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Welcome to Brisbane

Hemmed in by the beaches of the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane is the perfect cultural antidote to a sun-and-surf overdose. Effortlessly laid-back yet surprisingly fashion-forward, Queensland’s capital city is always changing, with museums hosting some of Australia’s most cutting-edge exhibitions, and new restaurants, pop-up stores, and seasonal events springing up constantly. Highlights of a trip to Brisbane include climbing the famous Story Bridge, strolling the lush City Botanic Gardens, and spotting koalas at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Lone Pine is a 20-minute drive from downtown Brisbane, but it’s more fun to float there on a river cruise that departs from Southbank, with views of Brisbane’s landmarks along the way. As the gateway to Queensland, Brisbane also makes a good base camp for exploring the region’s highlights. The beaches of North Stradbroke Island or Moreton Island are a short ferry ride away, while the world-class theme parks and beaches of the Gold Coast are just an hour’s drive south of the city. To experience Queensland’s diverse flora and fauna, tours are your best bet. A guide can lead you to waterfalls and glowworm caves on a rain forest tour of Springbrook National Park, 62 miles (100 kilometers) south of Brisbane, and Mt. Tamborine National Park. Or join a multi-day excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Fraser Island (one night at a beach resort included) or the Great Barrier Reef, where you can swim, look for turtles and humpback whales, and snorkel ’til your heart’s content.

Top 10 attractions in Brisbane

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Australia Zoo

Australia Zoo

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Formerly home to Steve Irwin, also known as “the Crocodile Hunter,” the Australia Zoo is one of Australia’s largest and most popular wildlife conservation facilities. Managed by the Irwin family, whose personalities are a major part of its continued success, the zoo has a huge collection of native Aussie animals as well as creatures from around the world.More
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Moreton Island

Moreton Island

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With its miles of sun-bleached sandy beaches, towering sand dunes, shimmering lagoons, and pockets of wild bushland, Moreton Island feels a world away from nearby Brisbane. As the third largest sand island in the world and a national park, Moreton Island makes for a perfect day trip when you want to get in touch with nature.More
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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One of the best places to spot native Australian animals is the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, which has been devoted to wildlife conservation since 1927. As well as being the oldest and largest koala sanctuary in the country with more than 130 resident koalas, the sanctuary is home to kangaroos, wombats, emus, dingoes, Tasmanian devils, and platypus.More
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Wheel of Brisbane

Wheel of Brisbane

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Located at the entrance to the South Bank Parklands and towering 197 feet (60 meters) over the river, the Wheel of Brisbane has been part of the skyline since 2008. The giant Ferris wheel is one of Brisbane’s most memorable landmarks as well as a popular attraction and boasts unbeatable views of the city.More
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Brisbane River

Brisbane River

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The Brisbane River winds its way through the heart of the city, from the neighborhoods of South Brisbane all the way to Moreton Bay. The river is also a center of local life, and residents and visitors alike enjoy the many waterfront parks and landmarks, riverside walks, and sightseeing cruises.More
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Lamington National Park

Lamington National Park

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Part of Australia’s Gondwana Rainforests, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lamington National Park is a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Covering 77 square miles (200 square kilometers), it’s known for its rich biodiversity, ancient trees, over 500 waterfalls, and more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) of hiking trails.More
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Roma Street Parkland

Roma Street Parkland

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On a hill overlooking Brisbane City, you will find a sprawling garden oasis known as Roma Street Parkland. This subtropical parkland boasts bamboo thickets, sunny picnic patches, calming waterways and meandering paths through botanical bliss.The happy result is an inner-city retreat that can whisk you into another world, despite being only a few minutes’ walk from the central bustling business district and Brisbane Transit Centre.Designed and realised by Australian gardening celebrity, the late Colin Campbell of the ABC’sGardening Australia, Roma Street Parkland was established in 2001 as a horticultural wonderland, using the former goods yard for the adjacent train station. Since opening, the parkland has become a popular outdoor space, hosting entertainment events in the natural amphitheatre at the top of the park, as well as festivals and other recreational events.Free guided tours are offered to show visitors around the Australian subtropical gardens and distinct globe-inspired horticultural displays. Between Friday and Sunday, a mini train, known as the Parkland Explorer, runs from 10am to 3pm for a gold coin contribution.More
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Streets Beach

Streets Beach

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Water, sand and sun make for a good combination pretty much anywhere in the world. Put them all together to create a man-made beach right in the middle of Brisbane, and you’ve got the must-visit Streets Beach.Australia’s only inner-city, manmade beach, this site has a chlorinated lagoon surrounded by sandy beaches and sub-tropical plants that makes for a great spot to head to whether you have kids in tow or not. An extra bonus—this beach-like spot enjoys a view of the city skyscrapers and Brisbane River, which will keep you from forgetting you’re not out on a tropical island somewhere.More
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Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park

Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park

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Just across the river from Brisbane’s central business district, Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park offers sweeping views of Brisbane’s skyline, as well as excellent rock climbing and rappelling—suitable for all skill levels—on its cliffs. The cliffs were formed by convicts mining the volcanic rock in the middle of the 19th century.More
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Story Bridge

Story Bridge

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Story Bridge is Brisbane’s answer to Sydney’s Harbour Bridge. Iconic in its own right, Story Bridge is a heritage-listed, steel cantilever bridge that allows access between the northern and southern suburbs of Brisbane.Story Bridge was built between 1935 and 1939, and was known as Jubilee Bridge until mid 1940. The main attraction of Story Bridge, as splendid as it is to view from afar, are the bridge climbs which began in 2005. A guided tour takes visitors up the bridge to stunning panoramic views of the city, out to Moreton Bay, and west across the aptly named Scenic Rim as they stand 80 metres above sea level. It’s also possible to abseil down one of the bridge’s pylons and into Captain Burke Park.More

