Brisbane, on the Queensland coast of Australia, is a fascinating city that everyone should visit at least once. The city on the Brisbane River is often overlooked by visitors in favor of other coastal destinations. Why visit Brisbane? The city has a thriving dining and market scene and several dining districts. Here are five things to do and see in Brisbane.
Museums and Galleries
The Cultural Precinct is a fantastic location for families to visit. The Queensland Museum and Science Centre, Queensland Art Gallery, and GoMA are all in this district. The museum features permanent and interactive displays that are ideal for adults and children. Admission is charged for travelling exhibits, but they’re worth the price. GoMA is a kid-friendly art gallery and the one most visited in the country, with explanations of the exhibits for kids. One feature of the precinct that adults and kids love is the shops operated by the galleries.
Tangalooma on Moreton Island, 14 km from the city centre, is the place to observe stingrays, turtles, and whales during migration season between July and November. The biggest attraction is the Bottlenose dolphins that come into shallow water at sunset. Visitors can interact with and feed the dolphins, and learn about the species and their habitat. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the habitat of native species including possums, wombats, kangaroos, and koalas. Visitors can go into the large kangaroo enclosure to meet and feed the kangaroos. Queensland is the only state that allows visitors to hold cuddly koalas. Have a photo taken with one of these charming little marsupials as a momento of your visit.
Cruise the Brisbane River
Experience views of the Brisbane skyline, gardens and parks, and the city’s historic homes as you travel the river. You can extend your tour to the islands of Moreton Bay. If you visit between May and October, you can observe humpback whales on their migration. Another enjoyable way to see the city is on a dinner cruise. After dark, the twinkling lights of the city reflect on the river.
Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment in Brisbane
What’s on around Brisbane? Many of the must visit neighborhoods and districts are along the Brisbane River. South Bank features a lot of cafes, museums, shops, theatres, and cafes. The Queensland Cultural Centre and South Bank Parklands are in the region. The Riverside Precinct features great dining on the Eagle Street Pier and the Craft Market on Sundays. Many heritage landmarks including the Customs House are in the Riverside Precinct. Manly’s Cambridge Parade features lively nightlife, cafes, and charming gift shops. Another of Manly’s attractions is the Manly Boat Harbour. Fortitude Valley is a shopping district and features the Brunswick Street Mall, McWhirter’s Markets, and the Chinatown District, that has a lot of authentic Cantonese and Chinese restaurants.
Glass House Mountain rock climbing is an exciting climbing adventure to the summit of a dormant volcanic peak. The view from the top of Glass House Mountain is spectacular and suitable for climbers of all levels. Kangaroo Point Cliffs offers an urban experience in the heart of Brisbane. The cliffs are about 20 metres high and feature panoramic views of the city. Kangaroo Point is suitable for climbers of all levels and guides are available. The cantilevered Story Bridge built in 1940 is for the traveller who wants an amazing view of Brisbane. In 2005, tour operators began offering climbs to the top of the bridge. The trip is challenging and quite safe. The two and a half hour Story Bridge Adventure Climb is one of the unique experiences you can have in Brisbane.
The Cross River Project will make travel for residents and visitors much easier upon completion. Cross River Rail Brisbane is the largest transportation project ever undertaken in the city. Work begins at the site at GoPrint where a station at Woolloongabba will stand. A 5.4 kilometre tunnel will be built on the railway link that runs beneath the business district and the Brisbane River. The Exhibition Station that currently serves the region will receive an upgrade and four new stations to accommodate passengers travelling on the line will be built. The rail network will be upgraded, and reconfiguration includes Albert Street, Exhibition Stations going to Bowen Hill, Roma Street, and Woolloongabba.
Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit brisbane is during the autumn months between March and May when there is little rainfall since the rainy season has just ended, and the temperatures are comfortable. Visitors need only a light jacket to be comfortable.
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