Where to Go in Bris­bane

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AT­TRAC­TIONS

■ 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 7 kilo­me­tres 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

■ SIR THOMAS BRIS­BANE PLAN­E­TAR­IUM. Founded by Bris­bane City Coun­cil in 1978, the Sir Thomas Bris­bane Plan­e­tar­ium is a must-see at­trac­tion for science lovers. Take in one of the shows in the Cos­mic Sky­dome, a 12.5-me­tre-di­am­e­ter pro­jec­tion dome. Cur­rent shows in­clude ‘Starlight’, ‘Cap­tur­ing the Cos­mos’ and ‘Cos­mic Col­li­sions’. Each show in­cludes the main fea­ture and a tour of Bris­bane’s night sky which is recre­ated in the Cos­mic Sky­dome. The plan­e­tar­ium can be found in the Bris­bane Botanic Gar­dens at Mt Coot-tha.

Gen­eral en­try is free, shows in the Cos­mic Sky­dome are tick­eted. Tue–fri 10am–4pm, Sat 11am–8.15pm and Sun 11am–4pm. Bris­bane Botanic Gar­dens Mt Coot-tha, Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong. 3403 2578. bris­bane.qld.gov.au/fa­cil­i­ties-re­cre­ation/ arts-cul­ture/sir-thomas-bris­bane-plan­e­tar­ium ■ 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.

170 Main Street, Kan­ga­roo Point. 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.

Re­open­ing in Septem­ber. 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 10 to 12 minute ride in a fully en­closed cli­mate-con­trolled gon­dola fea­tur­ing a 360-de­gree view of Bris­bane City.

Sun–thu 10am–10pm, Fri–sat 10am–11pm. Cul­tural Fore­court, Rus­sell Street, South Bank. 3844 3464. the­wheelof­bris­bane.com.au

■ XXXX BREW­ERY TOUR. Jour­ney through one of Bris­bane’s great­est at­trac­tions in a re­mark­able ex­plo­ration of the world of XXXX. This brew­ery tour will take you through the 139-year his­tory of XXXX, from its ori­gins to its po­si­tion as Aus­tralia’s num­ber one beer, and an iconic part of the Bris­bane and Queens­land land­scape. You’ll learn all about your favourite beer, its world-class brew­ing meth­ods, top qual­ity in­gre­di­ents and, of course, how to pour a per­fect XXXX. The tour takes ap­prox­i­mately 90 min­utes and con­cludes with a beer tast­ing ses­sion with your tour guide. Book­ings ad­vised.

Adults $32, chil­dren $18. Mon–fri 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm, Satur­day 11am ev­ery half hour un­til 2pm, 3pm and 5pm. Cor­ner Paten and Black Streets, Mil­ton. 3361 7597. xxxx.com.au

EX­PLOR­ING

■ PRES­TIGE DAY TOURS. Pres­tige Day Tours prides it­self on pro­vid­ing a mem­o­rable day out for guests in the Bris­bane re­gion. Des­ti­na­tions in­clude Tam­borine Moun­tain, Sun­shine Coast Hin­ter­land, Queen Mary Falls, The Gold Coast and By­ron Bay as well as tours in Bris­bane. Add a scenic he­li­copter flight to per­son­alise your own pri­vate tour. A unique new itin­er­ary is now avail­able: “Taste Bris­bane”—a Pro­gres­sive Dinner evening tour. Stretch out in com­plete com­fort be­hind pri­vacy glass in a lux­ury Mercedes Benz ve­hi­cle. A max­i­mum of six guests per ve­hi­cle en­sures the ex­pe­ri­ence is un­ri­valled for qual­ity, com­fort and per­son­alised ser­vice. A lo­cal Asian in­ter­preter is also avail­able if re­quired.

3711 6051. pres­tige­day­tours.com.au

■ THE VINO BUS. Tam­borine Moun­tain 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 never for­get! Ab­sorb the spec­tac­u­lar scenery whilst mak­ing your way through Tam­borine Moun­tain’s unique wine trail. Taste Queens­land’s award­win­ning 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

Bris­bane River. Photo: Tourism and Events Queens­land.

Left: The Wheel of Bris­bane, South Bank.

Gallery of Modern Art.

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