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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 taking a free river cruise on a CityHopper. Prefer to admire the scene with two feet firmly planted on ground? Lounge with your mates at one of Brisbane's many outdoor spaces, such as Roma Street Parkland and the City Botanic Gardens. For an even more impressive scene, head up to the Brisbane Lookout, Mount Coot-tha, where you'll be met with 360-degree views that stretch as far as neighboring Moreton Bay. Or, take in your surroundings from atop Story Bridge.

How we rank Things to Do

Updated January 27, 2018

  • #1
    Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha
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    #1 in Brisbane
    Parks and Gardens, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Parks and Gardens, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    After you've admired the sweeping views at theBrisbane Lookout, Mount Coot-tha, walk (or drive) about 1.5 miles northeast to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha. At this 138-acre subtropical conservatory, you'll find a host of native and exotic plants, not to mention the largest collection of Australian rainforest trees in

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  • #2
    City Botanic Gardens
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    #2 in Brisbane
    Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    If you're searching for a quiet respite from the city bustle, you don't have to go far: The City Botanic Gardens are less than a mile southeast of the CBD. In fact, visitors can get to this free attraction by walking, renting a bike from a local vendor, riding the

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  • #3
    Story Bridge
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    #3 in Brisbane
    Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Story Bridge operates as more than just a link between Kangaroo Point, central Brisbane and Fortitude Valley: It's also a major attraction – and not just for photo-ops. With an experienced guide leading the way, you can traverse catwalks more than 260 feet above sea level to reach the top.

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  • #4
    Roma Street Parkland
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    #4 in Brisbane
    Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    It's the largest urban subtropical garden in the world, but travelers just think of Roma Street Parkland as a slice of urban reprieve. Roma Street Parkland, which stretches across nearly 40 acres, is divided into five distinct districts: the Spectacle Garden at Colin Campbell Place, the Celebration Precinct, the Forest

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  • #5
    Museum of Brisbane
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    #5 in Brisbane
    Museums, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    Museums, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    Housed on the fourth floor of Brisbane City Hall, the Museum of Brisbane aims to showcase Brisbane's residents and locals throughout the years. More than 120 exhibits are on display in the museum's five galleries, including artwork by local artist Richard Randall, historic ceramics and various multimedia presentations. What's more, the

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  • #6
    Brisbane Lookout, Mount Coot-tha
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    #6 in Brisbane
    Parks and Gardens, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
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    Parks and Gardens, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    For sweeping views of Queensland's capital, head up to the Brisbane Lookout, Mount Coot-tha. Located 5 miles southwest of Brisbane's city center, this free viewing platform offers more than just a spectacular vantage point: The lookout sits on a 544-acre bushland reserve with several attractions and scores of walking trails.

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  • #7
    Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)
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    #7 in Brisbane
    Museums, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Museums, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Travelers are consistently impressed with Brisbane's arts scene, and perhaps the best way to experience it is to pay a visit to this comprehensive institution. Made up of two distinct venues – the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art – QAGOMA features a diverse lineup of more

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  • #8
    CityHopper
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    #8 in Brisbane
    Tours, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND
    Tours, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND

    One of the best ways to take in Brisbane's sights is to travel along the Brisbane River on a CityHopper ferry. Part of the TransLink transportation network, CityHoppers offer free service between North Quay and Sydney Street. The ferry passes by or under popular attractions like theCity Botanic GardensandStory Bridge,

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  • #9
    Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
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    #9 in Brisbane
    Zoos and Aquariums
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
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    Zoos and Aquariums
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    For many, a trip Down Under wouldn't be complete without a koala bear sighting. Pay a visit to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and you won't just see these snuggly creatures up close; you'll also have the chance to cuddle with them. Here at the world's oldest and largest koala

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  • #10
    Suncorp Stadium
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    #10 in Brisbane
    Sports
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Sports
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Situated about 2 miles northwest of Brisbane's Milton neighborhood, Suncorp Stadium regularly hosts rugby matches for local and national teams like the Wallabies, the Queensland Reds and the Brisbane Broncos. Football (or soccer) games for the Brisbane Roar and various concerts are also held here. On non-event days, visitors can

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