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The Top 10 Things To Do In Brisbane, Australia

The best, most fun things to do in Brisbane today!

1. Cruise along the Brisbane River 

Take in the sights of the city from a different viewpoint on a relaxing river cruise. We recommend booking in for a dinner cruise where you will be treated to the spectacular night lights of the city skyline. Make sure to bring your camera to snap a beautiful picture of Story Bridge all lit up.  

2. Walking Tour  

Grab your running shoes and head out and about with free guided walking tours around the city. You’ll leave the tour with handy tips for exploring Brisbane, great history on some of the best tourist sites, and even an ounce of Queenslander knowledge.  

3. Farmer’s Markets 

If your trip to Brisbane falls on a Wednesday or a Thursday, the Brisbane City Markets offer a plethora of yummy treats from fresh produce to artisan goodies. The markets are also a great place to discover local talent with live entertainment each week. Bring your reusable shopping bag as you most certainly won’t be going home empty handed!  

4. Mount Coot-tha Lookout 

Soak in one of the best views Brisbane has to offer at the top of Mount Coot-tha. This is a perfect spot for a new family picture or that cheeky sunrise selfie for Instagram! To add to the experience, check out the hilltop restaurant or lush botanical gardens.  

5. Streets Beach 

For those hot summer days, a quick dip in the ocean at Streets Beach will leave you feeling refreshed. The only beach in inner-city Brisbane, you could certainly spend a whole afternoon here. Remember the sunscreen!  

6. Fortitude Valley’s Laneways 

Strolling through the colourful laneways in Fortitude Valley, you’ll be overwhelmed with choice. From dinky cafes, burger joints, and artisan delights through to music shops and creative hairdressers, these laneways may be small but they deliver big value. There's no better way to support local than to pay a visit to these beautiful boutiques.  

7. Rooftop Bars 

Whether your drink of choice is a crisp vino, aromatic cider, local craft beer, or classy cocktail, the rooftop bars scattered around Brisbane will certainly tingle your taste buds as you relax in the early evening and take in the sunset. You’ll find many within walking distance of Grand Chancellor.  

8. City Botanic Gardens 

Offering a taste of serenity, peacefulness, and nature, the City Botanic Gardens will help you reset and see the city from a different point of view. Keep an eye out for concerts or events at the Riverstage, the children’s playground, and the self-guided walking route.  

9. Shop till you drop 

You can’t go home with an empty suitcase after a holiday! We recommend visiting Queen Street Mall, La Trobe Terrace, and James Street to make all your shopping dreams come true. Offerings range from high-end fashion and department stores to quirky boutiques.  

10. Yatala Drive-In Cinema 

Fancy snuggling up to watch a movie in the comfort of your own car? Yatala Drive-In is a unique viewing experience playing a number of old-school classics and more recent flicks. Paying per carload allows you to put your spending money into classic movie snacks rather than the ticket. Lights, camera, action!