Brisbane Attractions See Koalas, Do Climbing and More!

Looking for some fun activities while you are in Brisbane? Attractions in and around the city are quite varied and with everything that is on offer, you will always find plenty to do.

Popular Brisbane Attractions

Brisbane's attractions range from the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to South Bank, a man-made lagoon and beach with all the fun of the seaside. You can visit with some of the wild life, go rock climbing or ab-sailing at Kangaroo Point, go shopping or just spend a day at the beach.

Cruising on the Brisbane River

Brisbane is a beautiful city that wraps itself in and around the Brisbane River. And the river itself is one of the more popular attractions in this city!

Relax, unwind and see many of the sights of the city while enjoying a cruise along the river.

© Ideatrendz | - Mirimar Cruise Boat on the Brisbane River

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

© | Lone Pine

One of the Brisbane attractions that are most popular with overseas visitors is the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

People come from all over the world, to cuddle these grey marsupials who carry their young in their mothers pouch. Brisbane is one of the premier locations to see the mother koalas and the cute babies peeking out of their mothers pouch.

This is the oldest and largest koala sanctuary in Australia, and because these cute furry bundles are so unique (to Australia), overseas visitors flock to see them. This makes Lone Pine Sanctuary one of the most popular Brisbane attractions.

These animals are unique to the Australian continent, and because they only eat gum leaves from certain varieties of eucalyptus trees, they are not often seen in zoos either.

© Kim | - Koala and Baby

© J Brew | - Feeding the Roos

People come from all over the world to see these particular animals and to give them a cuddle while having their photos taken with them.

Lone Pine Sanctuary is a short ride up river from the city, and you can arrive there on a river cruise boat or take a short drive by car or take bus.

The place that is possibly the next biggest of the Brisbane attractions is also the closest.

Brisbane Botanic Gardens

If you've an interest in gardens, Brisbane has a number of locations to visit.

The most popular are the Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha, the City Botanic Gardens located near the Queensland University of Technology and Parliament House, and the gardens shown here in this and in the next photo at the Roma Street Parklands.

Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha

Botanic Gardens Roma Park

Botanic Gardens Brisbane

South Bank Parklands

South Bank Parklands on the Brisbane River is a downtown beach that is popular with visitors.

© Kevin Gibbons | - South Bank Beach

This pleasure area is made for sunny summer days, and in Australia, that's most of the year. For those who want to visit a location that close to the city center, this area is one of Brisbane's most popular and most visited tourist attractions.

The South Bank area has something for everyone, from the sophistication of the art world at the gallery to something as basic as the beach. The photo below shows South Bank and the Griffith University.

Brisbane Attractions, Southbank and Griffith University

© Brisbane City Council | - South Bank Parklands

There are 3 art galleries in the area. The Queensland Art Gallery holds more than 10,000 pieces ranging from paintings and sculptures to videos. They also have special exhibitions throughout the year.

Entrance is free except to the special exhibitions. Attached to the Queensland Art Gallery is the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art in which you can find different exhibitions depending on the time of the year.

Queensland Maritime Museum

If you go a little way down the river from the beach at South Bank is the Queensland Maritime Museum.

Further downriver, at Kangaroo Point, is the RiverLife Centre which offers rock climbing, abseiling, kayaking and bicycle hiring.

The photo shows HMAS Diamantina, Australia's last WW2 frigate to be taken out of service, at the Maritime Museum.

Queensland College of Art and the Sciencecentre

Brisbane Attractions, Queensland Art Gallery

To find up and coming Australian talent the best place to go is the Queensland College of Art at Griffith University.

Also free, the college displays works by its leading students in the areas of design, animation and photography among other disciplines.

The Sciencentre is great place to take kids to as it offers the opportunity to touch and experience most of the exhibits, more here.

The Treasury Casino

I also have to mention one of Brisbane's premier attractions, the Casino. The Treasury Casino is more than just gambling.

For one thing, it's located in heritage buildings that are quite magnificent and for another, it features entertainment of various kinds throughout the year.

Brisbane Attractions, Roma Street gardens

© lucidwaters | Canstock Photography - Treasury Hotel and Casino Brisbane

Feel like Going a Bit Further Afield?

Brisbane tourist attractions are the must-do activities that you can do while visiting this beautiful city. But not all of the attractions on this page are within the city centre. Some are a bit further afield, but most are accessible as day or weekend trips using hire cars or public transport.

To enjoy these attractions, you'll need a place to stay. You'll find some by visiting my Accommodation page. Like most of Australia, one of the best Brisbane attractions is eating out.

Visit our pages of recommendations for restaurants located in West End, South Bank, City and Valley, New Farm and Riverside, and at Milton, Paddington and St. Lucia. Making this list of restaurants has been an exhausting, fulfilling, labour of love and worth every minute spent on it. And, of course, it's a job that never ends.

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