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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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.

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.

Newstead House

Newstead, Brisbane Area
From AU$9 - 9
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.

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.

Walk Brisbane

Multiple Locations
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.

Northern Moreton Bay Tourist Drive

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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.

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.

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.

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.
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