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100 Things To Do in Brisbane

100 Things To Do in Brisbane

Planning your visit to Brisbane?

We were impressed with the changes since our last visit and from what we gathered chatting to the locals it came about due to World Expo in 1988. It ran for 18 months and had over 18 million visitors coming to Brisbane.  It turned Brisbane from being a ‘boring’ capital city into a city that was exciting to live in and to visit. You can read about how World Expo changed Brisbane here.

A new food scene was established, as one local said ‘you could now get more than a Chiko roll (for those that remember them) from the local chippie’.  Today Brisbane has a vibrant and stylish restaurant, cafe and bar scene. A wealth of cuisines on offer and some of the most stunning outdoor eating areas that you could ever wish for. There are many Brisbane activities to enjoy, don’t rush your visit, plan at least 7 nights and even then you won’t have seen all the things to do in Brisbane Australia.

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Contents

A Short History of Brisbane

Matthew Flinders, a European Explorer, was the first European to set eyes on the Brisbane area visiting Moreton Bay in 1799.  The area was inhabited by the Jagera and Turrbal aboriginal people who had settlements around Brisbane River.  The Brisbane River was their source for food and water.  In 1823 the then NSW Governor Thomas Brisbane sent Sydney’s most dangerous convicts to settle in Brisbane.  On the 6th September 1859, Brisbane was declared a municipality.

 

The city hosted the 1982 Commonwealth GamesWorld Expo 88, and the 2014 G20 Brisbane summit.

If you are interested in the architecture of Brisbane – the old and new we enjoyed reading Brisbane – A History in Stone.

 

Where is Brisbane Australia

Brisbane is located on the east coast of Australia and is the capital of the state of Queensland.

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15 Hot Tips From A Local

Hot tips on Brisbane attractions on where to go, what to eat and what to do from a local are invaluable for getting the most out of your visit to Brisbane.

1. QAGOMA

Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art located at Stanley Place Southbank. The focus apart from International Exhibitions is on contempory art from the Australia, Asia and Pacific regions.

Whilst there you can enjoy dining out at cafes and restaurants and there is also a shopping precinct.

Throughout the year there are many exhibitions on offer and there are guides available who run tours of the different exhibitions that are showing. Click here for more information.

2. Visit James Street

James Street in Newfarm is a bustling food scene in Brisbane for great bars and cafes as well as some great shopping to be had with exclusive designers such as Camilla and even a David Jones boutique store.

3.  Powerhouse at Newfarm

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Powerhouse Brisbane

A visit to the Powerhouse at 119 Lamington Street New Farm is a must for it is Brisbane’s hub for contemporary arts, festivals and performances.

4.  City Cat

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Catch the City Cat Up The River

A great way to travel around the City is via the City Cat stopping at many of the top stops along the Brisbane River.  Services run every 15 minutes.  Click here for more information.

5.  Enjoy the many restaurants available at River Quay

Go to any of the restaurants at River Quay at the end of Southbank (River Quay Fish, Stoke House or Popolo)

6.  Head To Fish Lane

Fish Lane is great at night particularly ‘Maker’ for a pre-dinner cocktail and Julius – the Pizzeria.  Fish Lane is Brisbane’s coolest laneway in South Brisbane.

7.  Redcliffe (outside Brisbane)

Redcliffe is great for a 30-minute drive outside Brisbane.  Enjoy a walk along the bay and lunch at the Belvedere Hotel

8. Mt Coot-ha Lookout and Botanical Gardens

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View from Mt Cootha at sunrise

Enjoy the 56-hectare gardens of Mt Coot-ha where you can enjoy a guided night walk or participate in the many daily events and workshops.

9.  Eat Street Markets at Hamilton

Located at 221D Macarthur Avenue in Hamilton, Eat Street Markets have over 180 eating establishments to enjoy whilst listening to music.  There is an entrance fee of $2.50 for adults and free for kids.  The hot tip is to get there early as it tends to get very busy.

Opening Hours: Friday and Saturday from 4.00 pm to 10.00 pm and Sundays from 12.00 pm to 8.00 pm.

10. Visit Bulimba

Bulimba, 4km northeast of the CBD is a nice riverside village of Brisbane with good cafes and bookshops.   Why not enjoy fish and chips with views over the river at the Bulimba Riverside Park.

You can reach Bulimba by the City Cat.

11. Glasshouse Mountains

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Glass House Mountains

The Glasshouse Mountains 31km from Brisbane were once Aboriginal tribal lands.  They have a range of walking trails and abseiling locationsand also are the location for Australia Zoo.  For full day tour details from Brisbane to Australia Zoo click here.

