Brisbane is known as the sun-soaked capital of Queensland – Australia’s second largest state by the area. A river curving and curling its way around the landscape makes the city one of the most unique capital cities in the country. Find an inspiring collection of places to explore in an around Brisbane, from natural pleasures of parklands to the urban appeal of art galleries. Seek out the best award-winning restaurants, cafes, bars and music venues tucked away in laneways, beneath office blocks and in the basements of historic buildings. Brisbane offers pristine beaches to lush mountain hideaways, from a gently winding river to the aquatic paradise of Moreton Bay, this city truly is a place where feeling alive comes naturally.
There is no shortage of major attractions to visit and explore in Brisbane. Across the river from the CBD, South Bank is home to our Cultural Centre with world-class galleries and entertainment. Experience world-class sporting events at The Gabba or Suncorp Stadium, or get the adrenaline pumping with a Story Bridge Adventure climb. Just an hour from the city, discover Brisbane’s stunning natural surrounds including the Scenic Rim, Somerset and Ipswich with no shortage of waterfalls, lookouts and mountains to climb, while Moreton Island and Redlands Coast offer pristine waters, wildlife experiences, snorkelling, sandboarding and much more.
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Things to do in Brisbane
Climb Story Bridge
The Story Bridge is one of Brisbane’s most iconic structures, and you can climb to the very top. The panoramic views of the city and sky-high adrenaline are unforgettable.
Wine and dine at Howard Smith Wharves
Located beneath the Story Bridge on the banks of Brisbane River, Howard Smith Wharves is the place to be for riverside drinks and dining. Find the best places to eat, drink and indulge at Howard Smith Wharves.
Kayak the Brisbane River
There’s a reason Brisbane has gained the nickname “River City.” Hire a kayak or join a guided tour to paddle past the sparkling skyline, sunken ships and steep cliffs. Learn about river experiences with Riverlife.
Indulge at Eat Street Markets
Treat your tastebuds at Eat Street Markets – a place where repurposed shipping containers have been transformed into bars, eateries, shops and live entertainment spaces. Discover which stalls belong on your must-visit list.
Swim at Streets Beach
A dazzling blue lagoon in the middle of the city? That’s right. White sand, clear water and refreshing swims are all on offer at the man-made Streets Beach. Check out how to make the most of a day at Brisbane’s urban oasis.
Visit Brisbane’s islands
Brisbane’s idyllic coastline is dotted with islands waiting to be explored. Seek out secluded snorkelling spots, hand-feed a wild dolphin and discover a shipwreck beneath the sea. It’s all possible on Brisbane’s islands. Find out more.
Browse museums and galleries
South Bank is Brisbane’s cultural precinct. With world-class theatre, dynamic arts and educational exhibitions at your fingertips, get set for a day of discovery and inspiration. Take in the best of Brisbane’s museums and art galleries.
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