Brisbane is the capital of the state of Queensland and the third most populous city in Australia. Although it is not a must when you are traveling through Australia, you will surely pass through Brisbane at some point during your trip to Australia to go to the Gold Coast, Fraser Island or Byron Bay and it is worth spending some time to know the city and enjoy it as a local. So it is important that you know what to see and what to do in Brisbane.

Although not well known by tourists, Brisbane is one of the cities preferred by Australians to live for its climate, its tranquility and its location, near the sea and with an international airport. For this reason, the city is also becoming well known among international students who want to spend a season in Australia. If you go to Brisbane you will hear a lot of Spanish in its streets because there are many Spaniards and Latinos who study temporarily or have settled permanently in Brisbane.

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Whether you have decided to move to Brisbane for a season or if you are going to spend a few days or hours in the city during your trip to Australia, in this article we show you 30 things to see and do in Brisbane.

Brisbane views

Brisbane Map

As always and before getting into the subject, we leave you a map of Brisbane in which we have pointed out the 30 things to see and what to do in Brisbane that we propose in this article:

60 ideas of things to see and do in Brisbane

Places to visit in Brisbane

1.- Ride a ferry and take a walk along the Brisbane River

The river is the icon of Brisbane, you cannot visit Brisbane and not board any of the boats that cross the river to go from one place to another in the city. Cityhopper is free and takes you to some of the most important places in the city like the South Bank. The ships are sailing from 6 in the morning until midnight.

boat to see -Brisbane

2.- Take a dip in the famous Southbank beach, Street Beach

No, Brisbane does not have natural beaches, so its inhabitants decided to build an incredible artificial beach on the banks of the Brisbane River. What do you think of the idea?

3.- Take a picture in the giant letters of Brisbane

They are located on the South Bank, on the banks of the river and even if it is a touristy "where you go do what you see." Take a photo of these cool letters and upload it to your Instagram account 🙂

Photo in Brisbane letters. What to do in the city

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4.- Enjoy the views of the viewpoint of Mount Coot-tha

Hop on a bus and climb Mount Coot-tha or walk up from the city's botanical gardens. From the hill you can enjoy stunning panoramic views of Brisbane and the coastline.

The views are beautiful during the day and at night.

5.- Discover the Star of Anzac

As in almost all Australian cities, Brisbane could not miss a monument to remember the soldiers who fought with the ANZAC troops during World War I.

places to visit in Brisbane

6.- Marvel at the Brisbane sunset from Kangaroo Point

Watch the sky turn pink and purple over the grand buildings of downtown Brisbane and the river from Kangaroo Point.

7.- Cross Story Bridge

It is one of the most famous bridges in Brisbane, and it is worth seeing it illuminated at night and taking a walk around the area to take some photos.

brisbane and surroundings

Like the Sydney Bridge, you can also climb the Story Bridge for spectacular views of the city. Here we leave you the tour in case you are interested:

8.- Stroll through South Bank

One of the best things to do in Brisbane is to walk along any of the banks of the Brisbane River, but the South Bank area is very beautiful and is usually very lively with street performances and several playgrounds along the promenade. Here is the artificial beach that we have already told you about.

9.- Take a picture at the Nepali Pagoda

Yes, walking through South Bank you will find a Peace Pagoda, it is the only building that still remains from the World Expo of '88 that was held in Brisbane.

places to visit in Brisbane, Nepalese pagoda

10.- Visit the Queensland museum.

If you have time you can learn more about the history of the state of Queensland and the geography of this state at the Queensland Museum.

We have already said on one occasion that we are not very fans of Australian museums, but if you have time it is another activity that you can do in the city.

11.- Go out in Fortitude Valley

The Valley for locals is always a good option if you want to take a walk, have a drink or go out. In Fortitude Valley you can shop in boutiques, dine in one of its popular restaurants or have a drink in its pubs.

In this neighborhood you can also walk through Chinatown.

chinatown what to do in Brisbane

12.- Explore Roma Street Parkland

Roma Street is a 16 hectare park located in the center of Brisbane. It is a perfect park to make a typical Australian barbecue and enjoy a day outdoors within the same city.

13.- Visit the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)

At the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) you will find the work of Queensland artists and lots of art by Australian Aborigines.

14.- Climb the Brisbane City Hall tower

Brisbane City Hall and the Star where it is located are very beautiful and worth a visit. In addition, it is possible to climb the tower of the Town Hall and enjoy impressive views of the city.

brisbane city hall

15.- Get to know the most cosmopolitan neighborhood in Brisbane: New Farm

At New Farm you will find the trendiest bars and restaurants in Brisbane. The area has already become one of the most prestigious in Brisbane.

