Where to Go in Bris­bane

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■ 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

PARKS AND GAR­DENS

■ CITY BOTANIC GAR­DENS. With their 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. vis­it­bris­bane.com.au

TOURS & TAST­INGS BEENLEIGH AR­TI­SAN DIS­TILLERY.

Wel­come to Aus­tralia’s old­est reg­is­tered dis­tillery, es­tab­lished in 1884 and proudly fam­ily owned and made. Tall sto­ries, colour­ful char­ac­ters and her­itage as rich and dis­tinc­tive as Beenleigh Rum it­self. Beenleigh Ar­ti­san Dis­tillery in­vite you to be taken on the Beenleigh Jour­ney. Rel­ish in the flavours, tex­tures and aro­mas as part of their tast­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Un­der­stand the crafts­man­ship be­hind their award-win­ning hand-crafted rums through their dis­tillery tour, and in­dulge in house-made plat­ters, piz­zas and sig­na­ture drinks. Only 30 min­utes from Bris­bane and the Gold Coast.

Open daily. 142 Dis­tillery Road, Ea­gleby. 3807 3737. been­leighrum.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

OUT OF TOWN: STRAD­BROKE IS­LAND

STRAD­BROKE IS­LAND HOL­I­DAYS.

Sum­mer never ends on North Strad­broke Is­land. From swim­ming in the beau­ti­ful wa­ters to fish­ing, div­ing and whale watch­ing, “Strad­die” has it all. Con­tact Strad­broke Is­land Hol­i­days to make ar­range­ments for the per­fect is­land get­away in­clud­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion and ve­hi­cle ferry trans­fers.

3821 0266. strad­broke­hol­i­days.com.au

Lone Pine Sanc­tu­ary. Photo: Bris­bane Mar­ket­ing.

Story Bridge. Photo: Brett Gray.

Right: Beenleigh Ar­ti­san Dis­tillery.

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