Fondly known as the river city, Brisbane has stepped out of the shadow of sister cities like Melbourne and Sydney, and grown into its own identity as a traveler’s hotspot in Australia. Great to visit all-year round thanks to its subtropical climate, it’s inarguable that Brisband has the best climate in the country as it basks in the sun while other Aussie cities shiver through their winter months. Travelers visit for cultural kicks through landmarks like the Gallery of Modern Art, while foodies can look forward to innovative cuisine at its finest as spots like the Sono Restaurant or Malt Dining. Ready to uncover Brisbane’s hidden gem? Let’s go!
1.Story Bridge Climb
Participate in an exclusive urban adventure when climb up and abseil down Brisbane’s most iconic structure - the Story Bridge. Easily one of the most exhilarating activities in the city, the Story Bridge Adventure Climb gives brave souls a unique 360-view of the city from the northern Glass House Mountains to the south’s Scenic Rim Mountains. Not a lot of people get to say that they’ve climbed an iconic structure in any city, and as one of only three bridge climbs around the globe, there’s no doubt that this remarkable urban adventure will be an activity and memory for the books.
170 Main Street, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Phone: +617-31-88-90-70
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Let your inner sound hound loose at The Triffid, one of Brisbane’s most frequented bars and venues. As the brainchild of bassist and international superstar John Collins, The Triffid was built from JC’s knowledge of what actually makes a good musical venue - quality programming, an incredible team of passionate individuals, and a visually out-of-this-world design. Apart from hosting some of the best rock and roll shows in town, The Triffid is also quite known for its awesome beer garden, which is a rockin’ place to hang out at whether it’s day or night. Sample some of the best beer that Brisbane has to offer while sampling a great lunch and dinner menu alongside your drink of choice.
7 - 9 Stratton Street, Newstead, Queensland, Australia 4006, Phone: +617-31-71-30-01
3.Gallery of Modern Art
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Sitting smack dab in the heart of Brisbane’s Cultural Precinct, the Gallery of Modern Art, or the GOMA for short, is located right along the banks of the Brisbane River. It is one of the top destinations to visit for art lovers and modern art enthusiasts alike with multiple exhibits on going at the same time. The permanent collection is something to look forward to on its own, but visiting exhibits like the Asian Art Collection, Natalya Hughes’ Open Studio, and Island Fashion, all bring a distinct and must-see flavor of its own that art lovers definitely won’t want to miss.
Stanley Place, South Brisbane, Queensland 4101, Australia, Phone: +617-38-40-73-03
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It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for the best of Brisbane’s boutique shopping, incredible galleries, the finest dining in the city, or even the best dressed of Brisbane’s fashionistas, James Street has it all in spades. A tree covered suburban street, James Street is quite small for being one of the cultural hubs in Brisbane, and yet it’s home to incredible boutique shops like those of fashion designer Gail Sorronda, the luxury brand Frances Hendrie, and even the jewellery label of Natasha Schweitzer. When it comes to food, James Street has fine dining like Gerard’s Bistro and Bucci, as well as casual eating joints like Harvey’s and Tinderbox.
James Street, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
There are few ways more spectacular to see and tour Brisbane than onboard a CityCat. Short for Catamaran, a loop on the CityCat allows travellers to say goodbye to traffic james and say hello to exceptional sites that one wouldn’t normally see from within a wheeled vehicle. In fact, many locals prefer travelling via the CityCats system because of how convenient it is. Brisbane’s city council operates a 21-vessel fleet in addition to nine monohull ferries known as CityHoppers. Planning your itinerary around the CityCat map could be the smartest thing you do while vacationing at Brisbane. Besides, many people agree that some of the best ways to see a city is by water.
123 Eagle Street, Brisbane, Queensland 4000, Australia, Phone: +617-32-29-77-78
6.New Farm Park
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Looking for the oldest, largest and grandest green space in Brisbane? Look no further than the New Farm Park. Undeniably the most popular park in Brisbane, the New Farm Park is visited by over 18,000 people from all over the world, every week. The park was built throughout 36 years starting 1914 and was designed by Albert Herbert Foster. Now part of the Queensland Heritage Register, the New Farm Park feature an array of greenery and tons of greenspace for recreational activities. The New Farm Park also frequently hosts live art performances, moonlight cinemas and weekend farmers markets, so visitors can be sure there’s something to enjoy at any time of the year.
1042 Brunswick Street, New Farm, Queensland 4005, Australia
7.Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
There’s a handful of things that Australia is known for - beaches, surf, and vegemite come to mind. But there are few icons of Australia as cute and cuddly as Koalas. If you’re eager to see these furry creatures up close and personal, there’s no better place in Brisbane to visit than the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary. Home to 130 adorable koalas, the sanctuary gives visitors the opportunity to meet the koalas and interact with them first hand. Visitors will also get the chance to connect with nature as they experience authentic koala habitats, and learn more about the importance of habitat conservation.
708 Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket, Queensland 4069, Australia, Phone: +617-33-78-13-66
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One of Brisbane’s best kept secrets, the Vieille Branche is a farmhouse cafe, an events venue, workshop space, design market and treasure trove of rustic French antiques all in one. The Vieille Branche can be found sitting inconspicuously along a leafy backstreet near Albion Park. Guests at this curious menagerie of vintage wares come for the antiques but stay for an incredible cup of Bear Bones Espresso. Make sure to stop by the mezzanine level of Vieille Branche to explore studios that rented by artists and creatives after you wander through the store to feast your eyes on curious items and paintings alike.
10 Fox Street, Albion, Queensland, Australia, Phone: +614-21-47-37-29
9.Powerhouse Farmer’s Market
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Whether you’re a tried and tested gastronome or are a no-frills foodie looking for something absolutely delicious to eat, you can’t go wrong with the Powerhouse Farmer’s Market. Known for its stunning array of local produce and delicious street eats, the farmers market is run by Sammy Power, and is keen on giving over 300 local growers a voice and venue to promote their produce on a weekly basis. From artisan food items to craft ginger beers, there’s no running out of delightful things to sample and tuck into at the Powerhouse Farmer’s Market. Drop by every Saturday from morning until noon at the Brisbane Powerhouse New Farm.
119 Lamington Street, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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10.La Trobe Terrace
Are you in the game to shop until you drop? The La Trobe Terrace is bound to put your shopping skills to the test with its awesome mix of retailers, cozy cafes and chic stores peddling eye-catching homeware. Top shops to visit in La Trobe include the A.P. Design House, perfect for the avid stationary collector, and theHappiness Place, which is home to a kaleidoscope of unique and beautiful things. Foodies ought to stop by The Hamptons, a worthy pitstop dishing up savory breakfasts and lunches at their back verandah, or pay a visit to Monty’s Chocolate, which is bound to please even the most sophisticated of chocolate lovers.
LaTrobe Terrace, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
© Eat Street
You would be hard pressed to find something similar to Eat Street anywhere else in the world. With a laid back atmosphere, tremendous dining options and unbeatable river views, Eat Street offers patrons a uniquely Brisbane experience. Eat Street is largely comprised of shipping containers that have been given an extra touch of design and color, while the al fresco seating and performance area allows visitors a 180-degree view of the surrounding waterfront and landmarks. Not to be forgotten are the incredible dining options with vendors selling cuisine from every region of the world like Africa, Asia, Europe, as well as North and South America.
221D Macarthur Avenue, Hamilton, Queensland, Australia
12.Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall
A favorite haunt for many local Brisbane music lovers, Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall exudes a charm fitting of a lavish honky-tonk saloon or perhaps a bordello. Located in the beautiful old Baroona Labor Hall, Lefty’s is nothing less than an institution with its dark timber interiors, equally dark leather furniture, and classic scarlet velvet drapes, chandeliers and gigantic mirrors. Patrons can look forward to drinks comprised of top notch spirits mixed with fresh apple juice, as well as a never-ending bowl of popcorn, on the house, all while listening to spectacular live music. One thing is for sure, the good times certainly role at Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall.
15 Caxton Street, Petrie Terrace, Queensland 4000, Australia, Phone: +614-23-08-14-77
13.City Botanic Gardens
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Known and loved for being Brisbane’s original botanic gardens, the City Botanic Gardens are a fantastic recreational space for locals and travelers alike to simply relax and enjoy Brisbane’s spectacular weather. There’s more than just the usual park items to see at the City Botanic Gardens with attractions including the Bamboo Grove, which is home to 23 kinds of bamboo, the Jemmy Morrill and Brolgas sculptures, the Cannon, which dates back to 1862, as well an ornamental ponds designed by Harry Oakman. That’s not all, however, with top venue locations like the Riverstage also being located in the City Botanic Gardens, as well as iconic landmarks like the Weeping Fig Avenue and Walter Hill Fountain.
147 Alice Street, Brisbane City, Queensland 4000, Australia, Phone: +617-34-03-88-88
14.Brisbane Jazz Club
It would be difficult to find a spot that loves jazz as much as the Brisbane Jazz Club. A hub and meeting place for young and old jazz musicians, lovers and enthusiasts, the Brisbane Jazz Club is generally thought to be ran underrated bar. However, the club has a million-dollar view of Brisbane’s Central Business District and invites live jazz musicians weekly to do their thing up on stage. They also frequently host fantastic festivals and events and serve delicious grub and drinks at affordable pub prices. Located on Kangaroo Point, Brisbane Jazz Club is easy to reach with the CityHopper ferry making a stop nearby.
