Brisbane is an exciting city offering an abundance of things to do – from eating out in the mouth-watering range of restaurants to exploring the magnificent sights on North Stradbroke Island. Brisbane is never short on entertainment, the only trouble is knowing where to start.
A well planned city, getting around this sub-tropical capital is easy thanks to great walking paths and good public transport. South Bank Parklands is an easy stroll from the heart of the city, yet you feel like you are a million miles away with the picturesque lagoon and beautiful beach.
Here are a few ideas for those looking to explore the best of Brisbane:
South Bank is one of Brisbane’s best-loved areas, offering a tropical haven just steps away from the hustle and bustle of the CBD. Here you will find an array of tantalising restaurants and cafes, picnic areas, barbecues and playgrounds, as well as the popular lagoon and beach. There is also a wide range of shops and entertainment venues, including the QPAC and the Queensland Museum.
Brisbane Story Bridge Climb is an experience like no other. A two and a half hour climb will give you a spectacular, uninterrupted view of the city and is one of only three bridge climbs in the world. Make the climb at night and see the city sparkle.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is one of the few Australian parks where you can get up close and personal with some of the country’s cutest animals, including kangaroos, koalas, emus and wombats. Throughout the day, live shows are available, offering you an insight into the habits of Australian wildlife.
If it is peace and quiet you are after then take a stroll through the colourful subtropical gardens in the heart of the CBD. Kids can take a ride on the Parkland Explorer train during holidays or simply enjoy the exquisite plants and flowers and stretch out on the grass.
Suncorp Stadium is Queensland’s premier sports and outdoor concert venue and home to the Brisbane Broncos, QLD Roar and the Socceroos. Visit the website to find out about any upcoming games.
The GOMA is Queensland’s premier visual arts institution and home to a range of exciting Australian and international exhibitions. The Children’s Art Centre is also well worth a visit.
Brisbane is home to more than 1,000 stores, with a large number of stores being located in and around the Queen Street Mall. Here you will find an unrivalled mix of local, national and international labels from Chanel to Veronika Maine, as well as souvenirs, bridal shops, bookstores and a range of great cafes and restaurants.