The capital of Queensland may not be as popular as its bigger brothers Sidney and Melbourne but it still has plenty to offer for visitors and locals alike. What it has over its competitors is an even balance of activities that take in a bit of everything from the thrill-seeking to the relaxing. This level of diversity makes Brisbane a great spot for both individuals and family who are looking for some fun times. But what are the best things to do while you’re in Brisbane? Even if you’re a local, chances are you still have a few things to try. Here’s our list – based on in-depth research and local knowledge of the 5 best things to do in Brisbane.
5. Riverlife adventure centre
Location: Naval Stores, Lower River Terrace, Kangaroo Point, QLD
what better way to see the city than through the might river the intersects it. Riverlife offers a range of different tours and rental equipment allowing you to explore the city without leaving its boundaries. Riverlife also offers scheduled tours showcasing Brisbane region’s aboriginal culture. It’s an activity that will give you a new perspective on the city while giving you a sense of achievement by its end.
4. See the Wales with Brisbane Whale Watching
Location: 133-137 Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe, QLD
With easy access to the sea by the Brisbane River, you can enjoy a lot of water-based activities, foremost among those being the Whale watching tour. The whale watching season takes place between June and November of each year with only a short 30min ride out to Moreton bay before you can see the first ones. Here you see Humpback and Southern Rights resting and tending to their young. See these enormous creatures up close will be an experience you won’t soon forget.
3. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Location: 708 Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket
Being the largest sanctuary of its kind for these cuddly marsupials, a visit to Lone Pine makes for a memorable experience not to be forgotten. They’ve got more than Koalas as well, here you’ll find crocodiles, Tasmanian Devils, and Platypuses
2. South Bank
Site of the World Expo in 1988, this is one of Brisbane’s favourite spots. Located just opposite the CBD, South Bank always has lots of free activities going on that anyone can take part in. The parklands and Plazas make for a great stroll while the man-made lagoon is always full of activity and fun. Festivals are often held here so be sure to check out the local calendar to see what’s on.
1. Queen Street Mall
Here in this vibrant shopping centre are over 700 retailers showcasing both local and international designs and labels. There’s usually plenty of street performers to be found here which adds to its active atmosphere. History buffs will love the heritage-listed arcades while the Customs House and City Hall are only a short walk away. Try to make it for Wednesday when the bridge end of the mall hosts the weekly farmers market.