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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Brisbane Powerhouse

New Farm, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
Nestled on the beautiful banks of Brisbane River (beside New Farm Park) the former power station has become a distinct landmark, both as a stunning industrial creation and as a hub for everything creative.

Walk Brisbane

Multiple Locations
People, bars, art, history, beers, gardens, coffee, culture, architecture, wine or just a little company? Brisbane may not have the Eiffel Tower or the Taj Mahal, but there's loads to see here if you know just where to look, and the only way to see it is to walk!

Warrego Way

Multiple Locations
'Travel west young man' was an adage used in the past to entice folks into the outback - a world full of adventure and mystery. Today, travel west and your journey will still be filled with adventure but luckily, you don't have to take the rutted bush tracks of the past.

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.

Fish Lane

South Brisbane, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
Fish Lane is a vibrant inner-city laneway filled with buzzing bars, cool restaurants and an evolving feast of street art. Eat your way around the world with seemingly every cuisine on offer, or slink into a cocktail bar, beer garden or wine bar after dinner.

FireWorks Gallery

Bowen Hills, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
FireWorks Gallery – known for exhibiting and promoting artworks by some of Australia’s best contemporary artists – is located in a renovated concrete warehouse, featuring an impressive double-story void, at 9/31 Thompson Street, Bowen Hills overlooking Breakfast Creek and with ample parking.

Newstead House

Newstead, Brisbane Area
From AU$12 - 12
Discover the layers of Brisbane’s oldest surviving residence, Newstead House. Built in 1846, the home is now part of the living history of Brisbane, and is open as a house museum for the public to enjoy.

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.

Philip Bacon Galleries

Fortitude Valley, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
In terms of longevity and quality, Philip Bacon Galleries is not only downtown's most prestigious private gallery, but regarded nationally and internationally as among Australia's best. Philip Bacon Galleries is located in Fortitude Valley, approximately one kilometre from the city centre.

Birrunga Gallery and Dining

Brisbane City, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
Birrunga Gallery and Dining is Brisbane's only Indigenous owned, Indigenous Art Gallery. Located in Brisbane's Central Business District, they offer Indigenous art exhibitions, tours, classes and sales as well as Fine Dining and consistently amazing coffee, featuring First Nations inspired menus in the licensed cafe.
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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.