The capital city of Queensland, Brisbane is in the south-east corner of the ‘Sunshine State’ and is a popular holiday choice for many all around the world. I live on the Gold Coast, about an hours drive away from Brisbane, so decided to spend a beautiful Sunday with my travel buddies (from my first USA holiday) exploring the city and doing ‘touristy’ things to scope out the best to see and do whilst visiting Brisbane.
I’m lucky enough to have friends who live in Brisbane, so was able to spend a night and day there exploring with our own local tour guide (*drumroll* Angela) to find the 7 must see’s and must do’s in Brisbane:-
South Bank is the heart and soul of cultural Brisbane and is home to the Brisbane Wheel, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Gallery of Modern Art (GoMa) and the Queensland Museum and Science Centre. With a beautiful pathway to walk or ride along the Brisbane river, Citycat terminals to transport you around the city via the river and home to 150 events annually including the Brisbane Festival currently running throughout September (as seen by the coloured roofs in the photo below). You definitely need to visit South Bank and its attractions when visiting Brisbane!
Built in 1940, the iconic Story Bridge is a Brisbane landmark not to be missed for many reasons. Not only does it carry foot and vehicle traffic across the Brisbane River, it also lights up at night to amplify the beauty of this city and its skyline at night. You also have the amazing opportunity to climb or abseil the 777 metres (2549 feet) long and 74 metres high (243 feet) bridge.
The Gabba, also known as the Brisbane Cricket Ground, is the home ground and stadium for the AFL’s Brisbane Lions team (my team, Go Lions!) and for the states cricket team the Queensland Bulls. The stadium can seat 42,000 people and if you’re a foreigner visiting Brisbane, catching an Australian football game is a must do and this stadium is one of the best to do it at.
With some of the best views of the Brisbane river, city and amazing Kangaroo Point cliffs, this area is definitely a must visit when in Brisbane. However there is more to do here than just look at the incredible views, with a bike and walking pathway around the river, water activities including kayaking and the opportunity to abseil the cliffs in this area offered as well.
Treasury Casino opened its doors in 1994 and is located in the CBD area of Brisbane in a breathtaking heritage listed building. The casino is more than a place to gamble, it is also a hotel and home to some popular restaurants and bars. But let’s not beat around the bush, the casino offers the opportunity for those legally able to gamble playing poker, blackjack, roulette, pokies and treasury 21 and encourages responsible gambling.
Eat Street Markets
Located in Hamilton, Eat Street Markets is a popular destination for foodies looking for great street food and goods at market prices. Time your visit wisely though as the markets only operate Friday and Saturday’s (4pm-10pm) and Sunday’s (10am – 7pm). I recommend grabbing a few different options from different vendors to really satisfy your taste buds, grab a table and listen to the live music that is performed throughout the day. Oh, and definitely get your hands on a 1 litre iced tea and a cronut, delicious!!
The Wheel of Brisbane
Located in South Bank, the Wheel of Brisbane can be seen across the river from many locations around Brisbane. For around $18 per adult you can ride the wheel in an air-conditioned booth both during the day and in the evening and witness some of the most spectacular views of Brisbane city. You can upgrade to a VIP booth for an additional cost if you’re wanting something a little more private and special, but in non-peak times, couples or groups can usually have their own booth. There is commentary played inside the booth whilst the wheel spins around providing fun facts and information about the wheel and the places and sites you can see as well which I think is a unique and nice touch.
Brisbane has so much to offer visitors from beautiful sites, delicious food, cultural experiences and opportunities to do something a bit different. I promise you that, as Aussies, the locals are friendly and you won’t be disappointed visiting the capital of the ‘Sunshine State’.
All posts are by Global Whispers and are entirely my own opinions, views and experiences.