Combine art and outdoor adventure in Brisbane, where South Bank's cultural institutions and restaurants meet riverside gardens and a lagoon. Take a paddlesteamer or ferry down the Brisbane River, abseil Kangaroo Point cliffs and bike ride through the City Botanic Gardens. Day trip to Moreton Island or add Noosa, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast hinterland to your itinerary.
Brisbane is the perfect place to indulge in a fresh seafood feast. Get your seafood straight from the trawlers at Morgans Seafood at the Scarborough Boat Harbour, where you can dine in or take away.
Other recommendations include: St. James Crabhouse & Kitchen, Gambaro, Jellyfish restaurant.
From independent local brands to high-end retail, Brisbane city is the heart of this shopping haven. The Queen Street Mall is home to 700 stores (and over 1000 across the whole CBD).
Shopping malls available: QueensPlaza, Wintergarden, The Myer Centre, Brisbane Arcade, MacArthur Central and more!
Stroll through the city’s streets, parks and laneways to see landmarks such as City Hall and its iconic clock tower, King George Square, the City Botanic Gardens, and the Cathedral of St Stephen — the oldest church in Queensland. Stop by Eagle Street Pier and view Story Bridge, which spans the Brisbane River near the CBD.
Enjoy the glorious Queensland weather to its fullest with a Riverlife adventure under the shelter of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs. Kayak or paddle board along the Brisbane river, get up close and personal with the famous cliff while abseiling or rock climbing, or wheel your way on a segway, bike or a pair of roller blades.
Feel the pulse of Brisbane's cultural heart at South Bank. Start your morning with a freshly roasted coffee and bite to eat at one of South Bank's buzzing cafes, such as Denim Co. or MySweetopia. Take as easy stroll along the riverfront Clem Jones Promenade then cool off from your walk with a dip in the water at Streets Beach.
The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is home to more than 130 koalas, as well as platypuses, Tasmanian devils and other Australian wildlife. Snuggle a koala and hand-feed kangaroos and lorikeets during your visit.
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Catch the spectacular sunsets, crystal clear lagoons and starry nights at the Moreton Island. Hand feed wild dolphins at the Tangalooma Island Resort and watch these playful mammals interact with you. Don't forget to experience the thrill of sand tobogganing down the dunes and take a helicopter sightseeing tour to complete your experience and get a birds-eye view of the island!
How to get there: Your adventure begins with self drive or coach pickup at your hotel and an approximately 75-minute ferry ride across Moreton Bay.
Spend a weekend in Mount Tamborine (stay at the Rendezvous on Tamborine Hotel) and experience the hinterland café culture or go on a wine tasting tour through the region. There’s also a local distillery, if you’re not a wine enthusiast. Get back to nature at a retreat in Lamington National Park and taste local wines from vineyards like Cedar Creek Estate and Canungra Valley Vineyard.
How to get there: Located approximately one hour drive from Brisbane.
From bustling esplanades to uncrowded havens; this slice of the Sunshine Coast has it all. Take a trip to Moololaba Spit for a seafood feast or hop on a charter and catch your own. From June to November, you can venture out on a whale watching cruise - and even have the chance to swim with majestic humpback whales. Climb to the top of Mount Coolum for a breathaking view, from the grand volcanic dome.
How to get there: Located approximately 1.5 hours drive from Brisbane.