16.- Get to know the city in depth with a tour

If you are one of those who like to soak up all the history that a city has to offer, you may prefer to take a tour, on foot or by bike, where they will show you the most important points of the city and a tourism professional will tell you the history of the city.

We have been taking a look and these have been the tours that we have found the most interesting:

17.- Do your shopping in Brisbane

If you want to go shopping in the city Queen Street Mall is the most popular area to shop. Here you will find the shops of all the famous brands (Rip Curl, Zara,…) and many boutiques.

where to shop in Brisbane

18.- Pass under the Arbor flower arch on the South Bank

You may have already noticed that in Brisbane there are many parks to enjoy, do not forget to walk through one of the most original, The Arbor, where you can pass through a path full of vines, especially bougainvillea that form an arch of flowers lovely for taking photos.

19.- Stroll through the Botanical Garden

It is always a pleasure to walk through the botanical garden of the city and enjoy nature.

Brisbane Botanical Garden

Best places to eat in Brisbane

20.- Start the day well with a brunch at The Gunshop Cafe

This hipster-style cafe is one of the most popular for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

where to eat

21.- Go out for a few beers at The Fox

The Fox is another of Brisbane's trendy places, the views of the city from its terrace are very beautiful and on Fridays you will always find it very lively.

The food is nothing to write home about, pizza and hamburgers, but for the good atmosphere it is worth it.

22.- Eat one of the famous hamburgers from Ben's Burgers

Trying Ben's Burgers is a must when visiting Brisbane. You will see how happy it can make you eat a hamburger in a tiny bar with benches on a super narrow street where sometimes you can even find a DJ playing music.

best burger

23.- If you are a brewer, Archive Beer Boutique is going to enchant you

At this West End bar you can try over 400 different types of beers, including many Australian-made beers, to give you a taste of Australian craft beer.

In addition, many nights they have live music and DJs.

24.- If you like Asian food, have dinner in Trang

We love Asian food so we couldn't miss this restaurant specializing in Chinese and Vietnamese food, which is also great value.

Where to see kangaroos and koalas in Brisbane

25.- See koalas and kangaroos at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

If you are traveling through Australia and you have not seen any koalas yet, come to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the largest Koala sanctuary in the world.

The sanctuary is 12km from Brisbane and there you will have the opportunity to catch a koala, feed the kangaroos and learn about these and other Australian animals.

What to see and do in and around Brisbane

26.- Take advantage and get to know Gold Coast

Gold Coast is one of the favorite cities for Australians to spend their holidays, and now there are also many Spanish and Latino students who decide to spend a season there studying English and we are not surprised because this holiday city does not lack anything: beaches, surf, sun and, above all, very good vibes.

Walk through surfers paradise Gold Coast Australia

27.- To enjoy a beach diazo, go to Moreton Island

Very close to Brisbane is this large sandy island where there are no roads and it is only possible to get around with a 4 x 4.

It is the perfect place to relax and enjoy nature, snorkel ...

Here are some tours that may interest you:

28.- Visit Noosa and the Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast and Noosa are some of our favorite areas of Australia. Its relaxed atmosphere, the spectacular beaches and the natural parks that surround them. We are in love with this part of Australia, so if you are going to spend a few days in Brisbane do not hesitate to rent a car and visit Noosa and the famous beaches of the Sunshine Coast.

sunset at noosa river australia

If you prefer, you can also book a tour like this to go to Noosa and Sunshine Coast:

29.- Visit Stradbrok Island

If there is something that we can find near Brisbane, it is islands with spectacular beaches, among them is Stradbroke, the island where Brisbane locals usually go to enjoy the beach when they have a day off.

What to see between Brisbane and Cairns

30.- The route from Brisbane to Cairns begins.

If what you are looking for is adventure and getting to know the east coast of Australia, rent a motorhome and get going. The east coast route from Brisbane to Cairns is one of the most popular and beautiful in Australia, get ready to enjoy endless beaches, see wild animals and take in spectacular scenery.

Where to stay in Brisbane

During our visit to Brisbane we stayed at the Holiday Inn Express Brisbane , a hotel that we chose because it is located in the city center from where it is very easy to get around on foot and because it is quite inexpensive. We found the price / quality ratio to be very good.

If you want to stay in another hotel because it does not convince you or it is busy, we advise you to take a look at the entire offer of hotels, hostels and apartments in Brisbane at this link: Booking.com .

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