Combine art and outdoor adventure in Brisbane, where South Bank's cultural institutions and restaurants meet riverside gardens and a lagoon. Take a paddlesteamer or ferry down the Brisbane River, abseil Kangaroo Point cliffs and bike ride through the City Botanic Gardens. Day trip to Moreton Island or add Noosa, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast hinterland to your itinerary.
What you can see in Brisbane
Wander the riverside to Southbank, have an adventure on the Brisbane River, enjoy the arts and explore Moreton Bay.
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.
Three Great Days in Brisbane, QLD
Make the most of your holiday in Brisbane - a sunny, sophisticated capital on the winding Brisbane River. Along with lush parks and laid-back locals, this is a city with serious cultural credentials and first-class wining, dining and dancing. Shop up a sub-tropical storm on Queen Street, then check out the city's historic buildings. Dine out along South Bank's sandy lagoon and explore its storehouse of cultural attractions. Pick out Brisbane's landmarks on a leisurely river cruise or from Mt Coot-tha Lookout. Listen to live music in Fortitude Valley or lose yourself to nature in the sandy adventure playground of Moreton Island.
Get back to nature while enjoying jet-set elegance. With a laidback vibe and no buildings higher than the trees, the sub-tropical paradise of Noosa is a place where you can really relax. But that doesn't mean there's nothing to do here. Noosa brings international resort glamour to its pristine beaches, national park and lush hinterland.
Brisbane's Cultural Life
Brisbane is a city with some serious cultural credentials. This is where you'll find the sprawling Queensland Cultural Centre on South Bank, which hosts every manner of artistic endeavour and a growing number of world-class exhibitions. But this national treasure trove of galleries, museums, theatres and arts spaces is just the start. Brisbane's cultural hot-spots include eclectic New Farm and Fortitude Valley and the city, with its public art and heritage buildings.
Three Weeks from Brisbane
Brisbane is a great gateway to eastern Australia's splendid coastline. Drive the Pacific Coast north, stopping for resort glamour in Noosa or to four wheel drive the sandy tracks of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. Sail past islands topped with jungle green in the idyllic Whitsundays. Stop in Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton and Cairns, just some of the access points for the technicolour treasures of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Walk through primeval treetops in the Daintree Rainforest or through pristine national park on Hinchinbrook Island. From Brisbane, it's a short flight to the glittering harbour, cultural attractions and golden city beaches of Sydney.
Adventure on the Brisbane River, Queensland
Don't be deceived by the wide, mangrove-fringed Brisbane River winding leisurely through the Brisbane city centre. This scenic, serene waterway is the backdrop for a whole range of exhilarating outdoor adventure. Kayak past Brisbane's glittering sky-line at night or take in the breathtaking panorama of the city and its surrounds from the top of the Story Bridge. Climb or abseil the sheer cliffs at Kangaroo Point or walk, bike ride or rollerblade over the floating walkways of Brisbane Riverwalk. Afterwards, take an adrenalin break in the City Botanic Gardens or the lush riverside parks of South Bank.
The superb weather of the Sunshine Coast, a little over an hour from Brisbane, is perfect for an action-packed holiday or quiet escape at any time of year. The Sunshine Coast has four sub-regions, all with their own unique attractions. Pristine beaches stretch for miles, with both safe swimming beaches and spectacular surf breaks.
The Moreton Island National Park covers around 98% of the island. White sandy beaches line the island's ocean side which are ideal for swimming, surfing and fishing. The sheltered western edge is more relaxed, with crystal clear blue water gently lapping against the beach. The three island settlements are all located on the western side, at Kooringal in the south, Cowan in the middle and northern Bulwer.
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What you can see near Brisbane
Take the Pacific Coast touring route north to get to Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef. Or head south the vibrant Gold Coast.
From Brisbane you can drive, catch the train or fly to Bundaberg, gateway to the southern Great Barrier Reef.
Drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in just over an hour
Drive from Brisbane, taking in Noosa, on the way to Fraser Island.
Take in the sights of Brisbane by foot or ferry, or take a river cruise.
Work your way up the coast from Brisbane to Cairns in about six days.
Drive the Pacific Coast north towards Cairns, taking in Fraser Island, Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef, or fly to Sydney in 1.5 hours.