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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Newstead House

Newstead, Brisbane Area
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Historic Newstead House is Brisbane's best-known heritage site open for public inspection, offering a number of unique experiences befitting Brisbane's oldest domestic dwelling. The building, dating from 1846, has evolved from a simple Colonial Georgian cottage into the quintessential homestead of today - a style of architecture that draws as its inspiration the bungalow found on the Indian sub-continent.

Institute of Modern Art

Fortitude Valley, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
The Institute of Modern Art has been the leading independent forum in Queensland, Australia, for the production, presentation, and circulation of contemporary art and discourse for over 40 years. Their innovative and diverse programs embed the international in the local and engage the local internationally.

Pacific Coast Way

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The Pacific Coast Way links coastal havens, hinterland towns, and major cities all along the east coast, from the Gold Coast to Cairns. The Pacific Coast is a 'big' drive. Take your time: the real journey hides just out of sight, ready to be discovered off the highway.

Artful Nature

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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.

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!

Philip Bacon Galleries

Fortitude Valley, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
In terms of longevity and quality, Philip Bacon Galleries is not only downtown's most prestigious private gallery, but regarded nationally and internationally as among Australia's best. Philip Bacon Galleries is located in Fortitude Valley, approximately one kilometre from the city centre.

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.

Warrego Way

Multiple Locations
'Travel west young man' was an adage used in the past to entice folks into the outback - a world full of adventure and mystery. Today, travel west and your journey will still be filled with adventure but luckily, you don't have to take the rutted bush tracks of the past.

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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