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Queen Street Mall

Queen Street Mall is the shopping paradise in Brisbane city. It is the most popular pedestrian mall in the whole country and it is known to host about 26 million visitors every year. The mall has huge number of stores which showcases local, international as well as flagship brands. It is believed that there more than 700 retailers based here which caters to almost all kinds of goods available here. It is not only the shopping that attracts people here but it is also considered as the most happening place in the whole Brisbane.

Thousands of events gets organised here and one can feel the thud of music feeling the air on every weekends. Restaurants, pubs, cinema halls, beauty salons, boutiques, bars and a throbbing nightlife can be experienced here with some of the best entertainment options being available here. It is truly the premier entertainment destination of Queensland. 
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Gallery of Morden art

Based in Stanley Place, The Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) is one of the famed sightseeing destinations in Brisbane. Based in the beautiful twin buildings of Cultural Precinct, this is a treasury of the finest art of Asia, Australia and Pacific. Hosting some of the renowned world famous Australian as well as International art exhibitions, the place has successfully grabbed the attention of millions of art lovers across the world. In fact the greatest achievement is the storage of more than 17000 works of art in various genres like contemporary, historical and even modern art from various parts of the world. The Gallery has its own retail outlets where all purchases of artworks can be done. The stores are open from 10am to 5pm.For the travellers there are refreshments within the premises, the Goma Restaurant and QAG Cafe and Goma Cafe Bistro.

Location: Stanley Place, Cultural Precinct, South Bank, Brisbane, Queensland.

Timings: 10am to 5pm 
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South Bank Parklands

South bank Parklands is located in the southern bank of Brisbane River. 17 hectares of lush and verdant landscape forms the destination of premier lifestyle and cultural stoppage of Brisbane. The park host a range of world famed renowned eateries with delicious mouth melting cuisine, breathtaking and awe striking views of the rivers and hundreds of cultural entertaining events that keeps the place throbbing with almost every night throughout the year.

For the nature lovers there are place to enjoy the silent harmony away from the hustle and bustle too. In a whole it is a splendid place to unwind and relax specially feel entertained in the weekend nights with family and friends. One can enjoy some of the best Australian cuisine in the eateries based here. 
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Pony Dining Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane CBD

This restaurant is mainly renowned for its modern Australian cuisines and steaks. The location is excellent, which is one of the major reasons for which lots of people are attracted to this restaurant. The service is good and the staffs are friendly and attentive towards the customers. It is also recommended for special events because it has a private room. The food is indeed excellent and flavourful. If you have never visited this restaurant before, you should visit it at least once, and you will surely not be disappointed with it. The fitouts are stylish and modern, and you will get a sense of warmth and comfort. Booking in advance is a good idea.

Location: You can find this restaurant at Upper Level, Eagle Street Pier, 45 Eagle Street at the heart of the Brisbane city.

Price: Expect to pay around $100 for two people. 
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Brisbane City Hall

When it comes to cultural and heritage icons, then the most apt sightseeing destination in Brisbane, is the Brisbane City Hall. Built in 1930, the hall has remained a property symbolic of huge pride, elegance and grandeur. Based in the heart of Brisbane, the place is famous for conducting many events displaying cultural and civic events. Going through several restorations and repairing works, the institution displays the history of Brisbane and regular tours showcases iconic clock tower, Father Henry Wills Organ and Main Auditorium.

 One can also visit the Museum of Brisbane on the 3rd floor of the City Hall, which is known for displaying the best artworks by specialized artist of the city. Contemporary exhibition is scheduled here which is equally interesting. Art and Architecture gets the best expression in City Hall and there are guided tours available to understand it in a better way. 
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Treasury Casino

Throbbing life, loads of energy and huge excitement symbolises the authentic Treasury Casino which is a 24 hour casino is one of the best hangout places in Brisbane. And what more, the casino has deluxe hotel facilities in the premises which grants the visitors to spend some more time relaxing and entertaining. Based in two of the most desirable heritage buildings in the midst of the beautiful river city, this is a perfect place to unwind and relax. The casino as well as the hotel houses some the best creations which have been restored to protect historical integrity.

 The casino hotel has six prominent restaurants and seven bars. Every night, the excitement is pulled up by the live music performance arranged here. The Hotel is also quite popular here especially since it is an award winning hotel in its distinctive boutique which remains preferred by all. 
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Alma Park Zoo

Located in Alma Road on the northern side of Brisbane, The Alma Park Zoo based on 40 acres of land is the oldest zoo and the first one built in Queensland. Tropical gardens and paved pathway at the backdrop of lush rainforest trees and verdant growth of plants beautifies the zoo in the most fascinating way. Photography is allowed here so one can catch some great clicks of snakes, crocodiles, koalas, lemur, baboons and others. The zoo houses almost 200 mammals and comprises of almost 100 species including exotic ones from Australian natives, American, African and even Asian animals. Several events remain organised by the zoo like Hamadryas Baboon presentation, reptile presentation and others which makes the tour more interesting. The zoo is quite easy to locate as it is only 30 minutes drive towards the north of Brisbane, close to Dakabin Railway station.

