Top 10 Things to Do in Brisbane

Visit Brisbane and you'll find a modern, vibrant city with a sunny, sub-tropical climate and unsurpassed natural beauty. Best of all, you'll find friendly locals keen to show you around this pretty riverside city. They love their city and so will you. Top 10 Things to Do in Brisbane
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Top 10 Things to Do in Brisbane

Find adventure, art, dining and relaxation in these top 10 things to do in Brisbane.

Visit Brisbane and you'll find a modern, vibrant city with a sunny, sub-tropical climate and unsurpassed natural beauty. Best of all, you'll find friendly locals keen to show you around this pretty riverside city. They love their city and so will you.

Climb Brisbane’s Story Bridge... and Abseil Down

Climb Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge for a glimpse of this amazing city. Whether you climb at dawn, during the day, in the twilight or at night, you will discover exhilarating views north to the Glasshouse Mountains and south to the World Heritage-listed Gold Coast Hinterland. Keep the adrenalin going with an optional 98-foot (30-metre) abseil back down.

South Bank, Brisbane, QLD

Walk through Brisbane’s Entertaining South Bank

Walk or cycle around South Bank on the Brisbane River and see the best of the city while you exercise. Famous for its diverse mix of entertainment, recreation and leisure activities, South Bank includes 42 acres (17 hectares) of parklands, restaurants, cafes, bars, boutiques, museums and galleries. For a fun perspective, take a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane.

Lay on the Beach in the Middle of Brisbane City

Experience the Aussie beach vibe in the heart of the city. This fully patrolled, man-made beach is free to use and boasts a sparkling lagoon surrounded by white sand and sub-tropical plants. Relax with an ice cream, have a swim and soak up the famous Queensland sunshine. Nearby Aquativity is a fun, interactive water-play park, ideal for young families.

Stokehouse Restaurant, South Bank, Brisbane, QLD

Dine at Brisbane’s Best Restaurants

Enjoy the perfect meal at Esquire, renowned as Brisbane’s finest restaurant, overlooking the twinkling lights of Story Bridge and the river ferries. Dine a la carte or choose the degustation menu from chef Ryan Squires, matched with Australian and international wines. Gerard’s BistroPublicAriaStokehouse and The Foraging Quail are also highly recommended.

Soak up the Art at GoMA and the Queensland Art Gallery

Explore GoMA, Australia's largest gallery of modern and contemporary art and the iconic Queensland Art Gallery. The galleries are architectural wonders themselves, boasting a diversity of Australian and international art as well as two galleries devoted to contemporary Indigenous work. Friday nights are perfect for drinks with friends in GoMA’s stylish bar.

Kayaking, Riverlife, Brisbane, QLD

Enjoy a “Paddle and Prawns” Experience on the Brisbane River

Guide your own illuminated kayak up the Brisbane River on Friday and Saturday nights. Take in the shimmering lights of the cityscape on a leisurely 90-minute paddle before relaxing with a riverside meal of fresh king prawns (Friday) or a barbecue (Saturday) with famous Queensland lamingtons for dessert. Wash it all down with Australian beer and wine.

Relax in Nightfall’s Luxury Wilderness Camp

Spend a night under the stars just 90 minutes south of Brisbane. Limited to six guests, Nightfall is an intimate camping experience situated on 257 acres beside crystal-clear rapids in the ancient rainforest of the Lamington National Park. Explore, relax and enjoy a fire-cooked organic dinner before drifting off to sleep in a private luxury tent.

Chocolate, Brisbane, QLD

Go on a Chocolate or Craft Beer Walking Tour

Sweet-toothed travellers will love the Chocolate Tour, more than two hours of all things cocoa with experts leading you to eight different stores. There’s plenty of taste testing along the way! The Craft Beer Tour takes in four venues – each with a colourful past – and includes tastings of 20 craft beers plus a history of brewing in Brisbane.

Shopping at Brisbane’s The Collective Markets

Browse the stalls for unique and eclectic clothing by emerging artisans. This fun and friendly market in the bustling Stanley Street Plaza is held on Friday evenings and weekends. The designers are mostly creative young people and the emphasis is on effortless cool. Listen to live music as you look over handmade jewellery, art, antiques, photographs and vintage fashions.

Cylinder Beach, North Stradbroke Island, QLD

Personalise Your Tour of North Stradbroke Island

Expect a laid-back time at North Stradbroke Island (known affectionately as “Straddie”) just short ferry ride across Moreton Bay from Brisbane. Packages can be customised to include eco-touring, 4WD tours, kayaking, fishing and sandboarding. Watch the dolphins surf, photograph the birdlife and wildflowers or just wander miles of untouched beach.