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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Bribie Island Bicentennial Trails

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If you enjoy a stroll through eucalypt forest and paperbark wetlands, then make your way to the Bribie Island Bicentennial Trail. A 3.8 kilometre circuit, the Bribie Island Bicentennial Trails begin at the Bribie Island Community Arts Centre on Sunderland Drive.

Mount Hobwee 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. The Binna Burra section of the World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park is renowned for diverse vegetation, rugged terrain and a bird's eye view of the Gold Coast and hinterland.

National Parks and Artisan Stories

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Drive the “Valley of the Lakes” scenic route, discover well preserved rainforests at Ravensbourne National Park, ancient bunya pines at Bunya Mountains National Park, and Aboriginal rock art at Carnarvon Gorge National Park.

Big Sky National Parks

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Discover the world's largest forest of Bunya Pines and more than 30 rare and threatened species in Bunya Mountains National Park. Bush walk beneath towering white sandstone cliffs in Carnarvon Gorge National Park with its spectacular steep-sided gorge and remnant rainforest.

Sandy Creek Track

Peak Crossing, Ipswich Area
The Sandy Creek Track forms part of the Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate managed by Ipswich City Council, and is accessed from the Flinders Plum Picnic Area off Mt Flinders Road in Peak Crossing, just south of Ipswich.

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.

Kholo Gardens Trails

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Kholo Gardens is one of the best kept secrets in Ipswich. Established in 1988 on a historically significant site, it is today one of the most welcoming and beautiful parks in Ipswich. Featuring almost 40 hectares of stunning grounds, walking tracks and boardwalks meander along creek lines, through sub-tropical rainforest and even down to the banks of the Brisbane River.

Drive Electric - Queensland's Electric Super Highway

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Drive into the future in an electric vehicle (EV), using the world’s longest EV charging network in a single state! The Queensland Electric Super Highway (QESH) stretches from Coolangatta to Cairns and from Brisbane to Toowoomba, enabling Queenslanders and tourists to visit the amazing natural assets and lively regional communities in an EV.

Cobb & Co Tourist Drive

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The Cobb & Co Tourist Drive is a scenic route between between Ipswich and Toowoomba via the Lockyer Valley. The drive celebrates the first mail route awarded to Cobb & Co in Queensland when, on January 1, 1866 the mail service commenced from Brisbane to Ipswich.

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.
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