjoining to the College of Queensland’s metropolis campus is the outdated Authorities Home. As soon as the house of Governor Lord Lamington this heritage constructing overlooking the river can be credited because the origin of the lamington, a small cake coated in chocolate and coconut. Kiwis would possibly problem the declare however you would possibly as nicely attempt one baked right here on the premises within the cafe.

Brisbanes old government house

A lot of the as soon as public elements of the home are adorned of their authentic styling and furnishings whereas the employees quarters have been transformed to a restaurant and administrative space. Upstairs is a gallery typically that includes fascinating collections from native artists.

Metropolis Parks and wildlife

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Koalas are quintessentially Australian, liked by locals and guests alike and there’s no higher place to stand up shut and private with them than on the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. You might have the prospect to carry a koala right here and to look at them in any respect ages and levels of their improvement.

In Queensland, a koala can’t be launched from captivity to the wild so all of the animals at Lone Pine have been rescues that aren’t capable of be rehabilitated for launch or had been born in captivity.

Koala at Lone Pine Sanctuary

It’s not solely the koalas which can be at house above the river in Lone Pine, there’s a giant walk-through enclosure with kangaroos, wallaby and emus, a chicken of prey present and lots of different Australian natives. The situation is great, pack a picnic and spend the day and if you’re on the lookout for one thing completely different you possibly can take the cruise from the central metropolis to their very own pier.

Now we have an article that will help you plan your day on the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and you will see cruise and entry tickets right here.

Dawn up Mt Coot-tha

Mt Coot-tha is simply a 15-minute drive west of the town centre. The lookout affords spectacular views of the town out to the coast which makes it a shocking spot to see the dawn nevertheless it’s a fantastic view at any time of day with a panorama of the encompassing space.

The Mt Coot-tha Reserve is 1600 hectares of open eucalypt and rainforest with many picnic areas and quick walks. You can too stroll down from the lookout to the botanic gardens, or if you’re getting round on public transport catch a bus to the gardens and stroll up from there.

Osprey Home environmental centre

The Osprey Home is an environmental and academic centre on Dohles Rocks Highway in north Brisbane. It’s situated on the Pine River and opens day by day from 10 am till 4 pm. There may be an osprey Nesting platform the place we have now usually been capable of watch the birds both sustaining their nest or tending the chicks. You may watch from the bottom however there may be additionally CCTV with stay monitoring to look at from contained in the centre.

There are picnic areas and boardwalks with a chicken cover and viewing platform. For these serious about birds, it’s not solely a great spot to see Ospreys however smaller birds within the mangroves and migratory waders that make the annual pilgrimage from the northern hemisphere to Australia and again.

Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre

Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre is on the entrance to the D’Aguilar Nationwide Park however solely 12 km from the town centre. This can be a widespread household spot throughout weekends in summer time. The invention centre is an opportunity to stand up shut and be taught in regards to the native Queensland wildlife, there’s a lakeside bushwalk, you possibly can take a swim and funky off within the lake, rent a kayak or SUP and head a bit additional out on the lake, go mountain biking on the shared trails or tackle the talents course.

Make a day of it by itself or make it your first cease on a highway journey up Mt Nebo to the lookouts, mountain climbing trails and picnic spots.

Daisy Hill Koala Centre

The Daisy Hill Koala Centre is situated a small detour off the freeway south of the town. It first opened in 1995 and is nestled into in depth gum-covered hillside with picnic spots and strolling trails the place you could have a very good probability of seeing kangaroos, wallabies and koalas within the wild.

The Koala Centre is free to enter and open day by day from 10 am till 4 pm. From the two ranges inside you possibly can see the present resident koalas that are all wild born. Some are being rehabilitated for launch whereas others are unable to be returned to the wild for varied causes as a result of sickness or harm that had them rescued initially. Whereas we had been final there a few the carers had joey pouches for younger koalas who had been rescued earlier than they had been weaned and wish 24 hour consideration. This can be a big obligation with frequent feeding however so rewarding when they’re launched and be a part of the wild inhabitants.

