Brisbane is the capital city of Queensland, Australia’s second largest state. In addition to being the third most populous city in Australia, Brisbane is the largest of Australia’s six capital cities and is the fastest-growing capital city in the country.
Find an inspiring collection of places to explore in and around Brisbane, ranging from the natural pleasures of parklands and unique wildlife to the urban appeal of art galleries, fine restaurants, a vibrant nightlife and world-class shopping.
- Brisbane is the world’s second fastest-growing city in the world behind Phoenix, Arizona
- Brisbane is the birth place of the world's first cervical cancer vaccine
- Brisbane is the closest major Australian capital to the eastern seaboard
- The Brisbane River is older than the Nile
- Brisbane is known as Australia's “Most Liveable City”
There are so many things to see and do in Brisbane! Here are just a few ideas to get you started...
CityCats - Spend a day getting your bearings by jumping on the sleek twin hulled CityCat and exploring the city and its riverside precincts like New Farm, Kangaroo Point, South Bank and West End.
The Wheel of Brisbane – The Wheel of Brisbane offers a spectacular 360 degree panoramic view of Brisbane City from the heart of Brisbane's cultural, lifestyle and entertainment precinct, The Parklands, South Bank.
The Workshops Rail Museum – All Aboard! This museum offers a wide range of hands-on exhibits, multi-media encounters and colorful stories. This coupled with huge steam locomotives and over 140 years of history, make for an interactive authentic heritage and cultural experience at the birthplace of rail in Queensland. Visit the website for further information.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary - Everyone loves the cuteness of a koala and at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, 25 minutes from Brisbane city centre, there are more than 130 living here, so you can be guaranteed you are going to catch some of them awake! Visit the website for more information.
XXXX Brewery - Follow the beer making process and end up in the Ale House bar to try some of their famous brews. Tours are open to all ages (of course you have to be over 18 to sample).
Golfing - Queensland is best known amongst golfers as being Australia's golf resort capital. Thirteen of the top 25 resort courses in Australia can be found in Queensland. There are many fine courses in Brisbane, including the brand new Brookwater Golf Club and North Lakes Resort Golf Club, Royal Queensland, Indooroopilly and the Brisbane Golf Club.
Shopping at the Queen Street Mall – The heart and soul of Queensland’s shoppers, the Brisbane Queen Street Mall has five major shopping centres, two department stores and four shopping arcades begging to be explored. That’s over 700 retailers including local, national and international designers.
Indulge in food and wine - Brisbane's dining scene has evolved at a rapid pace over the last couple of years and it has no intention of slowing down. With top Australian restaurants like Aria, Stokehouse and Sake making Brisbane its second home and the calibre of the restaurants, cafes and bars opening up around the city, there's never been a better time to follow your tastebuds to foodie heaven.
Visit the world famous theme parks! Hire a car or hop on a bus and visit these parks in Australia’s theme park capital!
For more ideas on what to see and do in and around Brisbane, visit the below websites: