A typically urban city, Brisbane has some beautiful examples of modern architecture, surrounded by unique landscape. The Brisbane River, which runs through the centre, is its main attraction, offering boat rides and beautiful views.
As in all big cities, Brisbane offers its visitors modern hotels and restaurants, as well as big business centres. Entertainment is also strong here, and the mild temperatures make for pleasant evenings in pubs and parties throughout the city.
Located between Ann Street and Adelaide Street, Anzac Square houses the shrine of remembrance war memorial, and is surrounded by baobab trees and other plants.
In the shrine of remembrance, the Eternal Flame bears tribute to those who died in the First World War.
The City Hall building, which today houses Brisbane’s City Council, was built in 1930 and completely renovated in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
The Clock Tower is 92 metres high, and has an observation platform, open to visitors, with panoramic views of the city. In the same building, the City Hall Art Gallery exhibits contemporary and Aboriginal arts.
City Hall Website
Address: 64 Adelaide Street
Brisbane 4000 QLD
One of the few legacies from the colonial period, the warehouses of the Commissariat Stores were built by convicts in 1829, when Brisbane was still a penal colony. Today, this is the only building that operates as a museum of the history of Queensland, and one of the few buildings from the colonisation period that is open to visitors.
Commissariat Stores Website
Address: Between William Street, Queen’s Wharf Road and Brisbane River
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday, from 10 am to 4 pm.
Brisbane’s botanic gardens are situated on the banks of the Brisbane River. Inaugurated in 1828 as a vegetable garden for the convicts of the penal colony, in 1855 it was officially made a botanic garden, under the management of Walter Hill. Today, the gardens, with their rare species of plants that are native to Queensland, provide a calm oasis in the heart of the bustling business centre.
Botanic Gardens Website
Inaugurated in 1992, this entertainment complex on the South Bank of the Brisbane River, opposite the city centre, has a beautiful man-made beach, art markets, shops, and an amusement park; several events take place here throughout the year.
South Bank Parklands Website
Address: Little Stanley Street
South Bank 4101 QLD
Australia’s largest and oldest koala sanctuary, Lone Pine was founded in 1927 and has over 130 koalas in an area of 4.6 hectares.
The place also features other Australian animals, such as platypus and kangaroos, and several local birds.
Lone Pine Website
Address: Jesmond Road
Fig Tree Pocket 4069 QLD
The famous Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, who died after being stung by a sting ray, left this zoo, one of the biggest in Australia, to his wife and children.
The zoo houses rare species, such as giant turtles and echidnas, and visitors can attend daily giant crocodile and wild bird shows.
Australia Zoo Website
Address: 1638 Steve Irwin Way
Beerwah 4519 QLD
Only 35 km from Brisbane, the third largest sand island in the world is a heavenly place. Visitors can feed dolphins, see the shipwrecks at Tangalooma, or simply enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the place.