Travel Guide

Discover 414 things to do in Brisbane

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Planning to visit Brisbane?

Frequently Asked Questions

People in Brisbane often go out to the South Bank, Fortitude Valley (especially for nightlife), West End, and various cafes, restaurants, bars, and cultural venues throughout the city.

The time needed to explore Brisbane varies based on individual interests. For a general overview of the city’s main attractions, 2-3 days would be sufficient. However, if you wish to delve deeper into its neighborhoods, museums, and nearby natural attractions, a week or more would provide a more comprehensive experience.

Here’s a suggested weekend itinerary for Brisbane:

Day 1: City Highlights and South Bank

  1. Morning:
    • Start with a visit to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha for panoramic views of the city.
    • Explore the City Centre. Walk around Queen Street Mall for shopping and street performances.
  2. Afternoon:
    • Head to South Bank Parklands. You can relax on Streets Beach, take a ride on the Brisbane Wheel, or walk along the river promenade.
    • Visit the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) located in South Bank.
  3. Evening:
    • Dine at one of South Bank’s many restaurants or eateries.
    • Catch a performance at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) if there’s one on.

Day 2: Nature and Nightlife

  1. Morning:
    • Take a river cruise on the Brisbane River to see the city from a different perspective.
    • Visit the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to get up close with koalas, kangaroos, and other Australian wildlife.
  2. Afternoon:
    • Head to New Farm Park and relax or have a picnic.
    • Walk or rent a bike and explore the Brisbane Riverwalk, a pathway over the river connecting New Farm to the City Centre.
  3. Evening:
    • Explore Fortitude Valley for its eclectic bars, music venues, and nightlife.
    • Have dinner at one of Brisbane’s top restaurants or eateries in the area.

Throughout the weekend, make sure to enjoy Brisbane’s coffee scene and the various cafes scattered throughout the city. This is just a basic itinerary, and there’s a lot more to see and do in Brisbane, depending on your interests!

Brisbane hosts various markets throughout the week, catering to different interests. Here’s a general guide to some of the most popular markets and their usual days of operation.

  1. Brisbane City Markets:
    • Reddacliff Place: Every Wednesday
    • A central spot to find fresh produce, gourmet food, and artisan goods.
  2. Davies Park Market, West End:
    • Every Saturday
    • Offers fresh produce, arts, crafts, and food stalls.
  3. South Bank Young Designers Market:
    • First Sunday of each month
    • Focuses on up-and-coming designers offering fashion, jewelry, and home designs.
  4. Eagle Farm Markets:
    • Every Sunday
    • A combination of fresh produce, arts, crafts, and entertainment.
  5. Boundary Street Markets, West End:
    • Friday evenings, and all-day Saturdays and Sundays
    • A mix of food stalls, fresh produce, and artisan goods.
  6. Eat Street Northshore:
    • Friday and Saturday evenings, and Sunday afternoon and evening
    • A lively food market with an array of international cuisines, live entertainment, and boutique stalls.
  7. Carseldine Farmers & Artisan Markets:
    • Every Saturday
    • Offers local produce, food, and crafts.
  8. Northey Street City Farm Organic Market:
    • Every Sunday
    • Specializes in organic produce and sustainable goods.
  9. Jan Powers Farmers Markets:
    • Powerhouse, New Farm: Every Saturday
    • Manly: First and third Saturday of the month
    • Mitchelton: The first Sunday of the month
    • Focus primarily on fresh produce and gourmet foods.

It’s always a good idea to check the specific market’s website or social media channels for current hours and any special events or changes in schedule. Some markets might also be seasonal or occasionally shift locations.

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