Local Secrets

Brisbane's sunny lifestyle shines throughout the city. To get entrenched in this way of life, do as the locals do;  follow the energy as it flows through the green leafy parks, urban precincts, along the winding river, and through the streets and laneways of the city.

  • Join a river cruise or kayak your way around the bends of the river before dining riverside, where the alfresco cafes team up nicely with the weather to provide a laidback atmosphere.
  • Be delighted by Brisbane's burgeoning food scene with fresh produce from regional producers, truly delectable dining experiences, and award winning bars and night clubs.
  • Get to know the personality of Brisbane's urban villages, which each have a distinct vibe. Fortitude Valley is the entertainment hub; New Farm has its café culture and Paddington is known for its boutique shopping in converted Queenslander style homes.
  • Shop till you drop on Queen Street Mall - the central hub for shopping in the city, or head over to James Street, where pint-sized boutiques artistically curate local and international fashion designers.
  • Visit a riverside park like the City Botanic Gardens, New Farm Park or South Bank Parklands.
  • Pedestrian bridges connect the city to South Bank. This inner-city haven is home to the Cultural Centre, Streets Beach Lagoon, and a variety of dining options at River Quay, Little Stanley and Grey Streets.
  • Drive up to Mt Cootha Lookout to see the expanse of the city and out to Moreton Bay.

Outdoors, indoors, day or night, Brisbanites love their city and we’re all convinced you will too.

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Albert Street Uniting Church

Brisbane City, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
Albert Street Uniting Church has been a Spiritual Home in Brisbane City for over 160 years. The church is in the decorative Gothic style of architecture to harmonise the style with the requirements of a tropical climate.

Albion Antiques and Associates

Albion, Brisbane Area
Albion Antiques and Associates have now expanded into antique silver estate jewellery, antique and Danish design furniture, quality porcelain, Militia, furniture restoration, upholstery services and valuation services.

ANZAC Square War Memorial

Brisbane City, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
ANZAC Square War Memorial and Parkland, dedicated to Australia's military heritage, features the Shrine of Remembrance with Eternal Flame. Also included are war memorials, honour rolls, unit plaques, mosaic and soils from WWII cemeteries.


South Brisbane, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
Aquativity is a fun, interactive water-play park right in the heart of Brisbane's South Bank. It is specially designed to encourage families and children to come together and enjoy the outdoors. It celebrates the city's close relationship with the Brisbane River.


Bowen Hills, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
Artisan is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting contemporary craft and design practice for both makers and their audiences. Artisan began its legacy in 1970 and has, for almost 50 years, been the home of craft and design in Queensland.

Boggo Road Gaol (Jail)

Dutton Park, Brisbane Area
From AU$22.50 - 25.00
Located in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Boggo Road Gaol was one of the most notorious prisons of the Twentieth century. But most of its secrets are yet to be revealed. The former prison has reopened as a cultural-heritage tourist attraction.

Boondall Wetlands Reserve

Boondall, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
Boondall Wetlands lies on the edge of Moreton Bay between Nudgee Beach, Boondall and Shorncliffe and includes more than 1,000 hectares of tidal flats, mangroves, saltmarshes, melaleuca wetlands, grasslands, open forests and woodlands.

Brisbane Arcade

Brisbane City, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
Built in 1923, the heritage-listed Brisbane Arcade is one of the city's oldest shopping destinations. From Terazzo floors and balustrades to dado panelling, it reflects the elegance of its award-winning fashion designers, manufacturer jewellers, antique and gift stores.

Brisbane Bayside

Manly, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
Escape to Brisbane's bayside and experience the region on two legs, two wheels or in a boat. Enjoy alfresco dining overlooking the Bay, hand feed wild dolphins on Moreton Island or cycle along the foreshore.

Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha

Toowong, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
The Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mount Coot-tha are Queensland's premier subtropical botanic gardens, displaying distinctly different gardens arranged in thematic and geographical displays. These 56-hectare gardens are situated seven kilometres from the city centre, and offer a variety of environments including the largest collection of Australian native rainforest trees in the world and natural wildlife.
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