Many people are skipping Brisbane on their visits to Australia as Sydney seems to steal the show but there is a lot to see and do in Brisbane.
Brisbane is worth spending some time and enjoying it rather than just using Brisbane as a connecting point on the way to the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Noosa or Byron Bay.
Top 8 things to do in Brisbane
1. Tour to Brisbane River
You should take a ferry on the Brisbane River as there are several boat tours of Brisbane and CityCat ferries to help you get around. It all links various Brisbane hot spots, including South Bank and Eagle Street, along the inner city area of the Brisbane River and runs from 6 am until midnight.
2. Brisbane River Walk
Here you can also have long river walks on both sides of the river but the Southbank is especially attractive. You also get free pools for the summer months. There are many playgrounds for the kids, markets, and street performers to keep you engaged.
3. Visit Fortitude Valley
You can also hang out in Fortitude Valley with the hip young people, which have many boutique shops and several restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
Australian Zoo is yet another great place for your family including your kids. If you cannot make it to Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast then Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary will you’re your similar experience.
4. South Bank Museums
Do not forget to visit the Queensland Museum, Brisbane’s (free) State Museum where you get a chance to learn about Queensland’s history, geography, and native people through their displays and beautiful exhibits.
5. Visit the Science Center
The Science center is close to the Queensland Museum and is a great place in case you have kids also. Although you have to pay the entry fee it’s worth it as it’ll allow several times as the kids will want to stay and play all day.
6. Explore Kangaroo Point
Kangaroo Point is yet another great green space with amazing views of Brisbane city centre and impressive structures that includes Story Bridge and natural sandstone cliffs, both of which you can climb on tours.
7. Enjoy Events and Festivals in Brisbane
The biggest festival in Brisbane River festival in September where you can catch a flotilla of boats crushing down the river as well as a fireworks display. You also get to witness plenty of other events including arts festivals, film festivals, and fashion events in the entire year. You can grab some free local passes which you can usually find in your hostel or hotel.
8. Explore Shopping and Markets in Brisbane
Queen Street Mall in Brisbane’s most popular shopping area with lots of boutiques, chain stores, and department stores to suit all pockets. The Southbank markets on Friday evenings and weekends have a lot of fun. You can also visit the Powerhouse Farmers Markets in New Farm which are open on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month.
These are some of the best places in Brisbane that you should not miss out on visiting if you happen to plan your next tour to Brisbane.