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Things To See in Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane is a scenic city surrounded by numerous hills and lookouts. From the Botanic Gardens with their bunya pines, palm trees and numerous exotic plants and flowers to the city’s river which is fringed with gardens, boat moorings and paths, there are plenty of natural attractions to appeal to visitors to the area.

You also have nearby Moreton Bay which is popular for water sports, fishing and diving to explore the old wrecks which litter the water near Moreton Island. The island itself is primarily a national park where you can explore a virtual wilderness which is home to so many specimens of native flora and fauna. You can also visit the nearby Stradbroke Islands which shield the southern part of the bay and boast sandy beaches and national parks making them extremely popular with holiday makers. The city is also home to Australia’s first koala sanctuary.

And, as well as the natural attractions of the city, there are a number of historical buildings scattered throughout Brisbane. To find those most worthy of a visit, you should try to get your hands on a copy of Brisbane City Council’s heritage trail brochures where the more interesting are pinpointed for your convenience. Among those listed are the Houses of Parliament, the Sciencentre, the customs house and the old treasury building.

Finally, if you’ve still got time on your hands after visiting all of the above you could always head to one of the many markets in the city. These generally take place at the weekend and are an excellent and enjoyable way to spend a few hours where you can sample the culinary delights that Brisbane has to offer and listen to the selection of free entertainment provided by the buskers in the area.

Attractions in Brisbane

  • The Queensland Museum

    Cnr. Grey & Melbourne St., Brisbane, Australia

    Housing a variety of artifacts ranging from pre historic fossils to a genuine World War I German tank, this museum is another attraction you could do worse than visit when you are in the city. Admission is also free which makes it very difficult to find a reason not to go, even if it is only for a couple of hours.

  • Queensland Cultural Centre

    South Bank, Brisbane, Australia

    Home to the state art gallery as well as many of Brisbane’s performing arts venues, the cultural centre is one attraction you simply cannot afford to miss while you are in the city. Open every day from 10.00am and 5.00pm, admission to the art gallery is free. For more information about what’s going on in the arts venues, you need to check out the listings in local newspapers when you get to Brisbane.

  • Queensland Maritime Museum

    Sidon Street, Brisbane, Australia

    The museum contains both an indoor and an outdoor exhibition which include sailing ship models, cargo ships, container ships, cruise liners and a genuine World War II frigate. There is also a steam tug, SS Forceful, which still carries passengers on cruises along the Brisbane River. It is a fascinating place to visit, particularly if you have any interest whatsoever in boats. But, even if you don’t you are guaranteed an interesting afternoon.

  • Mt. Cook-tha Lookout

    Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, Brisbane, Australia

    The museum contains both an indoor and an outdoor exhibition which include sailing ship models, cargo ships, container ships, cruise liners and a genuine World War II frigate. There is also a steam tug, SS Forceful, which still carries passengers on cruises along the Brisbane River. It is a fascinating place to visit, particularly if you have any interest whatsoever in boats. But, even if you don’t you are guaranteed an interesting afternoon.

  • The Customs House

    Queen Street, Brisbane, Australia

    The most popular of the lookout points in Brisbane, this is where everybody heads to when they arrive in the city. Once you get there you will see panoramic views over the city itself, the suburbs and the port. And, if you are lucky enough to be in the city in November, this is when the lookout offers the most spectacular views when Brisbane is a sea of blue Jacaranda flowers. There are also numerous walking tours on the summit as well as a kiosk and a restaurant.

  • Australian Cultural Experience

    Roma Street Transit Centre, Brisbane, Australia

    This takes place in the North Pine Country Park in a historical village where you can delve into the Aboriginal culture. You can find out how digeridoos and boomerangs are made as well as test your skill at each. Buses leave from the Transit Centre every weekday at 8.30am and will have you back again by 2.30pm so it is only a few hours out of your day and is well worth it.

  • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

    Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket, Brisbane, Australia

    The first koala sanctuary in the country, Lone Pine is currently home to about one hundred and thirty of one of Australia’s traditional bears. A visit will give you the opportunity to cuddle the animals and get you picture taken holding one of them. And, as well as the cuddly koalas, you can also see kangaroos, emus, wombats and Tasmanian devils. It’s a fascinating wildlife park where you could easily spend an entire day and is one attraction you really should try to get to.

  • Brisbane Forest Park

    60 Mount Nebo Road, The Gap, Brisbane, Australia

    Located about twenty minutes west of the city, several buses travel daily to Brisbane Forest Park. Situated on 28,500 hectares of natural bush land with a variety of attractions including walking trails, picnic facilities and almost one hundred kilometers of horse riding and cycling tracks, the park is the perfect place to spend an action-packed but relaxing day during your trip to Brisbane.

  • Moreton Bay & Islands

    , Brisbane, Australia

    Numerous day and night tours travel to the bay and islands giving passengers the opportunity to visit St. Helen’s colonial prison ruins as well as participate in numerous water sports. You also get to feed the wild dolphins and explore the underwater wrecks. Several companies operate different tours and it worth shopping around to ensure that you get the most value for your money. All the tourist information offices will be able to provide you with relevant details about each tour.

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