Brisbane is a fast-growing city of 2.5 million people. The sunny city situated in south-east Queensland is attracting more and more tourists every year so much to see and do. So, whether you’re there for a few days or even a week, we can give you an idea what landmarks and activities are sure to entertain everybody.
Getting around town will be easier and more comfortable with a rental car. You can easily rent a car from Brisbane Airport, or even a van or four wheel drive if you have a big family, or intend to check out some secluded beaches outside of town or head up to the top of Mount Coot-Tha. Otherwise, there are numerous places to venture to on foot.
For those who a little more adventurous, abseiling at Kangaroo Point Cliffs is one of the most picture-perfect tourist destinations in the city. Your whole family can abseil down the steep 20 metre cliffs, with professionally trained climbers to ensure your safety. You will receive full instructions, a safety briefing, and all equipment is supplied.
Try climbing Story Bridge. This unique heritage listed cantilever bridge in Brisbane has some of the best views of the city. If you’re brave enough, you can even climb at dusk right when the sun is setting. A day climb will offer panoramic views of the Glass House Mountains, Moreton Bay and the Scenic Rim.
If heights aren’t your thing, there’s always Kayaking or Paddle Boarding on the Brisbane River. Guided tours for all ages are relaxing and give a unique perspective on the parks, gardens and architecture which the city is famous for. Kayak and Paddle Board hire can be found around Kangaroo Point.
Take a walk along the Teneriffe Boardwalk. After that big seafood lunch, walk off those calories on an unguided tour through historical buildings, bush land and scenic views across the river. See sights like the historic Woolstores (now renovated apartments), markets, antique shops and Roseville homestead. Brisbane is a real treat for history buffs and this unique walk encompasses many of the fascinating city’s stories.
A ride on the Brisbane Wheel will help you get your boundaries. Situated alongside Southbank, this cheap and family friendly activity provides one of the best introductions to the city. It’s a modern Ferris wheel designed to move slowly so you have ample time to plan your next move around the city.
Check out some of the exhibitions at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art to learn about Indigenous Australians story-telling, or get the kids excited through interactive multimedia displays at GMA. It’s an exciting mix of old and new which will surely please any audience.
Hungry bellies are spoilt for choice in Brisbane. Head over to Eat Street Market in Northshore where over 70 traders offer you a multitude of different cuisines from food trucks. At places like the Westend Market and Southbank, there is a mix of restaurants and street food that will surely entice all pallets. You will find a fantastic assortment of South East Asian cuisine, as well as modern spins on classic French, Spanish, Mexican and Italian food. Australian flavours including fresh seafood are also here.
Sitting outside in the warm breezy summers will be a memorable event anywhere in Brisbane, and for those looking for excitement at night, bars are here too with plenty of live music on weekends. Drop in at Walrus Club in Toowong for a genuine old fashioned bar experience and an important history lesson about the city.
Brisbane has grown in leaps and bounds in the last 30 years, and the population has increased 25 percent in a decade. This population surge has brought with it a diverse and exciting multicultural society with so many new and developing places to visit and to eat. The city is constantly providing new events which pop-up across both sides of the river, so make sure you check local guides for the dates when you visit to see what might be on when you arrive!