The best things to do with visitors in Brisbane

Whether the family is still in town and you're out to prove that Brisbane is as cool as its southern sisters, or you're ready to explore your hometown with a tourist-lens, use our list of must-do places to visit in our New World City. 

Ready? Let's go!

All aboard a CityCat

Catching a CityCat - including the new CityCat22 double-decker vessel - is one of the easiest and most spectacular ways to see our city. A leisurely trip up or downstream let's you see city sights like the Story Bridge, the glistening cityscape and Kangaroo Point Cliffs. Brisbane's bustling food scene gives you plenty of reasons to hop off and walk to a must-do coffee shop, cafe or restaurant.

Spend a summer Sunday getting on a CityCat at Riverside or South Bank and make your way to New Farm for an afternoon at Brisbane Powerhouse, or enjoy a picnic in beautiful New Farm Park.

Take a stroll

There's no need to board a flight to Paris to indulge in the art of strolling when we have so many public art and heritage walking trails in Brisbane. These trails are easy to walk and you only need a pair of good walking shoes, hat, water bottle and sunscreen to get started. 

Our most popular public art trail in 2019 has been the World Expo '88 Public Art Trail which includes artworks within walking distance of Brisbane's Central Business District (CBD) and two artworks located at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha.

Our most popular heritage trail is currently the Classic City Centre Heritage Trail with 26 points of interest across the CBD.

Don't forget there's always CityCycle to help get you around when your feet get tired. Quick, easy and affordable, there's 2000 bikes and 150 CityCycle stations between The University of Queensland, St Lucia and Newstead.

Move to the beat

Brisbane's local music scene is something to feel proud of, and there's lots to enjoy. For a regular local set, catch Valley Fiesta Fridays in Bakery Lane and Brunswick Street and Chinatown Malls, Fortitude Valley from 2-4pm each week.

Pair tunes with a bite to eat in one of the many eateries in the Valley precinct, including Bakery Lane, Winn and California lanes. If a festival-vibe is more your style, keep your ear to the ground for the Valley Fiesta Spring and Summer Program of local bands, taking to the stage from 1-7pm in Brunswick Street Mall on the first Saturday of month until February.

Movie night under the stars

Impress your visitors with our balmy summer nights and go and watch a movie under the stars at your local park with our Outdoor Cinema in the Suburbs program. 

Like all great nights out, there's fun before the feature, so arrive early for pre-movie activities including food stalls and other fun.

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Last updated:20 December 2019
Topics: things to do