10 Activities That Will Make You Fall in Love With Brisbane
Recent times have seen Brisbane come leaps and strides in the entertainment stakes against the more well-known east coast city hubs of Sydney and Melbourne. Its nightlife provides a melting pot of sophisticated cuisine particularly amid the on-trend dining precinct of James Street in Fortitude Valley. By day explore the riverside botanical gardens or perhaps check out an exhibition at GOMA – Queensland’s premier gallery of modern art. There’s plenty to do and see in the CBD from high end boutique shopping to casually wandering the many fresh produce and/or craft markets throughout the city’s inner radius. The Treasury Casino is a gorgeous heritage building and a hive of flutter fun after dark. Ladies and gentlemen get ready for one of the top Australian holidays 2017.
1. South Bank Parklands
The South Bank Parklands are located on the southern bank of the Brisbane River directly opposite the city. The parklands consist of a mixture of rainforest, landscaped grassed areas and shaded plazas. Spend an afternoon strolling along the riverfront promenade, which is filled with niche retail spaces and tasty restaurants.
Come Summertime a rather inviting stretch of golden of beach is where it’s at. The Wheel of Brisbane is here too and it’s an excellent way to gain a panoramic view of the Brisbane River and city skyline. South Bank is a cultural hub of Brisbane with many a festival, markets and live music events taking place throughout the year. Excited already? Take a look at some of our sports travel packages to Australia.
2. Moreton Island Day Tour
Depart the city in the morning for a scenic half or full day Moreton Island tour. Moreton is a subtropical gem of a place, with clear blue seas and white sandy beaches. Whale watching (seasonal) is a real thrill, so too is feeding the dolphins at Tangalooma Resort. Most tours are inclusive of lunch, all you gotta do is buy yourself a few cold ones and admire the natural beauty abound.
3. Explore Fortitude Valley
Once notoriously infamous as a low socio-economic zone of the city, the Valley has emerged into a key cultural destination of Brisbane. James Street precinct in Fortitude Valley, adjacent to the CBD is a veritable ‘go to’ shopping zone. Here, suave boutiques line the street amongst a collective hub of fine dining establishments. Perfect for a luxe afternoon shopping spree and memorable bite to eat.
Tip; Head to Fogata Latin Fusion restaurant for incredible South American style steaks, ace cocktails, flamenco tunes and live sports on the screen.
The Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) is a single institution located across two adjacent river-side buildings adjacent to Brisbane’s South Bank. The space is a leading institution for the contemporary art of Australia, Asia and the Pacific and general admission is free.
QAGOMA holds an extensive collection of historical, modern and contemporary art. Their annual arts program of events is a dynamic calendar of exhibitions featuring both International and Australian artists. Worth a look if you’re in the South Bank Parklands vicinity.
5. Climb the Iconic Story Bridge
Get your adrenaline fix and tick a big bridge climb of your bucket list. Brisbane’s heritage listed Story Bridge is an architectural marvel to look at it and is even more impressive up close as you ascend the steel structure. The best spot for a 360-degree view of the city and its surrounds. Hint: the sunset bridge climb is super nice on twilight as the bridge lights up. Plus, the temperature is much milder then.
6. Brisbane Islands
Pristine beauty and great dive sites are all within easy reach with Moreton Island, Bribie Island and the endless beaches of North Stradbroke Island all easy accessible from Brisbane.
7. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world’s first and largest Koala sanctuary holding over 130 Koala which have landed Lone Pine Sanctuary in the Guinness Book of World Records.
8. Kangaroo Point Cliffs
Adventure to Kangaroo Point Cliff for an incredible view of the city. This is a popular destination for Picnics, abseiling and rock climbing. Be sure to visit during the sunset to enjoy an absolutely breathtaking sunset. You’ll be sure to see Brisbane’s scenery at it’s best at Kangaroo Point Cliff.
9. Ride a City Cat
10. Queen Street Mall
The Queenstreet Mall is Queensland’s signature shopping centre but you even need to enter the mall itself as the place is always pumping with entertainment.
The Action is Go!
The Rugby League World Cup 2017 series finals are held at Suncorp Stadium this month and hot on the heels of that is the Brisbane Global 10’s Rugby summer extravaganza. With two exciting sporting events coming to Brisbane soon, now’s the time to get in touch with your expert Sportsnet Holiday consultant. We know this city great and will arrange all your event tickets, travel needs and central accommodation so you don’t have to do a thing.