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Top activities in Brisbane

Moreton Island Day Trip (Kayak, Snorkel & Sandboard) frm Brisbane or Gold Coast
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All Inclusive Dolphin and Tangalooma Wrecks Cruise
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Croc Express to Australia Zoo from Brisbane
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise
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90min Brisbane River Cruise/Tour
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Natural Bridge & Springbrook Waterfalls Tour
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Dracula's Cabaret - Gold Coast

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North Stradbroke Island Day Trip from Brisbane
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Noosa and Sunshine Coast Hinterland Day Trip from Brisbane
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Brisbane Story Bridge Adventure Climb
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Full Day Mount Tamborine Winery Tour from Brisbane
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The Jolly Roger

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Recent reviews from experiences in Brisbane

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Sensational Segway
Julie_T, Jan 2022
Brisbane Segway Sightseeing Tour
A great way to see Brisbane City as we covered about 23km with plenty of flexibility for photo stops.
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Spin around Brisbane on a dime
Donna_M, Jan 2022
Brisbane Segway Sightseeing Tour
The tour route takes in most of the attractions of Southbank but also crosses the river through the gardens.
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Monique_K, Mar 2020
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise
Got to see more of Brisbane.
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Friendly staff
Nicole_P, Mar 2020
90min Brisbane River Cruise/Tour
Morning river cruise was relaxing and great way to see Brisbane, staff very friendly and helpful , seating a bit uncomfortable.
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Brilliant Day
HelenD2805, Jan 2020
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise
From start to finish a lovely day, so scenic and a brilliant way to see the Brisbane from the river.
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great day out
Robert_N, Nov 2019
Cruise To Lunch Package
very enjoyable cruise and lunch venue stop , great way to see the waterways of Brisbane city, and good food stop at best pub , recommended value for money rob & cath
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Stunning countryside in a day trip from Birsbane
Ken_L, Jul 2018
Springbrook andTamborine Rainforest Tour Incl Natural Bridge and Glow Worm Cave
This day tour featured stunning mountains, water falls and rain forests and a completely unique glow worm cave.
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What a night. We enjoyed every bit...
Chrissie G, Jan 2018
Brisbane Kayak Tour
We were lucky to see the South Bank fire works, listen to a few sounds at the Brisbane Jazz club and enjoy a beautiful warm night kayak.
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Eileen B, Jan 2018
North Stradbroke Island Day Trip from Brisbane
To see Koalas, Kangaroos, Sharks, Mantirays, Dolphins, Turtles, stingrays all in the wild is so special.
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Great day trip from Brisbane. We...
MRANTHONYT_L, Apr 2017
North Stradbroke Island Day Trip from Brisbane
Great way to see North Stradbroke Island without the hassle of having to arrange it yourself.
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Best Segway tour
Katie_H, Jan 2020
Brisbane Segway Sightseeing Tour
Great way to see Brisbane!
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This trip was a good day tasting...
Gillian_S, Jan 2017
Deluxe Winery Tour to Tamborine Mountain, includes gourmet two course lunch
Mt Tambourine is a beautiful area to visit.
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An easy way to see Brisbane from a...
Lex C, Nov 2007
Brisbane Story Bridge Adventure Climb
An easy way to see Brisbane from a bird's eye view.
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Really enjoyed this laid-back, casual...
David F, Apr 2009
Springbrook National Park Discovery Full-Day Bushwalking Tour
Great to see glow worms on a daytime tour and bats!
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Grahame B, Dec 2008
Brisbane Arrival Transfer Shuttle from Brisbane Airport to Hotel
Staff fixed it quickly and the bus drivers were wonderful and spoke English.
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10/10 experience! Everyone MUST experience this once
Gabriel_L, Jan 2021
Moreton Island Day Trip (Kayak, Snorkel & Sandboard) frm Brisbane or Gold Coast
We got briefed by one of the tour guides while we were on the ferry & he couldn’t be nicer by assuring us that the activities would be amazing & that we would be in good hands so that we don’t worry about anything.
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A great, fun trip
Jacob_W, Mar 2020
Croc Express to Australia Zoo from Brisbane
I've always wanted to visit the Australia zoo, so I was thrilled when I finally got the chance.
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A Must Do Adventure
Alex_B, Dec 2019
2-Day Moreton Island Tour from Brisbane or Gold Coast with Optional Nighttime Kayaking
The night kayaking is a MUST if you want to see the corals at night - with a totally different biodiversity as compared to daytime.
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Kangaroo Segway Evening Tour
Graham D, Nov 2019
Brisbane Segway Sightseeing Tour
I cannot recommend this enough, a brilliant way to see Brisbane and Anna the tour guide was excellent
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Lovely day out in Brisbane
Susan_G, Dec 2019
Cruise To Lunch Package
With no idea what to do when we got there we found this tour on the web consisting of a 45 minute ferry ride each way from South Brisbane to Breakfast Creek hotel which is famous for their steaks.

All about Brisbane

When to visit

The sun shines year-round in Brisbane, but mild winter temperatures mean locals still spend the majority of their time outdoors, enjoying night markets, open-air cinemas, and festivals such as the Royal Queensland Show and Queensland Music. For those using Brisbane as a base to explore the surrounding beaches and islands, visit in autumn (March through May) for warm weather and fewer crowds.

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