Parks and gardens

Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens

Brisbane has 2 botanic gardens, the Metropolis Gardens had been the unique however when the river flooded destroying useful specimens in 1974 a call was made to maneuver the gardens to greater floor west of the town centre within the foothills of Mt Coot-tha.

The 56-hectare gardens are free to go to and you may get right here by non-public automobile or on public transport from the town. They’re a wonderful sub-tropical backyard with a dramatic domed scorching home, fernery, rainforest walks, a number of lakes, bonsai home, Japanese backyard, edible backyard and sections that characteristic arid backyard crops, native Australian crops, bamboo grove and a Pacific Island assortment.

View from lookout Mt Coot-tha botanic gardens

This view from the lookout throughout the botanic gardens again to the town is fairly good however you possibly can proceed to stroll up the hillside to the Mt Coot-tha lookout if you’re feeling energetic.

Roma Avenue Parklands

This 16-hectare parkland is only a 10-minute stroll from the CBD and instantly adjoining to the Roma Avenue practice station.

There are occasions of some type on right here just about each weekend with greater occasions just like the Enchanted Backyard Christmas lights widespread and nicely price watching out for. You can too take one of many common guided excursions in the course of the week by means of the Spectacle Backyard, behind the scenes or find out about Bush Tucker and the rainforest. The park is at the moment celebrating its twentieth anniversary.

Southbank Parklands

This 17-hectare riverside parkland stretches from the Gallery of Trendy Artwork (GOMA) by means of to the Maritime museum with a footbridge throughout to the town situated at both finish. The world was remodeled in 1988 for the World Expo and have become the cultural coronary heart of the town making certain the much-loved house continued as a public park completely.

Bourgannvillea tunnel at Southbank

At this time you will see one thing for everybody right here, averaging round 100 occasions yearly it’s all the time buzzing, take a swim within the lagoon pool, dine on the 90+ eating places and bars that encompass it or simply take just a few quiet minutes stress-free on the manicured inexperienced lawns as the town passes by.

Kangaroo Level Cliffs

Kangaroo Level is one among Queensland’s oldest suburbs and whereas largely now comprised of back-to-back skyscraper flats you possibly can nonetheless discover some greenspace within the parklands down on the river stage beneath the Story Bridge and up the highest of the cliffs.

The River Stroll continues across the level on the riverside with the Holmon Avenue ferry cease on the jap facet and Kangaroo Level cease nearer to the town. The 107-step stair climb to the highest of the cliff might sound daunting nevertheless it’s price it. On the high are some nice views, a very good sundown spot, a restaurant (you’ll in all probability desire a espresso after these stairs) and loads of BBQ and picnic house.

On weekends you would possibly even watch the adventurous abseiling down the sheer cliff face.


This 14.5-hectare tract of bushland in Capalaba has been a very good web site for us recognizing koalas through the years. There are a few quick strolling tracks, a platform over the lagoon for recognizing turtles and eels, themed botanic gardens that includes native crops, a kids’s play space, an surroundings info centre and a restaurant on web site.

Fairy Wren walk at indigiscapes, Brisbane

There are additionally a number of picnic tables and a BBQ reverse the centre and alongside nearer to the youngsters’s play space the place you possibly can chill out and benefit from the environment.

Learn extra: Planning your go to to the Indiscapes bushland and guests centre

Sherwood Arboretum

This park is a heritage-listed arboretum and one among 3 Brisbane botanical gardens. There are a number of trails to comply with relying in your pursuits, by means of the sprawling groves of mature bushes, seeking the varied birdlife discovered right here, notably across the ponds and the avenue of Kauri Pines planted within the Twenties.

There’s a fabulous kids’s playground set amongst the massive bushes, a waterfront walkway, picnic and BBQ amenities and a wide range of occasions all year long. It’s specified by zones with info plaques explaining the areas such because the coastal, lowlands and wetlands zone.

