Brisbane | Things to do

Soak up the buzzing city atmosphere, take a walk over the Story Bridge, catch live music in Fortitude Valley and submerge yourself in culture at South Bank’s art galleries, theatre spaces and museums. Discover witty local street art, attend the annual Brisbane Festival and Riverfire, or time your visit around one of Brisbane’s blockbuster events.

Shopping central

Find international brands in the Queen Street Mall, designer boutiques in James Street and Bulimba, and hunt out vintage treasures in Paddington. If you’re looking for a bargain, head to the factory outlets at DFO Brisbane Airport. Show me Brisbane's shopping guide

Food and drink

Make the most of the sunshine and sit down at an al fresco restaurant, or grab tasty street food at the Eat Street Northshore Markets, South Bank Markets and Jan Powers Farmers Markets. Brisbane is bursting with bars, so make your way from rooftop to laneway in search of the finest cocktail. Try a limited-edition brew at a local craft beer bar or take the CityCat along the river for a pub crawl with a difference.

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Day trips from Brisbane

Get out of the city and see what else the region has to offer. Take a day-trip to the Scenic Rim, Somerset or Tamborine National Park and go on a bushwalk to seek out hidden waterfalls. Hop on a ferry to Moreton or North Stradbroke Islands, or flop on the beaches of the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast. Hire a car to get the best out of the region with plenty of self-drive adventures on offer.

Wildlife

Cuddle a koala at the Lone Pine Sanctuary, hand-feed wild dolphins on Moreton Island and spot whales from the North Gorge Walk at North Stradbroke Island.

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Fig Tree Pocket, Brisbane Area
From AU$36 - 36
Recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world's first and largest koala sanctuary, with over 90 years of experience and 130 koalas. In both 2015 and 2018, Lone Pine was inducted into the Trip Advisor Hall of Fame, for consistent 'excellent' guest reviews.

Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

South Brisbane, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) is located across two riverside buildings in South Bank’s Cultural Precinct. QAGOMA presents an evolving program of Australian and international exhibitions, with a focus on the contemporary art of Australia, Asia and the Pacific.

State Library of Queensland

South Brisbane, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
The State Library of Queensland was founded in 1896 and is Queensland’s main site houses a range of collections made up of books, journals, magazines, newspapers, manuscripts and archives, maps, rare books, music, photographs, films and videos, and e-resources.

Queensland Museum

South Brisbane, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
Queensland Museum is the State’s centre for natural history, cultural heritage, science and human achievement. Home to permanent and changing exhibitions and collections, the museum also provides innovative public programs, educational experiences plus holiday and early child hood activities.

Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

South Brisbane, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
For more than 30 years, Queensland Performing Arts Centre has showcased the best of local, national and international performing arts. QPAC is home to Queensland Theatre Company, Queensland Ballet, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and Opera Queensland.

Kingston Park Raceway - Go Kart Hire

Kingston, Logan City Area
There are four levels of Go Karts and three separate race tracks at Kingston Park, for which varied levels of ability and experience are required. Adult drivers 16 years + can enjoy real side by side racing action in real race karts on their 1100 metre international racing circuit.

Valley Markets

Fortitude Valley, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
The Valley Markets are best known for their original, locally designed and made creations. The city’s young and very talented designers use these markets as an outlet for their chic designs. The all-weekend event runs through both Brunswick Street and Chinatown Mall, offering over 70 stalls of new and second hand goods.

Kilcoy Craft Market

Kilcoy, Somerset Area
The Kilcoy Craft Market is home to a selection of arts and craft, created by local artisans. Run by volunteers the market is open daily from 9am to 3pm and have a range of products for sale. Select the perfect hand made gift from cards, plants, felting, handmade clothing, timber products and much more.

The Australian Vintage Aviation Society Museum

Caboolture, Moreton Bay Area
From AU$12 - 15
Australia's most unique Aviation Museum! Queensland's premier flying museum. It houses the only collection of flying WWI aircraft in Australia. It is the only museum that concentrates solely on the first 30 years of powered flight.

Kilcoy Courthouse Art Gallery

Kilcoy, Somerset Area
The Kilcoy Courthouse Art Gallery is located in picturesque Yowie Park. The gallery is housed in the 1910 Courthouse that was relocated to the park in 2011, before opening in 2012. The Kilcoy Courthouse Art Gallery is home to the Kilcoy Art Society, who showcase new exhibitions every three months along with the ever changing artist of the month.
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