Surrounded by hills and full of skyscrapers, Brisbane is the third most populous city in Australia that attracts millions of travelers each year. This cosmopolitan river city has an artificial beach and offers plenty of sightseeing options. Let’s take a look at our list of top 10 things do while in Brisbane.
- Take a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane
Located in Queensland, Wheel of Brisbane is a 60 meters tall transportable Ferris wheel installation. There are 42 air-conditioned capsules and each can accommodate two children and six adults with a total capacity of 336. Each ride lasts for 12 minutes and provides panoramic views of the city. Taking a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane is a perfect way to start your vacation, especially if you are on holiday with children.
- Explore the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha
One of the most favorite attractions for both locals and tourists, the Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens is located just a short drive from the city and features 52 hectares of horticulture. Besides offering amazing views of the city at the viewpoint, these gardens house one of the largest collections of rainforest trees in the world and are also dedicated to indigenous plants, cactus, bamboo, fragrant plants, and bonsai.
- See a game at the Suncorp Stadium
Suncorp Stadium is a modern rugby stadium in Brisbane with over 50 000 seats. Locally known as “the Cauldron” this stadium is famous for its history and attracts a lot of tourists each year. The fact that the guests are only 6 meters from the sidelines during rugby matches definitely brings intimacy for the visitors and is one of the main reasons why the locals love it so much.
- Visit the Queen Street Mall
Located in the heart of Brisbane center in Queen Street, Queen Street Mall is a pedestrian mall that has over 700 retailers and around 40,000 square meters of space. It includes 6 spacious shopping centers and welcomes more than 26 million visitors each and every year. If you are by any chance planning to visit Queen Street Mall on a Wednesday, make sure to check out the Farmers Market where you can find local produce and artisan products.
- Check out the Anzac Square
Anzac Square memorial is dedicated to all those who were there for Australia during peace and conflict. It recently celebrated its 85th birthday, but the future of this amazing place was not looking good when it was discovered that the water infiltrated the concrete and damaged some of the galleries and rooms below. Luckily, the problems were addressed quickly and this memorial that is loved probably by every resident of Brisbane was finally restored.
- See the Brisbane City Hall
Adjacent to King George Square, Brisbane City Hall is the head seat of the Brisbane City Council. This state building is definitely one of the most beautiful buildings in the city and has been used in the past for all kinds of social gatherings including civil greetings, school graduations, royal receptions, political meetings, pageants, and concerts. The Brisbane City Hall can be reached from Adelaide Street and Ann Street.
- Party on the Eagle Street Pier
If you are in the mood for a late night cocktail or a fancy dinner, you should check out the Eagle Street Pier. The bar and restaurant options are probably best in the city and there are several nightclubs to choose from. For dinner, we recommend George’s Seafood Paragon and River Bar and Kitchen. Those who want to party should definitely visit clubs like Fridays Riverside and Blackbird.
- Cruise the Streets of West End
West End is a cool neighborhood in Brisbane that can be best described as a mixture of vintage and alternative. Foodies will be happy to know that here you can find everything from organic groceries to hipster burger bars that serve craft beers and cocktails. As for the music scene, West End has plenty of clubs that welcome musicians from all over the world. If you are into shopping, make sure to check out the amazing weekend markets and small thrift stores that sell vintage clothing and all kinds of accessories.
- Go to the South Bank
Officially opened in 1992, South Bank is one of the most visited sightseeing spots in Brisbane. It is located a few steps from the CBD and is filled with plazas, promenades, and parklands. If you are planning to visit Brisbane in summer, don’t forget to bring your swimsuit and go for a dive in the human-made lagoon. There is so much to do here at South Band and some of the most popular attractions include the Nepal Peace Pagoda, The Grand Arbour, and the Courier Mail Piazza. Of course, South Bank is also home to a number of great restaurants, bars, shops, and fountains.
- Visit the Catholic Old St. Stephen’s Church
A neo-Gothic building from the 19th century, Catholic Old St. Stephen’s Church is home to amazing sculptures and has a great collection of 19th-century glass windows from European countries like Germany and France. The locals think that the cathedral is really important for the history of Brisbane and with its charming looks; it also attracts a lot of tourists who come here to take photos and admire the beauty of this holy place. Catholic Old St. Stephen’s Church can also be used for weddings.