Things to See and Do
Listed below are some of the amazing things to see and do in and around Brisbane.
1. Visit Southbank Parklands
Featuring a stunning inner-city beach, miles of tree-lined walks, fabulous shopping and restaurants, Southbank is the one place you have to see in Brisbane. Located a short hop over the river from the CBD, it's easy to get to and easy to spend a full day amongst the many attractions. Don't forget to jump on the Wheel of Brisbane to get a birds-eye view of the city.
2. Cruise the River
There are a number of cruises you can take on the Brisbane River, from simply using the public transport system to catch a CityCat; to enjoying a seafood buffet at sunset aboard the paddlewheeler Kookaburra Queen; to cozying up to someone special in a unique gondola. There's also general sightseeing tours as well as lunch cruises - definitely a great way to see the city. You can also cruise to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and combine two must-do's in the one trip!
3. Cuddle a koala at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The world's first and largest koala sanctuary, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary has over 130 koalas for you to spy. If cuddling a national icon isn't your thing, you can feed the rainbow lorrikeets and kangaroos, or even hold a snake! See beautiful Australian fauna like wombats, echidnas, tasmanian devils, dingoes and much more.
4. Enjoy the view from Mt Coot-tha
Mt Coot-tha (pronounced Mount Cootha) has breathtaking panoramic views of Brisbane city with views out to Moreton Bay by day. A favourite for locals and visitors alike, enjoy a meal or just a coffee looking out over the city and its surrounds. Catch the local 471 bus from the city or buy a pass for the hop-on, hop-off CitySights bus.
5. Expand your horizons in the Cultural Precinct
The best cultural spaces are grouped together near Southbank in an area called the Cultural Precinct. Just across the river from the CBD, this area features the largest gallery of modern art in Australia (Gallery of Modern Art), the Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland College of Art, Queensland Conservatorium, Queensland Museum (incorporating the kids' favourite - Sciencentre), Queensland Performing Arts Centre and the State Library of Queensland. There's always something new and exciting to see and many of the exhibitions are completely free.
6. Taste the local seafood
You've heard of Moreton Bay bugs before, so head to one of Brisbane's fine seafood restaurants to taste the real thing amongst the other delicious local delicacies. Wilson's Boathouse, Gambaro's, Brett's Wharf and Jellyfish are just a few of the award-winning dining establishments around Brisbane.
7. Revisit Brisbane's History
Even though Brisbane is young by world standards, it still has a lot of history bound up in its streets. Start by visiting City Hall (a view from the Clock Tower observation deck is a must) and the Museum of Brisbane before heading out on your own self guided walking tour. Don't miss the Commissariat Store or the Old Windmill (both built by convict labour), or revisit Brisbane's history in style at Newstead House - Brisbane's oldest residence. Want something out of the ordinary? Consider a Ghost Tour of Brisbane's streets. Guaranteed spookiness.
8. Go native in the Gardens
Brisbane has an abundance of parklands and gardens to enjoy - whether you want to study the flora, have a family BBQ or simply to relax and enjoy your surroundings. The City Botanic Gardens and Roma Street Parkland are both within walking distance of the city centre. The Roma Street Parkland is the world's largest subtropical garden in a city centre. Don't miss the wonderful Wollemi Pine Grove - one of the world's oldest and rarest tree species.The Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha cover 52 hectares and features an extraordinary tropical dome and beautiful Japanese garden. A must-see for the botanically inclined!
9. Get sporty
Whether you want to get in the action and be sporty yourself, or just observe from a safe distance, Brisbane has you covered. The local sporting teams are: the Lions (AFL), Broncos (rugby league), Reds (rugby union), Bulls (cricket), Firebirds (netball) and the Roar (soccer). Matches are played all year round. Adventurous types can try abseiling or climbing the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, climbing the Story Bridge, kayaking, hot air ballooning over the city, rollerblading, biking and so much more.
10. Go further afield
With so many natural wonders on Brisbane's door step, the only real problem is fitting everything in! Here are just a few of the amazing attractions to enjoy:
North Stradbroke Island
See some of the worlds most beautiful beaches and one of Australia's most famous pubs. There are 3 townships to stay at, with most visitors choosing the eastern township of Point Lookout where dolphins and other marine life are regularly seen. The north facing patrolled beach of Cylinder is usually calm and family friendly with several cafes and eateries within walking distance. 'Straddie' is only a 50 minutes ride from Cleveland on the car ferry or a 20 minute ride by water taxi.
So much to see and do - hand feeding dolphins, sand tobagganing, whale watching, swimming, snorkelling, fishing - and only a short boat trip from Brisbane!
