Things to See and Do in Brisbane
Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and is an under-rated city in Australia, compared to its more famous cousins Sydney and Melbourne. Loka travels through Brisbane at least 3 times per week heading north and south so it’s easy place to hop off and stay for a couple of days.
Here’s a selection of the best things to see and do in Brisbane according to proud Brisbanite and Loka legend/guide Amy.
Getting around in Brisbane is fairly easy with public transport. Check out www.translink.com.au for journey planners and timetables.
Eat Street Markets – Hamilton
Eat Street Markets are run each Friday and Saturday night on the north shore of the Brisbane river in Hamilton. With a variety of food and drink options and live music, Eat Street is definitely worth a visit. Entry is $2 and easily accessible by bus or citycat (ferry).
Drive in/walk in movies – Hamilton Wharf
After dinner at Eat Street, head down the road to the drive in movies. Easily accessible by city cat, bus or just a short walk from the markets, old style drive in movies with seating at the front for those without a car. Upcoming movies and tickets are available online.
Southbank & Cultural Precinct
Head into Southbank and check out Streets Beach, the lagoon, the river walk, cafes, restaurants, bars and anything else that’s going on in the parklands. Each weekend (Friday night, Saturday and Sunday) there are markets and often live entertainment.
In the cultural centre, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre often has rush tickets available 2 hours prior to most shows from the box office for heavily discounted prices, while GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art) and the QAG (Queensland Art Gallery) always have exhibitions open.
Catch a City Cat or Ferry along the Brisbane River
- City cats run from Northshore Hamilton, Eagle Farm to The University of Queensland, St Lucia
- The City Hopper is a free service on the river running between 6am and midnight (http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/traffic-transport/public-transport/citycat-ferry-services/cityhopper)
Brisbane river walk is a riverside pathway which runs through Brisbane City and out to nearby suburban Brisbane including New Farm, Teneriffe, Kangaroo Point and Southbank.
Riverlife – Kangaroo Point
If you’re looking for something different to do, Riverlife offers a range of adventure activities in the heart of the city. With a number of options including an evening kayak on the river, rock climbing or abseiling on the cliffs or a segway tour, Riverlife offers something for everyone. (http://riverlife.com.au/adventures/)
The Mt Coot-tha Lookout is a great destination for everyone and a must see for anyone visiting Brisbane. Breathtaking panoramic views of Brisbane City out to Moreton Bay by day and a fairyland of glittering lights at night await you. (http://www.brisbanelookout.com/)
Public transport is available to get to the lookout but, if you are feeling adventurous, there are also a number of walking tracks around the mountain (http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/environment-waste/natural-environment/bushland-parklands-wetlands/natural-areas/reserves-wetlands-parklands-forests/mt-coot-tha-forest/mt-coot-tha-forest-track-map).
Story Bridge Climb
Climbing Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge is an adventure like no other and is one of only 3 bridges that can be climbed. Standing on top of the bridge above the glistening landscape is a very special moment – you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world.
This is your chance to see Brisbane truly shining. From far above the river gleams, the city sparkles, cars look like toys and you can see all the way out to Moreton Bay in the east and the rolling green hills of the Scenic Rim to the west. Story Bridge Adventure Climbs offer bridge climbs and abseiling, further details are available on their website (http://www.sbac.net.au/).
The Gabba & Suncorp Stadium
Brisbane plays host to a wide range of sport including AFL (Australian Football League or Aussie Rules) and a range of cricket matches at The Gabba (http://www.thegabba.com.au/What-s-On.aspx) and soccer (football), NRL (rugby league) and rugby union at Suncorp Stadium (http://www.suncorpstadium.com.au/Event_Info.aspx). Jump online to see what’s on while you’re in town.
Queensland’s favourite XXXX Gold is brewed just outside Brisbane city. The XXXX brewery opens for tours Monday-Saturday for $32 with a beer tasting at the end in the XXXX Alehouse. The brewery is across the road from Milton train station and is easily accessible by public transport. (http://www.xxxx.com.au/thexxxxalehouse/xxxx-brewery-tours/)
City Botanic Gardens
The Botanic Gardens are located a short walk from the main city centre and are Brisbane’s original botanic gardens. There are a range of attractions, picnic areas, self-guided walking and guided tours available. (http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/facilities-recreation/parks-venues/parks/city-botanic-gardens)
Roma Street Parklands
Roma Street Parkland is an oasis in the heart of Brisbane, just above Roma Street Station, offering spectacular surrounds for leisure, recreation and events. The Parkland is set over 16 hectares of green space and is open all day every day. (http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/whats-brisbane/events-council-venues/parks-gardens-events/roma-street-parkland-events)
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary, with over 130 koalas. Cuddle a koala anytime, hand feed kangaroos and encounter a large variety of Aussie wildlife, all in beautiful, natural settings. Located in the suburb of Fig Tree Pocket, Lone Pine is about 30 minutes from Brisbane City and public transport is available to get there. (www.koala.net)