A Wishlist of Things to Do in Brisbane
Australia is indeed a place that abounds in the stuff that dreams are made of. Be it stunning and varied landscapes or the cute marsupials in the form of the iconic Kangaroos and Koalas, Australia seems to have it all. Not to forget the cities of Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, and others which have a charm of their own.
If we were asked to choose a city in Australia to be transported to by the swish of a magic wand, we would definitely shout out, “Brisbane”, in unison.
Why Brisbane? We understand that Brisbane may be relatively unsung as compared to the other urban centers of Australia, but what makes it an alluring destination is the fact that it combines the best of both worlds. One can experience the vibrancy of the city and also drive away to the mountains or to the beaches of the Golden Coast which are not far off. We have curated here our wishlist of the best things to do in Brisbane.
What We Would Love to See and Experience In Brisbane – Best Places to Visit in Brisbane and Things To Do In Brisbane
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
What started with two Koalas named Jack and Jill is today a 44-acre Koala sanctuary in Brisbane with over 130 Koalas that roam free in the sanctuary. In addition to the Koalas, the sanctuary is also home to Kangaroos, Platypus, Tasmanian Devils, Wombats etc.. Australian birds like Emu, Kookaburras, and others also enliven the environs of the sanctuary. What is really thrilling is the fact that visitors can interact with the animals in the sanctuary. Founded in 1927, the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the oldest and largest of its kind in the world. Koala Sanctuary tour can be booked here.
Sea World Gold Coast
A fascinating theme park, oceanarium, and a marine mammal park all rolled into one is the Sea World Gold Coast. It promises loads of fun, thrills, excitement, and education. The attractions on offer include a plethora of rides, interaction with animals, and exposure to the fascinating underwater world. What is unique about this theme park is that it is doing yeoman service in conservation by rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife. Definitely, a place that we do not want to miss when in Brisbane as this is one of the fun things to do in Brisbane. Sea World Gold Coast tour can be booked here.
The iconic and heritage Story Bridge which opened in 1940 and today carries over 97,000 vehicles daily is indeed a must see in Brisbane. It would be great to be there around the River festival when it dazzles in its illuminated avatar. Of course, we would love to do the adrenaline pumping Story Bridge climb as well and feast our eyes on the panoramic views of Brisbane from atop the steel cantilever Story Bridge. Brisbane’s Story Bridge Adventure Climb can be booked here.
City Botanic Gardens
A garden that is the lung space of Brisbane and is the oldest of the city’s Park makes for an interesting and relaxing experience. The fact that this garden was initially planned by convicts way back in 1825 and grew food crops that serviced the kitchens of the prison make the place even more fascinating. The gardens offer lush green vistas and are filled with old trees, glades of rainforests and other exotic vegetation.
Queensland Gallery of Modern Art
The iconic building of the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) is in itself worth a visit and is considered one of the top things to do in Brisbane. The contemporary and bold architectural style of the building is a visual treat. The gallery is an embodiment of connecting people and art and making art easily accessible to the public. The gallery sprawls over an area of 25,000 square meters and was designed by the architecture firm called Architectus. We would love to catch a contemporary art exhibition in the beautiful and somewhat surreal environs of the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.
Glass House Mountains National Park
The volcanic glass house mountains that are reportedly 26 million years old are not only a treasure of nature but have intriguing myths and stories associated.A great place for bushwalking and climbing, the call of these mountains is irresistible. Eleven of the mountain peaks of the Glass House group of mountains are within the Glass House Mountains National Park. The region is rich in flora and fauna, many of them rare and endangered. Lying at a distance of about 65 kilometers from Brisbane the Glass House Mountains National Park makes for an excellent voyage into the outdoors. This is definitely one of the best places to visit in Brisbane.
Museum of Brisbane
Housed in the Brisbane City Hall, the Museum of Brisbane is a window to the history of the city. It also provides a peep into contemporary Brisbane and has a collection of over 5,000 items on display. The include heritage ceramic works as well as works of contemporary and local artists. The Museum and its staff have been acclaimed for their creative and innovative approach. Our deep affinity for museums is bound to draw us to the museum that gives us a peep of Brisbane and its history.
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Where We Would Love to Stay in Brisbane
Thinking about the best places to stay in Brisbane, we would most likely stay in the center of all the action. So we would plump for either the CBD (Central Business District) or South Bank to look for stay options. We understand that there is a plethora of options to choose from here.
Where We Would Love to Eat in Brisbane
Being vegetarians we generally do a virtual recce of the area we are traveling to for finding the whereabouts of vegetarian or vegan eateries. Brisbane seems to have many options for vegetarians and we are sure to be well fed and nourished during our explorations of the city. Some of the restaurants that we are going to check out are Vegeme, Vege Rama, and Govinda. Explore Brisbane’s Eat Street market on a bike tour. You could also embark on a wine tasting tour with lunch.
We plan to check out for best deals and discounts via OZCodes. Brisbane seems to beckon us with the lure of its many treasures. We dream to land in Sydney and then embark on a road trip from Sydney to Brisbane and then explore Brisbane. The call is irresistible and the magic of the city seems to be drawing us towards it. We wait to see our wishlist crystallizing in front of our eyes as we set foot on the soil of Brisbane.
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