Brisbane, Qld

Brisbane Attractions

Beenleigh Historic Village & Museum

This village complex has 20 heritage buildings filled with original items used by those who lived in the 1860s and onward. They include the original church, school, boot-makers shop, railway station, post office, jail, council chambers and several old cottages. Take your time to wander through the village and enjoy the many original displays and unique collections. The complex is open Sunday - Friday (closed Saturday) from 9.30am - 3.30pm (closed Christmas Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and ANZAC Day).

From the south, veer left off the Pacific Motorway at the Main Street exit (signposted to Beenleigh South - exit 35). Take the first exit at the first roundabout, heading towards Beenleigh and Mount Warren Park, then take the first exit at the second roundabout and the village entrance is immediately on the left.

Berrinba Wetlands

Berrinba Wetlands covers an area of 120 hectares. The park contains 8.5 kilometres of shared walking and bike tracks plus boardwalks. There is a large grassy picnic area with covered picnic tables, electric barbecues, toilets that are wheelchair accessible and a state-of-the-art playground for the kids which includes a flying fox.

Turn west off the Pacific Motorway, (4.5 kilometres north of Exit 35 to Beenleigh South), onto the Logan Motorway signposted to Ipswich and Toowoomba (Exit 31).Follow the signs to Ipswich for 13 kilometres then veer left at the Wembly Road exit (signposted to Browns Plains and Logan Central). At the first intersection, turn left onto Wembly Road. Travel 1.5 kilometres then turn left at the traffic lights onto Browns Plains Road. Travel another 1.5 kilometres then turn left at the roundabout onto Wayne Goss Drive. After 300 metres veer left to stay on Wayne Goss Drive and the wetlands parking area is 600 metres on the left. A little further along Wayne Goss Drive is the entrance to Billabong Outlook and a children's playground equipment.

Brisbane River Walk

This river walk joins the suburb of New Farm with the Brisbane CBD. It is 900 metres long and is suitable for walkers and cyclists. It is a fixed walkway on top of the Brisbane River, constructed 3.4 metres above the mean sea level and built into the river's bedrock. The walk starts from the Howard Smith Wharves in Boundary Street where there is a large car parking area.

City Botanic Gardens

The city's oldest park, the gardens were originally planted in 1825 with food crops intended to feed the prison colony, and was later turned into a zoo. Literally a living museum, the gardens now feature early heritage specimens, native plantings and present-day exotics, and are recognised for their natural and historic value. Join a free guided tour or run, cycle or rollerblade along the winding paths, laze on the expansive lawns, enjoy an exceptional lunch at the Cafe, or see an open-air concert at the Riverstage.

Located along the entire length of Alice Street on one side and bordered by Paliament House, Queensland University of Technology and the Brisbane River on the other sides and it is only a 10 -15 minute walk from the centre of the city.

Fire Museum of Queensland

This museum has on display rural, industrial and military vehicles with the main aim being the Queensland fire service's history. The collection ranges from pumps to aerial appliances plus uniforms, models, badges and historical records dating back to 1900's. The museum is open: Sundays 8.00am - 12.00 noon or by appointment - Phone: (07) 3359 6495 Turn west off the Bruce Highway onto Anzac Avenue towards Kallangur. Follow Anzac Avenue for 5.5 kilometres then turn right at the roundabout onto Dayboro Road. Travel another 2.7 kilometres then turn into North Pine Country Park Village. The museum is at Old Petrie Town at the back of the village.

Fort Lytton National Park

From 1881 to 1945 this classic coastal fortress was the focus of Queensland's defence activity and was used until the end of World War II. One of several built around Australia's coast in the nineteenth century for protection from invasion, the well-preserved pentagonal fort is concealed behind grassy embankments and surrounded by a water-filled moat. Learn more detail as you join a guided tour and immerse yourself in the fascinating history of the fort and its restored guns, which were designed to fire and then disappear. Although Fort Lytton no longer defends Brisbane from invasion, the national park protects the birthplace of Queensland's military history. It is open to the general public every Sunday, and most public holidays, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Entry is free and bookings are not necessary. Tours take approximately 90 minutes.

From Central Brisbane, travel east along Lytton Road. Drive through the Hemmant Industrial area then veer left onto South Street and through the gate to Fort Lytton.

