Things to Do in Brisbane

Treasury Building - Casino

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Fancy yourself as a poker pro? Head down to the Treasury to take on the house. This casino’s got ample ways to lighten your wallet, from cards and dice to red-and-black-squared spinning wheels. Once you’ve slammed down your final full house, splash your newly-won cash on a cocktail in The Kitty Bar, where a fistful of dollars and funky beats make the perfect match.

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Queensland Museum and Art Gallery

Museums

An array of art. Take a tour through the wide world of artistic expression, where a pot pourri of art is on show. The collections take you all the way back to Australia’s First Peoples, who created abstract works with swirling brushwork. Once you’re done browsing, take a seat at GOMA Restaurant, where chefs transform raw ingredients into their own scrumptious works of art.

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South Bank Parklands

Parks

It can get pretty warm in Brisbane, so where better to cool off than at an inner-city beach? This riverside park contains a sandy urban oasis complete with turquoise water and beach bums galore. Once you’ve splish-splashed sufficiently, amble among bougainvillea or laze about on the lawns. If you’ve got a taste for local knick-knacks, don’t miss the weekend markets.

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Wheel of Brisbane

Attractions

Brisbane’s roundest round trip. This Ferris wheel spins round on the banks of the Brisbane River and gives peerless panoramas over the city. Survey the cityscape from on high and scan over the ant-sized bathers of South Bank across to the legendary Gabba cricket ground. As well as the wicked vistas, you’ll get a potted city history delivered in mellifluous Queensland tones.

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Suncorp Stadium

Stadiums or Arenas

Brisbane gets its money’s worth from the Suncorp. This rectangular lightbox of an arena is pressed into non-stop service. It’s often a blur of muddy boots and hulking muscle during rugby league, rugby union and football matches. It also regularly packs out for concerts by biggest names in pop, such as Coldplay, Eminem and U2. If you’re into sport or music, check the listings.

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Story Bridge

Landmarks

A tall Story. This bridge offers an unusual adrenaline rush. Clip yourself in for the Story Bridge Adventure Climb – a climbing route that traces the top girders of the bridge as they curve and dip high above the Brisbane River. It’s a stunningly different view on the cityscape, one which you’ll be able to frame and put on your mantelpiece, as each grinning group gets a photo.

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Kangaroo Point Cliffs

Landmarks

Scale great heights! This craggy volcanic cliff-face is made for climbing. Strap on your harness, take a deep breath and clamber to the top. You’ll be rewarded with spectacular views across the river. If you prefer terra firma, you’re also in luck – the park’s a prime spot for sedate pursuits. Pack your “esky” (coolbox) with steak, wings and beer – and fire up the “barbie”!

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Mount Coot-Tha

Landmarks

Honey makes the world go round! Mount Coot-Tha takes its name from the Turrbal Aboriginal word for honey. This hill used to be awash with nectar-rich hives. If hikes and bikes get you buzzing, there are plenty of routes to keep you sweet. Once you reach the top, make a bee-line for Kuta Café. Its sweeping city views are the perfect accompaniment to your ice cream.

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Landmarks

Those little noses, those funny tufty ears – yes, koalas are some of the cuddliest critters around. These eucalyptus-munching fuzzballs are the star event at this sanctuary. Many a swooning visitor goes weak at the knees during the regular “cuddle a koala” sessions. Aside from the koalas, Lone Pine is a Noah’s ark of quirky Antipodean wildlife, from kangaroos to cockatoos.

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  • 708 Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket Queensland 4069
  • Open Monday-Sunday 09:00-17:00.
  • http://www.koala.net/
Roma Street Parklands

Parks

When in Roma, roam around a bit! This lush park was made for afternoon strolls. It’s a maze of vibrant natural colours, criss-crossed by trickling waterways and winding paths. As you tread the rainforest boardwalk, flanked by flapping fern fronds, keep your eyes peeled for resident critters. Possums, bats and water dragons all call Roma Street Parklands home.

