If you’re looking for things to do in Brisbane inner city, look no further. Known as the ‘river city,’ the capital of Queensland is teaming with hidden gems and delightful surprises to keep you entertained for as long as you’re visiting. Read on to discover 10 awesome things to do in Brisbane inner city.
1. Brisbane City Markets
Find the Brisbane City Markets every Wednesday and Thursday inside the Brisbane CBD. A farm direct market, you can spend some time wandering through the displays and picking up delicious street food for breakfast or lunch. For more information see here.
2. Gallery of Modern Art
The Gallery of Modern Art (more commonly known by ‘GOMA’) is situated within Southbank, just across the river from Queen Street Mall and the Brisbane CBD. Known for its quirky and modern art (the clue is in its name), you’re always guaranteed to find something fascinating at one of the many exhibits that pass on through calling GOMA their home. You can learn more about what is on at GOMA here.
3. Drinks at Brisbane Riverside
Take in the relaxed atmosphere of the river city by enjoying a few drinks at Brisbane’s Riverside. With a great selection of restaurants and bars, sit back and take in the view of Story Bridge as the sun sets across Brisbane inner city.
4. Roma Street Parklands
New York City has Central Park, Brisbane City has Roma Street Parklands. An expansive green space within Brisbane inner city that is perfect for escaping the traffic and people that come with a capital city. Here you can wander through the beautifully manicured gardens, sit with a book next to the man made waterfall, stroll along Fern Gully or bring some supplies and have a barbecue.
5. Sunset at Kangaroo Point Cliffs
A local (and visitor!)’s favourite way to see out the day is to stop for a sunset at Kangaroo Point Cliffs. Overlooking Brisbane City and the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens from across the Brisbane river, pause for a moment and watch as the setting sun glints across the high rise buildings. Kangaroo Point Cliffs are also equipped with barbecue facilities if you want to enjoy a dinner picnic to this beautiful backdrop.
6. Kayak Brisbane River
Experience Brisbane inner city from a unique perspective, by taking part in a kayaking tour down Brisbane River, with Riverlife. This isn’t just limited to a daylight activity either, with twilight tours also available.
7. Story Bridge Adventure Climb
One for the adventurer in all of us, Story Bridge Adventure Climb is an exciting way to view the Brisbane CBD from above, while learning about Brisbane and the Bridge’s intriguing history which has shaped the city into how it is today. You can partake in this activity day or night, I would recommend joining the twilight tour to experience the city’s twinkling lights from above.
8. The Wheel of Brisbane
Situated in Southbank, across from the Brisbane CBD, The Wheel of Brisbane is an iconic Brisbane City landmark and a great way to get a glimpse of the city surrounding you. I recommend timing your visit with the sunset to thoroughly enjoy the cityscape.
9. Shopping at Queen Street Mall
Ah, why not?! Queen Street Mall is a famous shopping area in Brisbane and plays host to a large range and variety of stores such as Tiffany & Co, Zara, Myer, H&M, Target and Forever 21. Not only that, if you get tired or hungry from shopping, there are also a range of restaurants and cafes to fuel back up in.
10. Catch a show at QPAC
And finally, a very popular thing to do in Brisbane inner city is to catch a show at QPAC. The Queensland Performing Arts Centre hosts a range of shows from comedy, to musicals to ballet, meaning it’s quite likely you’ll find something on that sparks your interest. Located in Southbank, QPAC is also close to a large number of restaurants so you can enjoy dinner and drinks as well. For information on upcoming events at QPAC see here.
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