1 Annie Street, Kangaroo Point, Queensland 4169, Australia, Phone: +617-33-91-20-06
Fondly referred to as Lang Park and Brisbane Stadium, Suncorp Stadium is a state-of-the-art multi-purpose facility, which features a three-tiered rectangular sporting stadium. Capable of seating 52,500 people, Suncorp Stadium has played host to games featuring the Brisbane Broncos, the Queensland Reds, the Rugby League, Rugby Union Tests, State of Origin and so many more. For those who just want to see Suncorp Stadium in all of its quiet glory, the stadium does offer venue tours, which offers guests the perfect opportunity to learn about the way the venue is formed and works. Tour goers will gain knowledge and wisdom on what it takes to turn a sporting venue from regular to spectacular.
40 Castlemaine Street, Milton, Queensland 4064, Australia
16.Cedar Creek Trail
Get acquainted with Brisbane’s natural beauty at the Cedar Creek Trail. Featuring a challenging 18-kilometer hike with a 662-meter maximum elevation and 1,246-meter climb, the Cedar Creek Trail boasts loops around serene creeks, thundering falls and glorious pools. Avid hikers can explore various ways up the trail from easy walks to rock hopping, and even climbs up along the falls. Along the trail, hikers will find the Maiala Picnic grounds, which serves as a relaxing respite from the hike, as well as a road leading to the Greene Falls track. Looking for even more adventure? Try abseiling down the creek from the falls.
Upper Kedron, Queensland, Australia
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It doesn’t matter if you live in Brisbane or are dropping by on vacation, Southbank is a location that deserves a spot on your itinerary. Why? Well, Southbank is world renowned for its lush green spaces, thriving foodie scene, and ever-busy events calendar. Travelers stopping by Southbank can take a dip at South Bank’s many swimming facilities, or enjoy a bbq picnic with gardens all around. Meanwhile, Southbank is also home to a great riverfront, which beckons cyclists and joggers alike, while a cultural precinct and landmarks like the Nepalese Pagoda are spectacular for memorable and one-of-a-kind sight-seeing.
Southbank, Queensland, Australia
18.Yatala Drive In
There aren’t many things you can do in Brisbane for 35 dollars that will entertain 6 people. At the Yatala Drive In, not only will you maximize your 35 dollars, you’ll also enjoy the fresh air and clear night sky, while tuning into the latest Hollywood releases. This drive-in cinema is situated on a field right off the Pacific Highway, and features food kiosks as well as a quaint playground for the kiddos to explore. Tuck into classic movie fare like hotdogs, fish and chips, choc tops, and more while your flick of choice plays seamlessly on a large screen.
100 Stapylton-Jacobs Well Road, Queensland, Australia
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19.Mount Coot-tha Lookout
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Take in unparalleled views of Brisbane at the Mt. Coot-tha Lookout. Also known as the Brisbane Lookout, this attraction is a must-visit for first timers to Brisbane, and is undoubtedly an attraction that beckons guests back for a second or third visit. From the lookout, visitors can enjoy gorgeous panoramic views of Brisbane’s skyline, as well as the gorgeous greenery nearby, and Moreton Bay. From the lookout, walking paths invite guests to explore more of Mt. Coot-tha, while other paths around the lookout feature historical timelines for the attraction. When you start to get hungry, make sure to stop by the award-winning Summit Restaurant to sink your teeth into mouth watering dishes or grab a quick bite at the busy Kuta Cafe.
1012 Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, Mount Coot-Tha, Queensland 4066, Australia, Phone: +617-34-03-88-88
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Eager to sink your teeth into something absolutely delicious? Get ready to have your taste buds sing a new song at Montrachet, a classy dining establishment that captures the evolution of French cuisine in every bite. Montrachet serves up French classics like the crab souffle, escargot and steak and frites, but they also offer exciting new dishes, which feature unexpected flavour combinations and exceptional technique. Apart from their spot-on menu, Montrachet is also known for their luxurious interiors, professional service, and their private dining spaces in addition to well appointed function spaces. With world class dishes and service competes with the best of the best, your visit to Montrachet is bound to be memorable.
1/30 King Street, Bowen Hills, Queensland, Australia, Phone: +617-33-67-00-30
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Inspired by the Enoteche of Rome, guests to the 1889 Enoteca can look forward to tucking into authentic Roman food, made with traditional techniques and remarkable produce. Situated in the heart of Woolloongabba’s antique and cafe quarter, the 1889 Enoteca is known across the city for its award-winning Italian cuisine. It also has a celebrated wine bar and vinaio, which features a stunning underground wine cellar that can be utilized for private occasions and functions. Some hearty Roman fare to try at the 1889 Enoteca include the Bistecca, the Cicale di mare, the Risotto, and the Veal Saltimbocca Alla Romana.