12.  Springbrook & Mt Tamborine

Springbrook and Mt Tamborine are only a 60 minutes drive south of the city.  You can enjoy wandering their beautiful lanes and short walks through the subtropical rainforest.

13.  Bartley’s Hill Lookout

Bartley’s Hill Lookout is a local secret and best to enjoy the sunset there followed by a bottle of wine at ‘The Stables’ on Racecourse Road, Ascot.

Bartley’s Hill Lookout is located at 7 Massey Street, Ascot.

14.  Head North to Pumicestone Passage

If you go North DEFINITELY go to the Sandstone Point Hotel on Pumicestone Passage – definitely one of Queensland’s best pubs (if you can even call it that it’s more like a fun park…with great food and great views).  Pumicestone Passage runs for 35km, a narrow waterway between Bribie Island and the mainland.

15. Hope Island

If you go to the Gold Coast stop off at Hope Island on the way and have lunch at the BoardwalkTavern.  If you take the Airtrain from Brisbane you will need to get off at Helensvale.

75 More Things To Do in Brisbane

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Discussing the sights and sounds of Brisbane with a Brisbane Greeter

When you visit Brisbane we highly recommend that you put aside 3 -4 hours of your morning and enjoy one of the Brisbane Greeter scheduled Brisbane tours.

Highlights of our Brisbane Greeters City Tour:

Our Brisbane Greeter was Elizabeth McPhee who enthralled us with her knowledge of Brisbane.  Elizabeth was born in Brisbane and has lived there all her life.  Here are some of the highlights of our tour (we will not steal Elizabeth’s thunder and detail all that we learned), we will leave it up to you to reach out to Brisbane Greeters and join one of their tours.

  • Brisbane City was named after Major General Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane, the then Governor of NSW (1821-25).  He was born in Largs in Scotland.
  • Unfortunately, Joh Beilke Peterson, Queensland’s controversial Premier wiped out half of Brisbane’s heritage.
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    City Hall
  • The impressive City Hall was refurbished in 2012.  When it was first opened on 8th April 1930 it was the tallest building in Brisbane and remained that for 37 years. The major sculpture on the front of the building was created by the female artist Daphne Mayo in 1930, she also did the mural in Anzac Square.
  • The streets throughout the Brisbane CBD run North to South and are named after Queens and East to West who was named after the Kings.  The streets are the width of a cricket pitch which is the same size as the u-turn for the horse and dray back in the era before cars.  The trams were a nuisance in the streets, as when they stopped they prevented traffic getting past because it was so narrow.
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    Street Lamps With Sugar Glider
  • Check out the street lamp posts in Adelaide Street, they are copies of old gas lights, you can also see a few of them with Australian wildlife such as the sugar gliders and possums hanging from them.
  • In 1982 Brisbane hosted the Commonwealth Games.  The trams were taken away and Queen Street Mall established.
  • Elizabeth told stories of murder, mayhem, secret tunnels and bullet holes in prominent buildings but we are not going to let the secrets out.

The Scheduled Tours depart from Brisbane City Hall every day at 10 am. Other tours available are:

16. Brisbane Greeters Public Art Tour

Experiences may include: Contemporary Art and Architecture Trail, Art and the River Trail, Cultural Heritage Trail, City Laneways Trail, World Expo Heritage Trail.

17.  Brisbane Greeters Queenslander Houses Tour

Experiences may include visits to Trammies Corner, Latrobe Manor, Mosaic Couch, Latrobe Chapel, Paddington Antique Centre and Plaza Theatre.

18.  Brisbane Greeters Churches and Shrines Tour

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Albert Street Uniting Church

Experiences may include visits to St Stephens Cathedral, Post Office Building, St John’s Cathedral, St Martins House, Masonic Memorial Temple, St Andrews Church and Anzac Square.

19.  Brisbane Greeters Heritage Buildings Tour

Experiences may include Walter Taylor Bridge, Brisbane City Hall, Parliament House, Old Government House, Treasury Building, St Stephen’s Cathedral, St John’s Cathedral, Customs House, Brisbane Arcade,  Breakfast Creek Hotel, Regatta Hotel.

20.  Brisbane Greeters Artful Nature Tour

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Brisbane River

Experiences may include a cruise along the Brisbane River to New Farm Park, Brisbane Powerhouse, sail back to the City’s Botanical Gardens and a visit to the Old Government House

21.  Brisbane Greeters Cultural Attractions Tour

Experiences may include Museum of Brisbane, Queensland Museum, QAG/GOMA, QPAC, Queensland State Library, Queensland Maritime Museum, Powerhouse, Judith Wright Centre.

