Top 8 Brisbane Attractions, Voted by Lonely Planet

Brisbane is known for the contrast that it offers. From sophisticated art galleries to empty subtropical beaches, upscale rooftop bars to cool vineyards, this city has it all. And, Brisbane itself is a sultry and lush metropolis with plenty of shopping malls, restaurants and bars and a thriving cultural scene. No wonder so many tourists visit our city throughout the year.

If you’re travelling to Brisbane on holiday, you must make it a point to visit the best Brisbane attractions. But, our city has so much to offer that it probably won’t be practical to try and visit every attraction. Instead, you should visit the top Brisbane attractions to maximise your holiday experience.

So, without any further ado, here are the top 8 Brisbane attractions as voted by Lonely Planet. Visit all of these to make the most of your Brisbane holiday!

Queensland Cultural Centre

Queensland Cultural Centre is often considered to be the epicentre of the cultural confluence in Brisbane. With subtropical gardens, beautiful architecture and many notable buildings in the area, Queensland Cultural Centre is certainly one of the top Brisbane attractions. It is located on South Bank, which is easily accessible from our holiday apartments here at Bridgewater Terraces.

Gallery of Modern Art

Located at the Queensland Cultural Centre, the Gallery of Modern Art is one of Brisbane’s finest art galleries. From sculptures to paintings, video and photography and special installations, you’ll see amazing exhibits at the Gallery of Modern Art. And, with a café, restaurant, bookshop and a children’s play area, you’re sure to have a relaxing and enjoyable time while you’re there.

City Hall

Brisbane City Hall

Brisbane City Hall

Built almost a century ago, City Hall is still ranked as one of the top Brisbane attractions. This behemoth of a structure is our city’s finest auditorium which also hosts special events every week. City Hall is located in Central Brisbane which is just a 7-minute ferry ride away from our holiday apartments at Bridgewater Terraces.

Museum of Brisbane

Also located in Central Brisbane is the Museum of Brisbane which is another top attraction for tourists and locals. It is a forward-thinking museum which explores interactive exhibits and special displays.

Brisbane Powerhouse

Located to the east of New Farm lies Brisbane Powerhouse – one of the finest contemporary arts centres of our city. From industrial machinery to graffiti remnants and old electrical equipment, this centre offers a unique charm to it. It also plays host to a range of events and exhibitions throughout the year.

Brisbane Riverwalk

The Brisbane Riverwalk offers one of the best sights of the sprawling Brisbane skyline. Also located in New Farm, the Riverwalk offers both cycling and walking tracks along the Brisbane River. Riverwalk will lead you right back to Central Brisbane, making it completely worth visiting. 

South Bank Parklands

South Bank

South Bank, Brisbane, QLD

South Bank Parklands is one of the most visited of all Brisbane attractions. It is a massive park which overlooks the city centre and is full of lush gardens, walkways, eateries and bars and even an artificial lagoon! Should you be staying with us at Bridgewater Terraces, South Bank Parklands will only be a 3km walk away.

D’Aguilar National Park

And, the last but not the least on this list is the D’Aguilar National Park. 10km northwest of the city centre, this national park offers plenty of amazing sights and sounds. From exotic plants to native Australian wildlife, you’ll spot everything at this national park.


Brisbane is one city which presents both cosmopolitan cultures as well as natural beauty. Some of the top Brisbane attractions as ranked by Lonely Planet include Queensland Cultural Centre, Gallery of Modern Art, City Hall, Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane Riverwalk, South Bank Parklands and D’Aguilar National Park.

And, if you’re looking for Brisbane accommodation that puts you close to all these attractions, consider our holiday apartments at Bridgewater Terraces. We offer a range of self-contained apartments located in Kangaroo Point – close to Brisbane CBD and South Bank. By staying with us, you’ll have no problems accessing these Brisbane attractions.

Take a look at our holiday apartments and make a booking with us today!

About Denis Goodman

Denis is the manager of Bridgewater Terraces and has a long history with accommodation and property management rights. He brings his knowledge and experiences into his writer to help holiday makers have a wonderful holiday.

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