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City fun in the subtropics

Brisbane is Queensland's vibrant riverside capital. It's crammed with incredible galleries, restaurants and waterfront precincts. Explore inner-city areas like Fortitude Valley, lose yourself in the art world at GOMA or take a tropical daytrip to the Gold Coast.

Fun things to do: Brisbane

  • Hit the forest trails to million-dollar views from the top of Mt Coot-tha 
  • Eat out, hit the cafés or relax on an urban beach at South Bank 
  • Soak up Brisbane's arts and culture, starting at QAGOMA 
  • Snorkel the reefs and ride the sand dunes on Moreton Island 
  • Explore the laneway bars and boutiques in Fortitude Valley

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Hang out on South Bank

A man-made beach with sand and palm trees and the Brisbane CBD in the background. Image credit: ShutterstockShutterstock
Streets Beach is just one of South Bank's many attractions.

South Bank is a wildly popular inner-city oasis of green spaces, cafés, an urban beach, galleries, bars and boutiques. There are walking and cycling tracks, beachside barbecues, licensed picnic spots and weekly markets. Four dedicated dining precincts range from the casual to the fine dining, and there's a non-stop calendar of events to dip into. A walk under the landmark Arbour is a must-do. South Bank is just across the river from the CBD.

Hike to the top of Mt Coot-tha

Back view of three people at the Mt Coot-tha Lookout, with the Brisbane skyline in the distance. Image credit: Tourism and Events QueenslandTourism and Events Queensland
Hike to the summit and be rewarded with views.

Just 6km from the city, you can hit the forest trails or cycle to the summit of Mt Coot-tha, where you'll get a panoramic view of Brisbane and Moreton Bay. They're especially spectacular at sunrise and sunset. Many trails start at JC Slaughter Falls at the foot of the mountain, which is also an ideal picnic spot, and the Brisbane Botanic Gardens are nearby as well. With over 70 trails and tracks, some as short as 15 minutes, there's something for everyone.

Day trip to Moreton Island

Tree-covered Moreton Island in the sun, with sandy shore and turquoise waters. Image credit: Tourism and Events QueenslandTourism and Events Queensland
Your tropical island holiday is just a short ferry ride away.

Stunning Moreton Island is home to incredible lakes, lagoons, beaches and sand dunes. Go diving or snorkeling amongst the shipwrecks and colourful reefs. Get snap-happy with the island's pretty wildflowers or head to the shore at dusk to hand feed the dolphins (squeal!). If you want to feel the adrenaline pumping, hit the dunes on a quad bike, a 4WD or, better yet, a sand toboggan.

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