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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 the City Botanic Gardens and Story Bridge, giving passengers a chance to snap some superb photos and take in the sights. Visitors are welcome to ride the entire voyage or hop on and off along the way.

Travelers rave about this convenient, reliable and cost-effective service. But keep in mind that this ferry is slower than the city's fee-based CityCat service, with most journeys between the route's first and last terminals lasting approximately 45 minutes. Also, consider sitting on the top deck when the weather is nice to enjoy some of the route's best vistas.

CityHopper ferries operate every half hour between 6 and 12:30 a.m. daily. North Quay, downtown's most convenient departure point, sits by the Pacific Motorway near Victoria Bridge and the Queens Gardens. Other ferry terminals can be found in the South Bank, Kangaroo Point and New Farm neighborhoods; at the Maritime Museum; and on the eastern edge of the central business district. To get to one of the terminals, it's best to walk or rely on public transportation, but free parking is typically available near CityHopper ferry docks situated outside the CBD. On-board amenities include two levels of seating and restrooms. Plan you trip on a CityHopper by visiting TransLink's website.

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#1 Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha After you've admired the sweeping views at the Brisbane Lookout, Mount Coot-tha, walk (or drive) about 1.5 miles northeast to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha. At this ... Read more » brewbooks / Flickr

#2 City Botanic Gardens 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 ... Read more » Alan Simpson / EyeEm / Getty Images

#3 Story Bridge 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 ... Read more » John and Tina Reid / Getty Images

#4 Roma Street Parkland 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 ... Read more » bertknot / Flickr

#5 Museum of Brisbane 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 ... Read more » Quirex / Getty Images

#6 Brisbane Lookout, Mount Coot-tha 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 ... Read more » RobertDowner / Getty Images

#7 Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) 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 ... Read more » Phillip Capper / Flickr

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#10 Suncorp Stadium 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 ... Read more » Jason O'Brien / Stringer / Getty Images

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Flora and fauna, a planetarium and picturesque city views are just some of what you'll find at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha. brewbooks / Flickr

One of the standout spaces at the City Botanic Gardens is the Weeping Fig Avenue, where several fig trees planted in the 1870s tower over a walkway. Alan Simpson / EyeEm / Getty Images

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The world's largest urban subtropical garden can be found at Brisbane's Roma Street Parkland. bertknot / Flickr

More than 120 exhibits are housed in the Museum of Brisbane, making this a great option for travelers wanting to learn more about the city's people and places. Quirex / Getty Images

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The Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art are collectively known as QAGOMA. You'll find this artistic institution in the Parklands at South Bank. Phillip Capper / Flickr

Ditch the car and climb aboard a CityHopper ferry to get to top sights like Story Bridge and the City Botanic Gardens. Brisbane City Council / Flickr

You'll find about 130 of these cuddly creatures at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the world's oldest and largest koala reserve. Marco Simoni / Getty Images

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