Location: Dakabin, Queensland

Timings: 9am to 4pm 
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Eagle Street Pier

If the choice is to experience the breathtaking sights of Brisbane River then one of the best ways of doing the same is to visit the Eagle Street Pier. This is a fascinating waterfront with charming views of the river and filled with a splendid collection of some of the best eateries and dining avenues serving some of the best cuisines worldwide. This is one of the famed locations for enjoying excellent food and entertainment with the presence of ARIA restaurant, Pony, Cha Cha Char, Sake and many others. Apart from delicious food, the place is also a great stop to enjoy work class wines and cocktails available in the best rated bars located here. In fact it is one of the popular places to spend a delightful evening with friends and family.

Locaton: 45 Eagle Street, Brisbane. 

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What You Should Know More About Brisbane

  • Travel advice

    • Carry your passport wherever you go in the city.

    • Smoking is prohibited in public places like restaurants, malls, etc.

    • The drinking laws are strictly followed. You must produce your passport to buy a drink.

    • Free internet is provided in a few places like the South Bank Parklands.

    • Brisbane is low in crime but you need to take care of your belongings anyway.

    • If any issue comes up, contact the cops as soon as possible. They will approach you in no time.

    • The summers in Brisbane are pretty hot and humid accompanied by sunlight enough to give you sunburns. Don’t forget to carry your shades and apply a sunscreen before going out.

    • Carry your binoculars while travelling to the national parks.

    • Trekking can be done at some places; don’t forget to carry your walking shoes.

  • Drinking law

    The minimum legal age for drinking liquor is 18 years and this law is strictly followed. You will need to produce your passport in the bars to buy drinks.


  • What you will like there?

    Natural views

    Brisbane is naturally rich with mountain peaks, rivers, and the most fascinating animal of Australia, kangaroos. You must visit Brisbane if you love nature and wildlife. The mountain peaks offer such great views to the surrounding places. The sunset looks spectacular from the peaks. Last but not the least, the Brisbane River is truly beautiful and the Brisbane authorities have maintained it really well. The Story Bridge, the South Bank Parklands, the Wheel of Brisbane- all have added to the beauty of the river.


    Advanced technology

    Brisbane is a developed city with a lot of technologically advanced facilities to simplify our lives. You will surely appreciate those.


    Locals

    The locals of Brisbane are friendly, open, and great to spend a time with. If you require any help at any point of time, never hesitate to ask for it from the locals.


    Food

    The restaurants in Brisbane are truly amazing. They will serve you fresh and delicious foods to satisfy your taste buds. If you don’t want to try the local cuisine, you will surely get your native cuisine somewhere in the city. Even the street food is sumptuous and healthy in Brisbane.


    Adventure

    The mountain peaks offer an array of options in adventurous sports like trekking, hiking, mountain biking, and a lot of other thrilling activities. If you really want the best of your adventure experiences, ride the claw. You will never ever forget it, is a guarantee. There are a number of adventure parks and amusement parks as well like the Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park.


    Wildlife
    There are a number of wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in Brisbane. The national animal of Australia, kangaroos, is a treat to watch. They are friendly with human and you can even feed them with your hands. The koalas have got a sanctuary of their own and they are really playful. Spend a great time with the soft, furry animals.

  • Recommended reads for destination
  • When is the best time to visit Brisbane?

    Brisbane is a warm city. The eight hours of sun during the autumn season is the perfect most time to visit this city. Here are the types of weather to expect throughout the year:

    Autumn

    March to May is autumn in Brisbane. The temperature during this time stays in the early 20 degree C or below. The rainfall starts to disappear and the heat completely vanishes during the period.

    Winter

    June to August is the winter season in Brisbane. The temperature lingers in the mid 10 degree C. This is also the festival season in Australia, which attracts a huge number of tourists.

    Summer

    Summer comes from December to February. The temperature stays below 30 degree C.

  • Which are the major tourist attractions in Brisbane?

    From adventure to sightseeing, Brisbane has a lot to offer to the tourists. If you are planning a trip to the city then you must visit as many attractions as possible. You must not miss the chance to know more about this great city and there are plenty of ways to do that. These are the recommended places:

    • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    • Queen Street Mall
    • Cultural Centre
    • Story Bridge
    • Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens
    • Moreton Island
    • South Bank
    • Museum of Brisbane
    • Customs House
    • Gallery Of Modern Art
    • New Farm Park
    • Eat Street Markets
    • Mount Coot-tha

  • What are the things to do in Brisbane?

    Brisbane is a city that offers a huge variety of things that you can enjoy with your loved ones or all by yourself. These are the ones that shouldn’t be missed:

    • Climb Story Bridge- an adventure that offers a stunning view.
    • Walk around South Bank of the Brisbane River- enjoy the restaurants, entertainment activities, and more.
    • Get a suntan on the Sunshine Beach- the beautiful beaches of Brisbane are unforgettable.
    • Whale Watching- watch the playful, majestic creatures from a boat.
    • Brisbane River cruise- get the best view of the city while relaxing.
    • Visit the Davies Park Markets- enjoy shopping and people watching.
    • Eat and drink- Brisbane has some of the most stylish modern bars and restaurants where you can enjoy the authentic Australian food and drinks.
    • Wildlife visit- hike in the Brisbane Forest Park to feel closer to nature.
    • Visit the galleries- there are a few wonderful art galleries in the city that you must visit.

