Brisbane, the sun-soaked capital of Queensland is blessed with a subtropical weather all-year round making it a perfect holiday destination. This river town boasts a booming art scene, a vibrant nightlife, a gorgeous riverfront, abundant wildlife, as well as a fantastic dining and shopping scene. Cosmopolitan, vibrant and full of culture, this sunny and sophisticated capital of Queensland is definitely well worth a visit.


Here we give you the top 10 places to explore in Brisbane



1. South Bank


South Bank

The Wheel of Brisbane brightly illuminated at night.


With its lush parklands, promenades, eateries of world-culinary options, stunning river views and enjoyable events all year round, South Bank is Brisbane’s favourite playground. Catch some culture at Queensland Museum and Sciencentre, Queensland Performance Arts Centre, Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art. Take a stroll along Eat Street and be overwhelmed with what and where to eat because of so much choice.  You can also visit the Parklands with its man-made lagoon, walking tracks, picnic areas, the picturesque River Quay and the Wheel of Brisbane- a giant ferris wheel that gives a bird’s-eye view of the river and the city.


2. CityCat Ride



CityCat cruises along the Brisbane River. 


Take a scenic river cruise along the Brisbane River in a CityCat. Witness the entirety of Brisbane- from ferris wheels, skyscrapers, riverside mansions, beautiful bridges and lush parks. The CityCat is one of the best ways to see Brisbane and its landmarks.




3. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary


Lone Pine Koala SanctuaryFive-way koala cuddles at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary


Get up close and personal with Australia’s most loved animals including furry koalas, wallabies, kangaroos, wombats, snakes, dingoes, and even crocodiles at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary. They hold daily encounters including bird of prey flight demonstrations, platypus feeding, sheepdog and shearing shows, Tasmanian devil keeper talks, and barn animal encounters.


4. Story Bridge


Story Bridge

Beautifully-lighted Story Bridge stands out at night.


Experience a new perspective of the city by climbing the Story Bridge which comes alive at night with spectacular lights. The Story Bridge is Brisbane’s most iconic and much-loved landmark. It is one of the only three bridge climbs in the world and the only one that offers the choice to abseil the descent.


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5.  Eat Street Northshore


 Eat Street Northshore

A typical Saturday night at Eat Street. 


Choose from a variety of multicultural food at Eat Street Northshore, definitely every foodie’s heaven. Located by the Brisbane River, this container food village opens every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night with some 180 shipping containers peddling delicious and multicultural street food including Italian, Asian, Seafood, French, Spanish and a wonderful selection of desserts too. There are also two entertainment stages where local bands perform, an outdoor cinema and comfortable seating areas.  


6. Mount Glorious


Mount Glorious

Spectacular views from Mount Glorious


Surrounded by lush rainforest and shrouded in cloudy mist, Mount Glorious is a beautiful mountain hamlet just 45 minutes drive from Brisbane. The winding road going to the mountain is dotted with breathtaking lookouts, country style cafés, rainforest walks and picnic spots. And with its rainforest chalets and cosy cottages, it makes a relaxing escape, especially during the hot summer months.




7. Brisbane Lookout Mount Coot-tha


Brisbane Lookout Mount Coot-tha

Visitors admiring the city from Mt Coot-tha


As the closest mountain to Brisbane CBD, Brisbane Lookout at the scenic Mt Coot-tha offers a panoramic view of the city all the way to Moreton Bay. There are cafes and restaurants on the lookout and an Observation Deck providing a stunning view during the day and beautiful city lights and star-lit skies at night.


 8. Redcliffe



The vibrant city of Redcliffe


Just 35 minutes north of Brisbane is Redcliffe, a beautiful seaside city that was once home to the Bee Gees.  With its sandy beaches, seafront promenades, jetties and mouthwatering seafood restaurants, Redcliffe makes a perfect day trip from Brisbane. There are endless activities to enjoy from historic walks to Settlement Cove Lagoon, cycling along scenic bikeways and exploring the pristine wetlands.


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9. Kangaroo Point Cliffs


Kangaroo Point Cliffs

The stunning view from Kangaroo Point


 With its picturesque scenery extending across the river to the city and beyond to the mountains surrounding the city's outskirts, Kangaroo Point Cliff makes a perfect picnic spot.  It is located right across the river from Brisbane’s CBD. It is also a haven for foodies, sports fanatics and outdoor enthusiasts with its vibrant river's edge sculptures, and walking and cycling tracks. You can kayak, rock climb, and even do serious abseiling.



10. New Farm


New Farm

The best and finest food from New Farm's restaurants


As one of the most exclusive, expensive and sought-after inner-city suburbs in Brisbane, New Farm is the neighbourhood where you’ll find the good life. The incredible riverfront location, tree-lined streets, elaborate Queenslander houses, big parks, rich arts scene, trendy boutiques and finest food strike the wonderful balance between waterfront luxury and beauty. 



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