The beautiful city of Brisbane is located on the Sunshine Coast of Australia and is the third largest city Down Under. It is a mix of natural beauty and historic buildings. It is also well-known for architecture (Queenslander Architecture) that is unique to Queensland. A visit to Brisbane reveals some of the most glorious sites in the country.
In 2014, Brisbane was named Lonely Planet’s Hippest City in Australia. It was high praise, but Brisbane still attracts fewer than 1 million international visitors each year. While tourists typically go to Sydney or Melbourne, they wrongly overlook Brisbane. Here is why travelers should never forego a chance to visit the capital of Queensland.
Local Favorite: Moreton Bay BugMoreton Bay bug may not sound tasty, but believe us, it is. What is the Moreton Bay bug? It is a slipper lobster found off of the northern coast of Australia. Although the term "bug" is used, it merely means crustacean seafood. The slipper lobster is often cooked and served as a main course. Chefs around Brisbane will use the tail meat, which has a medium-to-strong flavor, as an ingredient for other meals. Slipper lobster meat is cooked with citrus flavors and served with a light dressing. Supermarkets, restaurants, and fishmongers will sell slipper lobster both raw and cooked for you to enjoy.
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The Wheel of Brisbane
Roma Street Parkland
Museum of Brisbane
Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park
Queensland Maritime Museum
Anzac Square & Memorial Galleries
Top Tourist Attractions
Brisbane River Cruise
The Brisbane River cuts through the city like a knife, and there are some amazing places visitors can relax near the riverfront. The river makes for a great way to get around town as the CityCats take travelers from point to point along the River. There is nothing better on a gorgeous day than to glide across the waters soaking up the sun.
Riding the CityCats and ferries that travel the river gives tourists a unique look at Brisbane. Holidaymakers can see a variety of sites including mansions, parks and the different business hubs of the city. The river cruises and boats run seven days a week and travelers don’t need to pre-book. Just show up and hop on one of the boats for a delightful experience
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Australia has several animals only found on its shores. From fierce to cuddly, these animals are a must-see for anyone not from Down Under. The koala is one of the most identifiable animals in Australia, and the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary gives visitors the chance to see them up close. Located on the Brisbane River, visitors will get the chance to cuddle koalas while visiting the sanctuary. The compact area also has kangaroos, wallabies, and crocodiles. The sanctuary is full of cool events each day. Visitors can experience talks from animal experts, flying demonstrations or animal feedings. There is even a River Cruise and Koala Sanctuary package to purchase.
The Australia Zoo is just a 60-minute drive from Brisbane. Owned by the family of the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, the zoo is home to a wide range of animals from all over the world. Visitors can get up close to many of Australia’s magnificent creatures and find out more about them.
The zoo has a variety of programs kids and parents can enjoy. Ever fancied being a zookeeper? The Australia Zoo offers the Zookeeper for a Day program, and kids can get a crash course in how to take care of the animals. It is a fun and educational adventure.
Rally/V8 “supercar” Driving
Car enthusiasts needing a break from the cuddly animals and sightseeing will love the rally driving experiences offered by different vendors. Tourists can get behind the wheel of a rally car while a navigator sits next to them. Drivers will then take their rally car around a pro-grade circuit kicking up dust as they fly over the terrain.
For those who prefer a race track, there is a variety of V8 “supercar” driving experiences available. The V8 experience gives visitors a chance to suit up and drive one of the cars used in the V8 racing series that is very popular throughout Australia. These driving experiences are available from Adrenaline often at a discounted price when compared to direct purchase from the vendors. The company also offers a variety of other experiences including skydiving and jet boat adventures.
Story Bridge Adventure Climb
Story Bridge is one of Brisbane’s favorite landmarks. It is a must-see site that looks down over the Brisbane River. The steel bridge offers adventurers a three-hour hike across it. The climb will take tourists 80 meters over the Brisbane River and provides breathtaking views of the area. However, this is certainly not one for visitors who have acrophobia.
South Bank was the site of the 1988 World Expo. Visitors to the area will find one of the best green spaces in Brisbane here. The entire South Bank area contains parks, restaurants, and cafes that attract people throughout the day. There is also a lagoon built for visitors to swim in on hot days. Visitors can also take advantage of the walking and cycling trails to stay fit.
South Bank is home to the Wheel of Brisbane. The Ferris wheel takes visitors 60 meters into the sky treating them to splendid views of the city from the Wheel of Brisbane’s apex. The best time to ride is at night as lights illuminate the Australian city and reveal how delightful the aerial view can be.
Spend the day away from the hustle and bustle of the city and head out to sea to Moreton Island. The picturesque isle off the coast of Brisbane is 95% national park with perfect beaches for surfing and snorkeling. Immerse yourself in the island's wildlife, including friendly dolphins and the marine life living in the deliberately-sunken Tangalooma shipwrecks.
Wineries in Scenic Rim
As the name implies, the rich countryside on the outskirts of Brisbane is home to some of the most famous wineries in the country. It isn't all about the wine either, as Scenic Rim is also home to several micro-breweries if beer or spirits are more your style. You won't miss out if you aren't drinking either, with the growing kombucha production in the region. Pick a favorite winery or do a tasting tour of several to maximize your day in south Brisbane.
Pterodactyl Helicopter Tours
Experience the Australian coast from the skies with a helicopter tour. Partnered with plenty of companies in the area, your pilot can give you some of the best recommendations in the region. However, if somewhere specific has caught your eye, you can do that too — simply ask! Combine your skyward travel with a wine tour for maximum jealousy-inducing social media photos.
Brisbane may not be the first city that comes to mind when booking an Australian holiday. However, it offers some of the most unique attractions of any major city Down Under. Its combination of nature and human-made attractions make it one of the best holiday experiences in the southern hemisphere.