From botanic gardens in the heart of Brisbane City to heritage trails that take you back in time, there are plenty of sights to fill your days in Brisbane.
A short walk from Queen Street Mall or the QUT ferry terminal, Brisbane's City Botanic Gardens are a wonderful spot to start your sightseeing adventure in Brisbane. Let the kids run off some energy at Baldwin Lawn Playground, relax in the Bamboo Grove, or do a self-guided walk.
Built between the 1920s and 1930s, Brisbane City Hall is one of Brisbane's must-see buildings. Snap a photo of this Brisbane icon from King George Square and discover the secrets of this heritage-listed building with a free guided tour. While you're there, visit the Museum of Brisbane to explore exhibitions telling the stories of our city. Don't leave before taking a free ride up the Clock Tower.
Spanning the river from New Farm to Kangaroo Point, the Story Bridge is a Brisbane icon. Boost your steps with a walk across its steel frame, or take in the view while enjoying lunch or a bite to eat at Howard Smith Wharves. Take a trip on one of our CityCats to get a fantastic view of the Story Bridge - perfect for an Insta snap.
Want a spot to take in both the Brisbane River and the Story Bridge? Howard Smith Wharves gives you just that! Stop by this dining and entertainment precinct which boosts 13 restaurants, cafes, bars, event spaces and a hotel.
The Gallery of Modern Art, or GOMA as its know by locals, is renowned for its architectural design and its exhibitions featuring local and international artists. The State Library of Queensland, Queensland Art Gallery and Queensland Museum are all a short walk away.
Feeling hungry after taking in all that art? South Bank Parklands is a stone's thow away! Refresh and refuel here and then continue your sightseeing.
Take in all of Brisbane's skyline from the glorious Mt Coot-tha Lookout. See an outline of the city's skyscrapers during the day, or the twinkling of the city's lights at night.
Venture out of the city to Mount Gravatt Outlook Reserve to take advantage of a lesser-known, yet equally impressive, summit lookout of our city skyline. The lookout provides spectacular views of Brisbane and surrounding suburbs. On a clear day, you can see the Moreton Bay islands, D’Aguilar Ranges and Glasshouse Mountains. If you like bushwalking, there are a variety of walking tracks.
Take a self-guided walk back in time with Council's heritage trails.
Step through the updated Sandgate Heritage Trail - a 3-kilometre trail with 24 stops including Sandgate Beach. You can also find the 21-stop Shorncliffe Heritage Trail nearby. Don't worry, there are plenty of places to get a bite to eat while you explore the history of Brisbane's 19th Century seaside resort towns!
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