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Accommodations and Hotels in Brisbane

Sapphire Resort

7.3 Good

Score from 925 reviews

$66

Average price per night
  • 5 Brereton Street, South Brisbane, Brisbane
Capri by Fraser Brisbane

9.3 Wonderful

Score from 1878 reviews

$121

Average price per night
  • 80 Albert Street, Brisbane Central Business District, Brisbane
Rydges South Bank Brisbane

8.5 Very good

Score from 1026 reviews

$129

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  • Corner of Grey & Glenelg Street, South Brisbane, Brisbane
Brisbane International Virginia

8.4 Very good

Score from 1163 reviews

$107

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  • Corner of Sandgate Road & Zillmere Road, Boondall, Boondall, Brisbane
Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane Anzac Square (formerly Rendezvous)

8.8 Excellent

Score from 1891 reviews

$95

Average price per night
  • 255 Ann Street, Brisbane Central Business District, Brisbane
Next Hotel Brisbane

9.2 Wonderful

Score from 1550 reviews

$121

Average price per night
  • 72 Queen Street Mall, Brisbane Central Business District, Brisbane
Royal On The Park

8.8 Excellent

Score from 1705 reviews

$121

Average price per night
  • Cnr Alice & Albert Streets, Brisbane Central Business District, Brisbane
Hotel Jen Brisbane

8.8 Excellent

Score from 978 reviews

$103

Average price per night
  • 159 Roma Street, Brisbane Central Business District, Brisbane
Hilton Brisbane

8.8 Excellent

Score from 1147 reviews

$123

Average price per night
  • 190 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane Central Business District, Brisbane
Discover Brisbane

Popular Neighborhoods in Brisbane

Brisbane Central Business District

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Brizzie’s busy business district. This cluster of shiny skyscrapers is where suited and booted professionals earn their corn. Shopaholics flock to the Myer Centre, while plant lovers flee the crowds for the Botanic Gardens. Come dinnertime, you’re spoiled for choice – burger fiends head to Red Hook and seafood lovers flock to Jellyfish.

South Brisbane

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Brisbane’s heart of art. Spend an enriching morning among the artwork of QAGOMA Museum, then snap up local designs at funky South Bank Markets. The park that surrounds it is a prime strolling spot, where buskers’ melodies will put a spring in your step. Dash to Max Brenner for a gourmet sugar rush, or for craft beer nirvana head to Tomahawk.

Fortitude Valley

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The life and soul. This buzzing district comes alive after dark, with more bars and clubs than you can shake a stick at. Ric’s Bar serves up live tunes from local indie bands, while The Bowery’s chic Yankee vibe will put you in a New York state of mind. If you’re after a touch of class, glam up among the glitz and glamour of Cloud Land.

Kangaroo Point

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River views a go-go. Kangaroo Point is a thin peninsula gently skirted by the Brisbane River. Take your pick from The Cliffs Café and Riverbar for waterside munching, or go DIY-style with a barbecue on Kangaroo Point Cliffs. If you prefer adrenaline to caffeine, take the Story Bridge Adventure Climb to see the city from a different angle.

New Farm

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There’s nothing bumpkin-like about this farm. New Farm’s tree-lined streets and old Queenslander-style houses are home to Brisbane’s movers-and-shakers. The Powerhouse has transformed from power station to edgy arts venue, and it’s now the hottest ticket in town. Soak up the sophistication over lunch in Vue Lounge or Blurred Coffee Lounge.

Local Tips for Brisbane

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sarah by Sarah

When Sarah’s not hitting the shops, she’s planning her next trip in the sun to Hawaii.

If cuddling a koala ranks highly on your Aussie checklist, then don’t miss out on a visit to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. There’s plenty of native Australian wildlife to fascinate you including kangaroos, wombats and slithering snakes. You can even get a kiss from a cheeky dingo.

  • 708 Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket Queensland 4069
  • www.koala.net
  • Open every day 09:00-17:00
New Farm Park
Joana by Joana

Joana loves her job where she has spent the last 4 months looking after Brisbane hotels.

Pack a picnic, grab some friends and head to New Farm Park to escape the hustle and bustle. Overlooking the Brisbane River, this leafy haven is a top spot to relax or watch locals go about their lives. If you’re traveling back to the CBD, why not hop on the ferry for a lovely river cruise.

Brisbane Riverwalk
Koichi by Koichi

Hailing from Japan, Koichi spent his university years living it up in the sunshine state.

Whether you like a leisurely stroll or scenic run, Brisbane Riverwalk is the place for you. Connecting the city centre to New Farm Park, this walk is a great way to see some iconic Brissy sights including Story Bridge and Kangaroo Point Cliffs.

Brisbane River
Joanne by Joanne

Joanne’s first trip to ‘Brisvegas’ was part of a campervan road trip she did around Australia.

The Brisbane River is an extension of the CBD’s buzzing atmosphere and offers plenty of fun things to do. Enjoy a cocktail while marvelling the glittering reflections of the Story Bridge, or board the free City Hopper Ferry to explore Southbank’s man-made beach or trendy Dockside.

The Brisbane Powerhouse Farmers’ Market
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Bicycle rides and exploring new spots to eat are some of Emily’s favourite things.

