Things To Do In Brisbane
The warm and cultured sub-tropical capital of Queensland state in Australia is a city with stacks to offer both in terms of natural wonders and top quality urban attractions. And it's not just about what the city has in store, but also the means by which you can access it all. Recently the Australian Explorer group launched their Brisbane Explorer Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour, a fantastic 15-stop sightseeing journey that lets you come and go as you please for up to 2 whole days. While riding along the main city route you'll encounter a diverse roster of Brisbane's most iconic landmarks and popular attractions.
At the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (stop 10) you can explore the very best of Australian and international contemporary visual expression. The institution is divided into two galleries: the 'Queensland Art Gallery' and the 'Gallery of Modern Art', each offering a fun and unique experience. There's also a renowned Children’s Art Centre with interactive exhibitions as well as cafes and a restaurant so you can kick-back and relax.
If you'd like to take a nature stroll right in the heart of the city centre then you can't miss the South Bank Parklands (stop 11). Situated on the banks of the winding Brisbane River this lush 17 hectare landmark is a prime lifestyle hotspot, replete with revellers both day and night. Cool off in one of the park's outdoor pools or its man-made white sand beach, take a ride on the Brisbane Wheel, or catch one of the 150+ annual events that take place in South Bank's world-class art venues.
For what is arguably Brisbane's best sightseeing vantage point disembark at stop 13, the Kangaroo Point Cliffs. In addition to serving as an excellent city overlook the volcanic rocks are open to climbers/abseilers of all skill levels. The parkland around the cliffs also contain electric grills, tables and chairs- essential amenities needed to enjoy a great barbecue. Head a short distance west of this location and you'll arrive at the Maritime Museum (stop 12). Learn about the perils of early Australian ocean navigation, see vessels from WW2, and marvel at relics dating as far back as ancient Egypt.
If there's big game or any other sporting event taking place in Brisbane that you'd love to check out chances are it's taking place at the famous Suncorp Stadium. Arrive right at the building's entrance by hopping-off at stop 7 on the bus tour.
Finally, for an all-inclusive retail session, reserve some time at the Queen Street Mall. You can find it at stop 2 on Adelaide Street. Though bare in mind that it's not just about shopping, there's buskers, a cinema, spas, restaurants and a casino.