Here are nine stunning vantage points to enjoy some of the many faces of Brisbane from dawn to
dusk and beyond. From climbing bridges in the city to hang gliding over the hinterland, to rooftop bar vibes, there is a view to suit every mood and adventure level.
Kangaroo Point Cliffs
Favoured for picnics, abseiling and watching city fireworks, the Kangaroo Point Cliffs were created by convicts mining rock for buildings in the 1820s. The park by the Brisbane River bank below the cliff has a walking path and plenty of spots to relax and take in the scenery. From the clifftop the views stretch across the city and a beautiful bend in the river. Watch the City Cats as they glide up and down the river’s reaches or enjoy the twinkling city lights at night.
The twisting road to the top of Brisbane’s highest peak, Mt Coot-tha, will take you 287 metres above sea level. This popular vantage point over the city has a café for coffee, cake and ice cream, and a restaurant where you can dine for lunch or dinner and take in the views at leisure. There’s also several walking tracks and trails on the mountain where you will really earn your rest at the top. The mountain is home to Brisbane’s television stations and their studio, and was also home to anti-aircraft guns and searchlights during World War II.
Story Bridge Adventure Climb
Opened in 1940, the Story Bridge is a steel, cantilever bridge crossing the Brisbane River connecting Fortitude Valley to Kangaroo Point. Climbing with Story Bridge Adventure Climb to the top of the 72-metre-tall bridge offers a view like no other, and is a favourite spot for a romantic proposal. One of only three bridge climbs in the world, it’s also popular for abseiling.
The Wheel of Brisbane
See Brisbane’s South Bank and city skyline from a new perspective in a Wheel of Brisbane gondola. Sweeping up and round the promenade in the Cultural Forecourt at South Bank, the air-conditioned capsules offer views from 60 metres above ground.
Go Gliding at Tamborine Mountain
About an hour’s drive from Brisbane, subtropical Tamborine Mountain is a plateau filled with red dirt, rainforest and rare birds. Its cooler climate makes it a popular
day trip destination when the weather is hot and there are many picnic spots and walking trails to explore. Head to
the Western Escarpment to watch hang gliders and para gliders taking off!
Point Lookout at North Stradbroke Island
It’s beautiful anytime of the year, but from June to November
at Point Lookout on North Stradbroke Island, all you need is a pair of binoculars to watch the whales swimming past in the ocean. Thousands of whales swim past Australia’s East Coast during these months creating a moving feast for land-based whale watching. Don’t have binoculars? Just hire them on the island.
Take The High Road in the Scenic Rim
From Carr’s Lookout near Killarney, you can see Mount Superbus, Mount Wilson and Mount Barney and the head waters of the Condamine River. Just a little further along the road is Spring Creek Mountain Café where the view is just as good and the delicious Southern Downs produce will have you eating much more than you planned. Take one of owner
Bev Rusky’s pies home with you. With that pie in mind,
it’s the quickest two-hour car journey you’ll ever make.
Just an hour’s drive from Brisbane’s CBD, lies the peace and tranquillity of Lake Wivenhoe. A major water supply for the area, it’s also much-loved by campers and kayakers. The day picnic areas are always popular but if you want to go light, pop into Cormorant Café at Cormorant Bay for a breakfast or lunch overlooking the lake.
Eleven Roof Top at Fortitude Valley
It’s not the highest, or the biggest but this bar sure packs a punch when it comes to sunset views of Brisbane’s city skyline. Positioned on floor 11, Eleven Rooftop Bar at 757 Ann Street offers much to like with 270-degree views over the central city hub and Fortitude Valley. There’s bar snacks or restaurant meals while you watch the sunset or while the night away. This place comes with a dress code, so don’t forget to leave your high vis vest at home and glam up for the night. It’s a perfect place to escape the frenzy of Fortitude Valley’s nightclubs for a while as well.