22. Brisbane Greeters Brisbane River Tour

Experiences may include visits to Customs House, Story Bridge, New Farm Park and Powerhouse, Teneriffe and Wool Stores, Newstead House and Hamilton Hill Mansions.

23.  Brisbane Greeters Cycle Tours

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Brisbane Cycle Map

A 3-hour cycle ride around Brisbane checking out the local sites making use of the City cycle network.  Bicycles are free.

24.  Brisbane Greeters Street Art

Showcasing the best street art the city has to offer between Fortitude Valley, the city and West End.

25. Riverside Markets

Every Sunday from 8 am to 3 pm is the Riverside Markets located on the Corner of Alice Street and Albert Street at the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens. Click here for more information.

26. Davies Park Markets

For produce on a Saturday Morning between the hours of  6 am – 2 pm at Davies Park, West End.

Click here for more information.

27. Jan Power City Market

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City Market Brisbane

Held every Wednesday between 9 am and 6 pm at Brisbane Square. Click here for more information.

28. Jan Power Powerhouse Market

Every 2nd and 4th Saturday from 6 am to 12 pm at the Brisbane Powerhouse on 119 Lamington Street New Farm. Click here for more information.

29. Queensland Maritime Museum

Queensland Maritime Museum, the home of HMAS Diamantina. As well as Diamantina the Museum houses Jessica Watson’s yacht the Pink Lady which she sailed around the world and the 1925 steam tug Forceful. Jessica was the youngest person to sail around the world unassisted at the age of 16.  She was awarded an OAM.

 


 

 

Jessica Watson’s epic voyage of 210 days at sea and more than 22000 nautical miles is told in this incredible story and to think she was only 16 years of age.

 

 

 

Open from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm.

Photo By Andrew Fraser (manager of Jessica Watson) [CC BY-SA 3.0  Wikimedia Commons

30. Museum of Brisbane

Museum of Brisbane located at Level 3 City Hall, King George Square. Open from 10 am to 5 pm daily. On Fridays, the Museum is open from 10 am to 7 pm.  You can enjoy a free Clock Tower Tour daily every 15 minutes.  The lift is a 1930s hand-operated lift that takes you to the viewing platform 64m high.

31.  After Dark Clock Tours

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City Hall at Night

Tours operate on Fridays up to 6.45pm every 15 minutes. Free.

32. City Hall Tours

Daily 10.30 11.30 13.30 14.30 Free but you must book online

33. Visit Brisbane’s Oldest Distillery

Tour Beenleigh Artisan Distillers is Australia’s oldest working distillery which is located 30 minutes from Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

34. Take a Queensland XXXX Beer Tour

The Queensland XXXX Beer Tour is located 1.5km from Roma Street Transit Centre and you can learn how to pour the perfect beer. Click here for latest prices and availability

Tour Times Monday to Friday 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm

Saturday 11 am, 11.30 am, 12.00 pm, 12.30 pm, 1.00 pm, 1.30 pm, 2.00 pm, 3.00 pm, 5.00 pm

35. Dinner Cruise

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View from Eagle Street Pier

An evening out on Brisbane River on a majestic wooden paddle steamer with a buffet dinner included.

Click here for latest prices and availability

36. City Hopper

The City Hopper is free and runs daily every 30 minutes up and down the Brisbane River for more information click here.

37. Lone Pine Sanctuary River Cruise

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Kangaroos

A cruise down the Brisbane River and 3 hours to spend at the Lone Pine Sanctuary where you can cuddle with a koala, hand-feed the kangaroos and emus as well as other activities.  Click here for latest prices and booking

38. Brisbane River Lunchtime Cruise

A great way to spend lunch is to cruise down the Brisbane River.  Click here for latest prices and availability

39. Brisbane Sightseeing and River Cruise with Morning Tea

A 1.5 hour guided tour of Brisbane City highlights.  Click here for latest prices and availability

 40. Brisbane Laneways and Cafe’s Walking Tour

Explore the laneways and cafés of Brisbane and discover the best coffee in the city for 3 hours. For more information click here.

41. Visit the City Botanical Gardens

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City Botanic Gardens

The City Botanic Gardens, located in Alice Street,  were established in 1855. Free guided walks are available twice daily Monday to Saturday. 10 – 15 minute walk from Roma Street Station or Central Station. Click here for more information.

