Best Things To Do in Brisbane

Story Bridge

One of the most iconic sites of Brisbane and just like other bridges in Australia you can climb it! If you want a view of the city like no other, with lots of adrenaline running through you, climb the bridge. The best ones to book are tours that leave at dawn and dusk when the views are especially gorgeous. You'll want your camera on hand for views of the city and the Glass House Mountains in the distance. Find out more information here.

Glass House Mountains

I mentioned them above, but if you have the time you shouldn't miss these mountains. Get out of town, fill up your water bottles, and lace up some good hiking shoes. The mountain group of thirteen hills has a variety of pleasant paths showcasing Australia's natural beauty.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Guys, you can hold koalas here. It is the first (and biggest) koala sanctuary in the world also making it the best spot to see Australia’s cutest natives! It is located 12 km (7.5 miles) outside of the city, and visiting helps support local conservation efforts while also viewing koalas in their natural habitat.
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Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)

A must-see for art lovers but also a perfect pick for travelers experiencing a rainy Brisbane day. The gallery is always rotating through different exhibits. Be sure to check what's on before arriving in Brisbane.
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The Wheel of Brisbane

Similar to the London Eye, climb aboard for a sprawling view of the city. The 360-degree panoramic vista lifts you 60 meters (200 feet) above the ground for an awe-inspiring ride.
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An oasis in the middle of the city, don’t miss south bank parkland in Brisbane.

South Bank Parkland

A striking tropical oasis right in the heart of the city. This is the perfect spot for a picnic or just a lazy day. Seriously don't miss it.

The Collective Markets

On Fridays and Saturdays don't miss heading to Stanley Street Plaza on the South Bank. Wander here on an empty stomach and dig into the best local street food. Once full you can browse the market and buy one of a kind souvenir made by local artistans.
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Boggo Road Gaol

This place is basically Australia’s version of Alcatraz, and a good opportunity to learn about the other side of life in Brisbane's nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
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Brisbane Powerhouse

Once a run-down power station this building has found new life as a hub of culture, creativity, and art. There are theater and dance shows as well as live music and comedy. A couple of eateries are local favorites and you'll be surrounded by charming river views. What is not to love!?

D'Aguilar National Park

A 36,000-hectare national park only 10 km (X miles) northeast of the city center. The park is located in the mountains and offers a cooler climate than the city. It also has views of Moreton Bay that are spectacular. Inside the park, you'll find tons of walking trails and so many different wildlife watching opportunities.

Fortitude Valley

One of the hippest areas to book your hotel, Fortitude Valley in Brisbane is a must do entertainment district. Loaded with chic clubs, dive bars, great eateries, and cute boutiques you can spend a load of time here without even realizing.

Eat Street Northshore

Another great destination for incredible Aussie food don’t miss Eat Street Northshore. The area itself is very cool, made out of repurposed shipping containers. There is a crazy array of food and deciding on what to eat is a challenge itself.

Brisbane City Hall area has so much to do and is a do not miss in this Australian City.

Brisbane City Hall

One of the most historic sites in Brisbane, City Hall is a must-see right in the heart of the City Center. Free tours are run daily (10:30/11:30/13:30/14:30/15:30). Climb up the famous City Hall Clock Tower for stunning views or check out the Museum of Brisbane.
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Final Thoughts

Planning a trip to Australia in general, can be overwhelming. Everyone has an opinion on this beautiful location and you may be frozen and unable to plan anything. Rest assured that no matter what you choose to do in Australia or where you choose to stay in Australia you're going to have a beautiful time. 

One last thing... even though researching ahead of time is great, I definitely recommend bringing an Australian travel guide along with you. Here are some of the travel guides I used during my trip...

Also, a super common question I get is: What camera do I use for my travels. The body is a Nikon D5600 and I use the kit lens and a Sigma wide-angle lens which I am genuinely obsessed with.

My full list of travel gear, that I take on every trip can be found here.

And of course, if you have any questions DO NOT hesitate to reach out to me via Instagram, Twitter, or just shoot me an email (tessajuliette at gmail dot com). 

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