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Looking for things to do in Brisbane? Queensland's capital strikes a nice balance between the bustle of the bigger capitals, with less overall crowding and typically sunnier weather to boot. Dissected by its signature Brisbane River and with Moreton Bay just nearby, the city thus offers plenty of aquatic-oriented experiences and boasts a range of cruises, activities such as kayaking, and other outdoor attractions for visitors to enjoy. Make the most of your time in Brisbane city and escape your hotel with a day tour to the ocean and Tangalooma, climb the city's iconic Story Bridge, cuddle a Koala at the ever-popular Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and much more.

Within the city itself, the Brisbane CBD is a fantastic shopping destination with great restaurants, or make your way to the Brisbane markets for farmers produce and handicrafts. Cosmopolitan, vibrant and full of culture - that's Brisbane. Browse the best Brisbane experiences below to book YOUR ideal QLD adventure online today.

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Brisbane Story Bridge Adventure Climb

Brisbane Story Bridge Adventure Climb

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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Formula One Simulator Experience

Formula One Simulator Experience

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The Wheel of Brisbane

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Go Karting at Kingston Park Raceway

Go Karting at Kingston Park Raceway

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Australia Zoo Tour including Entry

Australia Zoo Tour including Entry

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Rock Climbing in Brisbane

Rock Climbing in Brisbane

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Moreton Island Full Day Tour from Brisbane

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Moreton Island Dolphin Tours with Snorkelling

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Movie World Tour including Entry

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Tangalooma Island Resort Day Tour from Brisbane

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Brisbane City Lights Dinner Cruise

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Brisbane River Cruises

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Stand Up Paddle Board Adventure

Stand Up Paddle Board Adventure

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Brisbane Hot Air Ballooning

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Brisbane Full Day Sightseeing Tour including River Cruise

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Dreamworld Tour including Entry from Brisbane

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Brisbane City Morning Sightseeing Tour

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Abseiling in Brisbane City

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Brisbane Kayaking Tours & Dinner Packages

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Great Barrier Reef 3 Day Tour from Brisbane

Great Barrier Reef 3 Day Tour from Brisbane

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Surfers Paradise Scenic Helicopter Flight from Brisbane

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XXXX Ale House and Brewery Tour

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The Workshops Rail Museum

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Brisbane Lunch Cruises

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OReillys and Lamingtons National Park Tour from Brisbane

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Wet n Wild Water World Tour including Entry from Brisbane

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Self Drive Tangalooma Day Trip including Activities

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Gold Coast Theme Park and Brisbane Airport Transport Package

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Brisbane Airport Arrival Transfer

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Sirromet Winery Scenic Helicopter Flight

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Moreton Island Scuba Diving with optional Brisbane Transfers

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Brisbane Airport to Sunshine Coast Hotels Arrival Transfer

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Eumundi Markets Noosa and Sunshine Coast Hinterland Tour departing Brisbane

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Noosa and Sunshine Coast Hinterland Tour departing Brisbane

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Tangalooma Island Day Trip including Activities and Transfers from Brisbane

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Brisbane Airport Train and Transfer to Gold Coast Hotels

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WhiteWater World Tour including Entry from Brisbane

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Bee Gees Way

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Brisbane City Afternoon Sightseeing Tour

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Gold Coast City Sightseeing Tour including Crab Catching Cruise

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Great Barrier Reef Day Trip including Flights from Brisbane

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Moreton Island Scenic Helicopter Flight

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Fraser Island Overnight 4WD Tours from Brisbane

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Brisbane High Tea Cruise

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New Farm Park Brisbane

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Tangalooma and Moreton Island Dolphin Feeding Adventure

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Moreton Island 2 Day Tour from Brisbane

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Brisbane Airport to Gold Coast Hotels Arrival Transfer

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Brisbane City Twilight Scenic Helicopter Flight

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The Queensland Art Gallery

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Stradbroke Island Scenic Helicopter Flight

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Horse Carriage Winery and Brewery Tour

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The Mt Coot Tha Lookout

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Jan Powers Farmers Markets

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Top 10 Things to do in - Brisbane and surrounds

South Bank Parklands
#1
Cultural Attractions
#2
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
#3
Brisbane Story Bridge Climb
#4
Riverlife Adventures
#5
Workshops Rail Museum
#6
Adventure Moreton Island
#7
Kookaburra River Queens
#8
Whale Watching
#9
Cycling
#10

1. Spend time at the South Bank Parklands

Location:Stanley Street Plaza, South Bank

South Bank has a pleasant overall atmosphere that blends views of the Brisbane River, the Cultural Centre above, the Wheel of Brisbane and plenty of expansive grassed and shaded areas. Modern, extremely well-maintained and lined with trendy cafes, restaurants, surrounding parks and an artificial beach, this is a great place to unwind and relax and maybe even swim. It’s spacious, it’s clean, and above all, the majority of South Bank’s entertainment on offer is entirely free (aside from parking). With plenty of BBQ areas, lagoons to swim in and biking tracks, you can easily spend a few hours at South Bank if you want to get the most out of its offerings.

