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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Thunderbird Park ® - Tamborine Mountain, Gold Coast Region

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$0 - 0
Thunderbird Park on Tamborine Mountain takes adventure holidays to the top. This magnificent property is less than an hour from Brisbane and Gold Coast. Come for the day or stay and play. This rainforest playground has it all.

Tangalooma Dolphin Feeding

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
From AU$0 - 209
Moreton Bay is home to approximately 600 bottlenose dolphins and each evening as the sun begins to set across the water, a small pod makes their way to the shores of Tangalooma Island Resort. Since 1992, resort guests have had the opportunity to hand feed the dolphins as part of the Tangalooma wild dolphin feeding program.

TreeTop Challenge

North Tamborine, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$55 - 55
The TreeTop Challenge at Tamborine Mountain is Australia’s largest TreeTop Adventure Park with more than 120 TreeTop activities including 10 ziplines! Their courses range from easy to extreme and traverse through nine acres of amazing bushland and rainforest.

Redlands IndigiScapes Centre

Capalaba,
Free Entry
To help in the efforts to reduce the spread of Coronavirus the Indigiscapes Centre will be closed until further notice. The Native Nursery remains open for plant sales. Extension officers (Environmental Partnerships, Wildlife Officers, Bushcare and Schools Program) are contactable by phone for any questions you may have.

Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Tours

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$9 - 14
Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Tours are located at Cedar Creek Estate. Come underground on a journey through the spectacular purpose-built Glow Worm cave! The tours begin with a short walk on the boardwalk through the rehabilitated rainforest to the Glow Worm cave.

Paddington

Paddington, Brisbane Area
The rolling and leafy hills of Paddington and Rosalie are speckled with quaint cottages turned enticing shop-fronts, restaurants that spill out onto the pavement and a mixture of traditional tin and timber houses and renovated Queenslanders.

Mount Glorious

Mount Glorious, Moreton Bay Area
Glorious by name, glorious by nature. Tenderly embraced by lush rainforest, the endearing mountain hamlet of Mount Glorious is just 45 minutes drive from Brisbane on the magnificent D'Aguilar Range. Accessed by a winding mountain road, the tiny village is surrounded by mountainous National Park and protected forests.

Amity Point

North Stradbroke Island,
On the calm waters of Moreton Bay, Amity Point is located on North Stradbroke Island, the second largest sand island in the world. Located just off the coast of Brisbane, North Stradbroke Island can be accessed by regular passenger and vehicular ferries which depart from mainland Cleveland.

Redlands Coast

Cleveland,
Located just 26 kilometres from Brisbane, Redlands Coast is often described as South East Queensland's "best-kept secret". A scenic gateway to iconic North Stradbroke Island and the secluded Southern Moreton Bay Islands, makes Redlands Coast a popular destination for those who have discovered its unique beauty and multitude of options for recreation.

Eagleby Wetlands

Eagleby, Logan City Area
Free Entry
If you love nature and especially bird watching, these wetlands are a must. Positioned on the Albert River, they are home to more than 200 native Australian bird species, including 19 of the 24 Australian raptors and almost half of the bird species found in Queensland.
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