Brisbane is much more than the gateway to the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast holiday resorts. There’s many interesting places of interest to see during your visit to Brisbane.
Trace the aspirations of the city as it grew from a penal colony into a modern metropolis. Many fine examples of early public building architecture have been preserved by a city proud of its heritage. Visit Customs House and the old Treasury Building – now a casino – and the beautifully restored interior of Parliament House.
The ‘new’ Brisbane lies across the river at nearby South Bank.
South Bank is a huge precinct with a modern educational and technology hub, cinema and cultural complexes, restaurants and cafes, markets, shopping and 17 hectares of open parkland for relaxed recreational use. The Interactive activities at Sciencentre in the Queensland Museum at South Bank should not be missed.
Many nearby attractions open up if you can use a car to travel around. Cheap car rentals are readily available and inexpensively extend your travel reach.
The Brisbane Cricket Ground (“The Gabba”), the site of traditional fiery clashes between Australian and international cricket teams, and different football codes, should be on your list.
For something different, take time out to tour of the Castlemaine-Perkins XXXX Brewery tour at Yatala – but you must be over 18 years of age. The Breakfast Creek Hotel has earned an international reputation for its fine steaks served in its Spanish Beer Garden.
Extensive views from the observation deck of the 92 metre Clock Tower at Brisbane City Hall puts your travels around Brisbane into context. But you will see Brisbane city at its finest during an adventure climb across Story Bridge over the Brisbane River.
Want more? How about an eagles’ view of the whole region? You can’t beat the vista from the lookout on Mt.Coot-the, just 9 KM from the CBD.
The world’s largest koala sanctuary at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, 12 km away, is home for more than 130 koalas and kangaroos. Laugh at the antics of the koalas, the clever sheep dog displays and the soaring eagles show.
Don’t forget that the fun park rides and activities at Dreamworld Theme Park and Whitewater World are less than 50 KM away.
Yes, Brisbane has many readily accessible places of interest.