  • What is the local food of Brisbane? Which are the best places to taste this food?

    People of Australia enjoy a great variety of food and Brisbane is no exception. To taste the authentic dishes of the city, try these:

    • Gnocchi with pork and fennel sausage
    • Kentucky fried duck
    • Crab lasagna
    • Lamb shoulder
    • Sashimi tacos
    • Bee sting wings
    • Burgers
    • Street food

    To experience these dishes, you have to make sure that you are eating in the right restaurants. There are some really famous old and new restaurants in Brisbane try these ones:

    • Blackbird Bar & Grill
    • Il Centro
    • Regatta Boatshed
    • Jellyfish
    • Sake Restaurant & Bar Brisbane
    • Bacchus
    • Gerard's Bistro
    • Spaghetti House
    • Cha Cha Char Wine Bar & Grill
    • Ecco Bistro

  • What is the best public transport to commute around Brisbane?

    Brisbane is a modern metropolitan; hence, it’s not surprising at all that the public transport services there are of best quality. You have quite a few choices.  

    Bus

    There are both paid and free bus services in Brisbane. The suburbs and the inner parts of the city are well connected by the bus routes.

    CityCats

    The ferries in Brisbane are known as CityCats and they are a great way to explore the city by water. This is the most relaxing mode of travel too.

    Train

    There is a huge network of electric trains in the city. You can travel fast and hassle free by rail. The train service from airport to the city is quite famous.

     

    Taxis

    It’s really easy to get a taxi in Brisbane. You can ride one from any part of the city and travel safely.

  • Which are the best shopping places in Brisbane and what are they famous for?

    You can’t visit Brisbane without spend an entire day shopping. Here are some shopping areas where you can shop till you drop.

    • Queen Street Mall- best for retail shopping for those who like the popular labels.
    • Edward Street- if you are looking for best fashion stores then this is the place.
    • James Street in Fortitude Valley- houses an array of store that offers clothing and accessories.
    • Paddington- from homemade goods and clothing to jewelry and accessories, this place has everything.
    • Brisbane Arcade- this place is not only popular for its boutique shops but it’s also known for being a cultural destination.
    • Boundary Street- to buy some quality vintage clothing items, this is your destination.
    • Direct Factory Outlets at Brisbane Airport- you can find anything here for a very affordable price.  

  • Which are the best adventure activities to do in Koh Samui?

    Do you like the rush of trying out something scary? If your answer is yes then you are an adventure enthusiast and Koh Samui is the perfect destination for you. Form the dense forest to the blue ocean, the island has some great places to offer you thrill. A lot of tourists come to Koh Samui in search of excitement. If you are one of them then try these activities:  

    • Snorkeling and scuba diving
    • Sea kayaking
    • Kitesurfing
    • Elephant trekking
    • Swimming at Namuang Waterfalls
    • Off road driving on mountain
    • Speedboat ride
    • Yachting
    • Bungee jumping
    • Zipline ride
    • Jungle safari

  • Which are the famous spots for dolphin and whale watching?

    Dolphin and whale watching are popular among kids and adults alike. If you are in Brisbane then you can enjoy the sights of playful dolphins and the mesmerizing whales from a boat. There are many such services that you can find in the beach areas.

  • Which are the best sites for camping in Brisbane?

    There is no better way to connect with the nature than camping. Brisbane has some very modern and well planned camping areas where your sense of adventure can be satisfied. However, you have to be sure that the camping sites you pick have proper toilet facilities and are safe. Here is a list of the best ones:

    • Lake Moogerah
    • Lamington National Park
    • Bigriggen Park
    • Cylinder Beach
    • Mount Barney National Park
    • Amamoor Creek
    • Peach Trees Camping Area

  • Where can I enjoy river rafting in Brisbane?

    River rafting is an adventure sports that’s very popular in Australia. If you are in Brisbane then you can enjoy the trill of river rafting in Tully River and Barron River. You must understand that it’s important for you to know how to do rafting for your own safety.  

  • Which are the best places for a hot air balloon ride in Brisbane?

    There are some wonderful services in Brisbane that provide you with hot air balloon ride. These services often include meal and champagne too. For a safe and enjoyable journey over Brisbane, you need to make sure that you find a reliable service. These areas are areas to take your ride from:

    • Gold Coast
    • Cairns
    • City of Ipswich

  • Where can I enjoy rock climbing and rappelling in Brisbane?

    There are both indoor and outdoor options for rock climbing and rappelling in Brisbane. You can surely consider these places:

    • Kangaroo Point / KP
    • Toohey Forest
    • Redbank Plains
    • Springwood Conservation Park
    • Freedom Wall
    • Terrors Creek
    • Moreton Island

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