Brisbane, famed for its sunny climate practically throughout the year, makes a perfect locale for various activities and adventures – both indoors and outdoors.
There are plenty of things to do in Brisbane – from exploring rivers, parks and other outdoor spaces to attending popular arts, cultural and sporting events. There is also plenty of opportunity to discover award-winning restaurants and shopping to your heart’s content at weekend markets.
Here are some great suggestions for adventures and activities you can enjoy in Brisbane. These are the best things to do in Brisbane that will appeal to all demographics.
Rent a bike and explore the city
Bikeways and pathways abound in Brisbane, one of the many great lengths the city has undertaken to offer alternative modes of public transport and to eliminate the feeling of being hemmed in that most cities tend to have.
Locals use bikes for their daily, and visitors will find that there is no place where a bike is available nearby because of the city’s comprehensive CityCycle system that allows people to rent bikes from several terminals scattered throughout the city.
There are many parts of the city that are accessible by bike, including Boondall Wetlands, the Bicentennial Bikeway in Toowong, the scenic Mount Coot-tha, and more.
Whale watching in Brisbane starts from June to November when the magnificent humpback whales pass through South East Queensland on their annual 10,000 km migration to the warm, tropical water in the north.
It is possible to get up close and personal with these agile and playful creatures just 30 minutes worth of sea travel because Brisbane is close to Moreton Bay.
Cruise Brisbane River
View Brisbane’s many important landmarks from the water, including the Story Bridge, Southbank Parklands and the city skyline, aboard an old-style paddlewheel vessel, which is reminiscent of the water navigation of days gone by.
You get an unobstructed view of the sights on the boat’s top decks. Many cruises are available, including lunch, dinner and specially-themed jazz cruises. Guests will be treated with a combination of sightseeing and restaurant quality dining experience.
Water-based Adventure in Moreton Island
Just 25 km away from the city is Moreton Island, where you can experience more active types of water sports and shore-based activities.
Guided snorkelling tours are very popular as the island is known for a number of shipwrecks where you can find a wide variety of marine life that call them home, including different tropical fishes, wobbegong sharks and many colourful corals. This is a satisfying and enjoyable alternative to the Great Barrier Reef.
Other popular water-based activities on offer are ocean kayaking, stand up paddling, fish feeding, and more.
For those who don’t want to venture out to the sea, there are various offshore activities to enjoy – offroad exploration on board an ATV/Quad Bike, riding a Segway on the golden sands, fishing, and more.
A Day Out at The Workshops Rail Museum
If you have kids, The Workshops Rail Museum is a must-see, if you don’t mind going to Ipswich around 40 minutes’ drive outside of Brisbane City. The journey is worth it as it is touted as one of the best attractions in the greater South East Queensland area for children. The Workshops Rail Museum is a completely hands-on exhibit where children can learn how rail made what Queensland and Australia as a whole are today.
Climb the Brisbane Story Bridge
It may not be as popular as the Harbor Bridge in Sydney, but Story Bridge makes for no less than a panoramic spot to view the city. The bridge, which spans the Brisbane River, is a challenging club. But it is safe – and all appropriate gear is provided – making it a suitable activity for all ages and fitness levels.
Cuddle with Koalas at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
This koala sanctuary is a short 15-minute drive from the city centre. You can also be reached it by joining one of those river cruises that make a stop there. This sanctuary houses over 130 koalas and because it is located in the only Australian state that allows people to cuddle a koala, you can have the chance to get hold and have your picture taken with these adorable creatures.
Visit the Arts and Museums at the Cultural Centre in Brisbane
Get the chance to experience sophistication and culture at a modest price by spending the day at the entertainment-rich cultural district next to Brisbane’s South Bank. The Queensland Cultural Centre features a number of facilities that offers a broad range of cultural experiences from art and literature to historical artefacts.
The Queensland Performing Arts Centre, The Queensland Museum, The Queensland Art Gallery and the State Library of Queensland are within walking distance of each other that it’s possible to spend a whole day in the area just soaking up art, culture and history.