Boating a rich history and heritage, Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and one of the oldest cities in Australia. The beautiful and unique Queenslander architecture and numerous places to visit in Brisbane draw a huge influx of tourists here every year. From heritage listed monuments, parks, museums, to fun amusement parks, Brisbane has everything to make your trip a fun-filled affair filled with new discoveries.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Cuddling a koala is a quintessential Aussie experience, and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is an ideal place to tick this off your bucket list. Other Australian animals such as kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, dingoes, snakes, and even crocodiles live in this compact sanctuary nestled on the Brisbane River. Daily encounters and experiences include bird of prey flight demonstrations, platypus feeding, sheep dog and shearing shows, Tasmanian devil keeper talks, and barn animal encounters. In addition to the ultimate cuddling a koala photograph, you can also take home a souvenir snap of you holding a snake or baby crocodile.
This art museum in Brisbane is the largest gallery of modern and contemporary arts in Australia and is among the popular Brisbane tourist attractions. This institution also conducts Australian and international exhibitions when all the renowned artists of the world come together under one roof. GOMA also houses Children’s Art Centre and the Australian Cinematheque. On a bright day, you can spot the Rainbow Lorikeets, Eastern Water Dragons, Brushtail possum and other native animals and birds.
Brisbane Botanic gardens
Offering panoramic views of Brisbane, the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha is a favorite attraction with locals and visitors alike. Not to be confused with the City Botanic Gardens, another serene oasis and prime picnic spot, the Mount Coot-tha gardens are seven kilometers from the city, with diverse themed gardens that take visitors on a journey through 128 acres of horticulture. Highlights include the beautiful Japanese gardens and the largest collection of Australian rainforest trees in the world, as well as sections dedicated to fragrant plants, bamboo, cactus, indigenous plants, and more. Budding botanists will love the Hide ‘n’ Seek Children’s Trail through the rainforest, and you can take advantage of the free guided walks and minibus tours.
Glass House Mountains
Glass House Mountains is a picturesque landscape with a group of thirteen volcanic hills rising on the coastal plains of Queensland housing a number of native flora and fauna. The mountains Tibrogargan and Ngungun are open to the public for bushwalking and climbing and are undoubtedly the best Brisbane attractions. In fact, it was added to the Australian National Heritage List in 2006.
Story bridge adventure climb
Constructed during Australia’s Great Depression in the 1930s, the attractive steel Story Bridge is a much-loved Brisbane landmark. As one of only three bridge climbs in the world (after Sydney and Auckland), this one also offers something totally unique – the choice to abseil the descent. Catering to people of all fitness levels and those 10 years of age or older, the two-hour experience takes you 80 meters above the Brisbane River for uninterrupted views of the city.