8 best places to visit in Brisbane
- By Ausinet – 27 January 2021- Australian Institute of Electrotechnology
Brisbane is the third largest city in Australia and the capital of the sunshine state. Located on the bank of Brisbane river, Brisbane offers a wide variety of natural as well as artificial attractions and almost 300 days of sunshine to explore and enjoy the Brisbane outdoors. From botanical gardens and huge parklands to bridges, museums, and hilltop restaurants there is a lot to explore and learn in this city.
Here are the top ‘must visit’ places in Brisbane:
Story bridge Brisbane
Story bridge is one of the most iconic structure in Brisbane and is the largest steel bridge in Australia made by Australians. It is also listed in the heritage sites list. Getting the view of the city from story bridge is a must if you’re in Brisbane. The bridge was opened on 6th July 1940 and connects Brisbane CBD to Kangaroo point.
If you are not satisfied with just the city view and you are feeling more adventurous, you can also book a bridge climb. As one of only three bridge climbs in the world, this is a great opportunity to get your heart racing. You can just book a climb or pair it with Cantilever Lean Out, Climb and Abseil or Walk the Plank. You can book your climb at Story Bridge Adventure Climb.
City botanic gardens
Previously known as Queen’s park, the botanic gardens located at the Brisbane riverside are the original Botanic gardens of Brisbane city. It includes Brisbane’s most mature gardens and many rare varieties of plants. The biggest attractions in this garden include bamboo groves, weeping fig avenue, ornamental ponds, etc. If you are interested in learning more about the plants and history of the garden, you can book a free guided walk.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Founded by Claude Reid in 1927, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary was opened to help and protect injured, orphan, and sick koala as they were being hunted for their fur and Reid realized the need to protect the species. Lone Pine now covers 18 hectares area providing a sanctuary for a variety of Australian wildlife including koalas, kangaroos, wombats, echidnas, Tasmanian devils, platypus and many other reptiles and birds.
The sanctuary is accessible from private or public transport. It allows the visitors to get close to the animals, you can hold a koala for free and feed the kangaroos in the kangaroo reserve. You can see a variety of bird species like Australian parrots, cockatoos, emu, kookaburras, and rainbow lorikeets. Visitors can feed the lorikeets twice a day. This sanctuary is a great place that protects and inspires others to protect nature and wildlife.
It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Brisbane. Located 287 metres above sea level and is the highest place within Brisbane, it is a great place to get a panoramic view of the city. This place has a big historical significance. The aboriginal people used to come to this area to collect honey. Later, it was used as trigonometric station and during the second world war served as the base for RAAF and US navy.
Now, the mountain is filled with restaurants and other tourists attractions. You can visit the Brisbane botanical gardens at the base of the mountain to explore a wide variety of national and international botanical species, gardens and lagoons spread across 52 hectares, visit the largest planetarium in Queensland (Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium), take the walking or cycling trail, and enjoy a barbecue or picnic among the bushland with your friends and family.
South bank parklands
Located on the southern bank of the Brisbane river, south bank parklands is the major cultural attraction in Brisbane. It was the site of the world expo in 1988 and is visited by approximately 11 million visitors annually. The major attractions of the south bank parklands include the harbour, wheel of Brisbane, Nepalese peace pagoda, restaurants and cafes, street beach, etc.
Street beach is the most popular attraction in south bank. It is a manmade beach and patrolled by lifeguards throughout the year. It has white sandy beaches and blue lagoons, more than half of which is reclaimed land from the river.
Queensland cultural center
Queensland cultural center is a state heritage building and is comprised of five major parts: Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), State Library of Queensland (SLQ), Queensland Museum, Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) and Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA).
It is an award-winning architectural site and the cultural hub of the state. It is the only place in Australia that has a concentration of this many cultural institutions in a single site. The different buildings in the cultural center are connected by pedestrian bridge, tunnels, and plazas.
Roma street parkland
Roma street parkland lies adjacent to the Roma street railway station and covers 16 hectares of gardens and parklands. It consists of a wide range of themed gardens, picnic areas, waterways, and artworks. There are also free barbecues, playgrounds, and a lot of free events.
The parkland is open 24 hours to the visitors except for a few parts and offers car park area. With its variety of plants, it is a paradise for horticulture enthusiasts. There is also an open-air Amphitheatre and monthly live music event.
So, whether you want to share food with your mates, or just spend a quiet day in the luscious greenery, Roma street parklands has all your needs covered. If you want to know more and participate in any of the events going on in the park throughout the year, you can visit the visitbrisbane page.
Located just 75 minutes ferry ride away from Brisbane city, this third largest sand island in the world is one of the best places to have a day trip for you and your family.
98% of the island is covered by Moreton island National park. There are a lot of places to explore in the island like the blue lagoon, champagne pools, dolphin lake, Tangalooma wrecks, Harper rock, etc. The first ever lighthouse of Queensland, Cape Moreton lighthouse, is also located here.