Brisbane is Australia’s third largest city and the jewel in the crown of the Sunshine State. The mild subtropical climate together with a relaxed yet sophisticated culture attracted a large numbers of tourists as well as permanent residents relocating from other Australian states. Today Brisbane is referred to as Australia’s ‘new world’ city. It’s clean, green, and friendly with an emphasis on innovation and creativity.
Best Time to Visit
The shoulder season bridging April / May labeled the best time to visit Brisbane. Season features comfortable, sunny weather with low amounts of rainfall while avoiding school holiday crowds.
Top Places to Visit in Brisbane
1. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
There’s nothing quite like cuddling a koala. As the largest sanctuary in the world for Australia’s iconic marsupials, a visit to Lone Pine makes for a memorable experience. Other Australian animals such as kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, dingoes, snakes, and even crocodiles live in this compact sanctuary nestled on the Brisbane River. Daily encounters and experiences include bird of prey flight demonstrations, platypus feeding, sheep dog and shearing shows, Tasmanian devil feeding, and barn animal encounters. In addition to the ultimate ‘cuddling a koala’ photograph, visitors can also have a holiday snap holding a snake or baby crocodile.
2. Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens
With panoramic views of Brisbane, the Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens is a favorite attraction with locals and visitors alike. Located seven kilometers from the city, the various themed gardens take visitors on a journey through 52 hectares of horticulture. 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.
3. South Bank
The original site of World Expo in 1988, South Bank is filled with parklands, plazas, and promenades. Located directly opposite the CBD, Streets Beach is at the center of this riverside paradise. A swim in the human-made lagoon is a popular choice on a warm Brisbane day. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the state of Queensland, the Wheel of Brisbane was opened in 2009. The giant Ferris wheel offers an exciting 60-minute bird’s eye view over the river and city during the day or night.
4. Story Bridge Adventure Climb
Constructed during Australia’s Great Depression in the 1930s, the attractive steel Story Bridge is a much-loved Brisbane landmark. As one of only three bridge climbs in the world (after Sydney and Auckland), this one also offers something totally unique – the choice to abseil the descent. Catering to people of all fitness levels and those older than 10 years of age, the two-hour experience takes visitors 80 meters above the Brisbane River for uninterrupted views of the city.
5. Cultural Centre
Located on the banks of the river, in the heart of central Brisbane, this precinct is a mecca for cultural experiences. Incorporating Queensland Art Gallery, State Library of Queensland, Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, and Queensland Theatre Company, the area is a hub of activity during the day and night.