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Top 10 must-do activities in Brisbane


10 must-do activities in Brisbane

Welcome to Brisbane's Southbank. Photo: Siggy Nowak from Pixabay

If you’re in Brisbane, there are a few must-see attractions that are definitely worth checking out. To get the ball rolling, here's our top 10 must-see-must-do things in Brisbane.

1. Southbank Parklands

The Southbank Parklands are one of the top attractions for tourists, and make up seventeen hectares right along the Brisbane River.  There are restaurants, cafes, a lagoon, gardens, playgrounds, a beach and picnic areas located all around the Southbank Parklands which are perfect for a day-out with the family. Whether you spend your day swimming in the lagoon, or basking in the sunshine, it’ll definitely be one well-spent.

Who can resist a swim at the beach - particularly when it's right in the city!
Photo: Siggy Nowak from Pixabay  


2.  Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)

The Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art, better known as GOMA, is located at Southbank and is definitely a must-see attraction in Brisbane, which showcases works from contemporary artists world-wide. Past exhibitions have included some of the world’s most famous artists such as Matisse, Picasso and Andy Warhol. GOMA also provides exhibitions and activities for the kids to immerse them in the world of art in a way that they can relate to it.  

3.  The Sciencentre

The Sciencentre is located on Level 1 of the Queensland Museum and is definitely the place to be if fun and thrilling is your kinda thing. Featuring different displays such as the body zone, science fiction, action stations, a discovery centre, behind the scenes, etc. the kids will be in heaven and never want to leave. It’s the perfect place to introduce them to the immersive environment that is, science. 

4.  Brisbane Story Bridge


Brisbane's Storey Bridge. Photo: coorparoomassage from Pixabay

The Brisbane Story Bridge is definitely the most iconic Brisbane landmark, stretching over the Brisbane River and connecting the northern and southern suburbs of Brisbane. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, the Story Bridge Adventure Climb is for you! The journey up and the views from the top are unforgettable. 

5.  River City Cruise


Catch a Brisbane River Cat. Photo: Bernd Müller from Pixabay

A river cruise over the Brisbane River is a great way to spend a day during your visit to Brisbane. Experience the serenity of the river while on the comfort of a vessel with indoor and outdoor dining area, a coffee shop and licensed bar. River City Cruises are definitely worth checking out if you want to Brisbane up close as they are definitely one of the best Brisbane sightseeing cruises.

6.  Queen Street Mall - for a spot of shopping

Bo Derek’s quote, “whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping” definitely applies to Queen Street Mall as it is the place to shop at in Brisbane. Located in the heart of Brisbane City, it has more than 700 retailers and has approximately 26 million visitors yearly. It’s comprised of eight major shopping centres which include the Wintergarden, The Myer Centre, Broadway on the Mall, Queens Plaza, Brisbane Arcade, Tattersall’s Arcade, Queen Adelaide Building and the Q&A Building.

7.  Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha

Want to immerse yourself right into the beauty of nature? Well, in that case, the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha is a must on your list of places to go. Features such as a Japanese Garden, Tropical Display Dome, Exotic Rainforest, Fern House, Lagoon and Bamboo Grove, Australian Rainforest and more are found over the fifty-two hectares of land.

8.  Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary


Visit the koalas at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Photo:Naoki Tomiyama from Pixabay

Are you an animal lover and in the mood to cuddle a furry little friend? Well, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the place to be. The sanctuary is home to over 130 koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils and other Aussie wildlife. It’s great for a day out with the family, and the kids will love it!

9.  North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island is located 30km southeast of Brisbane. The island is best known for its white sandy beaches and scenic views which make it such a popular holiday destination. Straddie offers fishing charters, scooter/bike hire, surfing/diving lessons and water sports. Whether it’s just for a day trip or a small holiday, this unpretentious, pristine island is definitely worth checking out.

10.  Tangalooma (Moreton Island)

Tangalooma, located on Moreton Island is one of the most amazing places on this planet that offers a breath-taking experience. The island is beyond breathtaking and there’s plenty to do, such as tobogganing, quad bikes, parasailing, snorkelling the wrecks, catamaran hire, swimming, exploring, helicopter rides, etc. The island also offers dolphin feeding, a once-in-a-lifetime experience that occurs every evening on the beach. Tangalooma is definitely worth checking out as this crystal clear, sandy beach destination will be unforgettable for you and the family.

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