42. Garden Point Precinct

Take a walk through the City Botanic Gardens and take a show at the Gardens Theatre or a guided tour through Queensland’s Parliament House. Visit the QUT Art Museum. Click here for more information on what is on.

43. Story Bridge Adventure Climb

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Storey Bridge

Enjoy 360-degree views of Brisbane and the surrounds during the dawn, day, twilight and night climb at the Story Bridge for your 2-hour climb adventure. Click here for the latest prices and available climbs.

44. Wheel of Brisbane

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Wheel of Brisbane

For 360 degrees views of Brisbane why not try the Wheel of Brisbane 60 metres above the ground.  All gondolas can seat 6 adults and 2 children.

Address: Parklands, South Bank Brisbane

Sunday – Thursday 10 am to 10 pm

Friday – Saturday 10 am to 11 pm

45. Brisbane Helicopter Tours

How about a day out visiting local pubs by Helicopter and Limousine? The tour includes a pub lunch and beers at 4 pubs.  What a great day out! Click here for latest prices and availability.

46. Hot Air Balloon Ride

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Hot Air Balloon Rides

Ever wanted to experience hot air ballooning over the greater Brisbane region and surrounds? Through this tour now you can. Enjoy superb and glorious city and country views whilst floating majestically and effortlessly over this visually stunning region.

Click here to book.

47. Sirromet Wine Tours

Located at Mount Cotton.

A family-owned and run winery 40 minutes from Brisbane and the Gold Coast.  Sirromet Winery is also Queensland’s largest winery and winner of many awards.

The Cellar Door is open from Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 4.30 pm.

Live Music from 12 pm to 3 pm.

Sunday from 1 pm to 4 pm.

Tuscan Terrace Restaurant offering home-cooked Tuscan style food. Open from Wednesday to Saturday 11 am – 3 pm and Sunday from 11 am – 3.30 pm.

Sirromet Wine Tours – modern Australian Cuisine

Breakfast Saturday and Sunday 8 am to 10 am

Lunch Wednesday to Sunday from 11.30 am

Dinner Thursday to Saturday from 6 pm

 Sirromet Half Day Wine Experience

Explore a working winery and enjoy a taster of the Granite Belt’s award-winning wines. After this experience at the famous Sirromet winery, guests will dine from a set menu for lunch at a top restaurant in Brisbane. Book here.

48. Brisbane Food & Wine Pairing Tour

Enjoy a true gourmet experience with this wine and food pairing masterclass. Meet an expert sommelier or the winemaker and learn about how food and wine work together. Sample 6 delicious dishes all paired with different types of wine. For details click here.

49. Tuscan Terrace Lunch & Tour Package

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Award-winning Sirromet Wines

Following your winery tour and tasting, you will be treated to a lunch from the Tuscan Terrace. Click here for details.

50. Restaurant Lunch & Tour Package

Duration: 3.5 hours Wednesday to Sunday 10 am  – 1 pm  Behind the scenes winery tour and wine tasting and lunch at Restaurant Lurleen. Click here for latest prices and booking

51. Tamborine Winery Tour

Enjoy guided tastings at 4 of Tamborine’s best wineries plus Tamborine Mountain Distillery. This tour also includes a delicious two-course lunch, snacks and bottled water, plus the option to stop at the Cheese Factory. More details here.

52.  The Vino Bus

A Full Day Wine Tour which includes tastings at 4 wineries, a local distillery and a  2-course lunch.

Click here for information.

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53. Brisbane True Crime Tour

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Brisbane True Crime Tours

Set off from the meeting point and amble through some of Brisbane’s hidden alleyways and nooks, enjoying incredible photo and sightseeing opportunities along the way. Learn about fascinating true crimes stories that never made it into the official history books.

Join an investigation into a dark and crime-ridden history, and see if you can piece the facts together for yourself.

Click here for latest prices and booking

54. Ghost Tour of Toowong Cemetery

A 2-hour historic ghost tour of Toowong Cemetery of its haunted graves.  Do you dare?

Click here for information

55. Puzzled Room Escape Murder Event

Puzzled Room Escape offers a unique thrill of interactive real-world adventure that will challenge your mind.

Click here for information

56.  Boggo Road Gaol Ghost Tour

A 2-hour tour of the old Boggo Road Gaol with stories of executions and the goings-on from the wardens and the inmates.

Click here for information.

57.  Bars of Fortitude Valley Walking Tour

Discover the trendy suburb of Fortitude Valley, known for its vibrant nightlife and cultural scene. Visit a selection of local bars, with quality drinks at each stop.

Click here for bookings.

