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19 places to visit in brisbane

 
  • 01Visit Museum of Brisbane

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    Located in King George Square, at the top of Brisbane city Hall, lies the beautiful Museum of Brisbane, overlooking the fascinating views of City Hall with its popular clock tower and its copper dome. The museum artistically presents different aspects of the city with prominence on its historical identity and cultural values through a mix of visual arts and various exhibitions. The museum has a collection of over 5000 pieces of work of art, many made of historical ceramics. As per the data there are works of artists from the period of 1859 till the present date and how the outlook of the society has evolved. Workshops and events are quite popular in the museum and millions of tourist visits the place almost every year. Astounding facts of the pre historic times, historical details and fascinating architecture attracts the visitors to this place.

    Location: Level 3, City Hall | King George Square, Brisbane, Queensland

    Timings: 10am to 5pm 
  • 02Visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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    As stated in the Guinness Book of World Records, the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the first of its kind and also the largest koala sanctuary in the world. The place is famous for being the home for 130 koalas and it has an experience of 85 years. The place is located in the southern part at distance of 12km from the city centre. Apart from koalas one can see kangaroos, wombats, possums, birds and other Aussie critters. One can enjoy the beautiful animals here and also click some quick snaps hugging the koalas by shedding some extra bucks. There are exclusive buses as well as Mirimar cruises which can be availed to reach the sanctuary based beside Brisbane River. There are several shows organised n the sanctuary which can be enjoyed.

    Location: 708 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket, Brisbane

    Timings; 9am to 5pm 
  • 03Visit Cultural Centre

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    Based across the river, close to the South Bank, lies the extensive Culture Centre Complex which s described as the epitome of cultural significance in Brisbane. The complex includes the sprawling structures of Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (or QAGOMA), Queensland Museum, the State Library, Queensland Theatre Company and not to forget Queensland Performing Art Centre. The concert halls and the galleries remains well filled with regular footfalls, especially with events organised in these centres. Exhibitions, debates, talks, musical performances, film screenings, theatre, drama all are scheduled in this location making t one of the sought after destination for the natives as well as the visitors. There are so many things to explore in this location that spending some good hours in this location is always entertaining.

    Location: Stanley Place, South Bank, Brisbane, Queensland 
  • 04Visit Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens

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    Mount Coot- Tha Botanic gardens is based at a height of 287metres from the sea level, at a distance of mere 15 minutes drive from the city centre. The location is based close to in the popular tourist destinations Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium. One can also view the exotic Moreton Bay Islands from here. To reach the destination one can fetch a bus from Adelaide St which bang opposite King George and the bus drops off before Botanical garden. The place is a beautiful 52 hectare garden offering a picturesque venue to enjoy and photo shoot. Entry in the garden is free and there are free guided tours every day except Sunday from 11am to 1pm. There are licensed cafe and restaurant present in the premises which can be visited for refreshments. The capacity of the restaurant is nearly 150 people so one can enjoy dining with lovely Australian cuisine amidst natural surroundings

    Location: Mt Coot Tha Rd, Brisbane 
  • 05Visit South Bank

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    One of the most popular attractions of Brisbane is the South Bank. It is the cultural destination of the city based close to the meandering Brisbane River. Stretch of green landscapes and sweet music of the water gushing is the essence of this location. Based in the southern part of the city this is the heart of Brisbane cultural destination.

    The place is filled with world famous, reputed and famed group of restaurants serving all kinds of gourmets, shopping zones, markets, fun activities and street Beach. As per statistics about 11 million people visit South Bank every year. There are three massive undercover car parking zones in this area to cater the footfalls here. Lazy strolls from Kangaroo Point leads to South Bank which is often availed by visitors here. In a whole visiting South Bank is a must for all visitors to catch the real entertainment of the city. 
  • 06Visit Customs House

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    Based n the Central Business District, the Custom House is almost a heritage icon of Brisbane. Operated by the famous University of Queensland, this beautiful symbol of magnificent architecture is used for educational and cultural facility. There are various artefacts that symbolises the bygone era and the historical essence of the city. The place is a tourist destination and it is open for public on all days. One can explore the historical building and also catch a glimpse Stuartholme-Behan collection of Australian Art which is secured based here. One can catch the beautiful glimpse of the river from here and enjoy spending some time in this historical location. Private functions are now organised here since the hall rooms have a capacity of accommodating almost 350 persons. The place is easily accessible with bus stops and trains stations based closeby.

