On your first visit to Brisbane, you'll be charmed by Brisbanes laidback subtropical ambience and inspired by world-class art at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. When you come back for more, youll discover lively inner-city bars and cafes in the Fortitude Valley and West End areas. See marvellous views of the city and beyond from the lookout on top of Mount Coot-tha.
The Brisbane River loops its way across Brisbane, from West End over to New Farm and Fortitude Valley in Brisbanes east. Brisbanes extensive Cultural Precinct fills the rivers South Bank, backed by Little Stanley Streets restaurant strip. Nearby you can wind down on popular Streets Beach, an artificial inner-city beach complete with white sand, sparkling lagoons and shady palm trees. Youll find Brisbanes city centre, museums and public buildings directly over the Brisbane River, focused on pedestrianised Queen Street Mall. Nestling nearby in a loop in the Brisbane River are the exotic City Botanic Gardens.
Before relaxing on the beach at South Bank, explore Australian and Pacific art at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. Or learn about everything from dinosaurs to dung beetles at the Queensland Museum. Cruise the snaking Brisbane River on a CityCat catamaran ferry to see Brisbane from the water. Take a look at the Italian-style former Treasury Building and the copper-roofed Parliament House. Then relax under a huge Moreton Bay fig tree in the shady City Botanic Gardens.
Take a stroll in inner-city Paddington to hunt for treasures in quaint antique shops in Latrobe Terrace. Make your way to the top of the Mount Coot-tha Lookout for views over Brisbane to Moreton Bay, and think about taking a daytrip to the bay islands or tranquil Stradbroke Island. See cute koalas at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary then go clothes shopping in inner-north Fortitude Valley and New Farm. Walk around the rose gardens at New Farm Park, pick up fresh produce at the farmers market and browse for one-off accessories at the Brunswick Street Markets.