Top Things to Do in Brisbane

Queensland's capital is brimming with fun things to do and see. Take advantage of its location alongside picturesque Brisbane River and go on a river cruise, or enjoy the riparian views from the beloved City Botanic Gardens. For a unique viewing experience, ride the Wheel of Brisbane and see the city like never before or brave a climb on the iconic Story Bridge.

If you love culture, Brisbane has plenty to keep you entertained, with live performances at Queensland Performing Arts Centre and intriguing artworks at the Gallery of Modern Art. To take in a bit of history, the astounding vessels at the Maritime Museum won't disappoint, while aspiring scientists will be right at home at the Queensland Museum & Sciencentre. 

In the mood for an adventure? Take a trip to Mt Coot-tha and view the city from the famous Brisbane Lookout, indulge in a wine-tasting tour with the Vino Bus or take to the skies with S&S Aviation and enjoy spectacular views all around Queensland. For a quieter but equally memorable day out, explore the lush tropical rainforests of Roma Street Parkland.

And when hunger hits, don't forget to check out the myriad of dining options available at Eagle Street Pier, guaranteed to satisfy every craving.

There's so much to discover in Brisbane you'll be coming back again and again. 

Story Bridge Adventure Climb

Located in the heart of Brisbane city this is one of only three bridge climbs in the world. With breathtaking 360-degree views, Story Bridge Adventure Climb is a spectacular way to discover Brisbane and its beautiful surrounds.

Roma Street Parkland

One of Brisbane’s treasures, Roma Street Parkland is a breathtaking oasis in the heart of the city. The largest subtropical parkland in an urban environment in the world, its diverse themed gardens reflect the variety of the Australian landscape.

Brisbane Lookout

A ‘must see’ for all visitors to Brisbane, Mt Coot-tha’s Brisbane Lookout offers spectacular panoramic views over the CBD all the way to Moreton Bay. Walking tracks are abundant through the National Park, and the Lookout itself showcases a historical timeline of this iconic destination.

Queensland Museum & Sciencentre

As the home of Queensland’s state collection and a world-class research institution in the fields of biodiversity, geosciences and cultures and histories, Queensland Museum shares the story of our state through a fascinating range of exhibitions and programs for visitors.

Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

QPAC is the state’s premier performing arts centre. Located on the banks of the Brisbane River, QPAC is the performance home to some of the state’s leading performing arts companies including Queensland Theatre Company, Queensland Ballet, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Opera Queensland.

River City Cruises

River City Cruises is one of the original and best sightseeing cruises on the Brisbane River.

The Wheel of Brisbane

The Wheel of Brisbane invites locals and visitors alike to explore the city from new heights in a memorable journey complete with breathtaking views stretching across the heart of Brisbane City and the iconic Brisbane River.

The Vino Bus

Tamborine Mountain is located just 50 minutes south of Brisbane. You can explore this beautiful area with The Vino Bus—jump on board for a wine tasting experience you will not forget! Absorb the spectacular scenery whilst making your way through Tamborine Mountain’s unique wine trail.

Queensland Maritime Museum

Step back in time as you explore the Diamantina (a Royal Australian Navy frigate commissioned in 1945 and currently housed in the dry dock) or wonder at the workings of the Forceful—a river-cruising steam tug built in 1925.

Gallery of Modern Art

Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) boasts significant new displays, which allow visitors to encounter much-loved collection works in a new light, while also discovering some of the gallery’s magnificent recent acquisitions. Open daily.

City Botanic Gardens

With its impressive colonial history, plant collections and riverside location, the City Botanic Gardens are a much beloved part of the cityscape. The City Botanic Gardens are only a 10 to 15 minute walk from the city centre and Central or Roma Street railway stations.

South Bank

South Bank is Brisbane’s premier lifestyle and cultural destination. Located on the southern banks of the Brisbane River, its 17 hectares of lush parklands, world-class eateries, stunning river views and hundreds of delightful events all year round make it the perfect place to relax and unwind.

Eagle Street Pier

An iconic Brisbane waterfront precinct, Eagle Street Pier is home to world-class dining options with unrivalled views of the Brisbane River and Story Bridge.

S&S Aviation

Take to the skies with S&S Aviation and see some of the amazing locations that Queensland has to offer. Travel in one of their VIP helicopters for the ultimate scenic flight over Brisbane, Gold Coast and surrounds. Enjoy lunch in Noosa Heads, Byron Bay or in one of the award-winning wineries.