Our top 10 Brisbane attractions
1. South Bank Parklands:
Encompassing the best of Brisbane’s culinary, cultural and community life, these family-friendly parklands also boast a man-made beach complete with life-guards, swimming lagoons, rainforests, picnic spots and the beautiful bougainvillea covered Arbour walkway.
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2. Story Bridge Climb:
Opened in 1940, this impressive heritage-listed steel structure forms an iconic part of Brisbane’s cityscape and is one of only three bridge climb experiences available anywhere in the world. Those who climb to the 80 metre summit will be rewarded with unsurpassed views of the city and beyond, plus a sense of true achievement.
3. Mount Coot-tha:
A short drive from the CBD, this area of natural bushland offers stunning panoramic vistas from the observation deck, award-winning dining at the Summit Restaurant & Bar plus plenty of walking trails and picnic spots. Brisbane’s picturesque Botanic Gardens can also be found at the base of the mountain along with the Planetarium.
4. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary:
Established in 1927, this is the first and largest koala sanctuary in the world. Over 130 koalas call Lone Pine home along with many other native Australian animals including free roaming kangaroos and wallabies, echidnas, dingoes, emus and more. Visitors can cuddle a koala, hand-feed kangaroos and enjoy a range of interactive and informative wildlife demonstrations and shows.
5. Gallery of Modern Art:
Brisbane’s magnificent riverside gallery, known simply as GOMA, is not only an architectural masterpiece but home to a number of outstanding permanent collections, a children’s art centre plus an award-winning restaurant. It has also gained an international reputation for its ability to attract and host exclusive world-class exhibitions.
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6. Queensland Cultural Centre:
This is Brisbane’s art and cultural epicentre, and along with GOMA, it also includes the Queensland Art Gallery and Museum, State Library and Performing Arts Centre. With no shortage of things to do, visitors can take in a show, see an exhibition, check out a dinosaur or just wander through the beautiful parklands and enjoy the fabulous city views.
7. Roma Street Parklands:
The world’s largest urban subtropical garden is spread across sixteen hectares of beautiful green space in Brisbane’s heart. Showcasing a tapestry of individually-designed gardens and parklands, complete with sculptures, mosaics and murals, it also features a peaceful lake, elevated boardwalks and chic cafe.
8. Museum of Brisbane:
Found on the third floor of Brisbane’s heritage-listed City Hall, the museum features five galleries, a theatrette and the stylish Dome Lounge. Home to the City of Brisbane Collection, the museum showcases the people, places and stories which have shaped the city’s evolution.
9. XXXX Brewery:
Be immersed in all things beer on a tour of this historic brewery, famous for producing Queensland’s iconic amber ale, XXXX. Discover the inner workings of the brewing process, watch thousands of beer bottles whizz past in the Packaging Hall and learn how to pour the perfect cold one.
10. Wheel of Brisbane:
Built to celebrate Queensland’s 150th anniversary, this 60-metre high wheel offers stunning panoramic views of South Bank and Brisbane City. Each climate-controlled gondola features an audio tour outlining the city’s key points of interest and a standard wheel experience takes about 12 minutes and includes four full revolutions. For something special there is also a VIP gondola and onboard dining experiences available.