Cultural City

Feel the pulse of Brisbane’s cultural heart as you wind your way through the river city, stopping at the Queensland Cultural Centre in South Bank. Here you’ll find internationally renowned exhibitions at the Gallery of Modern Art and Queensland Art Gallery, performances at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and the family favourite Queensland Museum and Sciencentre. And while you can easily spend days in South Bank, you can get your culture-fix all over Brisbane.

  • Find an alternative vibe with the Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts and independent art galleries like Artisan, Jan Murphy and Jugglers Art Space in Fortitude Valley. Also of note is the Metro Arts Centre on Edward Street.
  • Enjoy New Farm’s Brisbane Powerhouse with its year-round program of free and ticketed comedy, live music and performance events.
  • Get to know Brisbane City history by exploring heritage buildings like City Hall in King George Square, Newstead House, and Old Government House.
  • For the shopper within, don’t pass up an afternoon spent in the 700+ stores on Queen Street Mall. Amongst the international brands, glossy store fronts and department stores you’ll also find free events, eateries and bars to keep you entertained.
  • Soak up Brisbane's world-class event calendar, which has everything from international sport clashes, exclusive blockbuster exhibitions, and sold-out music festivals.
With all of this and more on offer, you are guaranteed to find your cultural soul in Brisbane.

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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.

Paddington Antique Centre

Paddington, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
The Paddington Antique Centre is an iconic building on Latrobe Terrace, Paddington. This heritage listed building has been used as an antique centre since May 1985, and has been managed by the current owners since October 2008.

Summit Track

Mount Coot-tha, Brisbane Area
The Summit Track track leads from the J C Slaughter Falls picnic area to the Mt Coot-tha Lookout (near the roundabout) through an open Eucalypt forest. The Aboriginal Art Trail also branches off the Summit Track.

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!

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.

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

Multiple Locations
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.

Brisbane Powerhouse

New Farm, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
Nestled on the beautiful banks of Brisbane River (beside New Farm Park) the former power station has become a distinct landmark, both as a stunning industrial creation and as a hub for everything creative.

Chung Tian Temple

Priestdale, Logan City Area
Free Entry
Chung Tian Temple was constructed using traditional Chinese architecture in 1992. Surrounded by nature, the Temple provides a peaceful and culturally beautiful venue for the community to celebrate their multicultural diversity and multi-faith harmony through Humanistic Buddhism.

UQ Art Museum

St Lucia, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
The University of Queensland (UQ) was one of the first universities in Australia to acquire works of art and to use bequest funds for this purpose. With over 3,500 works, The UQ Art Collection is one of Queensland's most significant public art collections.
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