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Published July 15th 2014
10 Must-Visit Places in Brisbane
If you are limited by a tight schedule whist visiting Brisbane, cut to the chase and focus on the must-visit places listed below. These are the iconic locations in Brisbane that every traveler will enjoy. With a long and interesting history, Brisbane has much to offer and enjoy as a travel destination.
1. South Bank| The beautiful parklands and fake beach was the exact location where EXPO took place in 1988. Since, then the parklands have undergone much work to make this area, which is situated on the riverbank, a popular place for tourists and locals to spend time. Here you are able to relax on the beach, take a swim in the beach, rock pools or kids water activity area. There are playgrounds, cafes, restaurants, pubs, markets, museum, libraries, art galleries, board walks, barbeque's, parks and the Nepal Peace Pagoda (which is only one of three outside of Nepal in the world).
2. Brisbane City Hall | This building is one of Brisbane's most beautiful buildings. It has recently undergone a three year restoration operation. The Museum of Brisbane is housed here along with multiple changing exhibitions and tours of the building and clock tower. You can also enjoy a coffee and cake at the Shingle Inn Cafe or Red Cross Cafe. The building is found between Adelaide and Ann Streets and King George Square lies at its front door. Often people gather here for markets, games nights and to enjoy live music on Friday nights at Groove Train.
Photo taken by Emma Elliott
3. Queen Street Mall | Enjoy the hustle and bustle of the main shopping mall in the Brisbane city. This mall stretches over 500 meters and houses more than 700 retailers in six major retail centers. The high end market is on Edward Street (at the bottom of the mall).
4.Eagle Street Pier | Eagle Street Pier is an iconic waterfront precinct with world-class dining options and unrivalled views of the Brisbane River and Story Bridge. Enjoy a stroll along the waterfront, more casual dining options, a drink at one of the bars, fine dining, relaxed dining or the markets on Sunday. From here you are able to walk towards the city Botanical Gardens, the Riverwalk, or catch a ferry to South Bank.
5. Kangaroo Point Cliffs | The magnificent cliffs are a sight not to be missed. Here you will find leisurely rock climbers and abseilers doing their thing. Take a walk through the park at the bottom of the cliffs. There are many barbeque's available if you would like to have picnic is this picturesque place which is a favourite of mine on sunset. Here you will look down the river to the Story Bridge, and up the river towards South Bank. The cliffs can be accessed by ferry, bus or foot from the city. The Kangaroo Point Cliffs cafe has an amazing view to be admired over a cup of coffee.
Whilst you are in Kangaroo Point why not take the time to climb the iconic Story Bridge? Bridge climbs started here in 2005 and the views from the top are well worth the trek. The bridge was opened 74 years ago and plays a significant role in 97 000 people's day - that being the estimated amount of people that cross the bridge on a daily basis.
6. Mt Coot-tha | Head west for the greatest view of the Brisbane city. Enjoy food at the cafe or the restaurant situated at the lookout. The incredible panoramic view is definitely worth the journey. There are many other things to enjoy as well including - Mt. Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, the Cosmic Planetarium, Herbarium and the many walking, bike and even horse tracks.
Photo taken by Tatters
7. West End | This suburb in Brisbane was named by British settlers who found the area reminiscent of the West End in London. If I were to describe this suburb in three words I would use quirky, alternate and vintage. Enjoy great Greek food, boutique beer houses, markets, coffee, cafes, cocktail bars and restaurants. West End is easily accessed by bus, ferry and foot.
Photo taken by Emma Elliott
8. Lone Pine Sanctuary | Get to know our furry friends here at the largest Koala Sanctuary in the world. You can cuddle a koala, hand feed the kangaroos and enjoy seeing a variety of Australian wildlife. The sanctuary is situated only 13 kilometres from the city. One of the unique modes of transport to get here is by boat. The boat leaves daily from South Bank at 10am.
Photo taken by Emma Elliott
9. The Gallery of Modern Art | 'GOMA' as most Brisbanites refer to it is a great place to submerse yourself in an Australian or international artistic presentation. Irrespective of what is currently showing, every art lover will find something to suit their taste (including kids). GOMA is located at South Bank.
10. Riverwalk | The Brisbane River is the longest river in South East Queensland. It is of major importance to society and has much historical significance. In 1824 the first convict colony was set up in Redcliffe which is not so far north of Brisbane. A year later it was moved to the central business district we use today which was an area that was found by navigating the local river system.
In the 2011 floods disaster the city's already established floating walkway (linking the city with New Farm) was swept away. A new walkway has been built that is designed for strength and will be unveiled mid 2014. The walkway joins at Eagle Street Pier. Taking a walk over the Brisbane River is definitely a must.