Cultural City

Feel the pulse of Brisbane’s cultural heart as you wind your way through the river city, stopping at the Queensland Cultural Centre in South Bank. Here you’ll find internationally renowned exhibitions at the Gallery of Modern Art and Queensland Art Gallery, performances at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and the family favourite Queensland Museum and Sciencentre. And while you can easily spend days in South Bank, you can get your culture-fix all over Brisbane.

  • Find an alternative vibe with the Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts and independent art galleries like Artisan, Jan Murphy and Jugglers Art Space in Fortitude Valley. Also of note is the Metro Arts Centre on Edward Street.
  • Enjoy New Farm’s Brisbane Powerhouse with its year-round program of free and ticketed comedy, live music and performance events.
  • Get to know Brisbane City history by exploring heritage buildings like City Hall in King George Square, Newstead House, and Old Government House.
  • For the shopper within, don’t pass up an afternoon spent in the 700+ stores on Queen Street Mall. Amongst the international brands, glossy store fronts and department stores you’ll also find free events, eateries and bars to keep you entertained.
  • Soak up Brisbane's world-class event calendar, which has everything from international sport clashes, exclusive blockbuster exhibitions, and sold-out music festivals.
With all of this and more on offer, you are guaranteed to find your cultural soul in Brisbane.

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Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, The

Fortitude Valley, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts is an intimate arts venue dedicated to creating innovative experiences that connect with adventurous people. The result is a year-round programme that features a melange of international, national and local talent across theatre, music, dance, fashion, circus and visual arts.

Summit Track

Mount Coot-tha, Brisbane Area
The Summit Track track leads from the J C Slaughter Falls picnic area to the Mt Coot-tha Lookout (near the roundabout) through an open Eucalypt forest. The Aboriginal Art Trail also branches off the Summit Track.

Warrego Way

Multiple Locations
'Travel west young man' was an adage used in the past to entice folks into the outback - a world full of adventure and mystery. Today, travel west and your journey will still be filled with adventure but luckily, you don't have to take the rutted bush tracks of the past.

South Bank Parklands

South Brisbane, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
South Bank Parklands is Queensland’s premier lifestyle and cultural destination, open 365 days a year. Its world-class entertainment and leisure facilities include: South Bank Parklands Covering 17 hectares of riverfront land, the Parklands feature free swimming facilities, walking tracks, licensed picnic areas and more.

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.

Philip Bacon Galleries

Fortitude Valley, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
In terms of longevity and quality, Philip Bacon Galleries is not only downtown's most prestigious private gallery, but regarded nationally and internationally as among Australia's best. Philip Bacon Galleries is located in Fortitude Valley, approximately one kilometre from the city centre.

Institute of Modern Art

Fortitude Valley, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
The Institute of Modern Art has been the leading independent forum in Queensland, Australia, for the production, presentation, and circulation of contemporary art and discourse for over 40 years. Their innovative and diverse programs embed the international in the local and engage the local internationally.

Walk Brisbane

Multiple Locations
People, bars, art, history, beers, gardens, coffee, culture, architecture, wine or just a little company? Brisbane may not have the Eiffel Tower or the Taj Mahal, but there's loads to see here if you know just where to look, and the only way to see it is to walk!

Pacific Coast Way

Multiple Locations
The Pacific Coast Way links coastal havens, hinterland towns, and major cities all along the east coast, from the Gold Coast to Cairns. The Pacific Coast is a 'big' drive. Take your time: the real journey hides just out of sight, ready to be discovered off the highway.

Henderson Gallery

South Brisbane, Brisbane Area
The Henderson Gallery's predominant focus is to support, promote, manage, exhibit, develop, advocate on behalf of, educate and mentor Indigenous artists and audiences who would otherwise not have the opportunity.
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