Discover Brisbane

Welcome to Brisbane, a cosmopolitan hub for arts, culture and dining, heavy on laid-back charm. Boasting stunning natural assets, clear blue skies all year round and subtropical alfresco lifestyle, Brisbane is an urban metropolis with a relaxed vibe. Here you’ll receive a warm welcome from the city with timeless nature in its soul.

Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, is a large city on the Brisbane River. Clustered in its South Bank cultural precinct at the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre, with noted interactive exhibitions. Another South Bank cultural institution is Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, among Australia’s major contemporary art museums. Looming over the city is Mt Coot-tha, site of Brisbane Botanical Gardens.

The City is home to Brisbane’s largest open-air shopping mall, Queen Street Mall. This shopping destination is home to over 500 retailers, ranging from international and luxury brands to local and high street designers. With six major shopping Centre and heritage-listed arcades to explore, it’s a shopping experience like no other.

Fortitude Valley plays host to a haven of local designers and high-end fashion on lust tree-lined James Street, whereas Latrobe Terrace in Paddington is best of homewares, books and vintage finds. Over in the leafy suburb of Bulimba is Oxford Street which holds the charm of a local village and is perfect for a brunch and browsing session.

Brisbane City Markets
Every Wednesday, 8am – 6pm (Reddacliff Place); and every Thursday, 8am – 2pm (Cathedral Square).
A favourite with Brisbane City workers, the Brisbane City Markets bring the country to the city twice a week. With everything from plants to pastries you can pick up premium produce, meats, seafood, artisan goods and more. They’re the perfect spot to stock up for lush lunches, source the ingredients for a special dinner or to pick up a gorgeous gift.

Eat & Drink
The City is home to a world-class dining scene with award-winning chefs, cutting-edge connoisseurs and cocktail mixologists who will blow your socks off.
Just a 10-minute walk from the city and tucked under the iconic Story Bridge is Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane’s vibrant dining and lifestyle precinct. Or, follow the aroma of wood-fired ovens down eclectic Fish Lane in South Brisbane to grab a bite to eat before catching a show.
Searching for the best watering holes? Enjoy happy hour sky-high on one of the Brisbane’s iconic rooftops. Take it easy in our sophisticated wine bars or set off on the ultimate craft beer crawl through the city’s best breweries.
Arts, Culture, History & Heritage
Get to know Brisbane’s art scene through bountiful galleries and museums, including the Queensland Museum and the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), all of which offer free entry to permanent exhibitions.
Want to be wowed? See award-winning Broadway productions at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, catch a comedy sketch at Brisbane Powerhouse, and see live music performed at the Tivoli, Princess Theatre, Fortitude Music Hall and the Triffis. For a night out on the town, stop in at Australia’s favourite live-music precinct, Fortitude Valley.
And if you’re looking for the latest events line-up, search our epic calendar to find out what’s on in Brisbane.

In the heart of Brisbane, get to know the people, places, and stories of this vibrant city through an ever-changing exhibition program at the Museum of Brisbane, before visiting the Clock Tower at heritage-listed, Brisbane City Hall.

If you prefer to turn back the pages in a special interest, make your way to Queensland Museum to see life-sized dinosaurs on display, experience the atmosphere of Parliament House on a free guided tour if visit Australia’s largest maritime museum at South Brisbane.
In the outskirts of the city, discover a hidden tale from World War 1 at the Fort Lytton at night experience or go to 1800s Australia when the British and First Nations ways of life collide at Spirits of the Red Sand.

Tourist Attractions & Adventures
Start your day watching the sun rise over the city at Mt Coot-tha Lookout, take in a bird’s eye view from the Wheel of Brisbane, or see spectacular views from a helicopter flight over the city, islands or the hinterland.

Cruise the Brisbane River on a CityCat and stop at South Bank – home to our Cultural Centre with world-class galleries and entertainment. While you’re there, take a dip at Streets Beach and wander through the stunning Bougainville arbour. For a deeper discovery, join a River to Bay cruise or take it slow with GoBoat and enjoy a picnic on the River.
Have energy for more? Meet the wildlife at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary or experience the thrill of a live event at The Gabba or Suncorp Stadium. As the city lights begin to shine, climb the iconic Story Bridge at twilight, followed by dinner and drinks and Howard Smith Wharves.

If you love a bit of adventure, a Brisbane adventures isn’t complete without climbing to the top of iconic Story Bridge and taking in the wonderful view. And of heights pique your interest, why not freefall skydiving from 14,000 feet, pull on your boots and climb to the top of Mt Barney or float among the clouds in a hot air balloon?
Over Kangaroo Point, Riverlife offers plenty of adventure, from rock climbing the sandstone cliffs (and scaling down afterwards!) to kayaking along the Brisbane Rive or hiring a bike and exploring the city sights on two wheels.

For an adventure on the water, jet-ski out to Moreton Bay to meet the marine life, or on Moreton Island / Mulgumpin, surf down sand hills, snorkel out to the Tangalooma Wrecks, stand-up paddleboard, or experience the thrill of riding on an ATV quad bike along the beach.

Cultural Tours
In Brisbane City, take a walk around the South Brisbane precinct with BlackCard Cultural Tours to see and hear stories about the incredible First Nations public art. Nearby at Birrunga Gallery, you’ll experience art exhibitions by talented resident First Nations artists alongside modern Australian cuisine, with a native twist.
On the outskirts of the city, visit Brisbane’s Nudgee Waterholes through booking a Nyanda Cultural Tour. You will participate in a smoke ceremony; taste seasonal bush foods and see where Witchetty grubs live; participate in weaving and ochre-making demonstrations; view a fossilized spear that was discovered here and the sacred Bora Ring.

A little further afield on Brisbane’s doorstep, you can learn more about Quandamooka Culture by taking a ferry trip across the bay to North Stradbroke Island / Minjerribah. Join Yura Tours where you can experience a moving Welcome to Country and explore sacred sites around the island.
Or, you can travel into the hinterland to Mt Barney in the Scenic Rim for Yarriba Dreaming where you will be hosted by Gurruhmun ‘Old Man Kangaroo”, a Ugarapul and Bidjara man with ancient local heritage.

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live and work. We pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging whose knowledge and wisdom have been protecting and sustaining our water and lands for tens of thousands of years.

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