What to See in Brisbane
Story Bridge Climb
Arguably Brisbane’s greatest landmark, this magnificent heritage listed steel expanse stretches over 700 metres across the broad Brisbane River. Standing 72 metres tall, the Story Bridge is the perfect place from where to take in the stunning city views – but first you have to reach the top! With Story Bridge Adventure Climb, you will be able to climb your way up the bridge’s massive steal structure, all the way to the top of the gargantuan pylons. If you’re really feeling adventurous, your Story Bridge Adventure can even include an Abseil experience. Scale down the edge of the massive bridge pylon as you take in the beautiful city views.
Known as the ‘River City’, Brisbane’s inviting river front settings and impressive skyline are best enjoyed with a river cruise on a CityCat ferry. Winding its way along the scenic waterway, CityCat ferries offer a unique way to get around the city while at the same time enjoying all the beautiful sights that Brisbane has to offer. Stop and savour the picturesque beauty of river front parks such as New Farm or alight at Eagle Street Pier and take the scenic river walk to the City Botanic Gardens where visitors will find Queensland’s historic Parliament House and Old Government House. The CityCat can take you to many of the majors stops around Brisbane, including South Bank, and so many wonderful others.
South Bank day & night
South Bank is an absolute must-do on any Brisbane holiday. Wander along the winding, leafy and river-side walkways to discover what this fascinating part of Brisbane is all about. Discover Brisbane's cultural arts precinct - with its abundant collection of museums, art galleries and stage and screen theatres - as well as a broad range of entertainment landmarks. A ride on the giant Wheel of Brisbane is a wonderful way to enjoy a bird's eye view over the city. South Bank also fosters a thriving bar and restaurant scene, so you'll never go hungry. An absolute must-do here however is the ever-popular Streets Beach; this marvellous urban pool and manmade beach, where you can swim year-round, offers glorious city and river views. Day or night, South Bank has something for everyone.
Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Planetarium
Located at the base of Brisbane’s tallest mountain, Mt. Coot-Tha, the Botanic Gardens features over 50 hectares of picturesque parklands, gardens and green spaces. Full of fascinating bird and plant life, the easy to navigate foot-paths lead visitors through the placid park settings which include a peaceful Japanese Garden and Bonsai House, an Australian Rainforest, a lagoon and bamboo grove and many other idyllic settings. Two of the most popular landmarks in the gardens are the tropical dome, a fascinating green-house habitat full of exotic plants and trees and the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium. With its state-of-the-art Cosmic Skydome Theatre, the planetarium offers brilliant shows and astronomical viewings. The planetarium also features special exhibits related to the history of space travel.
Mt. Coot-Tha Lookout
From the Brisbane Botanical Gardens, continue up the winding scenic road which leads to Brisbane’s most popular lookout. From the top of Mt. Coot-Tha, the brilliant panoramic view of Brisbane City and the entire coastline can be enjoyed. The lookout area features a café and a fine dining restaurant as well as inviting green spaces perfectly situated for a picnic.
The world’s third largest sand island, this nature refuge and national park is a popular destination for a daytrip or weekend getaway. Popular activities on the island include snorkelling and diving, hiking and camping, four-wheel driving, fishing and the always popular and heart racing activity known as sand tobogganing. The ferry from the mainland takes just over one hour and visitors may take their own four wheel drive vehicle however a permit is required.