Queensland’s capital city of Brisbane lies on the banks of the Brisbane River some 105km north of the NSW border. The river meanders through the city providing a scenic focal point and the perfect transport system to explore the city.
The best way to see the city centre is on the City Cat Ferry Service. The hop on-hop off service is cheap and convenient, stopping regularly at many locations along the river on both north and south banks. Timetables and maps detailing routes are available at the terminals along the river and at information centres.
Cruise along the river and take in the sights. The City Council's Powerhouse on the riverbank in New Farm is an old power station converted into a remarkable entertainment centre. From performing arts to films, music and comedy, it’s all on show at the Powerhouse. The centre has two restaurants and a bar and is available for private function hire.
Story Bridge is one of the city’s most prominent landmarks. Thrill seekers out there may be tempted to join the Story Bridge Climb and enjoy the sights from a whole different perspective. Day climbers can enjoy panoramic views of the city, Moreton Bay, Mt Coot-tha and all the way to Lamington National Park. Night climbers get a different taste of the city in all its sparkling glory. Tours depart regularly from Kangaroo Point near the city centre.
Southbank is a fabulous part of the city and attracts many tourists to its cultural precinct. Markets and eateries overlook the river towards the CBD and there are plenty of food and beverage options to choose from.
Streets Beach is a beautiful swimming lagoon on the southern bank and on a fine day the shores are packed. The lagoon is free and lifeguards patrol the area for your safety.
The Wheel of Brisbane is also at Southbank and operates daily from 10am to 10pm. Enjoy the city views and beyond from high up in the ferris wheel in the comfort of your own carriage.
Another lookout point is from Mt Coot-tha, which is about 7km from the city. The views of the city and river are superb and there is a café at the summit where you can relax, enjoy a meal or refreshment and take in the scenery.
The Botanical Gardens are situated at the bottom of Mt Coot-tha Rd. The features of the gardens include the Japanese garden, bonsai collection, fern house and tropical display dome. The gardens are open daily between 8am and 5.30pm and entry is free.
“The River City” is quite scenic and there are plenty of options to enjoy the views from. Nestled between the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast there is also much to explore around greater Brissy.
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Undara Volcanic National Park
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