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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Bribie Island Bicentennial Trails

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If you enjoy a stroll through eucalypt forest and paperbark wetlands, then make your way to the Bribie Island Bicentennial Trail. A 3.8 kilometre circuit, the Bribie Island Bicentennial Trails begin at the Bribie Island Community Arts Centre on Sunderland Drive.

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.

Redcliffe Botanic Gardens

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The Redcliffe Botanic Gardens is a tranquil haven, right in the heart of the city. It provides a quick escape from the rigours of everyday life. It is the perfect place to have a picnic, celebrate a birthday or simply enjoy a quiet moment in the beautiful surrounds in Redcliffe.

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.

Queensland Public Gallery Trail

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The Queensland gallery network is abuzz with exciting activities and beautiful art. Experience local and national art while you travel from A to B through Queensland’s culturally vibrant cities and towns.

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.

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.

Kumbartcho Sanctuary Trails

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The Kumbartcho Sanctuary is six hectares of natural habitat which provides an important corridor for local fauna and flora. There are a number of local walking trails around the dam at environment centre in addition to an opportunity to walk along the South Pine River to Yurarba.

Mt Coot-tha Tourist Drive

Toowong, Brisbane Area
The Mt Coot-tha Scenic Drive takes a circuitous route through the Mount Coot-tha Forest and Walkabout Creek section of D'Aguilar National Park. Begin at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha and Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, from here the drive winds past picturesque barbecue and picnic sites to the city's premier lookout.

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.
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