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Where in the world: South Pacific  /  Australia  /  Queensland  /  Brisbane Region  /  Brisbane
Things to do in Brisbane range from riding the Ferris wheel at South Bank Parklands to exploring the city's restaurant scene and beaches. If you're in the mood to update your wardrobe or fill shopping bags with gifts for others, head over to Queen Street Mall, which houses around 700 stores. To get out of the city for a while, take a trip to the white shores of Fraser Island, the largest sand island on the planet and a World Heritage Site.

Brisbane is best known for its Parks, Wildlife Areas, and Gardens.

Top 15 things to do in Brisbane

1. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary and is home to over 100 koalas and 70 species of other Australian native animals. Established in 1927, the sanctuary offers guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with the wildlife in a natural, intimate setting. From koala holds to kangaroo feeding, free-flight raptor shows and sheepdog demonstrations, there is something for everyone.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is accredited by the Zoo and Aquarium Association for positive animal welfare. The health and wellbeing of the sanctuary’s animals are at the forefront of everything we do, along with our extensive research and conservation efforts.

Lone Pine is open every day from 9:00am to 5:00pm (1:30pm to 5:00pm on ANZAC Day) and is just 12kms from the Brisbane CBD.

Buy tickets online, simply visit www.lonepinekoalasanctuary.com/tickets

For daily schedules simply visit www.lonepinekoalasanctuary.com/whats-on/

For COVID-19 information visit www.lonepinekoalasanctuary.com/covid-19-information/

If you have any questions or need anything of us, please email us at service@koala.net
Suggested duration: 3h 30 min
Tours from $61 › Learn more about Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

2. South Bank Parklands

Sitting along the Brisbane River, South Bank Parklands sits in the heart of Brisbane. Towering over the park at 60 m (197 ft), the Wheel of Brisbane Ferris wheel offers you a panorama of the city and its surrounding. When your ride finishes, head to Streets Beach, a manmade beach spreading out over 2,000 sq m (21,500 sq ft) and containing a base of 4,000 cubic meters (5,200 cubic yards) of sand with another 70 tons brought in every summer. Here you can swim in chlorinated fresh water and relax under the shade of a palm tree. Other attractions include the traditionally designed Nepal Peace Pagoda and flowering bougainvillea on the 443 curling steel columns of The Arbour. Numerous restaurants and cafes offer dining options.
Suggested duration: 5 hours
Tours from $35 › Learn more about South Bank Parklands

3. Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout

The Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout provides panoramic views of Brisbane and its environs. Bus tours often stop here, and you can easily reach the Lookout with Bus 471 from the city. Signs point out key landmarks to give you a lay of the land, and you can eat at either the cafe or restaurant should hunger strike.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $67 › Learn more about Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout

4. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise

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See Australia’s amazing animals on a day trip to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary from Brisbane. Your river cruise takes you from the bustling waterfront of Southbank to the lush parklands of Lone Pine, with the chance to see iconic sights as you glide along the water. At the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, you can get up close to koalas, kangaroos and watch platypus, sheepdogs, and birds of prey in action. Animal lovers will not want to miss this experience!Photo experiences need to be booked directly through Lone Pine Sanctuary website that can bee seen on your voucher. Check-in is required by 9.45 am sharp.
Suggested duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
Tours from $61 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. City Botanic Gardens

Enjoy an afternoon in Brisbane's premier public park. City Botanic Gardens offers 20 hectares (49 acres) of rare and unusual plant life, including cycads, Queensland nut trees, and jacarandas. Tour Bamboo Grove, stand over ornamental ponds, and view the "Jemmy Morrill and the Brolgas" sculpture. The Riverstage hosts numerous events throughout the year, so check the schedule before you come. Weekdays generally provide much more solitude than weekends do.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $35 › Learn more about City Botanic Gardens

6. Roma Street Parkland

Stroll through the world's largest subtropical garden in the center of a city. On the 16 hectares (40 acres) of Roma Street Parkland, you'll find colorful Australian and exotic subtropical vegetation. Keep an eye out for birds flying overhead, lizards running about, and fish swimming in the ponds. View the 15 public artworks--including sculptures, a mosaic, and murals--on a self-guided tour.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $67 › Learn more about Roma Street Parkland

