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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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!

Queensland Museum

South Brisbane, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
Queensland Museum is the State’s centre for natural history, cultural heritage, science and human achievement. Home to permanent and changing exhibitions and collections, the museum also provides innovative public programs, educational experiences plus holiday and early childhood activities.

Ipswich Nature Centre

Ipswich City, Ipswich Area
Free Entry
Ipswich Nature Centre in Ipswich's historical Queens Park offers a magical opportunity to get up close and personal with Australian native wildlife. For 80 years, locals and visitors have been able to see animals on this site, and the twenty-first century version is up there with the best of wildlife refuges.

Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flights

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Floating Images is Brisbane's closest hot air ballooning company. Simply drive 30 minutes west of the Brisbane Central Business District to experience a one hour city and country balloon flight. Brisbane central business district accommodation transfers available.

Ipswich Civic Centre

Ipswich City, Ipswich Area
For entertainment of the theatrical or musical kind in Ipswich, the Ipswich Civic Centre has got a year-round program to please all tastes. The entertainment venue in the city’s heart has seen many great shows grace its stage – from Mary Poppins to the Imperial Russian Ballet, to country music stars Adam Brand and Beccy Cole, and even kids’ superstars, The Wiggles.

Seraphim Escape Rooms

Ipswich Area
From AU$30 - 45
What is an escape room? An escape room is a puzzle, adventure game, where you go into a themed room and work together as a team to, find clues, solve puzzles, unlock locks and doors and escape the room before your time runs out.

The Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane

South Brisbane, Brisbane Area
From AU$14.50 - 22.00
An iconic landmark etched upon the South Bank skyline, the Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane is a breathtaking way to take in views of Brisbane City. Rising 60-metres above South Bank you will enjoy spectacular 360-degree panoramic views from the safety and comfort of a fully enclosed, air-conditioned gondola that seats up to eight people.

Alpha Car Hire Moorooka

Moorooka, Brisbane Area
Alpha Car Hire is the fastest growing car rental company on the east coast of Australia. In 10 years they have gone from one location to ten nationwide! Their secret? Great customer service and fantastic car rental deals!

Tangalooma Whale Watch Cruises

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The humpback whale is known for their long migration journeys each winter, putting on a magnificent display of breaching, tail slapping and spy hopping as they make their way to warmer waters. South-East Queensland is one of the best places to view these amazing creatures, with up to 33,000 whales expected to journey past Moreton Island this winter.

Mirimar Cruises

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Mirimar Cruises has been taking visitors on the most scenic cruise along the Brisbane River to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Mirimar Cruises has been operating for over 60 years and is one of those “must do” experiences while in Brisbane.
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