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20 Must-Visit Attractions in Brisbane, Australia

Picture of Kelly Hawke
Updated: 22 March 2017
Known as the Sunshine State, Queenslanders love the great outdoors. From fresh farmers markets and hikes to an iconic outdoor cinema, the state’s capital really shines when exploring from the outside.
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Story Bridge Climb

Channel your inner daredevil and witness the best panoramic views of Brisbane by climbing the Story Bridge. Tick that off the bucket list!

Story Bridge, Brisbane, Australia

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Triffid

For all those live music lovers, the Triffid is a must visit. Nurturing new talent while also attracting bigger artists, it has music on offer each night of the week and an outdoor beer garden perfect for the Brisbane climate.

Triffid, Brisbane, Australia

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Gallery Of Modern Art (GOMA)

Considered one of Australia’s finest art galleries, GOMA allows you to get creative, interactive and involved with local and international artists’ showcased works. Prepare for a day of being in awe of inspiring, mesmerising and genius art.

Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

GOMA | © Tourism and Events Queensland

GOMA | © Tourism and Events Queensland

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James Street

This trendy, fashion hub of Brisbane is where you’ll find the chicest shops. From trendy Queensland label Aje to the luxe St Barts lifestyle store, it’s worth visiting even if you can only window-shop. Pop in for a drink and charcuterie platter at Gerard’s Bar for some sustenance.

James Street, Fortitude Valley, Australia

City Cat Ride

For only a few dollars, take a joyride along the Brisbane River to witness the entirety of Brisbane. From ferris wheels, skyscraper buildings, beautifully architecturally designed bridges and luscious parks, the City Cat is the best way to see Brisbane.

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New Farm Park

Despite New Farm boasting endless cafés, bars and boutique shops, New Farm Park has long been considered a must-visit in this trendy suburb. Relax, unwind and take in the sweet scent of the iconic rose gardens, while enjoying a picnic by the river.

New Farm Park, Brisbane, Australia

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Get up close and personal with Australia’s most loved animals! Follow the likes of Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift and spend some quality time with a fury koala or jumping joey at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane, Australia

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary © Tourism and Events Queensland

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Vieille Branche

For a little slice of France in Albion, head to Vieille Branche. This French concept store has vintage furniture, homewares and knick knacks, a café, cheese shop and garden nursery all in one. They also run a selection of creative workshops throughout the year.

Vieille Branche, Brisbane, Australia

Vieille Branche, Albion | © Vieille Branche

Vieille Branche, Albion | © Vieille Branche

Powerhouse Farmer’s Markets

You’ll find most New Farm locals at the markets on Saturday morning, collecting their fruit and veg and gourmet treats. Make sure you grab some tasty samples while strolling the markets.

Powerhouse Farmer’s Markets, New Farm, Brisbane, Australia

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La Trobe Terrace Shopping

Filled with boutique shops and vintage stores, La Trobe Terrace is one of the best shopping strips in Brisbane. If you need a post-shopping refreshment then pop in for an afternoon drink (or champagne breakfast) at Darling & Co.

La Trobe Terrace, Paddington, Brisbane, Australia

Darling & Co, Paddington| © Kelly Hawke

Darling & Co, Paddington| © Kelly Hawke

Eat Street Markets

This is foodie heaven. Located by the Brisbane River in Hamilton, Eat Street Markets are not to be missed. Open from Friday to Sunday, they are filled with every flavour from under the sun. Think doughnut fries and decadent milkshakes to Malaysian street food and woodfired pizzas.

Eat Street Markets, Brisbane, Australia

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Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall

As soon as you walk through the door at Lefty’s, its like you’ve stepped into a Nashville Honky Tonk. Enjoy this bar with its live country and folk music and western charm. While listening to the many great acts, grab a whisky sour with freshly squeezed apple juice: it’s their specialty.

Lefty’s, Brisbane, Australia

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City Botanic Gardens

Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens are lush and tropical, thanks to the city’s warm climate. Positioned on the edge of the Brisbane River, the City Botanic Gardens provide tranquillity next to Brisbane’s bustling CBD.

City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane CBD, Australia

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Brisbane Jazz Club

A well kept secret in Brisbane’s music scene is the Brisbane Jazz Club. This modest riverfront venue boasts city views like no other and the hottest jazz acts in town.

Brisbane Jazz Club, Brisbane, Australia

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Suncorp Stadium

Whether it’s a game of professional Rugby League or a pop concert, Suncorp Stadium knows how to put on a great show. Keep an eye on their events calendar to see what’s on next.

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia

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Golden Pig Cooking Class

Love cooking? Learn the tricks of the trade from the master chefs at Golden Pig. Not only do they specialise in cooking classes, they also host wine and beer classes and foodie events. Get ready for a delicious experience.

The Golden Pig, Brisbane, Australia

Culinary Experience | © The Golden Pig

Culinary Experience | © The Golden Pig

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Ceder Creek Trail

If you’re feeling active then head to Ceder Creek Trail for a bushwalk followed by a dip at Ceder Creek rock pools. Be sure to pack a picnic, as it’s deep in the bush!

Ceder Creek Trail, Brisbane, Australia

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Southbank

For a visit to galleries, museum, theatre or a dip in the man-made Streets Beach, head to Brisbane’s cultural precinct. With stunning views across the river and onto Brisbane’s CBD, Southbank offers a selection of activities and some of the city’s best restaurant and bars. If you haven’t tried the infamous Doughnut Time, it’s a must try at Southbank.

Southbank, Brisbane, Australia

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Yatala Drive-In

Looking for the perfect date night? Pack the blanket, some popcorn and head to the Yatala Drive-In for an old school experience. This open-air drive-in theatre, which has been around since 1974, plays films every night of the week.

Yatala, Brisbane, Australia

Mount Coot-tha Lookout

Head to Brisbane Lookout at Mount Coot-tha to see a panoramic views of Brisbane, all the way out to Moreton Bay. It really is breathtaking — whether you choose to drive up to the lookout, or hike!

Mount Coot-tha, Brisbane, Australia

Mount Coot-tha Lookout
Mount Coot-tha Lookout | © Lenny K Photography/Flickr