Top things to do in Brisbane and event guide for 2019

Take a scenic flight and hang out with Australian animals when visiting the Sunshine State's capital.

Brisbane boasts a booming cultural scene, offering world-renowned art and science exhibitions, an established underground music scene and a booming cafe culture the locals are proud to share.

Natural wildlife encounters and breathtaking landscapes are just a stone's throw away and attractions that reconnect you with nature can be found at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and Stradbroke Island.

This guide will provide you with the top things to do in Brisbane based on season, annual events and local favourites.

Top attractions in Brisbane



Animal lovers will be happy to know that Brisbane is filled with a wide range of animals and there are plenty of place where you can go to visit them up close. During your visit to the Sunshine State, learn about Australian species and hold a koala, right in the heart of the city.


Story Bridge

Get a spectacular birds eye view of Brisbane's skyline with the Story Bridge Climb. Climbers will be led up an 80-metre ascend and have full access to 360-degree views of iconic Brisbane attractions including the Glass House Mountains, world-heritage listed Lamington National Park and Moreton Bay Islands.

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Rock Climbing

View Brisbane from new heights with a rock climbing adventure. If you're looking for a way to get outdoors and stay active, Rock climbing is the perfect way to test yourself mentally and physically, but there's no doubt you'll feel accomplished when you reach the ground. Rest assured that an experienced instructor will guide you from start to finish.

Best things to do in Brisbane at night

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Dinner cruise

Jump on board and cruise down Brisbane River while taking in views of the Southbank precinct, City Botanic Gardens, Story Bridge and Queensland Maritime Museum.

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Ghost Tour

Stroll the streets of Brisbane while you listen to your guide tell haunted tales about former Brisbane residents, arcade ghosts and a haunted church.

Views of Brisbane at night

Night Photography Class

Take eye-catching images at night by learning the basics of composing night portraits, exposing for mood, capturing moving light with shutter and taking photos in low light.

Best things to do in Brisbane with kids

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Outdoor adventures

You won't be short on choice for adventure parks and and outdoor obstacle courses in Brisbane. Undertake courses which include aerial challenges with ziplines that suspend above animal encounters or sightsee your way around the city on a segway.

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Indoor activities

Although Brisbane is notorious for its great weather and outdoor activities, if you're looking for something different to do, there's a long list of indoor activities that can occupy your time. Whether it's a solo indoor skydiving experience where you'll learn to do perfect twists and intricate moves, or a high intensity group escape room experience with challenges to solve, going indoors does not limit the fun.

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Whale watching

Head out to the sea to explore a different side of Brisbane. Spend a day off shore discovering the scenery and wildlife from the ocean. Spot dolphins and whales amongst other marine species, and if you're really game, you can even swim with humpback whales.

Best adventurous things to do in Brisbane

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Thrill adventures from the sky

Whether a scenic helicopter ride or an unforgettable skydiving experience is more your style, you'll be happy to know there are a copious amount of options available to you in Brisbane.

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Driving experience with a twist

Head off on an adventure with an unique driving experience around the city while seeing the most popular attractions along the way. If driving a Harley Davidson around the city doesn't scream adventure to you, turn it up a notch by driving around a circuit in a Ferrari before taking a helicopter flight overlooking Brisbane.

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Kayaking and paddle boarding

If you don't mind taking a dip in the ocean, look no further than a fun day out in Brisbane's waters. Test your balancing skills and get a fun workout in with a paddle boarding sessions or stroll up Brisbane River in an illuminated kayak, before returning back to shore and enjoying dinner with a deck setting by the river.

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Seasonal events in Brisbane

Best things to do in Brisbane in summer Best things to do in Brisbane in winter
  • Brisbane International
  • Laneway Festival
  • Catch a Queensland Reds game at Suncorp Stadium
  • Feast at Great Australian Bites
  • The Ekka
  • State of Origin
  • Regional Flavours Festival
  • Brisbane Kite Festival
  • Brisbane Marathon Festival
Best things to do in Brisbane in spring Best things to do in Brisbane in autumn
  • Brisbane Festival
  • Listen Out Festival
  • Jungle Love Festival
  • Wonderland Festival
  • Brisbane Comedy Festival
  • World Science Festival
  • Fish Lane Festival
  • Anywhere Theatre Festival

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