Where to Go in Bris­bane

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■ 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


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


■ 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


■ 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


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


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


■ 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


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