Where to Go in Brisbane
■ BRISBANE LOOKOUT. A ‘must see’ for all visitors to Brisbane, Mt Coot-tha’s Brisbane Lookout offers spectacular panoramic views over the CBD all the way to Moreton Bay. Walking tracks are abundant through the National Park, and the Lookout itself showcases a historical timeline of this iconic destination. A bustling café and awardwinning restaurant ensure the precinct caters to all visitors. Only 7kms from the CBD, the Brisbane Lookout is stunning in the day and a romantic wonderland of lights at night.
Open daily, 1012 Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, Mt Coot-tha. 3369 9922. brisbanelookout.com
■ LONE PINE KOALA SANCTUARY. At Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary you can cuddle a koala in a delightful bushland setting on the edge of the Brisbane River at Fig Tree Pocket. Officially recognised by Guinness World Records, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary, with more than 80 years’ experience and 130 koalas.
Daily 9am–5pm, including Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. 708 Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket. 3378 1366. koala.net
■ RIVER CITY CRUISES. River City Cruises offers a cost effective, relaxing and informative perspective of Brisbane’s distinctive river scene for both locals and visitors with its year-round cruises. Enjoy the pale blue skies of a sub-tropical winter, the flowering gardens of the River City in spring, the embracing warmth and brilliant sunshine of summer and the autumn tones of the tree-lined river banks with River City Cruises. Throughout the cruise, the staff will provide an informative commentary while serving a complimentary morning tea with a drink or light lunch available from the onboard coffee shop and licensed bar. All passengers receive a Souvenir Map with discount vouchers to other attractions and there is a hop-on/hop-off option to the popular Breakfast Creek precinct.
Departs daily 10.30am and 12.30pm. Jetty A, South Bank Parklands. 0428 278 473. rivercitycruises.com.au
STORY BRIDGE ADVENTURE CLIMB.
This is one of only three bridge climbs in the world. With breathtaking 360-degree views, Story Bridge Adventure Climb is a spectacular way to discover Brisbane and its beautiful surrounds. Standing atop an 80m summit, climbers enjoy magnificent views of the city, the river, the mountain ranges, and the beautiful Moreton Bay Islands.
107 Main Street, Kangaroo Point. Adults from $119 and children/concession from $101.15. 1300 254 627. sbac.net.au
■ STREETS BEACH. Australia’s only beach in the middle of a city, Streets Beach is one of South Bank’s most popular attractions. A unique, man-made swimming beach, Streets Beach overlooks the brilliant Brisbane River and central business district.
South Bank Parklands, South Bank.
■ THE WHEEL OF BRISBANE. The Wheel of Brisbane invites locals and visitors alike to explore the city from new heights in a memorable journey complete with breath taking views stretching across the heart of Brisbane City and the iconic Brisbane River. The Wheel of Brisbane takes guests on a 12 to 15 minute ride in a fully enclosed climate-controlled gondola featuring a 360-degree view of Brisbane City.
Mon–thu 11am–9.30pm, Fri–sat 10am–11pm and Sun 10am–10pm. Cultural Forecourt, Russell Street, South Bank. 3844 3464. thewheelofbrisbane.com.au
■ EVENT CINEMAS GOLD CLASS. For the ultimate in movie experiences, indulge in the laid-back luxury of Gold Class at Event Cinemas. In this intimate setting, guests can relax in the luxurious full reclining leather arm chairs plus enjoy the ease of on call waiter service, featuring a comprehensive food and beverage menu, delivered direct to your seat, before or throughout the movie!
Event Cinemas Chermside, Level 2, Westfield Chermside, cnr Gympie and Hamilton Rds, Chermside. Event Cinemas Garden City, Westfield Garden City, cnr Logan and Kessels Rd, Upper Mt Gravatt. Event Cinemas Indooroopilly, Level 4, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, 322 Moggil Rd, Indooroopilly. eventcinemas.com.au
EXPLORING & TOURING
■ PRESTIGE DAY TOURS. A locally owned small business, Prestige Day Tours prides itself on extraordinary customer service for guests while providing a memorable day out around Brisbane and surrounds. Exciting new itineraries have been introduced, including the “Not the Winery” tour to Tamborine Mountain, and the option to add a helicopter flight over the Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast. Feel like a movie star as you stretch out in complete comfort behind privacy glass in a luxury Mercedes Benz vehicle. A small group of passengers (maximum of six per vehicle) ensures the experience is unrivalled for quality and personalised service. A local interpreter is also available if required.
