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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North Gorge Walk, Point Lookout

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For visitors to Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) the North Gorge Walk is an absolute must do. The 1.2 kilometre boardwalk follows the headland of Point Lookout, offering a spectacular outlook from the rocky outcrops to 32 kilometres of white sandy beach – some of the best in Australia.

9 Day Outback Adventure

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Pack your bags and leave the big smoke behind as you take on the 9 Day self drive Outback Adventure. This journey will take you through iconic south west Outback Queensland towns that offer experiences and adventure for every member of the family.

Stations and Dinosaurs

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This 10 day itinerary includes outback station stays, dinosaurs and wide open spaces. Highlights include Toowoomba's Cobb & Co Museum, a Bonus Downs Stations Stay, inclusion on a Eromanga Natural History Museum Tour and Tag-a-long tour to a working dinosaur dig site.

Banksia Track And The Boardwalk

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Woodgate is known for the long, white stretches of sandy beaches that overlook the magnificent Southern Great Barrier Reef, but you can also strap on your walking boots and experience some of Australia's distinctive flora and fauna as you walk the Banksia track.

Kumbartcho Sanctuary Trails

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The Kumbartcho Sanctuary is six hectares of natural habitat which provides an important corridor for local fauna and flora. There are a number of local walking trails around the dam at environment centre in addition to an opportunity to walk along the South Pine River to Yurarba.

Southern Food Trail

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Journey south of the Great Dividing Range descending from Toowoomba to the fertile plains of the Darling Downs and Granite Belt, 147 kilometres on the Southern Food Trail. Stop at the historic pub in Nobby home to literary great Steele Rudd, and continue past lush green cattle paddocks and rolling hills.

Artful Nature

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There's no better way to enjoy Brisbane's sub-tropical climate, enviable outdoor lifestyle and vibrant urban villages than by spending time in the city's lush, open green spaces and getting under the skin of its creative precincts.

Daves Creek circuit, Lamington National Park

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Branching off the Border track, you’ll wind through an amazing variety of forests types. From lush rainforest to towering eucalypts, and sparse mallee woodland to colourful montane heath, this walk is a botanical delight.

Stony Creek Circuit

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This park has been impacted by recent severe weather events in Queensland. Please check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions. Walk your way through exotic pines and ancient cycads as you enjoy this trail in the Byfield State Forest.

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.
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