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by Gypsy Rose (subscribe)
I am a travel writer and photographer with a passion for the great outdoors and food! I love travelling and discovering hidden gems... experience the journey on Instragram! @gypsy_compass
Published March 20th 2017
From hidden gems to adventure attractions
Brisbane never fails to impress with its attractions. And there is something for all interests, ages and budgets.

Discover hidden gems at Brisbane Islands and surrounding nature, immerse yourself with the culture and art, learn about the rich history and heritage or enjoy a range of adventures.

The list below features top attractions across Brisbane and its surrounds:

1. Exploring the River City
Brisbane River links together the inner-city precincts. Take a ride across the river as you jump aboard the many cruises and explore Brisbane from a different perspective- where you pass by landmarks, historical sites and points of interest attractions. You can also enjoy the picturesque River Walk, which is a 3km riverside pathway which passes through Brisbane City and out to nearby suburban Brisbane, New Farm Park. Drop in a line and try out fishing on the Brisbane River, for a different experience. Click here for the website.

Enjoy a stroll through the City Botanic Gardens...


2. Discover gems at Brisbane Islands
From giant sand dunes, crystal-clear waters, sandy trails, wartime relics to wildlife. Brisbane Islands are the perfect day trip and attractions that must be explored, discovered and enjoyed. Each Island offers something different to cater for all interests. Moreton, Bribie and North Stradbroke Islands are just some of the many islands that can be explored. Escaping to paradise has never been easier, with paradise being right on Brisbane's doorstep! Click here for my article.

3. Climbing Story Bridge
This attraction offers breathtaking panoramic views of Brisbane City and beyond. The 2 hour Story Bridge Adventure Climb takes you on a journey over the bridge's superstructure to the 80m summit and it is one of the only three bridge climb experiences in the world, making it one attraction not to miss! Click here for the website.

Admire and explore the historic buildings across Brisbane


4. Cuddle Koalas
Officially recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world's first and largest koala sanctuary, with 80 years of experience and over 130 koalas calling this sanctuary home. Cuddle with the cute koalas or hand-feed kangaroos and wild lorikeets. There is so much to experience as you get up close and personal with some of the wildlife at the Sanctuary. Click here for the website.

5. Admire the Views!
There are many lookouts and viewing points across Brisbane and its surrounds that can be enjoyed. Kangaroo Point Cliffs offers spectacular views of the city as well as picnics, abseiling and rock climbing activities. Breathtaking views from Mt Coot-tha stretch out to Moreton Bay and around to the mountains, while Camp Mountain Lookout offers views all the way out to the ocean. Click here for the website.

Have fun with the cute and cuddly koalas at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary


6. Brisbane Powerhouse
If you are itching for more entertainment, then the Brisbane Powerhouse is the place to visit. This hub stands for everything creative and hosts both local and international talent with regular art shows, free comedy, festivals, farmer's markets and much more. Click here for the website.

7. Immerse in the Culture
South Bank is Brisbane's premier lifestyle and cultural destinations. There is 17 hectares of lush parklands on the southern banks of Brisbane River, awaiting to be explored. Take a dip in the man-made beach, stroll in the park, have a barbeque, visit the gardens or enjoy the arts and entertainment at the Cultural Centre. Click here for the website.

Immerse yourself with art and culture- Image Courtesy from Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art Facebook


8. Step Back Into Time
Step back into time and discover the historic landmarks and heritage of Brisbane. From its penal colony beginnings to its metropolitan present, Brisbane today has two buildings that remain from its brutal times, however recent excavations in the city have found long-buried remnants of the penal settlement of the early 1800s. The City's grandest colonial architecture (most of it) dates back from the resources boom-times of the 1880s. Some of the iconic and historical buildings include the Convict Buildings, the Commissariat Store and the Old Windmill on Wickham Terrace, which are the oldest buildings in Brisbane, Customs House, Supreme Court, General Post Office, Children's Hospital, Brisbane Markets, Brisbane Goal, Old Museums, Government Houses, Bellevue Hotel, Queensland Club, Grammar School, Brisbane Hospitals, Treasury Casino, and Yungaba State Immigration Office are some of the historic landmark attractions that can be visited. Click here for the website.

Explore the attractions at South Bank...


9. State Library of Queensland
Founded in 1896, the State Library of Queensland is Queensland's main site houses, which has a range of collections made up of books, journals, magazines, films & videos, e-resources, art, design, science, history, programs, music, photography, maps, archives, and manuscripts. The Library also hosts workshops and short courses, for free or at a low price. Click here for the website.

Enjoy the lovely walks across Brisbane...


10. Discover The Museums
Brisbane is home to a large number of museums. Explore, learn and experience hands-on interactive displays and exhibits at some of these museums. With Museums displaying military, history, science, cultural, aviation, marine, art and much more exhibits to suit all interests and ages. Click here for the website.

11. For The Love Of Art!
Uncover Brisbane's art scene with the many galleries across the city and surrounds. With travelling international art exhibitions to permanent displays, or visit trendy neighbourhood streets to see underground artists. There is a gallery waiting to be discovered for all art interests. Click here for the website.

12. Stop & Smell The Roses
The City Botanic Gardens is Brisbane's oldest park and was originally planted by convicts in 1825 with food crops to feed the prison colony. Today this piece of haven in the city is filled with ancient trees, rainforest glades, exotic species, walking trails, lakes, boardwalks, ponds, garden exhibits and open area lawns making them perfect to take a lunch break or enjoy a romantic picnic. Click here for my article.

13. Indulge Your Senses
Many of Brisbane's best restaurants and cafes are located by the water. River Quay, South Bank is home to premier riverfront dining, while Eagle Street Pier is an iconic waterfront precinct with world-class dining venues that offer stunning views of the Brisbane River.

Climb the one of three bridge climbs in the world! Image Courtesy from Story Bridge Adventure Climb Facebook


14. Nature Time!
Take time off from the city attractions and enjoy a nature attraction at the Brisbane Forest Park. Enjoy a day trip with bushwalks and also many walking trails, lookouts, birdwatching opportunities, spot out wildlife, and soak up the scenic tranquillity as you discover this gem in Brisbane. Click here for the website.

15. Roma Street Parkland
This 16 hectare parkland is certainly an oasis in the heart of the city and a must see attraction. With spectacular subtropical plant exhibits, sweeping vistas, arts, free guided walks, fern groves, rocky peninsulas and lakeside walks. There is something for all interests at this attraction. Click here for the website.

Be entertained at Brisbane Powerhouse- Image Courtesy from Brisbane Powerhouse Facebook
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Why? Explore the attractions of Brisbane
When: All year round
Where: Brisbane & surrounds- see above
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Your Comment
Well written Gypsy Rose ... I always find heaps to do in Brissie.
by Kate Blake (score: 3|1337) 825 days ago
Thank you Kate Blake :)
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