Brisbane Arts and Entertainment

With a thriving cultural scene, Brisbane is brimming with state of the art theatres, museums and a world-class events calendar. The city’s cultural epicentre lies across the river in South Bank where you can find the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) as well as the Queensland Performing Art Centre (QPAC) and the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre.

Galleries and museums

QAGOMA

QAGOMA is one of Australia’s leading art institutions with an evolving program of Australian and international exhibitions. If you’re travelling with family head to the Children’s Art Centre where artists from Australia and around the world help to develop an exciting and interactive program of activities to inspire your little artists. 

Queensland Museum and Sciencentre

Also residing in South Bank’s cultural precinct is the Queensland Museum where you can catch permanent and changing exhibitions on natural history, cultural heritage, science and human achievement. Take the kids to the Sciencentre in the Museum and keep little minds active as they discover the wonders of the world through science.

You can also check out independent art galleries like Artisan, Jan Murphy and Jugglers Art Space in Fortitude Valley or the Metro Arts Centre on Edward Street.


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Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

South Brisbane, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
For more than 30 years, Queensland Performing Arts Centre has showcased the best of local, national and international performing arts. QPAC is home to Queensland Theatre Company, Queensland Ballet, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and Opera Queensland.

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.

Northern Moreton Bay Tourist Drive

Multiple Locations
Driving at your own pace is a great way to explore the beach and bayside peninsulas. All with their own personalities and remarkable settings, the coastal villages offer warm and friendly surroundings, great for relaxing.

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.

Adventure Way, Queensland

Multiple Locations
Retrace the tracks of Cobb & Co, as you traverse the unique and fascinating Adventure Way. Bitumen roads now replace the rutted tracks once taken by horse drawn coaches of all but the last 150 km, enabling even those in a two-wheel drive to experience the richness of this route.

15 Day Outback Legends

Multiple Locations
Pack up the car and head out west to take on the 15 day Outback Legends self drive. This journey will take you through iconic Outback Queensland towns that offer experiences and adventure for every member of the family.

Carnarvon Gorge Mini Break

Multiple Locations
This four day journey from Brisbane explores the Garden City of Toowoomba, and experience it's parks, gardens and cafe culture, before adventuring west via Chinchilla and Roma to Carnarvon Gorge National Park.

Newstead House

Newstead, Brisbane Area
From AU$9 - 9
Historic Newstead House is Brisbane's best-known heritage site open for public inspection, offering a number of unique experiences befitting Brisbane's oldest domestic dwelling. The building, dating from 1846, has evolved from a simple Colonial Georgian cottage into the quintessential homestead of today - a style of architecture that draws as its inspiration the bungalow found on the Indian sub-continent.

Artful Nature

Multiple Locations
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.

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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Performing arts and theatre

Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

Queensland Performing Arts Centre, known as QPAC brings over 1200 live performances to Brisbane each year and is the best place to catch a stage production in the river city.

With 8 entertainment spaces including the Lyric Theatre and Concert Hall, QPAC has a stage with your name on it. Here you can witness some of the best performing arts in Australia including dance, music and theatre. There is a great selection of dining options around South Bank so grab some dinner and enjoy the show.

Brisbane Powerhouse

Once a power station from 1920s, the Powerhouse has been reborn as one of Brisbane’s busiest and most visually stunning performing arts spaces. Full of life, colour and entertainment, Brisbane Powerhouse boasts a year-round program with over 1250 performances and events.

Finding its home along the river in New Farm, there are plenty of places to grab a bite or a cocktail and enjoy the views before your show.

Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts

Find an alternative vibe with the Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts in Fortitude Valley. The centre provides a unique blend of contemporary performing arts with an ambitious program of exhibitions and events year round.

Brisbane festivals and events

Soak up Brisbane's world-class events calendar celebrating all forms of art, culture and entertainment. 

Brisbane Festival is one of Australia’s major international art festivals where you are privy to three weeks of performances in theatre, music, dance, circus and opera.

The festival celebration culminates in a city-wide event known as Sunsuper Riverfire.