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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Tamborine Mountain Distillery

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
Tamborine Mountain Distillery is Australia's most awarded distillery and liquor brand in the new millennium, with over 300 international awards. Hidden away in the beautiful Gold Coast hinterland. This boutique distillery manufactures fine Liqueurs, Schnapps, Vodka, Gins, Eaux de Vie and hand made Liqueur Chocolates.

Spirits of the Red Sand

Beenleigh, Logan City Area
From AU$99 - 120
Experience the world’s oldest culture in true ancient story-telling style with Spirits of the Red Sand. Follow the epic story of an Aboriginal family in their life changing journey from dreamtime to the turbulent 1800’s as the British and Aboriginal worlds collide.

Tangatours - Moreton Island

Multiple Locations
Operating on the beachfront of Tangalooma Island Resort, Tangatours is an exciting adventure and tourism operator which provides both land and water based activities to the resort and day guests. What a perfect way to spend a day in paradise, sailing along the crystal clear waters of Moreton Bay in one of their easy to use Catamarans, getting up close and personal with the large array of sea life on their fish feeding, snorkelling or diving tours and much much more!

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.

The Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology

Caboolture, Moreton Bay Area
From AU$12.00 - 12.00
The Abbey Museum is currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions. The Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology is situated in Caboolture, an hour north of Brisbane. It has one of the finest collections of European and Classical artefacts open to the public in Australia.

Queensland Museum

South Brisbane, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
Please note: For the safety of the community, Queensland Museum Network, including Queensland Museum (Brisbane) is temporarily closed to the public until further notice. Queensland Museum is the State’s centre for natural history, cultural heritage, science and human achievement.

Victoria Park Golf Complex

Herston, Brisbane Area
Situated just two kilometres from Brisbane's Central Business Disitrct, Victoria Park Golf Complex is an inner city sanctuary and home to truly amazing experiences. Facilities include: Putt Putt Victoria Park's 18-hole mini golf Putt Putt course is jam-packed full of fun and is like no other you’ve experienced before.

Incinerator Theatre

Ipswich City, Ipswich Area
Free Entry
If you're a theatre lover, appreciate architecture, or both, the Incinerator Theatre is a must-do when you're in Ipswich. Yes, it was originally used to burn waste and opened in 1936 as the Ipswich Municipal Incinerator.

White Ridge Farm

Elimbah, Moreton Bay Area
From AU$11 - 18.50
White Ridge Farm offers people of all ages the opportunity to visit and interact with friendly and sweet-natured animals every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 9am until 3pm. They have all the usual farm animals as well as llamas, alpacas, a donkey and even a camel!

Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

Brisbane City, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) is located in the heart of the Queensland Cultural Centre within Brisbane's popular South Bank precinct a short walk over the Brisbane River from Brisbane's CBD.
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