2. Enjoy the Museums and Galleries at Brisbane's Cultural Centre

Location:Grey St, South Bank

South Bank's waterfront area provides a number of opportunities to get your cultural fix, playing host to various art galleries, museums and exhibits all within some pleasantly clean and modern surrounds. The Queensland Cultural Centre allows you to immerse yourself in a world of creativity and is an excellent example of a city providing locals and visitors alike with an easy-to-access dose of historical exhibits, art and more.

3. Cuddle a koala at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Location:708 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary which lies just to the north of Brisbane’s CBD, is known as the original home of the koalas with the first and largest koala sanctuary in the world. Set amongst beautiful natural bushland, Lone Pine is far more of a literal sanctuary than manufactured commercial zoo. Due to Queensland law being the only state in Australia that allows you to cuddle a koala, you’ll be able to come away with a photograph of your encounter.

4. Climb the Brisbane Story Bridge

Location:170 Main St, Kangaroo Point

One of Brisbane’s most obvious and distinctive landmarks, the Story Bridge goes a long way to adding its own sense of character to the city. Lasting roughly 2.5 hours, the journey up and back down the bridge is long without being overly tiring, and it also happens to be good value for money – particularly when compared to the other bridge climbs on offer. During the climb, you’ll be provided with all gear necessary for the experience and have everything well explained in terms of safety and what to expect.

5. Have an adventure with Riverlife

Location:Naval Stores, Kangaroo Point

If the likes of abseiling, rock climbing, kayaking and more pique your interest, be sure to pay a visit to Riverlife situated at Brisbane’s Kangaroo Point. Located within Brisbane’s historic Naval Stores, Riverlife features a mixture of scheduled tour-based activities as well as equipment hire for a range of outdoor entertainment. Riverlife is another shining example of Brisbane’s emphasis on experiencing the outdoors and what the city has to offer rather than just being a passive observer.

6. Visit the Workshops Rail Museum

Location:North St, North Ipswich

Located in Ipswich around 40 minutes’ drive outside Brisbane City, the Workshops Rail Museum is one of the best attractions in the greater South East QLD area for kids. It serves as an extremely hands-on exhibit that highlights the history and contribution that rail has made to the development of Queensland and Australia as a whole. The museum puts a lot of effort into making things as interactive as possible, in order to not only entertain but also educate kids (and adults as well) without them getting bored or distracted.

7. Tour with Adventure Moreton Island

Location:Tangalooma Island Resort, Moreton Island

While it’s an exceedingly popular destination for Brisbane locals to kick back and laze the day away in the sun, operator Adventure Moreton Island take things in the other direction and if you’re looking for some upbeat fun in the sun whether on the sand or in the water, this is the place to start. Based out of Tangalooma Island Resort they’re a friendly and energetic bunch that have an array of flexible activity packages that provide plenty of entertainment.

8. Cruise the river with Kookaburra River Queens

Location:45 Eagle St, Brisbane CBD

Brisbane wouldn’t be Brisbane without its iconic river, which was a large reason for the city being settled in the first place and continues to this day to serve as a focal point for many of the city’s activities and attractions. In short, you haven’t truly experienced Brisbane unless you’ve seen the city from the vantage point of the water, and one of the more unique and tranquil ways for doing so is offered by Kookaburra River Queens.

9. Go whale watching

Location:133-137 Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe

Brisbane offers a great opportunity to get out and see the gentle giants of the ocean during the annual whale migration season. Trips from Brisbane are great as the calm waters of the adjacent Moreton Bay offer a place for the Humpbacks and Southern Rights to rest and tend to their young. Brisbane’s whale watching season takes place between June and November each year, and operator Brisbane Whale Watching provides eager participants with the chance to head out on the water and see the most surface-active of all whales.

10. Explore the city by bike

Location:Various locations

One of the core reasons Brisbane is such an enjoyable city to spend time in is that it lacks the hemmed-in feeling many other capitals around the world tend to have. Ideal for getting around the city, cycling offers a relaxed, family-friendly and healthy way to take in Queensland’s capital. This is augmented by the city’s comprehensive CityCycle system that allows for the public rental of bikes from a number of terminals dotted around the city.

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