Tradition and the humanities

Positioned simply previous the western finish of Southbank Parklands is the a lot liked GOMA or Gallery of Trendy Artwork. A lot of the exhibitions listed here are free and curated from a big established assortment and borrowed works. Sometimes there’s a particular worldwide exhibition that costs an entry price, these I’ve been to such because the works of flamboyant Japanese Artist Yayoi Kasuma and the Cai Guo-Qiang exhibit have been nicely well worth the price.

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Queensland Museum

The Queensland Museum is a pure historical past, tradition and science museum situated within the cultural centre adjoining to South Financial institution. It offers detailed academic experiences throughout the age spectrum with everlasting shows and visiting reveals all year long.

Go stargazing at Brisbane Planetarium

Co-located with the Mt Coot-tha botanic backyard is Brisbane’s planetarium. The distinctive dome is the place to move for stargazer. Entry to the informative shows is free whereas tickets are required for exhibits within the round theatre, the cosmic skydome.

Take a look at the evolving Avenue Artwork scene

Brisbane took a little bit longer to reach on the Avenue Artwork scene than most metropolitan cities around the globe, nevertheless it has nicely and really arrived with some extremely gifted native and worldwide artists represented in works giant and small across the metropolis and wider Brisbane space.

Street art in Brisbane

The most important focus is in South Brisbane, from the practice station cross and make your approach alongside Fish Lane then by means of the encompassing streets, loosely make your approach out in direction of the Go Between bridge on the finish of Merrivale road the place there are some nice murals on the bridge pillars. Alongside the best way, there’s no scarcity of excellent meals and occasional.

Take a stroll

Riverwalk from the town to New Farm

Riverfront strolling tracks prolong all through Brisbane metropolis, Southbank and out to neighbouring suburbs. Along with cross-river footbridges, they supply a commuter hyperlink, a enjoyable time out and a super alternative for some inner-city train.

New Farm Riverwalk

This part linking the town to New Farm was rebuilt after the outdated floating walkway was washed away within the 2011 floods. It’s a singular part constructed out into the river with a meandering zigzag sample. Bear in mind that there are solely a few shelters alongside right here so it will get HOT in the summertime solar, carry a hat and water.

Learn extra: New Farm to Metropolis River Stroll

Stroll, or climb, the Story Bridge

Stroll throughout the Story Bridge from Kangaroo Level to Fortitude Valley with nice views of the river beneath and again throughout to the town. You may take a big loop from Southbank alongside the river previous the Kangaroo Cliffs, up onto the bridge, throughout and down rejoining the waterfront path at Howard Smith Wharves and again alongside to the town.

City and sunset behind the Story Bridge in Brisbane

Another choice for these with an urge for food for pleasure is to hitch a Story Bridge journey climb. These are particularly widespread at sundown with views again over the town to Mt Coot-tha and the spectacular colors of the night sky past the hills.

Venman Bushlands

The 415-hectare tract of native bushland was as soon as logged the became cattle pasture till Jack Venman, an area bushman determined to regenerate it again to what it had been 200 years in the past. At this time there are a number of tracks by means of this beautiful bush park within the Redlands. it’s a fantastic spot for recognizing a wide range of wildlife together with wallabies, koalas, reptiles and a wide selection of chicken life together with owls that are more and more troublesome to see in wider Brisbane.

Venman Bushland National Park

The Tingalpa Creek Circuit or Venman circuit are a very good place to start out and don’t overlook your picnic or BBQ to take pleasure in within the relaxed setting.

Learn extra and plan your go to to Venman Bushlands

Boondall Wetlands

Simply 15 kilometres north of the town are 1150 hectares of tidal flats, mangroves, melaleuca wetlands, saltmarshes, grasslands and open forests often called the Boondall Wetlands. The surroundings offers a filter as water makes its approach from the mountains to the bay and is each house and nursery to many creatures each within the water and in regards to the floor.

Comply with the strolling paths by means of the wetlands, out to a chicken cover over the estuary, discover the environmental centre or cycle the family-friendly, 8 km return, cycle path. You may enhance the trip to 12 km return and undergo to Nudgee Seaside however that features a highway part that might be unsuitable for younger kids. There are clear bathrooms and picnic amenities on the environmental centre together with loads of parking.

