Want to catch an art exhibition? How about head into the rainforest? Or if you simply want to enjoy a delicious meal and refreshing drink. Brisbane has everything you need. In fact, the city has, at times, been called the cultural capital of Australia, and is home to Australia’s largest art gallery. There is also no shortage of major attractions to experience in Brisbane.
Parklands and Botanic Gardens
Brisbane is the most biodiverse capital in Australia with the highest diversity of native plants and wildlife. in fact, within Brisbane City alone, the Council manages more than 9500 hectares of natural areas.
Roma Street Parkland is situated just a 10-minute walk from Brisbane’s CBD and is home to almost 16 hectares of parklands, including designer gardens and sprawling lawns. The Parkland is quite new to Brisbane’s scene, being added in 2001, and won an urban design award from the Royal Architecture Institute of Australia.
Situated on the transformed site of Brisbane’s World Expo 88 is South Bank Parklands. The Parklands was officially opened to the public in 1992 and house a mixture of rainforest, water features, grassed areas and plazas. Of course, the area also features the riverfront promenade and the Wheel of Brisbane. The area is considered one of Brisbane’s most important cultural precincts and is visited by approximately 11 million people each year.
Known as Queensland’s premier subtropical botanic gardens, the Brisbane Botanic Gardens in Mount Coot-tha. The gardens are displayed by theme and geography, and include the largest collection of Australian native rainforest trees. It’s also the perfect place to take the kids with a huge range of attractions including the Tropical Display Zone, Japanese Gardens, the Hide ‘n’ Seek Children’s Trail and even a Planetarium.
Museums and Galleries
For all things cultural related, head to Brisbane’s South Bank, home to the two premier galleries of Brisbane, The Queensland Art Gallery and GOMA.
Queensland Art Gallery and GOMA, a single institution housed in two adjacent buildings, houses more than 17,000 Australian and international artworks, including paintings, sculptures and works on paper. The works are historical, modern and contemporary art, and the galleries also hold revolving exhibitions.
The home of Queensland’s state collection, Queensland Museum and Sciencentre has a number of exhibits on science, culture and natural history. Especially popular with kids are the dinosaur displays. The Museum tells the story of the state through exhibitions and fascinating programs and the Sciencentre offers hands-on activities to explore the science behind everyday life, including the human body.
Step back in time as you explore the Queensland Maritime Museum, located on the banks of the Brisbane River. The Museum is home to S.S. Forceful and H.M.A.S Diamantina as well as a huge collection of maritime artefacts. Truly fascinating!
Markets and Culture
Whether you’re looking for clothes, fresh seafood or homewares, there is a market for everything. And some markets even sell everything in one place.
For some delightful street food, cocktails, crafts and quirky trinkets, head to Eat Street Markets. Set up in 80 colourful shipping containers, the markets come alive on Friday and Saturday nights with stalls selling Japanese pizza, local seafood and Korean-fusion burgers. On Sundays, Eat Street Markets is all about the collectables.
Known as one of the hippest scenes in Brisbane, Boundary Street Markets is nestled within the warehouse, factories and garages that used to form Peter’s Ice Cream Factory. There’s vintage and contemporary fashion, pop-up cafes and global foods during the day, and on Friday nights, the markets feature art installations and a live music bill.
If you’re searching for farmer’s markets, look no further than Jan Powers Farmers Markets. The community markets can be found in a number of different locations including the city, Michelton and New Farm Park. Many of the stall holders are up at 2:30 in the morning to set up and their produce is most definitely some of the freshest out there. Head to the markets on an empty stomach because we can guarantee you’ll eat your way through them.