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Best Things To Do in Brisbane

Much of Brisbane's activity takes place around the winding Brisbane River, which slithers its way through the city and other parts of southeastern Queensland. Make the most of the water by renting a kayak or stand-up paddle board from the Riverlife Adventure Centre. Prefer to admire the scene with two feet firmly planted on ground? The Parklands at South Bank are the cultural hub of Brisbane, offering the city's finest arts venue, QAGOMA, along with spectacular views of the water from the Wheel of Brisbane and the Clem Jones Promenade. For an even more impressive scene, head up to the Mount Coot-tha Lookout where you'll be met with 360-degree views that stretch as far as neighboring Moreton Bay. If you're in the mood to lounge, grab your mates and head to one of Brisbane's many outdoor spaces, like the Roma Street Parklands or the City Botanic Gardens.

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How We Rank Things to Do
#1
The Parklands at South Bank Free attraction
Beaches, Entertainment and Nightlife, Museums, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Neighborhood/Area | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: A favorite area among both travelers and locals, the Parklands at South Bank is an epicenter for Brisbane culture. In ... read more»

#2
Mount Coot-tha Lookout Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: For sweeping views of Queensland's capital, head up to the Mount Coot-tha Lookout. Located 5 miles west of Brisbane ... read more»

#3
Roma Street Parkland Free attraction
Parks and Gardens, Recreation | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: It's the largest urban subtropical garden in the world, but travelers just think of Roma Street Parkland as slice ... read more»

#4
Brisbane Botanic Gardens Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: After you've admired the sweeping views at the Mount Coot-tha Lookout, walk (or drive) about 1½ miles east to ... read more»

#5
Queensland Museum Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Located within walking distance of QAGOMA, in Brisbane's South Bank neighborhood, the Queensland Museum aims to tell the ever-evolving ... read more»

#6
Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Travelers are consistently impressed with Brisbane's arts scene and perhaps the best way to experience it is to pay ... read more»

#7
City Botanic Gardens Free attraction
Parks and Gardens, Recreation | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If you're searching for a quiet respite from the city bustle, you don't have to go far: The ... read more»

#8
Riverlife Adventure Centre
Recreation, Sightseeing, Sports, Tours | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Brisbane River is the nerve center for much of the city's activity, so when you're not strolling ... read more»

#9
Story Bridge Adventure Climb
Recreation, Sightseeing, Sports, Tours | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: This bridge operates as more than just a link between Kangaroo Point, Brisbane City and Fortitude Valley: It's also ... read more»

#10
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Parks and Gardens, Zoos and Aquariums | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: For many, a trip Down Under wouldn't be complete without a koala bear sighting. Pay a visit to the ... read more»

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