Brisbane Travel Guide

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Prepare for adventure when you visit Brisbane. It’s home to idyllic beaches, island escapes, tropical gardens, a lively food and wine scene, and a huge range of native wildlife.

Brisbane, Queensland

Home to idyllic beaches, tropical gardens and islands and lively bars, restaurants and events, Brisbane is one of Australia’s most scenic and lively destinations. Not to mention all the incredible art and culture that spills from the city’s renowned galleries and museums. If that’s not enough, you’ll also meet a huge range of native wildlife and experience unforgettable outdoor adventures. 

Eat and drink in Brisbane

Brisbane is fast becoming renowned for its world-class food and wine events such as The Good Food & Wine Show and the Fish Lane Festival, serving up new and delectable flavours for your eating and drinking pleasure. Treat yourself to an indulgent high tea at Customs House or savour exquisite French fare at the renowned Alchemy restaurant with stunning views of Story Bridge and Brisbane River. 

With vibrant urban precincts pumping with live music, Brisbane City hits the spot for a great night out, from hip cocktail bars and coffee nooks in bustling laneways to award-winning craft beers at boutique breweries. When hunger hits, head to Eat Street Northshore, a lively hub at a former container wharf, for international street eats and beer. In the morning, browse the local farmers’ markets to pick up fresh produce, flowers, meat and artisan goods.

Things to do in Brisbane

Get your art on and head to South Bank, Brisbane’s cultural precinct, where you’ll find the Queensland Art Gallery, the Gallery of Modern Art and the Queensland Museum, among other major contemporary art museums all within walking distance. While you’re there, check out Streets Beach, a popular beach-style lagoon in the middle of the city. Relax on the sand, enjoy the refreshing blue waters while the kids have fun at the Aquativity Water Park.

Enjoy a leisurely day cruise on Brisbane River or jump aboard the CityHopper, the free inner city ferry service between New Farm Park and North Quay. Stroll along the Brisbane Riverwalk or relax on the grass at popular New Farm Park. In the summer months, hang around to catch a movie under the stars at the Moonlight Cinema.

Nature and wildlife

With magnificent subtropical botanic gardens, pristine island beaches and scenic bush trails all within easy reach of the city, Brisbane is perfect for nature and wildlife lovers. Visit the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the world’s largest koala sanctuary, where you can meet more than 130 koalas, hand-feed kangaroos and encounter other native Australian wildlife.

Discover the bush trails of Mt Coot-tha and the Brisbane Botanic Gardens just 10 minutes out of Brisbane City or escape to the beautiful heritage-listed forests of the scenic rim. Catch a ferry to one of the stunning islands off the coast of Brisbane and explore quiet coastal walks on Bribie Island or the giant sandhills on Moreton Bay Island, the third largest sand island in the world.

How do I get to Brisbane?

Brisbane Airport is well connected to the city, with an Airtrain that takes passengers directly to the centre of town in 20 minutes. You can also enjoy a scenic drive to Brisbane from Sydney, with a trip up the east coast taking just under 10 hours.

Top things to do in Brisbane

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