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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Boggo Road Gaol (Jail)

Multiple Locations
Experience the magic of Queensland's History at Boggo Road Gaol (Jail). This heritage-listed tourist attraction runs family friendly tours, seven days a week highlighting 116 years worth of Brisbane's most notorious prison.

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.

Australian Sunset Safaris

Multiple Locations
Picture yourself travelling in a four-wheel drive bus along Fraser Island's beaches and rainforest tracks, swimming in a crystal clear lake with a white sandy bottom. Or how about paddling in a completely transparent kayak over sunken Moreton Island ship wrecks, seeing an abundance of fish and colourful coral through the bottom of your kayak?

JUCY Rentals Brisbane

Eagle Farm, Brisbane Area
From AU$20 - 350
JUCY stands for fun, adventure and the spirit of travelling. JUCY Australia provides plentiful options of cars and custom built campervans for the budget-conscious traveller. Exploring Brisbane and the majestic natural sights of Queensland is best done on your own agenda.

Brisbane City Hall

Brisbane City, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
Located in King George Square, Brisbane City Hall is 'the People's Place' of The City. For the past 80 years the Hall has been the backdrop to many of Brisbane's cultural, social and civic events. Brisbane City Hall was re-rededicated to the people of Queensland on Saturday, 6 April 2013 after closing for a historic three-year restoration and repair project.

Pumpyard Bar and Brewery

Ipswich City, Ipswich Area
Beer and gourmet food lovers travel from near and far to Pumpyard Bar and Brewery in the eclectic Top of Town area of the Ipswich Central Business District. Situated in the historic former Technical College, which opened in 1901, Pumpyard has won an enviable reputation as the place to go for top quality, locally brewed beer and plenty of atmosphere.

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.

The Vino Bus

New Farm, Brisbane Area
Jump on board The Vino Bus for a wine tasting experience you will not forget. Absorb the spectacular scenery whilst making your way through Tamborine Mountain's unique wine trail - home to over 10 wineries, a Distillery, Craft Brewery and Cheese Factory.

Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flights

Multiple Locations
Floating Images is Brisbane's closest hot air ballooning company. Simply drive 30 minutes west of the Brisbane Central Business District to experience a one hour city and country balloon flight. Brisbane central business district accommodation transfers available.

Logan Entertainment Centre

Logan Central, Logan City Area
Free Entry
The Logan Entertainment Centre is the city’s premier’s events venue, hosting touring national and international productions. Enjoy pre-show drinks and meals in the Limelight Bistro and Bar before settling in for world-class shows including concerts, musical theatre, and plays.
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