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.

Institute of Modern Art

Fortitude Valley, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
The Institute of Modern Art has been the leading independent forum in Queensland, Australia, for the production, presentation, and circulation of contemporary art and discourse for over 40 years. Their innovative and diverse programs embed the international in the local and engage the local internationally.

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.

Pacific Coast Way

Multiple Locations
The Pacific Coast Way links coastal havens, hinterland towns, and major cities all along the east coast, from the Gold Coast to Cairns. The Pacific Coast is a 'big' drive. Take your time: the real journey hides just out of sight, ready to be discovered off the highway.

Warrego Way

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'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.

Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, The

Fortitude Valley, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts is an intimate arts venue dedicated to creating innovative experiences that connect with adventurous people. The result is a year-round programme that features a melange of international, national and local talent across theatre, music, dance, fashion, circus and visual arts.

Northern Moreton Bay Tourist Drive

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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.

South Bank Parklands

South Brisbane, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
South Bank Parklands is Queensland’s premier lifestyle and cultural destination, open 365 days a year. Its world-class entertainment and leisure facilities include: South Bank Parklands Covering 17 hectares of riverfront land, the Parklands feature free swimming facilities, walking tracks, licensed picnic areas and more.

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.

Walk Brisbane

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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!
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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.