Brisbane is located between the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. The heart of this city is its River which stretches from Mount Stanley to the Coral Sea. Brisbane is Australia’s sunshine state and enjoys a subtropical climate with warm sunny winters and hot humid summers. So anytime of the year is a great time for adventurous outdoor activities. Friends of mine who own Printed Event Flooring based in LA love to visit Brisbane on their winter getaways. According to some input from them and my own research, here are the top must see attractions in Brisbane, Australia.
Start your tour of this beautiful city on the biggest hill in Brisbane. The name of this hill means honey, which was found in abundance here many years ago. While you are here, don’t forget to explore the Brisbane Botanical Garden and the planetarium.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
See iconic Australian wildlife and feed lorikeets at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Meet wombats, koalas, kangaroos, and don’t miss the animal shows which show the real Australian tradition.
Queen Street Mall
Here you will find all the big retail brands in the country. Learn about the mining boom as well as other events that shaped this beautiful city in the nearby Brisbane Museum. Some exhibits will show you how the World Expo in 1988 led to the transformation of the rivers.
This is Brisbane’s favorite backyard, and it even has its own beach. There are also many free facilities and activities which attract over 10 million people every year. Visit one of the several popular theaters and museums, join the locals for a beer, browse the weekend markets, or cool off in a lagoon. The cultural forecourt is a collection of Queensland’s major theaters and museums. You can also see some prehistoric creatures, admire European, and indigenous modern art, and don’t forget to see a show at the Performing Arts Center.
New Farm Park
From South Bank, take a public ferry downstream to the new farm park. This restored power house has turned to a real institution among music and art lovers. Pop off at Kangaroo Point on your way back to climb the Story Bridge. This is one of the best spots to watch the sunset over Brisbane. Ensure you book your tour for mid afternoon because nightfall comes early here.
For a fun day at the beach, jump on a ferry to Moreton Island. You can also join a tour along the shore before surfing down the sandy beach. Snorkel around the tangle Umarex on a hot day or book a helicopter to fly over the Coral Sea and bay if you would rather stay high and dry.
There is a lot to do and see in Brisbane and you can indulge as much as you like but you are never far from nature while you are here.