Museum of Brisbane#5 in Best Things To Do in 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 in the museum's five galleries, including artwork by local artist Richard Randall, historic ceramics and various multimedia presentations. What's more, the property offers a small theater, a gift shop, two cafes, restrooms and the Dome Lounge, where travelers can take a break from the attraction's exhibits.
Whether you're a history buff or have kids in tow, odds are you'll enjoy checking out this museum. In fact, many former visitors appreciated the property's informative displays and complimentary admissions. To make the most of your time while in Brisbane City Hall, travelers recommend joining the free city hall and clock tower tours, which are offered several times daily. Tickets for city hall tours can be arranged by phone or online, while a limited number of clock tower tour tickets are provided on a first-come, first-served basis from the museum's reception counter.
The Museum of Brisbane is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Good Friday, Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Additionally, the property offers reduced hours on ANZAC Day. Two public parking lots, which charge 5 to 35 Australian dollars (or roughly $4 to $27) per vehicle depending on the length of time, are available near Brisbane City Hall in Brisbane's central business district. However, visitors can easily walk to the property from the downtown area or disembark from the complimentary City Loop bus at stop No. 10. TransLink's Central station and the North Quay CityCat and CityHopper terminal are also within walking distance. Visit the attraction's website to learn more about the museum's history and collections.
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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 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 the world. Within the garden you'll come across several themed spaces, including the Japanese Garden, the Lagoon and Bamboo Grove, the Fern House and the Fragrant Plants and Herb Garden – all containing different varieties of plantlife. When you're not admiring the spectacular flora, see if you can spot the fauna: Visitors say you'll likely come across iguanas and other reptiles, not to mention plenty of insects and birds.
Past visitors said the gardens provided a beautiful setting for kids to burn off some energy. The Brisbane City Council also offers a "Hide 'n' Seek Children's Trail" with surprises and facts for youngsters to discover as they make their way through the garden. And do be sure to bring your camera since this outdoor attraction boasts plenty of photo-op-worthy spots, including areas with superb views of the city.
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