Tawny Frogmouth family at Boondall Wetlands

The Billai Dha-Gun observe is simply 2 km lengthy however if you’re hoping to identify wild inhabitants like this household of Tawny Frogmouths you’re going to must usually scan from the paths to the sky. It’s nearly unimaginable to get the entire household of those birds in a single photograph though if you happen to preserve wanting you’ll nearly definitely see each dad or mum birds, one stays with the chicks and the opposite takes a better perch close by to regulate issues.

Festivals and occasions

Christmas within the metropolis

Throughout December Brisbane lights up with an entire vary of Christmas occasions, you possibly can learn extra about them right here. They embrace the animated Christmas story put to music and projected onto the beautiful architectural frontage of Metropolis Corridor.

Christmas light spectacular

They could be feel-good kids’s tales however I nonetheless be certain that to finish up within the metropolis to see the brand new manufacturing at the least as soon as every festive season. Annually has a barely completely different theme, some reflecting exhibits on within the metropolis that yr and the Australian animals one was a private favorite however they’re all the time price seeing.

It’s a fantastic choice to tie up with the Enchanted Backyard gentle up on the Roma Avenue Parklands, dinner within the metropolis and the Myers Christmas window.

Night time Noodle Markets

Festivals and meals, what could be higher than bringing the 2 collectively? With Brisbane’s gentle winter evenings it’s the proper time to move into the town for the Noodle Night time Markets and fill your stomach with some scrumptious winter heaters, an enormous bowl of udon, scrumptious dumplings in a choice of flavours or a beneficiant serve of okonomiyaki.

Night Noodle Market at Southbank Parklands, Brisbane

After being a fixture of the Southbank Parklands for a few years this yr it should take a activate the opposite facet organising the market stalls within the Metropolis Botanic Gardens from the 15 – 26 June 2022.

Buddha Day Competition

Buddha’s birthday is widely known on Might eighth and the pageant is held on the closest weekend. For 22 years it’s been one of the widespread occasions within the Southbank Parklands. For the previous couple of years, together with 2022, it has been relocated to the host temple, Chung Tian attributable to restrictions round giant gatherings.

Lion dance at Southbank for Buddhas birthday celebration

We hope to see it return to its metropolis venue once more this yr however in both location, it’s an exquisite neighborhood occasion with non secular and cultural actions and celebrations together with the child blessing, tea ceremony, meditation, Buddhist talks and multicultural performances.


Presumably the most important occasion on the Brisbane calendar annually is Riverfire, a shocking fireworks show over the river set to music that kicks off the Brisbane pageant. Some years have positively been extra dramatic than others however general that is an occasion that you shouldn’t miss if you’re within the metropolis for the correct weekend in September.

Along with the pyrotechnic shows launched from barges within the river, off the varied bridges and from the tops of the town’s tallest buildings; the flyovers by navy helicopters and planes and the bottom leisure make it an evening price heading out for.

Riverfire over the Story Bridge

There’s a vary of nice vantage spots to look at it from nevertheless it’s exhausting to beat River Quay within the metropolis or the Southbank Parklands to be proper within the centre of the motion. Different choices embrace Kangaroo Level, Wilsons Lookout and the Metropolis Botanic Gardens.

Riverfire is scheduled to happen on Saturday third September 2022.

BrisAsia Competition

This annual pageant is held for 3 weeks annually throughout February and celebrates Asian artwork and tradition. The pageant celebrates our multi-cultural metropolis by means of participation in occasions together with artwork, vogue, meals, movies, music and dialogue.

Greatest time to go to Brisbane

Brisbane has a subtropical local weather with solely two seasons.  Summers are scorching, humid and could be wet though that is determined by the yr.  Winter is gentle and usually dry with a excessive proportion of sunny days.

Southeast Queensland’s gentle local weather hardly ever experiences any actual extremes or warmth or chilly making it a fantastic spot to go to all year long. Many interstate or worldwide guests could choose the winter or shoulder seasons when there are fewer crowds and the temperature remains to be appropriate for many out of doors actions. Brisbane could be very a lot an alfresco metropolis.

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