Brisbane, Queensland is the third largest and fastest growing city in Australia. With its sub-tropical climate, gardens and parks, and its ever-changing contemporary architecture, Brisbane provides a relaxed, friendly environment for international students.
Combine art and outdoor adventure in Brisbane, where South Bank’s cultural institutions and restaurants meet riverside gardens and a lagoon. Take a paddlesteamer or ferry down the Brisbane River, abseil Kangaroo Point cliffs and bike ride through the City Botanic Gardens. Day trip to Moreton Island or add Noosa, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast hinterland to your itinerary.
Discover Brisbane’s historic city centre, river and wildlife on a full-day tour. You’ll tour Brisbane’s city-centre attractions by coach, take a cruise along the Brisbane River followed by a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane. Cuddle a koala at a wildlife sanctuary and enjoy Brisbane’s most iconic views from the Mt Coot-tha Lookout.
Top 10 Most Popular Attractions In Brisbane
1) South Bank
The original site of World Expo in 1988, South Bank is filled with parklands, plazas, and promenades. Located directly opposite the CBD, Streets Beach is at the center of this riverside paradise. A swim in the human-made lagoon is a popular choice on a warm Brisbane day.
Stretching along the Brisbane river from Victoria Bridge in the north, to the pedestrian Goodwill Bridge in the south, are over forty acres of some of the best walking in the city. Shady riverside paths, grassy sun touched embankments, and even an inland beach make this one of the most popular destinations for locals and tourists alike.
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the state of Queensland, the Wheel of Brisbane was opened in 2009. The giant Ferris wheel offers an exciting 60-minute bird’s eye view over the river and city during the day or night.
The South Bank Village Markets are open every Friday night from 5pm till 10pm, Saturdays from 11am till 5pm and Sundays from 9am till 5pm. The Riverside Markets offer some great arts and crafts, as do numerous suburban markets on Sunday mornings.
2) Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
As the largest sanctuary in the world for Australia’s iconic marsupials, a visit to Lone Pine makes for a memorable experience. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary has around 130 koalas resting on Eucalyptus tree constructions. Animals are safely out of reach, but easily photographed. Here, you can have your photograph taken cuddling a koala at any time of the day.
Other Australian animals such as kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, dingoes, snakes, and even crocodiles live in this compact sanctuary nestled on the Brisbane River. Daily encounters and experiences include bird of prey flight demonstrations, platypus feeding, sheep dog and shearing shows, Tasmanian devil feeding, and barn animal encounters. In addition to the ultimate ‘cuddling a koala’ photograph, visitors can also have a holiday snap holding a snake or baby crocodile.
3) Mt Cootha Lookout and Botanic Gardens
For spectacular views, a planetarium and exotic plants, visit the Mt Cootha Lookout and Botanic Gardens, located seven kilometers from the city. Queensland’s leading heritage park the Botanic Gardens are just five minutes from the CBD. It’s full of beautiful old trees and dates back to 1828. Housing the largest collection of Australian rainforest trees in the world, the gardens are also dedicated to fragrant plants, bamboo, cactus, wetland plants, indigenous plants, ferns, and bonsai. With panoramic views of Brisbane, the Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens is a favorite attraction with locals and visitors alike.
From this look-out there are great views of Brisbane City and it’s surroundings. The city centre often has a patch of sun lighting it up, makes for a great photo!
You can see the Brisbane river, and the Mountains, like Mount Warning and Mount Barney, and on a nice clear day like when I was there, I could clearly see Moreton Isand in Moreton Bay and it’s islands to the East, and the Glasshouse Mountains and the D’Agilar Range to the West.
It is surrounded by the Mt Coot-tha reserve which is natural bushland with native wildlife. The Taylor Range of which Mt Coot-tha is a part, forms a backdrop of hills to the city of Brisbane
Come at night….. the view is of a fairyland of glittering lights and plenty of stars on a clear night.
4) Story Bridge
Constructed during Australia’s Great Depression in the 1930s, the attractive steel Story Bridge is a much-loved Brisbane landmark. This Brisbane icon, spanning the river from Fortitude Valley to Kangeroo Point. It’s a steel cantilever bridge, with a span of nearly 300 meters – making it the longest of its kind in the country. It looks fantastic lit up at night.
As one of only three bridge climbs in the world (after Sydney and Auckland), this one also offers something totally unique – the choice to abseil the descent. Catering to people of all fitness levels and those older than 10 years of age, the two-hour experience takes visitors 80 meters above the Brisbane River for uninterrupted views of the city.
Located slightly under the Bridge on Kangaroo Point side ,is the very popular Story Bridge Pub. If you want to see COCKCROACH RACES, then come to the pub on AUSTRALIA DAY (Jan 26th)
The Bridge also hosts a great fireworks display when Brisbane holds its RIVERFIRE FIREWORKS DISPLAY.
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