From fresh fruit and veggies to tasty croissants and crepes, Brisbane Powerhouse Farmers’ Market is brimming with delicious food. Located in hip New Farm, the market runs the second Saturday of each month. The walkways are lined with stalls and attract locals and visitors alike.

Fortitude Valley
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Shop ‘til you drop is Natalie’s life motto, and she also digs a good day at the beach.

Fortitude Valley is a vibrant entertainment district like no other. Slightly hipster, yet sophisticated with an urban edge, ‘The Valley’ has a lot to offer. Chow down a casual dinner in Chinatown, or put your party pants on for a night of dancing to DJs in one of the cool bars or clubs.

Brisbane’s Southbank precinct
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Nothing wakes Martine up like an invigorating ocean swim or walk along the beach.

Southbank is an unlikely tropical paradise in the heart of a concrete jungle. This man-made beach is perfect for a refreshing swim, or to tan on the sand under a palm tree. The surrounding parklands feature outdoor yoga classes as well as cafes for a latte fix.

Night kayaking on the Brisbane River
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Leigh keeps herself fit by playing netball and Oztag football, she also loves to watch sport.

Just when you thought water sports couldn’t get more adventurous, Brissy steps it up with a night kayaking experience. Paddling down the river is possibly the best way to soak in the shimmering city skyline. If you’ve worked up a hunger, there are also nibbles and drinks included.

  • Brisbane River
  • Check website for details.
Brisbane’s Bicentennial Bikeway
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Ellena lives for the beach, and is well-known to burst into song at any time.

If you’re all about the pedal power, then Brisbane’s Bicentennial Bikeway will have you spinning! This picturesque riverside trail will get you active while taking in the cityscape. You’ll even have the chance to stop and smell the roses in the Botanical Gardens.

  • Brisbane River
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Transportation

Brisbane Transportation

Air – Brisbane Airport

The fastest and cheapest connection from Brisbane Airport to the city centre is the Brisbane Airtrain. The journey takes around 25 minutes, and services depart every 15 minutes from 05:00-22:00 on weekdays and 06:00-22:00 on weekends. Tickets are $17 one way, kids under 14 travel free. Con-x-ion Airport Transfers offers a door-to-door shuttle for $49 one way, or taxi fares start at $55, both are about a 30-minute drive. There are also rental car desks.

Car

Renting a car to explore the CBD is not necessary due to the compact size of the city, however it can be convenient for exploring the outer suburbs and attractions. Car hire starts from $40 per day, not including petrol and insurance. Parking in the city is usually limited and quite expensive. On-street parking is time restricted and costs around $4.40 an hour, and secure car park prices can be over $18 an hour.

Ferry

Certainly the most scenic way to travel, the CityCat and CityFerry services operate along the Brisbane River between St Lucia and Hamilton, with 25 stops. Ferries depart every 15 minutes, daily, between 08:30 and 23:30. Ticketing options include the ‘Go Card’ or a single ticket, with fares ranging from AUD 3-17 depending on length of journey. The free CityHopper service runs every 30 minutes from 06.00 until 00.00, between Sydney Street, New Farm and North Quay.

Bus

If your feet are weary, the easiest way to explore the city centre is using the free city loop buses. The city loop includes stops at Central Station, Queen Street Mall and City Botanic Gardens, and there is also a Spring Hill loop. Both the buses and the bus stops are red in colour. Services depart every 15 minutes between 07:00 and 18:00. There is also a paid bus service connecting to the outer suburbs.

Taxi

Brisbane is a compact city that is easy to navigate by walking or utilising the efficient public transport systems. Taxis are a more expensive option, and are most useful for connecting to the airport. If required, taxis can be pre-booked, hailed from the street or found at a rank. Fares are around $2.15 per kilometre, with a $3-$6 flag fall depending on time of day.

Train

Central and Roma Street are Brisbane’s main train stations. The train network is best used for connecting to outer suburbs and attractions. There are also train lines that extend to the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. Service hours and frequency varies depending on the line, check the Translink website for more information. Tickets range from $3-30; you can buy a top-up ‘Go Card’ or paper tickets at most stations.

Food in Brisbane

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The Gresham
  • 308 Queen Street
  • Open Monday-Wednesday 07:00-14:00, Thursday-Friday 7:00-03:00, Saturday 16:00-03:00
  • www.thegresham.com.au
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Chur Burger
  • 20 Constance Street
  • Open Sunday-Thursday 07:00-22:00, Friday-Saturday 07:00-00:00
  • 0061 7 3319 7890
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