Queensland’s riverside capital is a both a buzzing hub for arts, culture, dining and craft breweries, and a gateway to the beautifully peaceful atmosphere of southeast Queensland’s natural beauty. Brisbane boasts diverse and unlimited opportunities and experiences for the adventurer, the foodie, the sports enthusiast, and those chasing live music and world-class entertainment.
From the city centre, embrace the outdoor lifestyle and sip cocktails up on the rooftops or dine riverside with the iconic Story Bridge as your backdrop. Satisfy your wanderlust and explore the lush surrounding hinterland or endless sandy beaches of the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Moreton (Moorgumpin) and North Stradbroke (Minjerribah) Islands.
Things to do
Take in the iconic outdoor lifestyle
Kick back and enjoy Brisbane’s famous outdoor lifestyle, made possible by 300 plus days of sunshine per year. Pack a picnic for a lazy lunch by the river at Kangaroo Point, enjoy award-winning breakfast, amazing coffee and luxury shopping on James Street, or sip sunset cocktails on the river at the new Howard Smith Wharves precinct.
Brisbane is an amazing springboard for day trip adventures – whether it’s north, south, east or west. From diving with manta rays to epic 4WD tracks, North Stradbroke Island is an adventures paradise located less than an hour’s ferry ride from Brisbane. The sandy shores and high-rise resorts of the world famous Surfers Paradise (Gold Coast) is just over an hour south of Brisbane by car or public transport.
Venture north to boutique beach shopping, dining and swimming at Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast, or drive a little further to the pristine beaches of Noosa. If you prefer dry land, pack a picnic and explore the many ancient rainforest walking tracks and panoramic views of the hinterland like Mt Glorious, Mt Nebo and Mt Tamborine. See here for more day trip ideas
Food, wine, and entertainment
Home to an ever-growing number of culinary hotspots, Brisbane has earned its place on Australia’s foodie map. Check out the new King Street dining precinct in Bowen Hills for modern cuisine, or the many classics at Eagle Street Pier. Walk from one of the quirky cocktail or whisky bars to buzzing nightclubs or endless live music choices in Fortitude Valley. Enjoy plays, concerts, comedy and speakers in a casual atmosphere at the Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane’s repurposed tram power station built in the 1930s.