    Location: 399 Queen Street, Brisbane City 
  • 07Visit Queen Street Mall

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    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. 
  • 08Visit Story Bridge

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    One of the most innovative and unique way of exploring Brisbane is through the adventurous sport Story Bridge. It is soft adventure so all enthusiasts can enjoy the game though child below 10 years of age is not allowed to participate. It is one of the breathtaking experiences but shows off the city in the most pictorial that touches the heart and makes it a memorable stunt. It’s a two hour experience where one reaches the superstructure of the bridge at a height of 80m and experiences a 360 degree fascinating view of the city and the ever beautiful Brisbane River.

    Though all people can experience this adventure but it is advisable for people with heart problems and height phobia to avoid the stunt. The climb is guided by exclusive commentary by an experienced climber so that the journey becomes smooth and more entertaining. 
  • 09Visit Moreton Island

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    One of the most popular and preferred Sand Island, based at about 25kms off Brisbane banks is the ever beautiful Moretan Island. It is the largest sand island in the world with loads of activities and unlimited scenic panorama to entertain the visitors. Pristine beaches, fascinating sand dunes, abundant growth of wild flowers and exotic scenic beauty forms the natural surroundings of the location.

     The best part is one can do a lot of entertaining activities here like feeding the dolphins with nearly 600 bottlenose dolphins housed here, diving or snorkelling in the beautiful yet mysterious wrecks , experience whale watching and also go fishing to have some unique experiences. Other activities popular here includes sand tobogganing and quad biking. It’s a magnificent location to enjoy with friends and family and be entertained in the best way possible. 
  • 10Gallery 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 
  • 11Suncorp Stadium

    Built in 1914, the Suncorp Stadium was previously known as Lang Park extensively used as the home for the ever popular Rugby league in Brisbane, Queensland. Being a popular attraction and majorly used playground, the stadium underwent a huge redevelopment which was completed by June 2003. This was a two year renovation project where the stadium fetched a completely new design demolishing all existing major stands. In the present day it is one of the most sought after rectangular stadiums used for sports as well as major events of the city. The capacity of the stadium has been increased to 52,500 seats. There are about 25 food and beverage outlets as well as 34 bars. Milton Road Rail station is the nearest station and for the pedestrian there is a direct pathway on the southern plaza connecting the station at the Stadium. Roma Street station is also nearby. Also it must be noted that public parking remains at a distance from where one needs to walk down to the stadium.

    Location: 40 Castlemaine St Milton, Brisbane, Queensland. 
  • 12Sea World Gold Coast

    Having inaurgated in 1958, the Sea World Gold Coast is an iconic oceanarium and theme park which has been a point of attraction for people across the country and beyond. Going through several remodelling and developments today the park is a destination of plethora of amusement and activities which includes thrill rides, animals, water park, family entertainment and a host of other activities. Some of the popular entertainment shows here includes Dolphin Cove, Polar Bear Shore, Shark Bay, Penguin Point, Seal Harbour and prominent activities include storm coaster ride, sea viper roller coaster, Viking Flume, entertainment at Beach Break Bay and many others. The Jet Ski stunt performance is truly awe striking. It’s an absolute delightful place to spend with friends and family. The park is open everyday except on Xmas day.

    Location: Main Beach, Brisbane, Queensland

    Timings: 9:30am to 5:30pm 
  • 13South 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. 
  • 14Brisbane 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. 
  • 15Treasury 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. 
  • 16Alma 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 
  • 17Lockyer Valley

    Based on the western part of Brisbane, and eastern part of Toowamba, Lockyer Valley is a beautiful stretch of rich farmlands. It is one of the most fertile farming areas of the world. The place is also known as the “Salad Bowl” of Australia since a varied range of fruits and vegetables are grown here. The place is quite close to Brisbane city and takes about an hour drive only. The best part of visiting the Lockyer Valley region is experiencing the road side stalls and even trying the local produce straight from the farm gates.

     Laidley Butchery based here is quite popular for experiencing the delicious treat of bacons. One can also visit the local markets where the natives sell some of the home made eateries like jam, chutney etc absolutely fresh from the farm produce. Leisure walks along the lakeside is equally beautiful where one can enjoy the peaceful serenity that rejuvenates the mind. Local exhibitions and cultural events are common here. 
  • 18The Brisbane River

    The longest river based in the south west part of Queensland is the beautiful Brisbane River. One of the preferred places to visit in Brisbane is experiencing the Brisbane Riverwalk, a water highway amidst the scenic beauty of the city. One can enjoy a gala view of the city as well as the sounds of rippling waters which makes the stroll more fascinating. The track is much popular for the pedestrians and the cyclists jutting down the way.

     The walkway is about 870m long above the river and what more the distinguished pathways are for both cyclists and pedestrians. About 3.5m path is dedicated for cycling and about 2.5 m for walking. There are few rest shelters on the way which makes the walk more attractive lessening the tiredness of the walk. The stretch is from New Farm area and ends at Howard St Wharves.
  • 19Eagle 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.