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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Scenic Rim Adventure Park

Tamrookum Creek, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$35 - 45
Scenic Rim Adventure Park is a four-wheel-drive and camping experience on a 680 acre property located in the picturesque Scenic Rim region. The park offers guests the opportunity to get back to nature enjoying and exploring the outdoors.

Tangalooma Island Resort Day Cruises

Multiple Locations
At just over an hour by catamaran from Brisbane, Tangalooma Island Resort is the most unique day trip destination from Brisbane. Whether you're looking for an action-packed day out, or something a little more relaxing, Tangalooma has something to offer everyone.

Old Government House

Brisbane City, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
Old Government House is recognised as one of Queensland's most important heritage sites. The building recently underwent a AUD15 million restoration and is now open to the public as a House museum. Visit the house (admission is free) to get an insight into colonial life in the early days of Queensland.

Tangalooma Dolphin Feeding

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
Moreton Bay is home to approximately 600 bottlenose dolphins and each evening as the sun begins to set across the water, a small pod makes their way to the shores of Tangalooma Island Resort. Since 1992, resort guests have had the opportunity to hand feed the dolphins as part of the Tangalooma wild dolphin feeding program.

Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Tours

North Tamborine, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$9 - 14
Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Tours are located at Cedar Creek Estate. Come underground on a journey through the spectacular purpose-built Glow Worm cave! The tours begin with a short walk on the boardwalk through the rehabilitated rainforest to the Glow Worm cave.

Ipswich Civic Centre

Ipswich Area
For entertainment of the theatrical or musical kind in Ipswich, the Ipswich Civic Centre has got a year-round program to please all tastes. The entertainment venue in the city’s heart has seen many great shows grace its stage – from Mary Poppins to the Imperial Russian Ballet, to country music stars Adam Brand and Beccy Cole, and even kids’ superstars, The Wiggles.

The Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology

Caboolture, Moreton Bay Area
From AU$12.00 - 12.00
The Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology is situated in Caboolture, an hour north of Brisbane. It has one of the finest collections of European and Classical artefacts open to the public in Australia. The collection covers over 500000 years of world history and endeavours to educate and inspire through its displays and public programs.

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.

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.

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.
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