The Ten Attractions in Brisbane you Can’t Miss

First time to Brisbane? Here are the ten must-see attractions in Brisbane including scenery, nature, history, and culture with some great spots for feasting.

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South Bank

The massive South Bank area along the Brisbane River is the #1 lifestyle and cultural destination in Brisbane. Featuring stunning river views, parklands, cafes and restaurants, the famous Streets Beach, playgrounds, picnic spots, along with walking paths and cycling paths.
Location: Southern end of Victoria Bridge


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Gallery Of Modern Art (GOMA)

The Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art are two galleries located near each other in South Brisbane near to South Bank. Established in 1895, The Queensland Art Gallery is one of the leading visual arts institutions featuring more than 14,000 Australian and international paintings, sculptures, multimedia installations, and works on paper. The Gallery of Modern Art was opened in 2006 and focuses on contemporary works.
Location: Stanley Place, South Brisbane


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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

The world’s largest koala sanctuary, with a zoo housing Australian native animal species such as Koala’s, Kangaroo, Platypus, Tasmanian Devil, Wombats, Emu and a whole host of native wildlife.
Location: 708 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket


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Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha

At this 56-hectare subtropical conservatory, you’ll find a host of native and exotic plants along with a Japanese Garden, Tropical Dome, Children’s Playground, and much more. It’s also free to enter.
Location: 708 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket


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Eat Street Northshore

Located alongside the Brisbane River the hip container park area boasts a wide array of dining and entertainment open Friday and Saturday night from 4pm to 10pm and Sunday 12pm to 8pm.
Location: 221D MacArthur Avenue, Northshore, Hamilton


Mirimar Cruises

Cruise the Brisbane River

Mirimar Cruises has been operating for over 60 years and is one of those “must do” experiences while in Brisbane. You can take a river cruise or take the cruise out to Lone Pine Sanctuary.
Location: Cultural Centre Pontoon, South Bank



Howard Street Wharves

Brisbane’s newest dining and lifestyle precinct offers superb river views day and night from its location under the iconic Story Bridge. Here, you’ll find cafes, restaurants, bars, and even a brewery.
Location: under the Story Bridge, at 5 Boundary St


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Roma Street Parkland

Roma Street Parkland, located in the heart of the city, offers designer landscaped gardens and lawns with trails to explore, picnic areas and BBQ facilities, trendy cafes and restaurants.
Location: 1 Parkland Boulevard, Brisbane City


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Queensland Museum and Sciencentre

Queensland Museum features natural history, cultural heritage, science and human achievement. The Queensland Museum is also home to the Sciencentre which offers interactive and educational exhibits for kids and adults.
Location: Corner Grey Street and Melbourne Street, South Brisbane


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