7. Sea World Theme Park, Main Beach

Not to be confused with the SeaWorld chain in the United States, Australia's Sea World Theme Park offers a mix of massive marine animal exhibits, dazzling shows, and thrilling rides. See how dolphins care for their young at the Dolphin Nursery Pool, observe penguins on land and underwater at Penguin Encounter, and get up close with sharks at Shark Bay. Polar Bear Shores serves as Australia's only polar-bear exhibit, and Ray Reef contains over 100 rays for you to feed. The seal show has an engaging storyline with both seals and humans acting it out. The rides area includes both thrilling roller coasters such as Sea Viper and children's adventure areas like Beach Break Bay.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
Tours from $20 › Learn more about Sea World Theme Park

8. 90min Brisbane River Cruise/Tour

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Have a relaxing 1.5-hour river cruise along Brisbane River. Take advantage of several photo opportunities as you glide through the water and see iconic sights such as Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Brisbane City Center and Story Bridge. Learn about the colorful history and local legends through informative and entertaining live commentary as you enjoy morning tea (morning departure only). You have a choice of a morning or afternoon departure.
Suggested duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Tours from $35 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. The Brisbane River

The Brisbane River provides a handful of ways for you to enjoy the city's ideal climate. Ride the current in a kayak or on a paddleboard, or enjoy a picnic in one of the riverside parks. Head to Kangaroo Point Cliffs for sublime views of the river heading toward Brisbane's city center. Perhaps the best way to experience the river, though, is along the Riverwalk. Here you can stroll a network of pavement along the river banks and even out onto the river itself.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $31 › Learn more about The Brisbane River

10. Room Escape Games

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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11. Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha

Tour a wide range of native and exotic landscapes at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha. Here you'll discover 52 hectares (128 acres) of gardens from climate zones around the world. See starkly beautiful desert plants at the Arid Zone and Cactus Zone. Admire local plant life around a large lake at the Australian Plant Communities. Learn about the art of bonsai at the Bonsai House. Wander beneath the canopy of the Exotic Rainforest. The Kenzo Ogata-designed Japanese Gardens just might help you find inner harmony. The gardens offer workshops on subjects such as gardening and photography, so see what's available when you visit.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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12. Brisbane Segway Sightseeing Tour

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Glide effortlessly through Brisbane breathtaking sites and see the city’s best known landmarks on a fun Segway tour. Aboard your own personal two-wheel transportation device our 2 hour 15 minute tours visit the sights of the city including the Brisbane River, South Bank Parklands, Goodwill Bridge, City Botanical Gardens, Eagle Street Pier, The Story Bridge and Kangaroo Point Cliffs. We will also usually visit and interact with some wildlife along the way including Possums on our night tours and Water Dragon Lizards in some of our day tours. There are three options on tour lengths to choose from: 45 minutes, 1 hour 15 minutes and 2 hour 15 minute tours, which include stops at points of interest where your friendly guide will provide information about beautiful Brisbane. Have a blast on these tours, soaring through stunning Brisbane sites. This tour is limited to small groups, ensuring a personalized experience that you'll remember.
Suggested duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Tours from $35 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Climbing Tours

Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $44 › Learn more about Climbing Tours

14. Queensland Museum & Sciencentre

Explore the ever-changing story of Australia at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre, exhibiting natural history, cultural heritage, science, and human achievement of this sprawling continent. A pedestrian bridge and tunnel link the museum and its art gallery to the Queensland Performing Arts Center. This large cultural complex houses permanent and temporary exhibitions that connect visitors to Queensland's people and landscapes. Popular exhibitions reveal the prehistoric past of Queensland, showcase the cultures of aboriginal peoples, and highlight the region's unique biodiversity. The museum is also a world-class research facility and home to the Sciencecentre, offering hands-on, interactive activities for kids and adults that reveal the science behind our everyday lives.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $37 › Learn more about Queensland Museum & Sciencentre

15. Maleny Botanic Gardens Bird Aviary Experience Ticket

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Overlooking a backdrop of the iconic Glass House Mountains our 18 acres of gardens are surrounded by stunning waterfalls & lakes which only add to the majestic nature of this unique attraction that sits high on the escarpment. Four walk-through aviaries are home to over 700 native and exotic birds from around the world. It's not very often that you can get up close & personal with these amazing birds, they love to come and land on your hand, shoulder or even head and say hello. You will learn so much about our beautiful birds on our daily interactive guided tours. Other points of interest are over 18 gazebos with beautiful views for a perfect picnic. The kids will love exploring our fairy tale garden, giant chair, and old fishing trawler, there is even a treehouse to climb!.
Suggested duration: 1 to 4 hours
Tours from $27 › More about this tour at viator.com ›