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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Straddie Festival of Golf

North Stradbroke Island,
13 August 2019 – 19 July 2020
The Straddie Festival of Golf provides five unique opportunities to enjoy a day of golf on the Redland Coast – A naturally wonderful place to play Golf. Held from late Summer to Spring when the weather is cooler and golf more enjoyable the Festival provides opportunities for all players to enjoy a day of golf - Island Style.

High Rotation | Brisbane Festival

Brisbane City, Brisbane Area
From AU$9 - 30
30 August 2019 – 19 April 2020
High Rotation dives into the songs, stories and images of the Brisbane music scene over the last 30 years, exploring a world of musicians and managers, labels, producers and venues. It’s a perfect complement to our celebration of Riverstage’s 30th birthday.

High Rotation

Brisbane City, Brisbane Area
30 August 2019 – 19 April 2020
High Rotation dives into the songs, stories and images of the Brisbane music scene, exploring a world of musicians, labels and producers, venues and fans. Featuring highlights over the past 30 years, High Rotation will reveal a snapshot of how popular music in Brisbane exploded from the local scene onto national and international stages.

Spatial Deconstruction

Brisbane City, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
2 October 2019 – 12 April 2020
Emma Coulter’s installation as part of New Woman transforms the walls of Museum of Brisbane's Dome Gallery into a brightly coloured prism. Through her practice, Emma aims to challenge the hierarchy of art institutions by blurring boundaries between place, painting and the viewer’s experience.

Perspectives of Brisbane

Brisbane City, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
2 October 2019 – 1 January 2021
Perspectives of Brisbane is a fascinating snapshot of Brisbane’s history, the milestone moments and unique characteristics that have shaped and define our city as the modern, new world capital we know today.

Museum Highlights Tour

Brisbane City, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
2 October 2019 – 1 January 2021
Not sure what you are looking at when you wander into the Museum? Let our experienced guide walk you through the current exhibitions and give you an insider’s view and perspective. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

Water

South Brisbane, Brisbane Area
From AU$8.00 - 18.00
7 December 2019 – 26 April 2020
Walk across a vast, rocky riverbed created by Olafur Eliasson; see predator and prey gather to drink together from Cai Guo-Qiang’s brilliant blue waterhole; gaze at Peter Fischli and David Weiss’s snowman frozen in Brisbane’s summer heat;

James Turrell's Night Life

South Brisbane, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
17 December 2019 – 31 December 2020
See the GOMA in a new light. As the sky shifts to dusk, James Turrell’s permanent architectural light installation Night Life 2018 illuminates the Gallery of Modern Art from within. Through shifts in tempo, hue and intensity of colour over 88 minutes, the artist invites us to consider how we’re affected by light.

Children's Theatre: The Twits

Petrie Terrace, Brisbane Area
From AU$17 - 20
13 February – 11 April 2020
Bored with playing silly tricks on one another, the revolting and hideous Mr and Mrs Twit turn their attention to capturing and training a family of monkeys (the Mugglewumps) for a circus act, but the monkeys turn the tables on the Twits, with the aid of some helpful birds that convince the Twits the world has turned upside down.

How Cities Works

North Ipswich, Ipswich Area
From AU$11.50 - 44.50
29 February – 9 April 2020
Explore the city inside and out, top to bottom in a whole new way! From sewers to skyscrapers, this interactive exhibition reveals the secret workings of the city. How Cities Work Peek inside buildings, duck underground, and explore the streets to find out what’s going on above your head and beneath your feet.
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