Places To Visit Near Brisbane on Day Trips

58.  Montville

Visit the small town of Montville on the way to Noosa.  Montville is located near the Glass House Mountains and if you love coffee this is the place to visit.  Montville Coffee is Queensland’s first certified fairtrade and organic coffee roaster.

59.  Bribie Island

Explore Bribie Island’s pristine white sands and beautiful national park in a 4WD all-terrain vehicle. See iconic Australian wildlife and natural wonders on the 4th largest sand island in the world. For more information click here.

60.  Tangalooma

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Tangalooma

Depart Brisbane for a day of adventure and discovery on Moreton Island. Receive full resort access, lunch, eco ranger experiences, and a dolphin presentation. Choose from a desert safari tour or marine discovery cruise.

Click here for latest prices and availability.

61.  Eumundi Markets

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Shopping at Eumundi Market

One of the best markets we have ever visited in the world is in the hinterland outside Brisbane near Noosa.  The Eumundi Markets are open on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Click here for more information.

62Stradbroke Island Day Trip

Visit the second-largest sand island in the world on a day tour to Stradbroke Island from Brisbane. Cruise across Moreton Bay and explore a National Park that is almost completely controlled by the traditional Quandamooka people.

Click here for latest prices.

63. Noosa and Sunshine Coast Hinterland Day Tour

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Noosa Heads

Take a trip to the beautiful Noosa Heads and spend over an hour enjoying the stunning landscape. Visit Hastings Street, the boardwalk, and the spectacular Noosa Beach and Noosa River, among many other fabulous surprises. Click here for more details.

64. Moreton Island Dolphin and Snorkel Cruise Adventure

Visit the fascinating and diverse world of the Moreton Bay Marine Park, where bottlenose dolphins play and dugongs feed on seagrasses among the giant loggerhead turtles. Enjoy a snorkelling tour and a buffet lunch featuring delicious fresh prawns.

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65. Brisbane Rainforest and Glow Worm Cave

Explore the Gondwana rainforests, a World Heritage area just a short drive from Brisbane. See stunning waterfalls and a natural bridge, and tour the glow worm caves at Cedar Creek. Visit a winery and enjoy lunch in a restaurant overlooking the vineyard.

Click here for more details.

 

66.  Fraser Island 2 Day Trip

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Tour Fraser Island via 4WD

Discover the beautiful landscapes of Fraser Island on a 2-day tour with accommodation at the beach-front Eurong Beach Resort. Get stunning ocean views and take a unique drive along 75 Mile Beach. Look for native wildlife, such as kangaroos and more.

Click here for latest prices

67. 3 days Pass Sea World, Wet and Wild and Movie World

Enjoy unlimited entry to Warner Bros Movie World, Wet n Wild and Sea World for 3 consecutive days.

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68. Australia Zoo Tour

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Koalas at Australia Zoo

CRIKEY ! World famous Australia Zoo is a must see for visitors from all over the globe! You will have over 6 hours to experience all the shows and attractions – a great day for the whole family to enjoy. The greatest Zoo you will ever experience!

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69.  Moreton Island Shipwreck, Sand Dune and Kayak 1 Day tour

Spend a day in paradise on Moreton Island. Enjoy a picnic on the beach, slide down sand dunes on a toboggan, paddle a transparent kayak and more.

Click here for latest prices and booking.

70. Abseiling at Kangaroo Point

Conquer your fears and abseil down the 20-meter Kangaroo Point Cliffs with the help of an experienced abseiling instructor. Your guide will ensure your safety as you descend over the edge and experience the extreme rush that comes from abseiling.

Click here for latest prices and booking.

71. 2.5 hour Jetski Safari to North Stradbroke Island

Veer off the beaten track on this guided jet ski tour to North Stradbroke Island. Travel 80km exploring hidden islands, meandering jet ski paradises, dense mangroves and floodplains – a full-on mission that will have you on the edge of your ski!

Click here for more information.

72. Brisbane 2 Hour Kayak Hire

Get out and discover Brisbane’s beautiful river with this 2-hour kayak hire. Be your own kayak tour guide, whether you’re a first-timer or an experienced paddler. Cruise along the Brisbane River, paddling under the Story Bridge or to South Bank.

Click here for prices and more information.

73. O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk

Take in the spectacular views of the Gold Coast from Tambourine Mountain, before travelling onward to O’Reilly’s for a treetop canopy walk. You’ll discover historic logging tracks, and will experience the lush Gold Coast Hinterland.

Click here for the latest prices.

