Welcome to Brisbane. Photo courtesy of Brisbane Marketing

Where is Brisbane?

Welcome to Brisbane

Brisbane is a city that’s really come of age. This relaxed and small city has built a reputation for itself as hip and cool, and has all the attractions and culture that's on offer on other Australian cities. Brisbane operates at a calmer pace than most cities and is warm and friendly. Popular activities include river cruising, shopping or visiting the markets, or hanging out at Southbank Parklands.

Brisbane's other major advantage is its close proximity to both the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, making it perfect place to easily escape to the coasts.

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Let's head to Southbank

Southbank Parklands is one of the top Brisbane attractions, and runs along the Brisbane River. At Southbank you will find:
  • A swimming beach called Streets Beach. Yes, Streets Beach is Australia’s only inner-city, man-made beach. This super cool swimming beach has an interactive water play park, children's playgrounds, parklands, free barbeques and picnic areas which make for the perfect day out. 
  • The Wheel of Brisbane – where you’ll get 360 degree panoramic views of Brisbane city. Jump in one of the fully-enclosed, air-conditioned capsules and go 60 metres above the ground to see what’s really going on in this city.
Streets Beach. Photo Jesse Smith, courtesy
of Brisbane Marketing

  • Sample the many cafes and restaurants, or grab a coffee and enjoy the buskers and do some people watching.

Southbank is the cultural heart of Brisbane where you can take in the latest plays and Broadway musicals, and visit museums and galleries. Enjoy:

Gallery of Modern Art.
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  • Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery Of Modern Art (GOMA) which has exhibitions by contemporary artists from all around the world. GOMA also has kid-friendly exhibitions and activities so they can enjoy the world of art as well.
  • Queensland Museum and to discover the city’s culture and history.
  • Take the kids to QLD sciencentre – which is also at the Queensland Museum – and is full of fun displays such as the body zone, science fiction, action stations, and a discovery centre.
  • Museum of Brisbane which has exhibitions and free guided tours.

Other great things to do

  • Do a Brisbane Story Bridge Adventure Climb for an exhilarating look at Brisbane. This iconic landmark stretches over the River, connecting the north and south of Brisbane. Climb to the top in fully secured harnesses for an unforgettable view.
  • Take a kayaking tour down Brisbane River or book a stand up paddle board tour along the scenic waters of the Brisbane River.

  • Take an adrenalin filled abseiling adventure, descending 20 metres down the sheer Kangaroo Point cliff face.
  • Visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary which is home to over 130 koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils and other Aussie wildlife.
  • Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha has losts to do and its all FREE. It's FREE entry, guided tours, mini bus tours, and storytelling for the little kids. There's a Japanese garden, tropical display dome, lagoon and bamboo grove, Australian rainforest and much more.
  • Join a bike tour and cycle your way around Brisbane. You’ll ride along the river before and visit the main parts of the city as well as Brisbane's parks.
  • Take a Brisbane river cruise or enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Brisbane that includes the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Mount Coot-tha, Suncorp Stadium, and the XXXX Brewery.
  • Head to Sirromet Winery either on your own or join a tour group. You’ll tour the vineyards, do wine tastings and can enjoy a sumptuous lunch.