The Best Things to Do in Brisbane
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With more than two million inhabitants, Brisbane is the capital of Queensland, in the northeast corner of Australia. Queensland, known as the Sunshine State, is a popular destination thanks to natural wonders like the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Forest.
Despite (or perhaps due to) its isolation from the southern capitals Sydney and Melbourne, Brisbane is diverse and vibrant, with a rapidly growing food scene and a wide variety of cultural institutions.
1. Cruise the Brisbane River
Perched on the bend of a river, Brisbane is the kind of city where you're never far from the water. If you're short on time, a river cruise is a great way to see everything, especially at sunset. RiverCity Cruises offers daily trips around the city center, while Mirimar offers a transfer to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. For a special lunch, afternoon tea, or dinner, try the Kookaburra Showboat Cruises. The city also operates a free ferry service called CityHopper, which winds between North Quay and New Farm and returns every half hour, seven days a week.
2. Cool Off at Streets Beach
Perfect for a quick swim after a day of sightseeing, Streets Beach is a man-made lagoon in the South Bank region. The crystal blue lagoon is surrounded by white sand and palm trees, overlooking the river towards the Central Business District and even free wireless internet access. There are two other pools nearby, Boat Pool, which is a more traditional pool, and Aquativity, a water park for children.
3. Meet the Locals at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
This 20-acre park is one of Brisbane's top attractions. The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary opened in 1927, as one of the first conservation refuges of its kind in Australia, during a time when koalas were heavily hunted for their fur. Even today, koalas are threatened due to habitat loss and disease, which is why sanctuaries like Lone Pine play an important role in education and conservation.
Koalas sleep up to 20 hours a day and spend the rest of their time eating leaves, so you can see them lounging all over the park. You can also feed the kangaroos and watch the daily shows of snakes, dingoes, sheepdogs and parrots.
4. Relax at Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens
At Mount Coot-tha, you'll find the best botanical garden in the state, including the largest collection of Australian rainforest trees in the world. Other sections include a fragrant garden, a bamboo grove, an arid area, a greenhouse, Japanese gardens, and water fountains.
The garden is a popular picnic spot, and you can watch the sunset (or sunrise) from the nearby Mount Coot-tha Summit lookout. The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is located within the Mount Coot-tha Botanical Garden and there is a café on site. The city's botanical gardens by the river are also worth a visit.
5. Check Out the Art at QAGOMA
The Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art, located on either side of the State Library, are collectively known as QAGOMA and maintain the most important art collection in the state. In summer, these spacious galleries offer a nice break from the famous Queensland heat.
Current exhibitions highlight the importance of Indigenous cultural objects, Australian Indigenous video art and youth environmental activism. There are also many activities for children. Both galleries are open every day and admission is free, with the exception of some special exhibitions.
6. Shop for Local Fashion at Brisbane Arcade
With its iconic architecture from the early 1920s, Brisbane Arcade is an ideal destination for exploring and window shopping. The arcade shops are mostly local designers, with a few international boutiques mixed in. We love Tengdahl and Pia Du Pradal for fashion, as well as the Hatters in Brisbane. Don't miss the traditional afternoon tea at Empório Keri Craig, with petit fours, sandwiches and scones (last order at 3:30 pm). You will also find global brands such as Zara and Uniqlo in the pedestrian-only Queen Street Mall outside the gallery, however many stores are closed on Sundays.
7. Sample Street Food at FudoDori
Elizabeth Arcade in Brisbane city center was revitalized with the opening of the FudoDori Asian restaurant. The alley is now home to ten different restaurants and cafes, where you can enjoy a variety of cuisines with ease. Key recommendations include matcha-obsessed Koto Sanpo, Mexican Chinese-Korean fusion, modern Chinese cuisine and Lucha bar, and Yakiniku Hachi Japanese barbecue. Most are open for lunch and dinner every day.
8. Climb the Clocktower at Brisbane City Hall
Brisbane City Hall is the most famous landmark in the city, built in the 1920s and restored from 2010 to 2013. It is home to the Brisbane Museum on the third floor and is open to the public seven days a week, with free tours available.
The Clock Tower tour departs every 15 minutes starting at 10:15 a.m. M. And takes visitors to the observation deck in one of Brisbane's oldest cage lifts. A general tour of the city hall is also offered, departing at 10:30 am, 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. Tours can be booked on the Brisbane Museum website.
9. Tour the XXXX Brewery
XXXX (pronounced four-X) is Queensland's most beloved beer, a popular choice for a long lunch or a day at the beach. The beer is produced at the Castlemaine Perkins Brewery, not far west of the city center, which has been in operation since 1878.
Alehouse Restaurant & Bar serves wood-fired pizza and burgers inside the brewery, and every Friday and Saturday you can sample XXXX straight from the traditional wooden barrel. Beer lovers will also enjoy the 90-minute guided tour of the brewery, which ends with a tasting and service demonstration.
10. Brush Up on Brisbane History at Commissariat Store Museum
The Commissariat Store Museum has Brisbane's most horrible historical artifact, the "fingers of the bloody" jar. (They were allegedly isolated by the convicts themselves to avoid being forced into forced labor.) It is also the most important historic building in the state, built by prisoners in the late 1820s. The remainder of the museum focuses on Brisbane's early history, with exhibits covering the post office, aviation, shipwrecks, and the First World War
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