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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WWI Memorial Journey - Brisbane to Warwick

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The Brisbane to Warwick journey provides the opportunity to visit war memorials in Logan and the northern Gold Coast before taking country roads to the regional towns of Beaudesert and Boonah. From Boonah in the Scenic Rim, head to Maroon, and then through the Moogerah Peaks to the Cunningham Highway and on to Warwick.

Purga Nature Reserve Trails

Ipswich Area
Boasting the largest area of endangered Swamp Tea Tree Forest in Ipswich, the Purga Nature Reserve is a haven for birds and wildlife, including koalas. Easy tracks allow the most inexperienced walkers the chance to enjoy this beautiful natural setting and visit the well-loved frog pond.

Lower Portals track, Mount Barney National Park

Boonah, Scenic Rim Area
The Lower Portals track is one of several tracks around the base of Mount Barney in Mount Barney National Park. The distinctive peaks of Mount Barney, Mount Maroon, Mount May, Mount Lindesay, Mount Ernest, Mount Ballow and Mount Clunie make up Mount Barney National Park.

Six Mile Creek, Bluff Lookout and Little White Rock Trails

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See koalas in the wild on these easy to moderate walking trails through White Rock-Spring Mountain Conservation Estate. The Six Mile Creek, Bluff Lookout and Little White Rock Trails can be done together or in sections.

Mount Hobwee Circuit

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This park has been impacted by recent severe weather events in Queensland. Please check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions. The Binna Burra section of the World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park is renowned for diverse vegetation, rugged terrain and a bird's eye view of the Gold Coast and hinterland.

Chalk Circuit

Ipswich City, Ipswich Area
The Chalk Circuit trail forms part of the Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate managed by Ipswich City Council, and is accessed from the Hardings Paddock Picnic Area off Carmichael's Road in Purga, just South of Ipswich.

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.

Yaddamun Trail

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The Yaddamun Trail forms part of the White Rock - Spring Mountain Conservation Estate managed by Ipswich City Council, and is accessed from the Paperbark Flats Picnic Area off School Road in White Rock, just south-west of Ipswich.

Mount Tempest Lookout Track, Moreton Island National Park and Recreation Area

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Mount Tempest track is on Moreton Island National Park, which features crystal clear creeks and lagoons, coastal heath, rocky headlands, abundant wildflowers, tall sand dunes, an historic lighthouse, ruins of coastal forts and miles of sandy beaches.

The Scenic Rim Way

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The Scenic Rim Way is an east – west crossing of the Scenic Rim, connecting Aratula on the Cunningham Highway to Route 90 through to the Gold Coast and Pacific Highway. There are numerous routes, trails and loops that will take you to quaint country towns, magnificent scenic lookouts, wineries and breweries, arts and craft boutiques, lakes and national parks, road side food stalls and some very cool places to stay a little longer.
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