Mt Mee National Park
A picturesque one hour drive north of the city centre this is one of Australia's best kept secrets. Beautiful rainforest, gorgeous waterfalls and wateringholes and some great camping and picnic grounds. The nearby rural villages of Dayboro and Samford are also steeped in history and worth a visit along the way.
Theme Parks - Dreamworld, MovieWorld, Wet n Wild Water World, SeaWorld
A perfect family day out which ever park you choose to visit, only an hour south of Brisbane.
Consistently ranked among the top things to do in Australia, Steve Irwin's legacy lives on in this amazing zoo.
The world's largest sand island and a stunning sight to behold. An absolute must on the backpacker circuit or anyone looking for natural beauty.
Alma Park Zoo
A wide range of animals including red pandas, lemurs and all of the usual Australian crowd.
Brisbane is just a glimpse of the beauty that the state of Queensland offers. The Gold Coast is just one hour south of Brisbane and is famous for its beaches, surf, theme parks, shopping, nightlife and hinterland. Heading one hour north of Brisbane is the Sunshine Coast with lots to discover and explore including coastal beaches, waterways, scenic hinterland and national parks. Tropical North Queensland, a 2.5 hour flight north of Brisbane offers the Great Barrier Reef and tropical rainforest experiences, combining adventure and relaxation within some of the greatest environmental wonders of the world. This is the only place in the world where two World Heritage-listed areas meet.
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The Hilton Brisbane hotel is located within walking distance of the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre as well as several Brisbane attractions including South Bank parklands, Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery and Queensland Performing Arts Complex.
On completion of an extensive refurbishment in September 2011, the Hilton Brisbane hotel is set to become one of Brisbane's most innovative hotel offerings.
Featuring the work of acclaimed designer Mark Landini, guests and visitors alike are welcomed through the elegantly designed porte cochere. Guests can also take advantage of the modern business centre and flexible and stylish meeting rooms
Amongst the Hilton Brisbane's most popular facilities are the intimate and seductive Below7 lounge and bar and the outdoor heated swimming pool and tennis court on Level 8 with views over the central business district.
Cancellation Policy: Please note that cancellations received within 14 day of arrival will be charged full cancellation of all room nights cancelled.
King Hilton Guest Room $269
Twin Hilton Guest Room $269
Rydges South Bank Brisbane
Rydges South Bank is located in the heart of Brisbane's arts and entertainment precinct. The congress venue, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, is immediately adjacent to the hotel. It is the closest hotel to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Southbank. Activities in the precinct are endless with regular events and showcases on art, music, food & films. CBD Brisbane and the bohemian village of West End are a 10 minute stroll away.
Standard Queen Room $259
Standard Twin Room $259
Marque Hotel Brisbane
Located in the heart of the city, adjacent to the Treasury Casino, just a minute's walk to the Brisbane River and a ten minute walk to the Brisbane Convention Centre, The Marque is a vibrant hotel designed to make life simpler for you. Enjoy the comforts of an intimate hotel with the friendly service you deserve. The Marque Brisbane has 99 rooms, all with a desk and lamp, wireless internet, mini-bar, tea and coffee facilities, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, LCD TV, Foxtel and in-room movies. The hotel also has an outdoor pool, fitness room and in-house restaurant and bar.
Deluxe Queen Room $219
Deluxe Twin Room $219
Apartment Style Accommodation
Mantra South Bank is located in the arts and entertainment precinct of South bank on Grey Street, opposite the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The hotel features Studio, 1 and 2 Bedroom Apartments and is within walking distance of Queensland Performing Arts Complex, GoMA Museum, South Bank Parklands and Brisbane CBD.
Studio Apartment $279
One Bedroom Apartment $319
Two Bedroom Apartment $479
Oaks Casino Towers
Located in the hub of Brisbane's historic CBD, The Oaks Casino Towers is a 4½ star apartment hotel boasting spectacular views over the city or River. Adjacent to Treasury Casino and close to CBD shopping in the Queen Street Mall, it is a short stroll across the river to the conference venue, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, and the South Bank precinct with its museums, art galleries, theatres and boutiques.
One Bedroom Apartment $226
Two Bedroom Apartment $284
Riverside Hotel Southbank
The Riverside Hotel South Bank is a 4 star hotel located within the South Bank cultural precinct, home to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensland Performing Arts Complex, Museum, Art Galleries and Lyric Theatre along with a wide range of restaurants, bars and coffee shops. The complex has an array of facilities designed to make your stay a comfortable and enjoyable experience, from a refreshing swimming pool and free secured parking, to a guest laundry and dry cleaning service. Riverside Hotel is a smoke free hotel. All guest rooms are non smoking
Studio Apartment $170
One Bedroom Apartment $200
Please note that there are a number of budget and student accommodation options available within comfortable walking distance of the NT12 venue, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Please contact them direct for information and reservations: