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Top activities in Brisbane

Top 10 things to do in the Queensland capital

Wildlife encounters

Get up close and personal with the local wildlife. Hand-feed wild dolphins at Tangalooma Island Resort, cuddle a koala and meet native animals at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary or watch the whales in action during the winter humpback migration.

Exploring Brisbane

Explore Brisbane through the eyes of a local. There are a number of walking tours that can show you the city's hidden secrets, tucked-away laneways and amazing history. For a free walking experience with informative local volunteers, join a Brisbane Greeters tour. Otherwise, get to know Brisbane at one of the city's visitor information centres.

River cruising

Take to the winding river and see the city from a different perspective. Enjoy a leisurely cruise with informative commentary, head aboard a paddle-wheeler and toe-tap to live entertainment, cruise to the legendary Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary or explore the city's precincts on a CityCat or CityHopper ferry.

Outdoor adventure

Adventure activities await in Brisbane. Climb the iconic Story Bridge, abseil or rock climb the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, paddle the river in a kayak, enjoy a scenic Segway or bicycle tour or take to the skies aboard the city's renowned riverside Ferris wheel.

Retail therapy

Shop to you drop. Queen Street Mall in the city centre is home to popular brands, boutique surprises and big department stories. For cutting-edge fashion and homewares, head to James Street in Fortitude Valley. Just outside the city, Paddington is the place to discover antiques. Or browse through a local market for everything from handicrafts to fresh produce.

Culture vulture

Brisbane attracts a year-round calendar of big entertainment acts and popular performances, with the Queensland Performing Arts Centre home to blockbuster musicals. For a gallery experience, check out the Queensland Museum, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art or the Museum of Brisbane for eye-opening, family-friendly exhibitions.

Live music

Long an incubator for big international music acts, Brisbane embraces its live music scene with gusto. Check out a rotating calendar of local and international performers at dedicated venues in Fortitude Valley. In the city, South Bank Parklands and at Roma Street Parkland, free music performances come courtesy of City Sounds and The Sound Society.

Island escapes

Just offshore, Brisbane's Moreton Bay is home to the world's second, third and fourth largest sand islands. This is an aquatic paradise of crystal-clear waters and long, sandy beaches where wildlife-spotting, 4WD-tours, sand-boarding, fishing, snorkelling sunken wrecks, scuba diving, kayaking and glamping are just some of the activities you can indulge in.

Dining delights

Whether you're after classic pub fare or a gourmet extravaganza, choose your food experience in Brisbane. Just outside Suncorp Stadium in Caxton Street, you can indulge in a full range of dining options, including world-class steak and seafood. Further afield, Eagle Street Pier, River Quay, James Street and Fish Lane are popular dining hotspots.

Bars galore

You'll never go thirsty in Brisbane. Choose from a huge range of pubs and bars close to the NRL action in Caxton Street or explore further afield. Brisbane has a great range of craft breweries, divine rooftops bars, speciality wine, cocktail and spirit bars plus classic beer gardens designed to make the most of the subtropical climate.

NRL Players pick their top 5 activities

Anthony Milford- Brisbane Broncos

  1. Dining at Eagle Street Pier, River Quay, James Street and Fish Lane.
  2. Retail therapy at Queen Street Mall.
  3. Bars on Caxton Street.
  4. Exploring Brisbane's hidden secrets and tucked-away laneways
  5. Watching big entertainment acts and performances.

Darius Boyd- Brisbane Broncos

  1. Climb the iconic Story Bridge.
  2. Retail therapy in Paddington.
  3. Visit Moreton Bay.
  4. Dining at Eagle Street Pier, River Quay, James Street and Fish Lane.
  5. Bars on Caxton Street.