Offering a mix of laid-back ambience, youthful culture and year-round sunshine, Brisbane is a sophisticated city with rooftop bars, modern art galleries and tranquil gardens. Comprised of shopping meccas, fine-dining havens, live entertainment hubs and other unique districts, Brisbane lures travellers seeking that big-city excitement coupled with intimate warmth.
Things to do in Brisbane
Much of the city’s action can be found around the winding Brisbane River, where you can catch live music in Fortitude Valley, explore the fusion of cultures in West End, roll the dice at the historic Treasury Brisbane and shop at designer stores along Queen Street Mall.
A visit to Brisbane wouldn’t be complete without visiting Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to cuddle the friendly koalas, feed kangaroos and see more of Australia’s native animals including wombats and Tasmanian devils. Speaking of national icons, head to Suncorp Stadium to watch the Queensland Reds, Brisbane Broncos or Brisbane Roar compete for their respective national championships.
Dine on mouth-watering steak at the classic Queenslander pub, Breakfast Creek Hotel, one of Australia’s most famous watering holes, or wrap up your day with a cocktail and view at the 12th-floor rooftop bar Eagles Nest in Kangaroo Point. Need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city? Head to Mt Coot-tha for sweeping views of Queensland's capital, or explore the lush landscapes of the City Botanic Gardens.
Just a short hop from the Brisbane CBD will see you relaxing on an inner-city beach and walking along kilometres of tree-lined paths filled with restaurants and shops at South Bank. See the crystal-blue waters on Moreton Island, just a 75-minute ferry ride from the city, or take a scenic drive to Mount Glorious in about one hour.
The easiest way to get around Brisbane is by using the city’s public transportation. A mix of ferries, buses and trains provide reliable and affordable transport around the CBD and to outer suburbs. The City Hopper is a free ferry service that covers South Bank, Kangaroo Point and the CBD. Taxis can be expensive, but Brisbane’s ideal weather means you can traverse most areas by bike or on foot, particularly around the scenic paths that run throughout the city.