Australia’s third-largest, Brisbane, or “Brissie”, to Aussies, offers sophisticated big city attractions in a sun-splashed riverside location. Although Brisbane’s origins date back to 1824. It rose to international prominence after hosting the 1982 Commonwealth Games and 1988 World Expo. The vibrant events and tourist attractions of Brisbane still exude the multicultural vibe.
You are looking for a culture fix. Brisbane has everything you need. The Cultural Centre features contemporary and indigenous art, as well as works from European masters. Brisbane is also safe and clean. You will find lush parks all around Brisbane, as well as bike and walking trails that run throughout. The city also places a strong emphasis upon innovation and creativity.
Discover the best places to visit in this relaxed riverside city with our list of the top attractions and things to do in Brisbane.
1. Cuddle a Koala at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Do you long to cuddle a koala with your arms? You can make this a lifetime dream at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
It is possible to get up close and personal with over 70 species of other Aussie animals. Hand-feed the kangaroos. You can also interact with the kookaburras. During feedings, you will see a flock of rainbow lorikeets arrive. In this sanctuary, which is nestled along the Brisbane River, you will find crocodiles, wombats.
Interactive demonstrations and keepers talks keep animal lovers interested. You can enjoy daily encounters with animals such as platypus feedings, bird-of-prey flight demonstrations, shearing and sheep shows, Tasmanian Devil keeper talks, and barn animal encounters. It’s no surprise that this popular Brisbane attraction is a top choice for family fun.
A koala photo is the best, but you can also bring home a snap of you and a snake or dingo.
2. Visit the Museums & Galleries in the Cultural Centre
The Cultural Centre in South Bank, a heritage-listed destination, is a wonderful, family-friendly place to spend a day. There are many museums, galleries and performance venues here. Beautiful surroundings on the river, near beautiful parkslands, add to the beauty of the precinct.
You will find lots of activities here for everyone. You can browse the State Library of Queensland’s extensive collections; the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre have interactive exhibits that keep kids busy; or, you can admire the Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art.
The Queensland Performing Arts Centre presents world-class performances in everything from ballet and opera to comedy shows and concerts of contemporary music.
The South Bank Parklands are located nearby. Here you can relax along the riverfront with lush lawns, gardens, or take a ride aboard the Wheel of Brisbane.
3. Sightsee on a River Cruise
A river cruise is one of the best ways in Brisbane to see the city. Many of Brisbane’s most popular attractions are lined up along its banks. The Brisbane River flows through the city’s heart. It’s a great way to get a new perspective on Brisbane landmarks like the Brisbane River.Story Bridge?Kangaroo Point Cliffs… and even some wildlife, such as the fruit bats, that gather at the riverbank mangroves.
After you have seen the city from the water, it is easy to get a sense of where you are and where you should spend your time.
River City CruisesThese are some of the most well-known tours. These tours range from short 90-minute morning and afternoon cruises to longer excursions. The 3.5-hour cruise is a great option.Cruise to Lunch Package. Your guide will tell fascinating stories about Brisbane’s past and point out important Brisbane attractions. All this while you sip Devonshire tea with stunning river views.
Queens of the Kookaburra RiverYou can enjoy lunch, high tea and dinner onboard their multi-tiered timber paddle wheels. You can also board aMiramar CruiseLone Pine Koala Sanctuary
4. Stroll through Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha
Brisbane has a lot to offer for garden lovers. There are many lush gardens and parks throughout the city. Brisbane’s botanic Gardens is well-known for its extensive collection of subtropical species.
Start with the breathtakingBrisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot tha(Mt. Coot-tha Road Toowong.The city is located seven kilometers away. This popular tourist attraction boasts stunning city views and is loved by locals and tourists alike.
One28 acres of horticulture are covered by different themed gardens. Highlights include beautiful Japanese gardens, and theLargest collection of Australian rainforest tree specimens in the worldThese include sections that focus on native plants, bamboo, cactus and fragrant plants.
This is a great resource for budding botanists.Hide ‘n’ Search Children’s TrailEnjoy guided tours through the rainforest and minibus tours. The best thing is that you don’t have to pay for entry.