Brisbane is the jewel in the crown of the Sunshine State, and is Australia's third largest city. Winding along the Brisbane River, the CBD blends historic buildings with modern elegance. The city is providing an ideal balance of activities and attractions. The mild subtropical climate together with a relaxed yet sophisticated culture attracted a large numbers of tourists. It's clean, green, and friendly with an emphasis on innovation and creativity.
TOP 8 PLACES TO VISIT
1.MUSEUM OF BRISBANE
The museum was redeveloped and reopened in 2013 in one of the cities premier heritage buildings. Located in the top level of City Hall, the small museum brings the history of the city to life through its art exhibitions. The magnificent clock tower, copper dome and view of the city is adding to the.
2.STORY BRIDGE ADVENTURE CLIMB
The steel Story Bridge was constructed during Australia’s Great Depression in 1930. As one of the much-loved landmarks the bridge is one of only three bridge climbs in the world. This bridge is offers something unique – you can abseil the descent. The two-hour experience takes visitors 80 meters above the Brisbane River for uninterrupted views of the city.
The 19th century building is owned by the University of Queensland. Not only it is operating as a function center it also offers a cultural and education experience. Unparalleled views of the river and Story Bridge can be seen from the indoor/outdoor restaurant. Free guided tours of the building are available on Sundays.
South Bank is located directly opposite the CBD and is filled with parklands, plazas, promenades. Streets Beach is at the center of this riverside paradise. The human-made lagoon is a popular place during the warm Brisbane days. In 2009 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the state of Queensland, the Wheel of Brisbane was opened. The giant Ferris wheel offers an exciting 60-minute bird's eye view over the river and city during the day or night.
5.MOUNT COOT-THA BOTANIC GARDENS
Located seven kilometers from the city, the Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens is a favorite attraction with visitors. Various themed gardens take visitors on a journey through 52 hectares of horticulture. The gardens is housing the largest collection of Australian rainforest trees in the world. The gardens are also dedicated to fragrant plants, bamboo, cactus, wetland plants, indigenous plants, ferns, and bonsai.
Locate in the heart of central Brisbane on the banks of the river. You can experience the Australian culture in any of the many galleries – such as the Queensland Art Gallery, State Library of Queensland, Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, and Queensland Theatre Company.
7.LONE PINE KOALA SANCTUARY
Want to cuddle a koala, then a visit to the largest sanctuary in the world for Australia’s iconic marsupials is a must to visit! Other Australian animals such as kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, dingoes, snakes, and even crocodiles live in this compact sanctuary nestled on the Brisbane River. You can experience bird of prey flight demonstrations, platypus feeding, sheep dog and shearing shows, Tasmanian devil feeding, and barn animal encounters.
8.QUEEN STREET MALL
With more than 700 retailers showcasing local, national, and international designs and labels. The centrally-located pedestrian friendly frontage and a labyrinth of heritage listed arcades adds to the ambience for history buffs. The bridge end of the mall transforms into a Farmers Market every Wednesday selling local produce, flowers, and artisan products.
OTHER PLACES TO SEE / DO
Transport available in Brisbane to get around – Ferries, Buses, Trains, Taxis, Bikes or cars.
End of April – May period best time to visit the Gold Coast due to comfortable weather, lower rainfall and lack of school holidays