Brisbane is one of my favourite places in Australia and with a multitude of things to do here, is it any wonder? Queeensland.com has created a list of 100 things to do in Brisbane and in this article we’ll look at these and give you our recommendations. I have chosen 10 experiences that I think epitomize Brisbane and shouldn’t be missed.
Basing myself at Bridgewater Terraces, in Kangaroo Point, puts me in the ideal location for my first activity – The Story Bridge Adventure Climb. One of only 3 bridge climbs in the world, it offers a unique experience to scale to the summit and experience spectacular views over the river to Moreton Bay, down to the Gold Coast and out to the Scenic Rim. If the climb is not enough of a thrill on its own, there is also the option to abseil 30 metres at the conclusion of the climb. Where else in the world can you do that?
Perhaps you are more a water lover than a climber? In that case, kayaking along the Brisbane River would be the way to go. Instructors can provide a range of kayaking adventures allowing you to discover the sights of Brisbane from this unique perspective as you paddle along the river. Just be prepared to get wet while you’re having fun.
Also at Kangaroo Point, you will have the opportunity to challenge yourself with a 20 metre climb up the Kangaroo Point Cliffs. Experiences are available both day and night, with climbs of varying difficulty, so there should be something for everyone. Thrill to the exhilaration of conquering the rock face and cheering those still coming up.
If you still have energy left in the tank, I recommend paying a visit to Mt Coot-tha, the highest peak in Brisbane. Sir Samuel Griffith Drive circles the peak, offering access to the lookout, restaurant and cafe. At the base, you can visit the Brisbane Botanic Gardens and the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, while numerous walking trails cater for the more energetic.
By now, you may be ready for something more relaxing, so on to Monty’s Chocolate in the City. Their selection of chocolate treats from around the globe and locally will allow you to indulge your chocolate addiction in the cafe or purchase from the shop for later. My personal recommendation is the liquid salted caramels.
A great way to see more of the Brisbane waterfront, and to eat your chocolates, is to cruise down the river from Southbank. After viewing the mansions and historic buildings along the way, you will arrive at the Lone Pine (Koala/Sanctuary). Australia’s first and largest koala shelter houses not only koalas but also wombats, dingos, kangaroos and emus. There are also every day lorikeet feedings, Birds of Prey Show to round out a full day’s outing and sheep shearing shows.
Time for some retail therapy and what better place to shop than the vibrant shopping scene of Paddington? On the main roads, many houses have been converted into small, quirky shops offering specialty goods and fashion. From art galleries and boutiques to cafes, Paddington has it all.
From quirky to spooky – why not take in a ghost tour at St Helena Island? At this site of a former prison of colonial Queensland, spend an evening at the dramatic ruins and cemetery, listening to the tales of those who never left the island. Fortunately, after an evening of food and entertainment, you will be able to leave.
For a little more history, take in the Cleveland Heritage Walk. This 4 km walk/cycle takes you past a number of historical buildings including the Old Cleveland Hotel, the old school house and the Grand View, Queensland’s oldest licensed pub. Halfway along the walk, at Cleveland Point, is a great place to stop for a snack at the Lighthouse Cafe, before continuing back to the town centre.
Finally, I would suggest taking in a whale watching tour in Moreton Bay, one of the best whale watching destinations in the world. With the annual migration of the humpback whales, you would have the opportunity to observe these awe inspiring giants.
Well, there’s my personal list of things to do in Brisbane but it is by no means complete. To make your own list be sure to visit Queensland.com for 100 things to do in Brisbane, and if you’re making a weekend of it and require holiday accommodation, then there’s no better place to call home than Bridgewater Terraces. As mentioned, we’re close to many of these attractions including the Story Bridge Adventure Climb, the Brisbane River and the Kangaroo Point Cliffs. What are you waiting for? Explore Brisbane today!