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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Tamborine Mountain Distillery

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
Tamborine Mountain Distillery is Australia's most awarded distillery and liquor brand in the new millennium, with over 300 international awards. Hidden away in the beautiful Gold Coast hinterland. This boutique distillery manufactures fine Liqueurs, Schnapps, Vodka, Gins, Eaux de Vie and hand made Liqueur Chocolates.

Seraphim Escape Rooms

Ipswich Area
From AU$30 - 45
What is an escape room? An escape room is a puzzle, adventure game, where you go into a themed room and work together as a team to, find clues, solve puzzles, unlock locks and doors and escape the room before your time runs out.

UQ Art Museum

St Lucia, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
The University of Queensland (UQ) was one of the first universities in Australia to acquire works of art and to use bequest funds for this purpose. With over 3,500 works, The UQ Art Collection is one of Queensland's most significant public art collections.

Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway

Multiple Locations
The romance of the era when steam was king awaits you in Ipswich courtesy of the Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway. Hop on board an immaculate vintage wooden carriage or vintage Dining Cars and discover the rich mining history of the Ipswich area as you go past ruins of old mines and equipment from days gone by.

Ipswich Nature Centre

Ipswich City, Ipswich Area
Free Entry
Ipswich Nature Centre in Ipswich's historical Queens Park offers a magical opportunity to get up close and personal with Australian native wildlife. For 80 years, locals and visitors have been able to see animals on this site, and the twenty-first century version is up there with the best of wildlife refuges.

Brisbane Customs House

Brisbane City, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
Customs House, one of Brisbane's heritage icons, is located on the river in the Central Business District. Customs and excise duties were an important source of revenue, levied on goods from overseas and in some cases from other colonies.

Victoria Park Golf Complex

Herston, Brisbane Area
Situated just two kilometres from Brisbane's Central Business Disitrct, Victoria Park Golf Complex is an inner city sanctuary and home to truly amazing experiences. Facilities include: Putt Putt Victoria Park's 18-hole mini golf Putt Putt course is jam-packed full of fun and is like no other you’ve experienced before.

Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

Brisbane City, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) is located in the heart of the Queensland Cultural Centre within Brisbane's popular South Bank precinct a short walk over the Brisbane River from Brisbane's CBD.

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.

Aria Cruises

Multiple Locations
Explore and discover the delights of southern Moreton Bay in an affordable and fun way with Aria Cruises. Give yourself and your family, friends and loved ones the gift of sailing the sparkling bay waters to Peel Island or North Stradbroke Island – the second largest sand island in the world.
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