Brisbane actually does have trams but they won't take you very far. The Tramway Museum at Ferny Grove has lovingly restored Brisbane's tram culture and every Sunday afternoon (12.30pm - 4pm unless raining), the general public are welcome to ride them. A visit to the Tramway Museum is a must for anyone with train or tram enthusiasts (both young or old) in the house.
I had no idea trams were the main form of street transport in Brisbane between 1895 and 1969. There was a complex network running for 72 years until the bus and train lines were installed. Each tram seemed to have its own personality which becomes apparent when you visit the Tramway Museum.
A team of volunteers from the Brisbane Tramway Museum Society run the Tramway Museum. They will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about trams and their interesting history in Brisbane. Pack a picnic and watch the trams as you sit under a shady tree to eat, or purchase some snacks in the shop. They also sell fun tramway memorabilia, such as replica silver uniform buttons ($2 each) and of course mugs and key rings.
The highlight of a visit to the Tramway Museum is unlimited tram rides all afternoon. History buffs will pore over the black and white photos and interesting facts about tram culture in Brisbane or it may be a walk down memory lane for older folk. Either way, it's a fun and unusual way to spend a Sunday afternoon.