Things to Do
A modern, dynamic and welcoming city, Brisbane offers quintessential Australian experiences with access to the stunning Great Barrier Reef and proximity to famous beach destinations and World Heritage-listed rainforests.
Receive a warm welcome and be shown the local places to visit – the designer and boutique outlets, the alfresco bistros and cafes, rooftop venues, specialist bars, enticing galleries and eclectic markets.
Brisbane’s lifestyle is marked by South Bank’s inner-city beach, lush parklands and culture-rich precinct housing Australia’s largest Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Museum and Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
An events calendar replete with blockbuster performances, major international sporting events and exclusive exhibitions ensures Brisbane has a vibrant vibe all year round.
From Brisbane you can immediately embrace all the Australian “must do” experiences from the one convenient urban base:
- Cuddle a koala and hand-feed kangaroos at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
- Immerse yourself in World Heritage-listed rainforests.
- Explore pristine islands in Moreton Bay, home to the world’s second largest sand island.
- Stand on the incredible white sands of our Gold and Sunshine Coast beaches.
- Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef at Lady Elliot Island on a day trip from Brisbane.
- Hand-feed wild dolphins at Tangalooma Island Resort.
- Get up close and personal with migrating humpback whales.
For more information on where to eat, drink, shop, play and stay in Brisbane, go to www.visitbrisbane.com.au or see more information about what there is to do in Brisbane below:
Brisbane is truly a foot-friendly city with over 1,200 km of walkways, paths and bikeways.
Walking is a great way to explore the city and surrounds, as it’s compact and well connected with walkways and bridges linking South Bank to the nearby contemporary arts precinct and the CBD.
CityCycle is a convenient and environmentally friendly bicycle hire facility offered by the Brisbane City Council.
The facility operates between 5 am and 10 pm, seven days a week. Although bikes can be returned to any station 24 hours a day, stations are located in close proximity to each other. Every CityCycle station has a minimum of 10 bike racks making it an easy, reliable and convenient transport option.
CityCycle stations are available across Brisbane’s city centre, stretching from Toowong and Newstead to West End.
Once a CityCycle subscription is purchased, you can hire and return a bike at any CityCycle station within the network. Subscribers can ride all day for free, as long as the bikes are returned within half-hour intervals. After this half-hour of free use expires, a service charge applies. Click here for Usage Fees.
For more information on CityCycle, subscriptions, station locations and usage fees, please visit citycycle.com.au.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary, with over 130 koalas. Cuddle a koala anytime, hand feed kangaroos and encounter a large variety of Aussie wildlife, all in beautiful, natural settings. Don’t forget to feed the lorikeets and meet our platypus too.
Entry includes access to all shows including the wild lorikeet feeding, baby barn animal feeding, sheepdog shows and bird of prey flight shows.
Open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Adult – $36 per person
Concession/Student – $24 per person
Child (3-13 years*) – $22 per person
Family Pass – $85 (2 adults + up to 3 children)
Family Pass – $60 (1 adults + up to 3 children)
*Children under 3 are free.
For more information, please visit the Lone Pine Koala Santuary website.
Climb to the top of Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge and feel a connection with the glistening cityscape and the winding Brisbane River that you can’t get anywhere else. There’s a sense of achievement as you stand surrounded by the city with Moreton Bay sparkling blue in the east and the rolling green hills of the Scenic Rim to the west.
Bridge Climb prices start from $119 for adults and abseil climb prices start from $139.
Different climbs are available on certain days at certain times. Visit the website for more details storybridgeadventureclimb.com.au
For fantastic Moreton adventures let Dolphin Wild take you on a Tangalooma Day Trip Wrecks Cruise including pick-up from your Brisbane accommodation across the calm and clear waters of magical Moreton Bay to the outskirts of Flinders Reef and over to Moreton Island and the Tangalooma Wrecks.
Revel in the beauty of Moreton Bay Marine Park as you cruise. The bay is home to a variety of marine species including bottlenose dolphins, green sea turtles, dugongs and majestic humpbacks (during whale migration season from June to November).
Just off Moreton Island you’ll be offered the opportunity to take part in a guided snorkelling tour of the Tangalooma Wrecks, a marine habitat home to diverse species of aquatic life including a myriad of fish, invertebrates, wobbegong and fish tame and trusting enough to eat from your hands.
The tour also includes informative and interesting commentary from Dolphin Wild’s very own marine naturalist covering the island’s history and the bay’s marine life.
To book a day tour, visit their website:
The Gold and Sunshine Coasts are easily accessible from Brisbane, a day trip is the best way to experience our world class beaches and enjoy the relaxed vibes of the coastal towns.
For more information on day trips to the Gold Coast, visit their website: https://www.destinationgoldcoast.com
The Sunshine coast offers beautiful beaches as well as unique experiences in the Hinterland, to book a day trip, visit their website: https://www.visitsunshinecoast.com
The Lady Elliot Island Great Barrier Reef all inclusive Day Tour is the only one of its type in Australia. The visit allows you to view one of the most pristine sections of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef from the air as well as from above and below the water all in one day. Lady Elliot is regarded as one of the best snorkelling and diving locations on the reef, famous for its unspoilt coral reef and amazing array of marine life! Upon arrival on Lady Elliot Island, the guide will take you on a brief orientation tour of the island and will escort you to the Day Guest facilities to collect your snorkel equipment.
For more information on day tours, visit their
Brisbane Powerhouse is a contemporary multi-arts, dining and conference venue that is located next to New Farm Park.
Nestled on the beautiful banks of the Brisbane River, the former power station has become a distinct landmark both as a stunning industrial creation and as a hub for everything creative, including theatre, music, comedy, film, visual arts, festivals and ideas.
Check the website for current shows and exhibitions brisbanepowerhouse.org