After Sydney and Melbourne, Brisbane
is the third most popular destination for tourists to Australia. Reasons for this include awesome weather and some of the most beautiful scenery on earth.
Brisbane is also home to more culture than you can shake a stick at. With its laid back appeal and easy charm, Brisbane attracts tourists in droves. To make a comparison, Brisbane is like the Galway of Australia. It’s small, friendly, and laden with cultural nuances.
We could ramble all day about how fantastic Brisbane is, but we’re going to get straight to the point and share some insider tips to help you get the most from your trip to Oz. Here are the top attractions in Brisbane…according to us:
Top 5 attractions for visitors to Brisbane
1. Brisbane markets
Brisbane has a long and proud history of providing some of the best markets in all of Australia. Market culture began over 100 years ago with fruit and veg stalls and now represents a stronghold in the hearts of Brisbanites.
Going beyond food and drink, the markets are a great chance to get that one-off piece of local Australian design to cherish forever. Check this link out for a comprehensive list of the 10 best markets in Brisbane
2. Southbank - cultural area
To immerse yourself in the culture of the city, look no further than the Southbank area of Brisbane
. With over 17 hectares of parkland, stunning river views and a man-made inner city beach (Streets Beach), it’s easy to see why Brisbane is known as “The City of Sundays”. You’ll love the relaxed atmosphere and easy going weekend lifestyle so much that you’ll wish you could stay all year round!
3. Story Bridge Adventure Climb
For the more adventurous, we recommend you give the Story Bridge a climb! At a mere 22 stories high (!), it stretches out over the Brisbane River and is visible throughout the city. It is the largest existing steel bridge that was both designed and constructed by Australians. If you are looking for a fun and memorable group activity, the Story Bridge Adventure Climb
provides some awesome guided climbs and is probably exactly what you’re looking for.
4. The Wheel of Brisbane
The Wheel of Brisbane is such a great attraction, that we recommend doing it twice: once during the day and once at night (for totally different views!). Towering over the city, the Wheel of Brisbane
is the perfect vantage point to take in the bright lights of Brisbane on a clear night. Each of the gondolas can fit 6 adults and 2 kids so it’s a great family activity. Early booking is advised for peak times.
5. The Gabba
Traditionally the Official Sports Grounds for Brisbane, Cricket has been played here since the late 19th century. Today, The Gabba (so called after the area in which it is located - Woolloongabba) is home to a
wide variety of Australian sports including Cricket, Rugby League, Rugby Union and of course, Aussie Rules footie.
The Aussies are sports mad
and if you get a chance to catch an Aussie Rules game in The Gabba—lucky you! There’s nothing like the atmosphere when the home team, the Brisbane Lions, are up against a team from Melbourne or Sydney. If you can’t get tickets for a game, book a tour of the stadium instead—you’ll get your money’s worth.
Day Trips from Brisbane
If you’re staying in the city for a few days and would like to explore the greater Queensland area, we recommend a day trip to Tangalooma Island
. Just a 75 minute cruise from Brisbane, Tangalooma is an island that is rich in natural beauty. With over 40 free activities
including guided eco walks and dolphin feeding every evening, this is the perfect place to spend time unwinding from city life.
Not forgetting that the area is also home to the world famous Australia Zoo
which was made famous by the late, great Steve Irwin. You cannot visit Brisbane and not visit this experiential gem.
When should I visit Brisbane?
The best time to visit Brisbane is during their winter (May to September) when it is usually mild and sunny—October to March can get very hot and humid.
Brisbane Flights and Attractions
To find out about more great tourist attractions in Brisbane, talk to our Oz expert Kathryn or one of our Australia Travel experts on 01 8047188