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 award-winning 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
■ KOOKABURRA SHOWBOAT CRUISES.
The iconic Kookaburra Queen paddle wheelers have been cruising the Brisbane River since their launch in 1986. The vessels have been fully restored and will take you on a cruising journey to view Brisbane’s best sights including the beautiful Botanic Gardens, Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Maritime Museum, South Bank precinct, the Story Bridge and many more of this city’s sensational attractions. On board you will enjoy a feast for the senses, featuring a seasonal contemporary buffet offering a fusion of fresh international dishes from across the globe.
Eagle Street Pier, 1 Eagle Street, Brisbane. 3221 1300. showboat.net.au
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.
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
■ 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 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 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