Brisbane Attractions

Things to do in Brisbane

Whether you're taking the family on holiday or flying solo, Brisbane has heaps of attractions to keep your itinerary full. And, thanks to the city's public transport network, it's easy to see everything on a budget. If you're planning a trip to the Sunshine State, keep reading for a full list of things to do during your visit.

Trek to the top of Mount Coot-Tha

Famous for its unbeatable city views, the Mount Coot-Tha lookout should be at the top of your list of things to do in Brissie. If you're visiting in the afternoon, stick around for sunset at the Summit Restaurant & Bar and watch the skyline light up over a glass of wine.

Shop at Queen Street Mall

Home to everything from a restaurants and bars to spas and saloons, Queen Street Mall is your one stop shop for fun in the city. And, with over 700 retail stores to explore, you're sure to find a bargain during your visit.

Take a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane

Towering over the Brisbane River, the Wheel of Brisbane provides visitors with panoramic views of the city. And with customisable experiences available for all occasions, there's no reason not to give it a whirl. To skip the queue and save on your purchase, book online and print your passes at home.

Visit the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art

If you consider yourself a creative type, spend a day exploring the exhibits at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. More than just a museum, this inspiration gallery space is also home to the award-winning GOMA Restaurant, which is perfect for a quick bite and a cocktail once you've taken in the sights.

Soak up the sun in the South Bank Parklands

Travelling on a budget? There's plenty of free things to see and do at the South Bank Parklands. Located in the heart of the city, this urban oasis is the perfect spot for an early morning stroll or an afternoon picnic. And, with complimentary Wi-Fi available, it's easy to share your day in the sun with friends and followers.

Meet local critters at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

If you've never had the opportunity to cuddle up with one of Australia's most-loved critters, you're in for a treat. At the nearby Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, you'll not only have the chance to see the local koalas, but to meet them too. And to sweeten the deal, there's plenty of kangaroos hopping around that are just as friendly as their tree-dwelling neighbours.

Take a day trip to Dreamworld

Less than an hour from Brisbane, Dreamworld is the largest theme park on the Gold Coast and a great spot for a family day out. From the Giant Drop to the Tail Spin, their Big 9 thrill rides feature some of the tallest and fastest rides in the country. After a more relaxing experience? Whitewater World is home to a mix of slides and swimming pools, so you can unwind after you get your dose of adrenaline.

Make a splash at Sea World

For more fun on the Gold Coast, grab your swimmers and head to Sea World. After you've made a splash at Castaway Bay, check out the amazing animal attractions the park has to offer. From polar bears to sea turtles, you'll be able to come face-to-face with some of the world's most fascinating species.

Head off shore to North Stradbroke Island

From scuba diving to sandboarding, North Stradbroke Island is an ideal day trip for the adventurous traveller. And with a regular ferry service departing from Moreton Bay, it's easy to leave the CBD behind for a day on the sea. Book a tour to see all the local attractions or, if you're on a budget, take the Stradbroke Island Bus any day of the week.

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