74. Byron Bay Tandem Sky Dive

Experience the freedom of skydiving. Enjoy a minute of freefall with speeds reaching 220 km per hour. Take in spectacular views over Byron Bay.

Click here for more information.

75.  Byron Bay Cruise With Dolphins Tour

Enjoy the magnificence of Byron Bay’s natural beauty and wildlife from its pristine waters. Explore breathtaking coastline. Encounter dolphins, turtles, and other wildlife in Cape Byron Marine Park.

Byron Bay Cruise With Dolphins Tour

76. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary – Gold Coast

Explore Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary with a full-day ticket. Enjoy entry to the park, daily interactive keeper presentations and animal shows, and join the popular wild lorikeet feeding!

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77. Spirits of the Red Sand Aboriginal Theatre Show

Immerse yourself in the ancient culture of the Aborigines at a cultural show with dinner. Follow the traditions of Dreamtime and watch history brought to life as you follow the story of 3 brothers who meet British settlers for the first time.

Click here for bookings.

78. Skypoint Observation Deck Gold Coast

Enjoy amazing views of the Gold Coast from up the top of Skypoint! Ride in one of the world’s fastest elevators up to the 77th floor of the Q1 Tower and take in the views from the only coastal observation deck in Australia! Don’t forget your camera!

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79. Surf Lesson on the Gold Coast

Enjoy a 2-hour surf lesson on the famous Surfers Paradise Beach. An experienced instructor will get you standing on the board on the first lesson.

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80. Gold Coast AquaDuck City Tour and River Cruise

Join Australia’s original amphibious tour and experience land and water all in one. In 1 hour, take in the highlights of the city by road and experience the best of the Gold Coast from the water without leaving your seat.

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81. Australia Outback Spectacular Dinner and Show

Enjoy this wonderful night of entertainment as you embrace the stories of the Outback while enjoying a delicious 3-course meal with drinks.

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82. Brisbane 3 Hour Digital Photography Workshop

Learn the art of digital photography in Brisbane’s CBD and Riverside, and discover how to operate that fancy new digital camera you’ve just purchased. With the guidance of a professional photographer, confidently move from A-mode to manual, day or night.

Click here for bookings

Free Things To Do in Brisbane

There are plenty of free things to do in Brisbane here is our list of what we think are the best:

83.  Visit South Bank Street Beach

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Beach at Southbank

Enjoy a day at Brisbane City’s inner city man-made beach located at Southbank.

84.  Check out the Medibank Feel Good Program

A free exercise program in the South Bank Parklands where you can enjoy up to 9 free classes between the months of January and March.

85.  Roma Street Parklands

Enjoy a walk through the Roma Street Parklands, have a bbq lunch and even find the licensed areas to enjoy a bottle of chilled white wine or a bottle of Queensland’s XXXX beer

86.  A Picnic at New Farm Park

Visit New Farm Park a great place for families. You can either get the City Cat or the City Hopper to Sydney Street and walk or free bike there.  If you take the free bike it is free for 30 minutes and you must wear a helmet.  The park has Morton Bay Fig Trees that are great for the kids to play on their vines.  There are also bbq areas and a children’s playground.

87.  Latin Friday Nights at the Treasury

Professionals show off their Latin dance moves from 7.00pm and free dance classes start at 8.00pm. Anyone can join, no bookings required and do not worry about your skill levels, everyone has to start somewhere.

88. Southbank Parklands

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Southbank

Walk the colourful bougainvillea-laden awning that winds through the Southbank Parklands

89. Enjoy Brisbane’s Free Music Programmes

Enjoy Brisbane’s free weekly music program at stages in the Queen Street Mall, Southbank and Post Office Square.

90. Sunsets at Kangaroo Point

Watch the stunning sunsets from Kangaroo Point.

91.  River Walk

Walk the length of the River Walk from the  Bicentennial Bikeway to New Farm and Merthyr.

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92.  Fraser Island 2 Day Package Tour

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Fraser Island

Discover the beautiful landscapes of Fraser Island on a 2-day tour with accommodation at the beach-front Eurong Beach Resort. Get stunning ocean views and take a unique drive along 75 Mile Beach. Look for native wildlife, such as kangaroos and more

Click here for the latest prices.

93. Fraser & Moreton Islands 3 Day Eco Adventure Tour

Immerse yourself in the World’s largest sand islands on a 3-day combo tour. Your driver-guide will show you around the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. Enjoy snorkelling and kayaking in the coral reef at the Wrecks on Moreton Island.

Click here for latest prices and more information.

