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Top 10 things to do in Brisbane

A booming, energetic city, Brisbane is pumping with busy restaurants and bars, an eclectic arts scene, and vibrant nightlife

Here are our top 10 things to do in Queensland's most populous state:

1. South Bank

South Bank is a cultural and recreational area of parklands along the Brisbane River. Dotted with rainforest, it features a filtered saltwater swimming pool and a cool little beach area to kick back and sunbathe. You won't go hungry with its selection of cafes, restaurants, ice-cream parlours, and chocolaterias. No chance of boredom either, as there's always something going on here with lively street performers and excellent shopping at the bustling markets every weekend.

If you fancy a spot of culture you can visit the theatre at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre or view art displays at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art. The Sunday Session on the Green takes place at the bank by the Goodwill footbridge where you can relax and sip your own beer to the sound of live music. The colourful Queensland cultural precinct is also located in South Bank as an innovative Arts' centre for all ages. 

2. Australian Wildlife

Have your photo taken cuddling a koala or feed the kangaroos at Lone Pine, the world’s largest Koala Sanctuary. Alternatively, you could pay a visit to the Crocoseum at the famous Steve Irwin Australia Zoo and catch their army of wildlife warrior’s show-discover giant snakes, birds of prey, jumping crocs and lots more.

3. Adventure

Get active at Riverlife Adventure Centre over at the base of Kangaroo Point Cliffs where you can rockclimb and abseil on the cliffs or kayak and paddle board down the Brisbane River.

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They also rent out bikes and rollerblades for you to enjoy along the river. The top of the cliffs offer breathtaking views and it’s also a popular spot for locals to have BBQs.

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4. River Cruises and Lookout points

Admire the skyline of the CBD, its parklands, and all the water activities while you sail down the Brisbane River aboard one of the many river cruises. The FREE River Hoppers offer the perfect way to sit back and enjoy the city, and there’s plenty of hop on/off stops along the way.

Enjoy equally spectacular views of the city and beyond to Moreton bay from the top of Brisbane’s largest mountain at Mt.Coot-tha lookout point, catch the free city loop bus or climb the City Hall Clock tower at King George Square.

5. Live Music/NightLife

 Fortitude Valley is a dedicated entertainment precinct and the place to go for live music and great performers and bands.


One of the hubs of Brisbane's nightlife, it’s renowned for its nightclubs and bars. If you like Asian food, China town here offers plenty of choice and is perfect for a cheap BYO evening.

6. West End

 West End has an eclectic, alternative/bohemian vibe where Brisbanites go to chomp on cheap food at the various BYO restaurants.


It’s littered with quaint coffee shops, quirky little book stores and a hive of great vintage shops. At night, it livens up even more with live music and entertainment.

 7. XXXX Brewery tour

The XXXX Brewery is located in Milton. Here you’ll get a tour of the brewery explaining the origins of the XXXX Brewery & Alehouse and can sample a few beers to find out what it tastes like when it’s freshly brewed.

 8. New Farm Park-voted 3rd coolest suburb in Australia

Located along the river, New Farm Park is one of Brisbane’s most popular and loved recreational facilities. People bring picnics, enjoy BBQs or simply relax with a few drinks whilst chilling out in the Brisbane way of life.


Next to New Farm Park is the Brisbane Powerhouse, an old powerhouse converted into a beautiful exhibition centre with thought provoking, inspirational art on display throughout. It also hosts concerts, festivals and events and during the summer months, there’s a Moonlight cinema where you can chill out and watch the latest flicks under the stars.

9. Moreton Island

Moreton Island’s beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters are only a 75min boat ride from Brisbane. Like Pirates of the Caribbean, you can snorkel or scuba dive the shipwrecks that teem with underwater sea life. You can also try your hand at sand boarding, sailing, quad biking and dolphin feeding.

10. Stradbroke Island

See koalas, kangaroos, turtles and dolphins in their natural habitat at Stradbroke. Enjoy the beach, wildlife, Tea Tree Lake, nature walks and headland walks over on the sand island.


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Have fun and enjoy your holiday! Remember, if you’re back from working Oz don't forget to get your tax back!

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Ciara Kennedy - Digital Content Writer @ Taxback.com

Ciara is our Digital Content Writer at Taxback.com. Since graduating in Journalism and Visual media, Ciara has worked in online marketing in Ireland and Australia and loves writing in all its forms.

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