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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James Turrell's Night Life

South Brisbane, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
1 August 2018 – 31 December 2019
See the GOMA in a new light. As the sky shifts to dusk, James Turrell’s permanent architectural light installation Night Life 2018 illuminates the Gallery of Modern Art from within. Through shifts in tempo, hue and intensity of colour over 88 minutes, the artist invites us to consider how we’re affected by light.

Opinion Trivia at Beirne Lane

Fortitude Valley, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 19 March – 17 December 2019
Hey Brisbane! Going to the same clubs and eating the same food every week gets old. They get it. They used to be you. You deserve good food and a fun night out that'll still get you home early enough on a school night.

Ferrari Park Markets Laidley

Laidley, Lockyer Valley Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 22 June 2019 – 25 January 2020
Take home some fresh local produce and home-made treats from one of their local country markets. You'll also find collectables, arts and crafts, books and lots of other goodies. Laidley Markets are held on the fourth Saturday of the Month in Ferrari Park Patrick Street, Laidley from 6am to 12pm.

Livewired Comedy

New Farm, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 14 July 2019 – 14 July 2020
Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse. Brisbane Powerhouse’s free comedy event may have moved days and the name (back to the original), however they’re still serving up the best local and interstate comedy every Sunday afternoon.

Bush Mechanics: The Exhibition

North Ipswich, Ipswich Area
From AU$11.50 - 44.50
12 August 2019 – 2 February 2020
Based on the popular ABC television series co-created by David Batty and Francis Jupurrurla Kelly, and told through the show’s distinctive brand of humour, this exhibition showcases the ingenuity of outback mechanics whose clever resourcefulness can turn branches, spinifex and sand into tools and spare parts to get cars back on the road.

Straddie Festival of Golf

North Stradbroke Island,
13 August 2019 – 19 July 2020
The Straddie Festival of Golf provides five unique opportunities to enjoy a day of golf on the Redland Coast – A naturally wonderful place to play Golf. Held from late Summer to Spring when the weather is cooler and golf more enjoyable the Festival provides opportunities for all players to enjoy a day of golf - Island Style.

High Rotation

Brisbane City, Brisbane Area
30 August 2019 – 19 April 2020
High Rotation dives into the songs, stories and images of the Brisbane music scene, exploring a world of musicians, labels and producers, venues and fans. Featuring highlights over the past 30 years, High Rotation will reveal a snapshot of how popular music in Brisbane exploded from the local scene onto national and international stages.

High Rotation | Brisbane Festival

Brisbane City, Brisbane Area
From AU$9 - 30
30 August 2019 – 19 April 2020
High Rotation dives into the songs, stories and images of the Brisbane music scene over the last 30 years, exploring a world of musicians and managers, labels, producers and venues. It’s a perfect complement to our celebration of Riverstage’s 30th birthday.

Laidley Village Markets

Laidley, Lockyer Valley Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 30 August 2019 – 31 January 2020
The Laidley Village Markets are held from 7am to 1pm on the corner of Patrick Street and The Mall every Friday. Take home some fresh local produce and home-made treats from one of their local country markets.

New Woman

Brisbane City, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
13 September 2019 – 15 March 2020
Fiercely independent, adventurous and often overlooked, Brisbane’s female artists have employed passion and determination to ensure art in Brisbane finds its voice. Each generation has produced artwork in response to the rapidly changing social, cultural and economic circumstances of the city.
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