94. Great Barrier Reef 3 Day Tour Including Musgrave Island

Admire some of the world’s most exotic wildlife on a 3-day tour of the world’s largest reef. Swim and snorkel without worry all year round in a stingray-free environment. Enjoy included accommodation and meals. In season, see humpback whales and turtles.

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95. Byron Bay 1 Night Camping with Ocean Kayak and Sunrise Hike

Ocean kayaking with dolphins, camp fires, stargazing, ancient rainforests and jaw-dropping panoramic views await you on this tour which combines two of Byron Bay’s must-do experiences – kayaking with dolphins and climbing Mount Warning at sunrise.

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Walking/Segway  Tours Around Brisbane

96. Segway Night or Day Tours

Explore the scenic Brisbane on an exciting guided tour through the best of this beautiful city. Glide past breathtaking views, major sights and attractions on the coolest machine in the world.

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97. Electric Bike Tour with City Lights

Discover the bright lights of Brisbane while riding a fun and comfortable electric bike. Cycling around the city streets, this 2-hour tour explores the urban landscape. See how lighting transforms the city into a surreal and vibrant world.

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98. Brisbane City Walking Tour

The perfect introduction to Brisbane. This small group 3 hour walking tour showcases the essence of this vibrant city. See how Brisbane’s history, present and future blend seamlessly. Visit famous iconic landmarks while ‘getting under the skin’ of Brisbane

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99. Brisbane Art & Design Walking Tour

Embark on a 3-hour art and design tour and get an up-close introduction to Brisbane’s excellent open-air art scene.

Click here for more information and latest prices.

100. The Best of Brisbane Bicycle Tour

Enjoy a leisurely guided bike ride along the Brisbane River through the city’s most beautiful spots to discover its hidden gems. The tour is designed to showcase Brisbane from a local’s perspective and help you get to know the city better.

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Where to Eat in Brisbane

Shingle Inn

The Shingle Inn opened in Autumn 1936 on Edward Street Brisbane.  The cafe got its name from the shingled awning which can still be seen in the City Town Hall. The architects were Hall and Phillips. It was taken down and stored in pieces and reestablished in the City Hall in April 2013.

Shingle Inn is famous for its Patty Cakes and delicious coffee.  In the early 1940s, the Shingle Inn Cafe introduced lemon meringue pies and butterscotch waffles to cater for the American World War II soldiers.  Shingle Inns are now franchised and you can find them throughout Queensland, New South Wales, ACT, Victoria and Western Australia.

Location: City Hall King George’s Square

Enjoy Award-Winning Pizza at Corbett and Claude

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Yummy pizza

Located in a small laneway at 283 Elizabeth Street Brisbane is Corbett and Claude, one of the best pizzas we enjoyed in Brisbane. You must try their uniquely created cocktails.  Our arrival at Corbett and Claude coincided with Valentine’s Day and whilst we enjoyed our pizzas we were fortunate to sample 2 of their special Valentine’s Day cocktails:

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Cocktails
  • Bed of Roses with Gin and Amaretto
  • Baby Maker with Vodka and Strawberry Liquor

Corbett and Claude is located in the old heritage-listed Queensland Commercial Travellers Association Building. The Association was formed to bring friends and colleagues together to enjoy good food and wine whilst sharing their travel stories.

Riverbar & Kitchen Riparian Plaza 71 Eagle Street Brisbane

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Riverside Drinks on a Saturday afternoon

Located on the Brisbane River, Riverbar & Kitchen boasts the ‘best beer garden in Brisbane’ and they are not wrong.  They have great views, scrumptious food, and the best tagline ‘there’s no place you’d rather be’.  Enjoy a cold beer or chilled glass of wine after walking the length of the Riverside Walk or after a riverboat journey on many of the tours that are available.

Fancy Vietnamese on Southbank at Viet de Lites

Located at Little Stanley Street in South Brisbane Viet de Lites offers the freshest tastiest Vietnamese cuisine in a modern colourful and calming setting.

Vapiano Restaurant

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Great salad dishes

If Italian is your favourite cuisine you can’t go wrong with a visit to Vapiano located in Albert Lane off Queen Street Mall.  It was buzzing the night we turned up with a group of 12 people.  You are given a card which you hand over to the bar or food sector when ordering and pay as you leave.

Eagle Street Pier

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View from Eagle Street Pier

Eagle Street Pier has 15 restaurants and bars with river views to choose from, you will be spoiled for choice here.

Top Eats around South Brisbane

Another local tipped us off to an area in South Brisbane around the streets of Dorchester and Montague where there is now a new happening restaurant scene. Unfortunately, we ran out of time to venture there.

