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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Story Bridge Climb

Multiple Locations
Brisbane's must do experience, Story Bridge Adventure Climb! - a truly unique and memorable adventure for all levels of fitness and age (minimum 10 years old). The Story Bridge Climb is a soft adventure experience with a difference and the most spectacular way to discover Brisbane.

Scenic Rim Brewery and Cafe

Mount Alford, Scenic Rim Area
Scenic Rim Brewery and Cafe is a small family owned, Australian brewery from southeast Queensland’s Scenic Rim region. As the name suggests, the Scenic Rim is known for its natural assets. With fresh air, clear water and natural ingredients, we can’t think of a better place to brew beer the brewery is situated in the 100 year Mount Alford General store.

Pterodactyl Helicopters

Multiple Locations
Spice up your visit to Ipswich with a thrilling tour of a lifetime courtesy of an unforgettable Pterodactyl Helicopters experience. Just imagine the excitement as you lift off, with friendly Captain Mike Jarvis taking you over the Ipswich, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, Somerset, Logan and Redlands regions.

Brisbane City Hall

Brisbane City, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
Located in King George Square, Brisbane City Hall is 'the People's Place' of Brisbane. For the past 80 years City Hall has been the backdrop to many of Brisbane's cultural, social and civic events. Brisbane City Hall was re-dedicated to the people of Queensland in 2013 after closing for a historic three-year restoration and repair project.

Ipswich Civic Centre

Ipswich City, 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.

Ipswich Art Gallery

Ipswich City, Ipswich Area
Free Entry
A visit to Ipswich isn't complete without checking out its award-winning Ipswich Art Gallery. Occupying a beautifully restored heritage building in the Ipswich Central Business District that was the first town hall built in Queensland, the gallery has an enviable collection of over 2,000 works.

Australia See Moreton Island Tours

Multiple Locations
Depart Brisbane on a fully guided four wheel drive Eco-adventure on Moreton Island with Australia See Moreton Island Tours. Sea Cruise from Scarborough Harbour via Moreton’s Marine Park. Spot dolphins, fish, whales, dugong and turtles.

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.

The Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane

South Brisbane, Brisbane Area
From AU$14.50 - 22.00
An iconic landmark etched upon the South Bank skyline, the Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane is a breathtaking way to take in views of Brisbane City. Rising 60-metres above South Bank you will enjoy spectacular 360-degree panoramic views from the safety and comfort of a fully enclosed, air-conditioned gondola that seats up to eight people.

Homage

Grandchester, Ipswich Area
Situated in a historic barn on 12,000 acres of Australian Bushland, Homage is the epitome of fine dining combined with great service. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily in a gloriously elegant setting where you can sit inside or outside on the forecourt with Scenic Rim views.
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