From Wynnum drive to the end or Tingal Road, then turn left into Pritchard Street, right into Lytton Road then right into South Street.

Indoorapilly Island Conservation Park

The Indooroopilly Island Conservation Park, located on an island in the Brisbane River, is the site of one of Australia's largest flying fox colonies. It is located seven kilometres west of the CBD near the suburb of Indooroopilly. The Island covers an area of 6.34 hectares with vegetation of mainly mangroves and red gum eucalyptus trees. In summer, the island may contain hundreds of thousands of flying foxes. Other fauna on the island include several species of birds as well as snakes.

The Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland periodically conduct ‘Batty Boat Cruises’ that offer the public opportunities to observe thousands of flying foxes leaving their roost in the fading light after sunset. During the trip you can listen to expert commentary about bats and other wildlife found near Brisbane. On most trips there are carers with orphaned bats on board, so you will get a close encounter with these animals. The cruise, which departs in all weather, takes 3-4 hours and leaves from the jetty in Mowbray Park, Lytton Road, East Brisbane.

Kangaroo Point Cliffs

The Cliffs offer impressive early morning or evening views, extending across the Brisbane River to the CBD and beyond to the mountains surrounding the city's outskirts. They extend south from just north of the former Naval Bridge Depot to the former South Brisbane Dry Dock, west of the Captain Cook Bridge. The rock comprising the cliffs was formed millions of years ago, but the cliffs as they are today were created by convicts quarrying the stone for the early colony. The Cliffs are popular with rock climbers and at the cliffs' base there are gas barbecues and picnic tables. The riverside bikepath runs right past the base of the cliffs.

The cliffs are located right beside the Brisbane River, just below River Terrace in the suburb of Kangaroo Point. During business hours you can usually find parking at the base of the cliff. Failing that you park up top on River Terrace.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

This is the world's largest koala sanctuary, with over 130 koalas. When you visit you can cuddle a koala anytime, hand feed kangaroos and encounter a large variety of Aussie wildlife, all in beautiful, natural settings.

Turn north off the Ipswich Motorway onto the Centenary Motorway. Travel 7.5 kilometres then veer left where it is signposted to Fig Tree Pocket. At the 1st set of lights turn left onto Fig Tree Pocket Road. Cross over the motorway, travel 1 kilometre then turn left to stay on Fig Tree Pocket Road. Travel 1 kilometre, go straight through the roundabout onto Gunnin Street and the sanctuary is at the end of this street on the corner of Jesmond Road at 708 Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket.

Moreton Island

Moreton Island is a 17,000 hectare naturally formed sand island situated in the Moreton Bay Marine Park 35 kilometres off shore from Brisbane. Approx 95% of the island is National Park. Try sandboarding or sand tobogganing while on the island or take a hike up Mount Tempest. At 285 metres above sea level it is the highest vegetated sand dune in the world. It can be a challenging climb but the views from the top are breathtaking.

An amazing experience is to feed the wild dolphins that arrive at the Tangalooma Resort each evening at dusk. Even if you choose not to go in the water to feed them, watching the experience from the flood lit jetty is also an amazing experience. Take a swim in the Blue Lagoon. It is a freshwater lake and the largest and most accessible on the island. Go snorkelling or scuba diving around the Tangalooma Wrecks. They are home to a myriad of reef fish species and coral formations. The wrecks are a result of 12 unwanted government vessels deliberately sunk at the site to form an artificial harbour. Passenger ferry services depart from Holt Street Wharf in Pinkenba, Brisbane and arrive at the Tangalooma Jetty on Moreton Island. Travelling time is just 75 minutes each way, with 3 services operating daily in each direction plus an additional service from Saturday through to Monday.

From the north follow the Gateway Motorway and take exit 110 to Old Gateway Motorway. Merge onto the Southern Cross Way. Follow for approximately 5.5 kilometres and then take the Kingsford Smith Drive exit towards Eagle Farm. Veer left onto Links Avenue North, turning right onto Kingsford Smith Drive at the lights. Follow Kingsford Smith Drive for approximately 1.5 kilometres and then turn right into Holt Street and follow it to the end where you will arrive at Holt Street Wharf. From the south follow the Gateway Motorway (toll road) and take exit 106 to Kingsford Smith Drive. Turn right under the overpass and head along Kingsford Smith Drive for approximately 1 kilometre. Turn right into Holt Street and follow it to the end where you will arrive at Holt Street Wharf.

