Brisbane River, © Can Stock Photo / bamse008
Visit Brisbane – South Bank
South Bank is the cultural heart of Brisbane. Areas include the South Bank Parklands, the Little Stanley, Grey Street and River Quay. South Bank includes a beach, lagoon, cafes, restaurants, pubs and markets. Enjoy the Clem Jones Promenade and the Bougainvillea Walkway. The Skyneedle was built here during Expo 88. South Bank hosts concerts and the Wheel of Brisbane is in South Bank too. Ferry terminals are located along the river front. The red and white CityHopper ferry is free.
Wheel of Brisbane, © Can Stock Photo / mroz
Visit Brisbane – Cultural Precinct
The Cultural Precinct is part of South Bank and includes the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Queensland Museum, the State Library of Queensland, Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Conservatorium and Queensland College of Art.
Cycling Path, © Can Stock Photo / tupungato
Visit Brisbane – the City
Across the Victoria Bridge from South Bank is the City or Central Business District (CBD). Here you find the Treasury Casino and Hotel and the pedestrian only Queen Street Mall, including the Jan Powers Farmers Markets. Another block further is King George Square where you can take in the views from the Clock Tower. Visit the Museum of Brisbane at Brisbane City Hall and Albert Street Uniting Church, which is surrounded and dwarfed by the city. North of this a few blocks is the Old Windmill in Wickham Park, which transitions into the extensive grounds of Roma Street Parkland. While in this area, take a River Dinner Cruise.
Across the Goodwill Bridge from South Bank leads to Queensland University of Technology, City Botanic Gardens, Queensland State Parliament as well as the historical Commissariat Store Museum.
Downstream from City Botanic Gardens will bring you to Kookaburra River Queens for a buffet on a paddle wheeler and Riverside Centre with Jellyfish Restaurant. Several blocks north from there is St John’s Cathedral. Then see the Story Bridge, which connects Fortitude Valley and Kangaroo Point where there are great city views. Try the Story Bridge Adventure Climb if you are adventurous. Chinatown is located in Fortitude Valley.
Story Bridge, © Can Stock Photo / jabiru
Visit Brisbane – See More Sights
- The XXXX Brewery Tour at Milton.
- Ekka (the Royal Queensland Exhibition), held each August.
- Brisbane Festival held each September at South Bank Parklands.
- Watch rugby, cricket at the Gabba and Australian rules football.
- Riverlife – Kayaking, paddle boarding, rock climbing, rappelling, cycling and aboriginal cultural tours.
Visit Brisbane – Hotel Recommendations
- Meriton Suites Adelaide Street – Central Business District
- Royal on the Park – Central Business District
- Spice Apartments – South Bank