Come for science, stay for the city

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While it might turn into the City of Science in March for World Science Festival Brisbane; throughout the year Brisbane is always the city of arts, culture, and dining.


From the white sand beaches and lush sub-tropical environs of South Bank, to the pedestrian shopping precinct at Queen Street Mall, World Science Festival Brisbane takes you on a journey that satisfies your science cravings and fills your plate up with some of Brisbane’s most iconic venues.

Here are some of our favourite things to see and do while you’re in Brisbane:



South Bank Parklands

Take a break from science and soak up the sun at Streets Beach, Australia’s one-of-a-kind man-made beach that lets you laze in the sand and take in the city views. Stroll along the river and experience South Bank Parklands’ vibrant gardens, playgrounds and thriving atmosphere. Once you’ve seen the city from down low, see it up high when taking a ride on the iconic Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane.

If you’re taking the kids out for the day, be sure to stop in at the free Kids Collective program, where the little ones have a session of sport, craft creations, and make music.

Whether its pizza at Popolo or paella at Olé, stick around until the end of the day and enjoy one of South Bank’s many fantastic restaurants. Or, if you’d prefer, bring a blanket, some wine, and a nice platter, and watch the sun set over the city.



South Bank Cultural Precinct

In the cultural hub of the city you’ll see new perspectives at QAGOMA (Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art) and experience a new kind of breathtaking exhibition with Air; wander through Queensland Museum and SparkLab, Sciencentre, where natural and cultural heritage come to life; catch a show at QPAC (Queensland Performing Art Centre) and get a photo with the BRISBANE sign right outside; and rest and unwind at the State Library of Queensland.



Brisbane’s CBD and Fortitude Valley

While you’re catching our Lunchtime Labs, enjoy a side of shopping with your science and meander through the Queen Street Mall, home to Queensland’s largest selection of fashion and retail. Explore more of Brisbane’s culture and history at iconic venues like Brisbane City Hall, King George Square, and the Treasury Casino.

Looking for something to eat and drink? Take advantage of an alfresco lifestyle and indulge in Brisbane city’s lively restaurants and cafes. Once the kids are in bed, be sure to head down to the refurbished Howard Smith Wharves, home to popular cocktail bars and breweries. Finish your day in Fortitude Valley, where you can combine science with cocktails at Viscosity.



Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

Gaze at the galaxies at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, located just 5km from Brisbane’s CBD in the Mt Coot-ha leisure and adventure precinct. Take a journey into the unknown of a different kind with the awe-inspiring WSFB programming in the Cosmic Skydome, inspect asteroids, spacecraft, and spacesuits, or enjoy a range of shows for both kids and adults.


Whatever you choose, there’s always a perfect place to meet your friends and family to seek entertainment and excitement! Find out more on visiting Brisbane here.

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