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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Curtis Falls track, Tamborine National Park

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Enjoy an enchanting walk through wet eucalypt forest beneath towering flooded gums and into cool and lush rainforest. Look for the beautiful crows nest and staghorn ferns in the canopy, and stop to marvel at the intricate strangler fig.

Eastern Escarpment Conservation Area Trail

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The stunning 360 degree views of South East Queensland from the peak of Mount Cotton make the steep trek along the Eastern Escarpment Conservation Area well worth the effort. The Conservation Area lies to the east of Mount Cotton Road, Sheldon, bordering the Redlands Coast suburb of Mount Cotton.

Gourmet Country and Outback

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This drive serves up a virtual smorgasbord of experiences. Discover gourmet food and wine in the spectacular Granite Belt Region. The captivating scenery and stunning natural attractions along the route are a truly visual feast.

Cottonwood Walk

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Cottonwood Walk is a shared walk and cycle path offering a quality experience with excellent trail surfaces, boardwalks, stairways down to the beach and viewing platforms with extensive views over Deception Bay to Moreton Island.

Mount Coolum Summit Track

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Did you know that Mount Coolum is the second largest rock in the world after Uluru? This impressive dome-shaped rock is 208 metres high and offers spectacular views of the coast and hinterland. There are several sets of stone steps to help you reach the summit.

Southern Moreton Bay Tourist Drive

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Follow the brown and white dugong signs along the Southern Moreton Bay Tourist Drive for a delightful day trip of discovery. This route covers 78 kilometres of the area's most appealing sights and allows you to explore them at your own pace.

Relaxed Country Lifestyle

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Explore the Queen Mary Falls Circuit, and enjoy locally sourced seasonal menus at stops along the way. Visit an apple farm, taste delicious cider and fresh apple pie. Sample original farmhouse cheese and join a truffle discovery centre tour.

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.

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.

Sandy Creek Track

Peak Crossing, Ipswich Area
The Sandy Creek Track forms part of the Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate managed by Ipswich City Council, and is accessed from the Flinders Plum Picnic Area off Mt Flinders Road in Peak Crossing, just south of Ipswich.
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