Where to Enjoy Coffee in Brisbane

Here are some coffee shop recommendations for you:

Toby’s Estate

Toby’s Estate 79 Albert Street Brisbane

Bean

Bean 181 George Street Brisbane

Duce & Co

Duce & Co 271 Edward Street Brisbane

Cafe on the Goodwill Bridge

Cafe on the Goodwill Bridge Open from 5.00am daily #1 The Goodwill Bridge.  Check out their Friday Happy Hours, reservations required.

Actually, there are more than 100 fun things to do in Brisbane but you will probably need more than 2 weeks!

 

Brisbane Hotels

Where to stay in Brisbane:

Brisbane Airport

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Ibis and Pullman Hotels Brisbane Airport

We were fortunate to be able to visit the newly opened Ibis Hotel and Pullman Hotel whilst attending a travel function at Brisbane Airport.  Both hotels are stylish in design, a great location within the domestic terminals with access via a covered walkway.  For those of you who are using the International Terminal, both hotels are located a few minutes drive away or just hop onto the Airtrain.

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Twin Bedroom Ibis Brisbane Airport
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Cribb Island Beach Club Bistro Ibis Hotel Brisbane Airport

The Ibis Hotel has 243 rooms available, all are soundproofed, with fast WiFi and great views. The Crib Island Beach Club Bistro is perfect for scrumptious burgers and pizzas.

 

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King Room Pullman Hotel Brisbane Airport
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Swimming Pool at Pullman Hotel Brisbane Airport
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Apron Restaurant and Bar Pullman Hotel Brisbane Airport

The Pullman Hotel, 5 star luxury at the airport has 132 rooms, stunning interior design and a sleek swimming pool to unwind after a long flight. You can enjoy a drink or dinner at the Apron Restaurant and Bar.

 

 Brisbane CBD Hotels

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Ibis Hotel Turbot Street Brisbane

We stayed at the Ibis Hotel located in the centre of the CBD at Turbot Street.  The hotel was ideally placed for the City Hopper just a 10-minute walk away.  The breakfast buffet was plentiful with lots of choices, the rooms equipped with good fast Wifi and tea and coffee making facilities. A perfect stay and location for checking out the 100 things to do in Brisbane.

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Ibis Brisbane Standard Bedroom

Next Hotel Brisbane, a 4.5 star hotel located at 72 Queen Street Mall with a rooftop bar and swimming pool.

 

Mercure Hotel Brisbane that overlooks the Brisbane River and Southbank and located at 85 North Quay Brisbane.  A central location with only a 8 minute walk to Queen Street Mall.

 

Meriton Suites located in the heart of the CBD in Adelaide Street just a 10-minute walk from Central Station. They offer an indoor heated pool and fitness centre.

 

The Sofitel Hotel located in the heart of the CBD at 249 Turbot Street is a 5 star luxury hotel offering an outdoor pool and a day spa.

 

Airbnb Special Offer

Brisbane has plenty of accommodation available through Airbnb.

 

If you have not tried Airbnb before we can offer you a special discount.  Click here for your first Airbnb booking and save $$$.

Where Can You Find Free WiFi in Brisbane

Today it is easy to stay connected with free wifi at the following locations:

  • Queen Street Mall
  • Reddacliff Place
  • Victoria Bridge
  • South Bank

Check out all locations at Digital Brisbane

 

Transport

To Travel Too Tip: Great tip from the staff at Airtrain at the Airport when you visit Brisbane.

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Brisbane’s Go Card

Purchase a Go Card Brisbane’s Transport Card.

Buy a return Air Train ticket and then buy your ‘go card’ when you work out all your travels.  Seniors with an Australian Senior Card can purchase a discounted ‘go card’ on presentation of your card.

Click here for more information.

You can take the Airtrain from Brisbane Airport to the Gold Coast and if you book online you can save up to 15%.   The Airtrain does not take you directly to the Gold Coast, you have to transfer at Helensvale to the tram.

There is a ‘My Translink App’ an online app, with an online alert when your stop is 400m away and update service information.

Flights to Brisbane

Brisbane International Airport is located 15km from the CBD.  There are two terminals Domestic and International and serviced by many international carriers.  It is the 3rd largest Airport in Australia.

If you require assistance at Brisbane Airport look out for the 167 passionate volunteers who wear bright blue shirts with a big yellow ‘i’ to assist you. Their hours are as follows:

International Terminal

  • 7am – 11am

  • 4pm – 8pm

Domestic Terminal

  • 7am – 7pm

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