North Stradbroke island

North Stradbroke Island lies approximately 30 kilometres offshore and southeast of Brisbane. Dunwich is the entry point for ferries and barges with shops and facilities and an interesting cemetery which is a 10 minute walk from the ferry terminal in Yabby Street. Take a relaxing swim in Brown Lake with it’s Ti-Tree Oil waters. It is accessible by car and and there are picnic tables, BBQ’s and toilets. It is 4 kilometres from Dunwich along the Trans Island Road. The waters around the island are home to large schools of dolphin, manta rays, and turtles all of which can be seen from the Headland at Point Lookout. Water taxis, vehicle ferries and catamarans depart roughly each hour from the terminal at Toondah Harbour in the seaside town of Cleveland to the port at Dunwich in North Stradbroke Island. The trip takes approx 50 minutes.

Turn east off the Gateway Motorway onto Old Cleveland Road, Continue straight through onto Finucane Road then straight through onto Shore Street West. Turn right at the roundabout into Passage Street then left into Middle Street and follow it to the end. This is where the ferries depart from.

Queensland Museum & Sciencentre

At the museum there are exhibits that tell stories of Queensland with objects and photographs that capture the history, geography and culture of Queensland. There are also stunning images, state-of-the-art technology and interactive displays. In the Sciencentre there are around 100 interactive exhibits. Get hands on to reveal the science and technology behind our everyday lives. Together with the amazing Science Theatre shows, the centre will give your brain a thorough workout. There are no 'visitors' at the Sciencentre because everyone is a 'participant'. Let the children around you show you how the exhibits work.

Located on the corner of Grey and Melbourne Streets, within the South Bank Cultural Precinct in South Brisbane.

Shrine of Remembrance

The Shrine of Remembrance is a major Brisbane landmark of cultural, architectural and historic importance and is a key component of the Queensland Heritage listed square. There is a crypt in the lower section of the Shrine of Remembrance which contains the World War I and World War II Shrine of Memories, which contains memorial plaques to numerous Australian regiments who fought during these campaigns. There is also a World War I memorial sculpture on the Shrine of Memories external wall. Each year, on 25 April (ANZAC Day), a Dawn memorial service is held at the Shrine of Remembrance, with wreaths being laid around the 'Eternal Flame' in memory of those who died in conflict.

Located in ANZAC Square, between Ann Street and Adelaide Street, in Brisbane.

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

The Planetarium features entertaining and informative programmes for both children and adults. Learn more about our universe as you enjoy the different facilities available which include the Cosmic Skydome, Display Zone, Mini Theatre, Observatory and the Planetarium Shop.

This planetarium is located in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha. It is a 15 minute drive west from the city centre. The main car park and entrance is off Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong. Free on-site parking, including disabled and bus parking, is available.

Storey Bridge Climb

If you have always wanted to be a ‘high achiever’ then here is your opportunity. Scale to the top of Brisbane's iconic Story Bridge to discover the city for a spectacular 360 degree view. This 2.5 hour adventure will see you climbing to 80 metres above the Brisbane River. Experience the dawn climb as you watch the sun-rise or the night climb as the sun sets and the city lights up. There is also a daytime climb. It is an experience a child won't forget it, and a pensioner can cross it off the ‘bucket list’.

Bookings are essential. The walk starts from the headquarters at Kangaroo Point. Exact meeting point will be provided when you book.

Wynnum Mangrove Boardwalk

This boardwalk winds for 530 metres through mangrove forest along Wynnum foreshore. The boardwalk reaches to the edge of the mangroves with viewing platforms stretching into Moreton Bay. The mangroves provide shade and cover, so it's an excellent walk on sunny days. It is suitable for strollers and for toddlers on foot or on bikes. The Mangrove forest provides an ideal environment for wading birds, some migrating from as far as Mongolia and Siberia. Children will enjoy spotting ibis and pelicans and listening for crabs crackling in the mud. Access is easy with plenty of car park spaces at the start point in Eleanora Park.

Turn east off the Gateway Motorway onto Wynnum Road. Follow Wynnum Road for 7 kilometres then turn left 250 metres after crossing the railway line onto Tingal Road. Travel 600 metres, turn right onto Crown Street and follow it around to the Elanora Park car park.

This page last reviewed on 7 Dec 2016