Things to do in Brisbane
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In Brisbane, you’ll never be short of things to do in Brisbane. In the CBD Brisbane serves up the man-made beach and lagoon of South Bank, shopping in the Queen Street Mall, city Botanic Gardens for time out, and nightlife and music in Fortitude Valley. If you’re looking for furnished apartments or similar accommodations in Brisbane, turn to Corporate Housing.
Brisbane is the RiverCity, so the water is definitely a theme. But there is so much more to explore from museums and the cafe scene to exciting day trips and outdoor adventures galore. The best way to start, no matter what time of year it is, is to jump on a CityCat and explore the city and spots along the river. Other operators also offer hop on and off sightseeing tours to let you take in pretty parks, historic homes and bustling docks from the water. The first ports of call on any Brisbane visit might be the leafy lifestyle of New Farm Park and the Powerhouse museum, art and lunch at West End, or the lagoon at Southbank, just perfect for a packed picnic and swim.
Also located at Southbank is The Queensland Museum, free and particularly great for families with a fabulously fun dinosaur garden for kids to explore. Close by is GOMA – the Gallery of Modern Art, which is great for adults and children. In between GOMA and the museum is the State Library, which also boats a terrific corner for kids and games parlous with free activities for children to enjoy.
For those with energy to spare, climbing adventures await with the iconic Storey Bridge climb offering an incomparable view of the Brisbane city skyline, and abseiling and rock climbing on the cliffs at Kangaroo Point. As Australia’s theme park capital, Queensland also offers a range of famous theme parks, including Movie World and Dream World for blockbuster rides, Sea World for marine culture and ocean action, and two water parks filled with gigantic slides and water rides.
Day trips are another wonderful way to have fun from your home base of Brisbane. Redcliffe and Scarborough are perfect for beach time and picnics beyond the manmade beach of South Bank, while the lookout at out at Mt Cootha is a brilliant way to see the city from a lofty vantage point overlooking the entire city.
There are some amazing places in South East Queensland that can only be accessed by a four-wheel drive, so it is also worth setting aside some time to hit the sand dunes of Fraser Island or Moreton Bay, the beaches of the Gold Coast or the waterfalls and hinterland of Springbrook.