3711 6051. prestigedaytours.com.au
■ STRADBROKE ISLAND HOLIDAYS. Welcome to North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah), home of the Quandamooka people and known as ‘Straddie’ by the locals. It’s one of the largest sand islands in the world and is only an hour’s drive from Brisbane and 90 minutes from the Gold Coast. Straddie is blessed with white sandy beaches, magnificent inland lakes, hidden waterways and scenic walks. Families, couples, groups of friends, local and international travellers can all enjoy an unforgettable holiday experience on North Stradbroke Island… where summer never ends!
1300 303 766. stradbrokeholidays.com
■ THE VINO BUS. Mt Tamborine is located just 50 minutes south of Brisbane. You can explore this beautiful area with The Vino Bus—jump on board for a wine tasting experience you will not forget! Absorb the spectacular scenery whilst making your way through Tamborine Mountain’s unique wine trail. Taste Queensland’s award-winning wines, and indulge in a delicious two-course lunch at one of the mountain’s top wineries. Snacks and water are also provided and they pick up directly from your hotel in Brisbane or the Gold Coast, seven days a week.
0456 998 466. thevinobus.com.au
MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
■ GALLERY OF MODERN ART. Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) boasts significant new displays, which allow visitors to encounter much-loved collection works in a new light, while also discovering some of the gallery’s magnificent recent acquisitions.
Daily 10am–5pm. Stanley Place, South Bank. 3840 7303. qagoma.qld.gov.au
■ MUSEUM OF BRISBANE. Located in the City Hall, the Museum of Brisbane (MOB) celebrates Brisbane’s past, present and future with an ever-changing program of social history, visual arts, craft and design exhibitions.
Daily 10am–5pm. Level 3, Brisbane City Hall, Adelaide and Ann Street, Brisbane. 3339 0800. museumofbrisbane.com.au
■ QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY. The Queensland Art Gallery is the state’s premier visual arts institution and houses a significant collection of more than 13,000 Australian and international paintings, sculptures, decorative art objects, and works on paper.
Daily 10am–5pm. Stanley Place, South Bank. 3840 7303. qagoma.qld.gov.au
QUEENSLAND MARITIME MUSEUM.
Step back in time as you explore the Diamantina (a Royal Australian Navy frigate commissioned in 1945 and currently housed in the dry dock) or wonder at the workings of the Forceful— a river-cruising steam tug built in 1925.
Daily 9.30am–4.30pm. 412 Stanley Street, South Bank. 3844 5361. maritimemuseum.com.au
QUEENSLAND MUSEUM & SCIENCENTRE.
As the home of Queensland’s state collection and a world-class research institution in the fields of biodiversity, geosciences and cultures and histories, Queensland Museum shares the story of our state through a fascinating range of exhibitions and programs for visitors. Queensland Museum is also home to the Sciencentre, where hands-on activities put you in the driver’s seat as you explore the science behind everyday life. While general admission is free, entry charges apply to the Sciencentre and some special events and exhibitions.
Daily 9.30am–5pm. Cnr Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Bank, South Brisbane. 3840 7555. qm.qld.gov.au
PARKS AND GARDENS
■ CITY BOTANIC GARDENS. With its impressive colonial history, plant collections and riverside location, the City Botanic Gardens are a much beloved part of the cityscape. The City Botanic Gardens are only a 10 to 15 minute walk from the city centre and Central or Roma Street railway stations. Free guided walks available Mon–sat at 11am and 1pm (excluding public holidays and from mid-dec to late Jan).
Open daily. Enter via George Street or Alice Street, Brisbane. 3403 8888. brisbane.qld.gov.au
■ ROMA STREET PARKLAND. One of Brisbane’s treasures, Roma Street Parkland is a breathtaking oasis in the heart of the city. The largest subtropical parkland in an urban environment in the world, its diverse themed gardens reflect the variety of the Australian landscape. The Parkland also features Australia’s largest outdoor collection of public art. Admission is free, and free-guided tours operate daily at 11am and 1pm.
Open daily. Enter via Albert Street or Roma Street, Brisbane. 1300 137 468. romastreetparkland.com