Moreton Rubber Building, 10-12 Logan Road, Woolloongabba, Queensland 4104, Australia, Phone: +617-33-92-43-15
Feast on exceptional Japanese cuisine right by the Portside Wharf at the Sono Japanese Restaurant. At Sono, guests can sample the true taste of Japanese tradition through a delightfully well-rounded menu, and authentic Japanese cooking techniques performed by master chefs. Patrons to Sono ought to try the Dinner Tasting Course, which offers appetisers like the Fresh Oyster with Lime Sauce and Salmon Roe or the Sauteed Hokkaido Scallops. Entree courses include the Chef’s Selection of Special Sushi or the Fresh Crab Meat Croquette and Soft Shell Crab. If you’re the kind of person that doesn’t mind a great show while eating, try the Teppanyaki Table, where the chef will wow you with his skills and the flavor of his dishes.
39 Hercules Street, Hamilton, Queensland 4007, Australia, Phone: 617-32-68-66-55
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At Malt, food and eating is all about sharing an experience, and the head chef, John Speranza, is more than eager to cook for every guest that walks through the restaurant’s doors. Sophisticated and classy, Malt offers visitors the opportunity to sample fine dining with a homely atmosphere. Their modern Australian cuisine is crafted with finesse and passion, ensuring that each bite is an explosion of flavor that is representative of the region’s produce. With award-winning dishes and a rustic environment, there’s no surprise that Malt has become an icon right in the center of Bribane’s bustling and highly competitive CBD.
28 Market Street, Brisbane, Queensland 4000, Australia, Phone: +617-32-36-48-55
When it comes to Public, their motto or ethos is simple: create a menu that is centered around fun and finesse. It’s safe to say that Public does this well and with style having become one of the premier fine dining establishments in the city. Although they’re known for fine dining, Public thrives in a casual atmosphere with plenty of al fresco seating, and relatively simple table settings. At the end of the day, they let their food do the talking for them with tasty offerings like the Roasted Lamb Rump, the Smoked Mayura Brisket, and the Pan Fried Green Pea Gnocchi.
400 George Street, Brisbane City, 4000 Queensland, Australia, Phone: +617-32-10-22-88
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Favored and loved by tapas and wine lovers across Brisbane, Moda is a rustically designed boutique restaurant that is helmed by Chef Javier Codina. Widely recognized as being one of the best restaurants in Brisbane, Moda dishes up Spanish inspired cuisine using famed Spanish cooking techniques and only the best produce that the city has to offer. Located inside an eye-catching heritage building, Moda is perfect for a night out with friends or an intimate meal with someone special, and their exceptional service, led by the front of house host, Francois Le Saveant, will certainly make everyone feel like they’re VIPs.
The Barracks, 61 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane, Queensland 4000, Australia, Phone: +617-32-21-76-55
25 Best Things to Do in Brisbane, Australia
- Story Bridge Climb, Photo: dzbost/stock.adobe.com
- The Triffid, Photo: The Triffid
- Gallery of Modern Art, Photo: Pete Niesen Photo/stock.adobe.com
- James Street, Photo: James Street
- CityCat Ride, Photo: maytheevoran/stock.adobe.com
- New Farm Park, Photo: Matt Murray/stock.adobe.com
- Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Photo: xiaoliangge/stock.adobe.com
- Vieille Branche, Photo: Vieille Branche
- Powerhouse Farmer’s Market, Photo: Powerhouse Farmer’s Market
- La Trobe Terrace, Photo: ivanko80/stock.adobe.com
- Eat Street, Photo: Eat Street
- Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Photo: innatyshchenko/stock.adobe.com
- City Botanic Gardens, Photo: Rafael Ben-Ari/stock.adobe.com
- Brisbane Jazz Club, Photo: carloscastilla/stock.adobe.com
- Suncorp Stadium, Photo: naftizin/stock.adobe.com
- Cedar Creek Trail, Photo: Vlad/stock.adobe.com
- Southbank, Photo: bellass/stock.adobe.com
- Yatala Drive In, Photo: jetcityimage/stock.adobe.com
- Mount Coot-tha Lookout, Photo: Greg Brave/stock.adobe.com
- Montrachet, Photo: Montrachet
- 1889 Enoteca, Photo: 1889 Enoteca
- Sono, Photo: thongchuea/stock.adobe.com
- Malt, Photo: Malt
- Public, Photo: Public
- Moda, Photo: Moda
- Cover Photo: f11photo/stock.adobe.com