Brisbane – a city with great shopping, good bars, a beach and numerous things to do in and around the city. There are loads of free or cheap things to do in Brisbane if you’re on a very strict budget, but if you have a little bit of money then your options are endless. Here Newyearzz has listed some of the very best things to do in Brisbane including things to do in Brisbane at night.
Riverside Green & Picnic Playground
Riverside Green is probably the most popular playground with a stack of interactive equipment for kids of all ages, including a seperate toddler zoned area. The playground has giant slides, skywalk, bridges, climbing equipment, giant hamster wheel, spinning wheel and swings.
Picnic Playground is located in a quieter setting but still has plenty of equipment for the kids including swings, slides, cubby house etc.
The Brisbane Wheel
In a fully enclosed air-conditioned gondola, the Brisbane Wheel will take you 60 metres above the ground for fantastic 360 degree panoramic views of Brisbane. During the 12 minute ride you can listen to the audio commentary which points out attractions around Brisbane.
Also if you are looking for fun things to do in Brisbane at night, put this on your list as the lights from the city buildings look gorgeous at night. The Wheel of Brisbane is open daily from 10 am until 10 pm Sunday through to Thursday and 11 pm Fridays and Saturdays.
South Bank Parklands
17 hectares of parklands in the city! South Bank Parklands are pretty much the hub for events in Brisbane, from live music, to outdoor movies, exhibitions and markets. Most of the events you can enjoy for free as well! There are chilled out cafes and bars and fine dining with river views, or just enjoy having a BBQ at one of the free BBQ’s provided. You can go for a walk or a cycle along numerous tracks around South Bank. Not forgetting of course, the most popular activity, which is chilling on the beach and going for a swim at Streets Beach.
Go whale watching
If you’re visiting Brisbane between June and November then an absolute must do is to go on a whale watching tour! The best way to see the whales during this migration season is obviously by boat (as you’ll be a lot closer), but there are also some places on land that are pretty good viewing spots too. Head to North Stradbroke island or Moreton Island for the best spots.
Visit Moreton Island
Ok so this one is not IN Brisbane but is well worth a day trip! Day packages including bus transfers from the CBD and your ferry can be organised at Nomads Brisbane and the island (unlike Fraser) is a great place for snorkeling, sand boarding, whale and dolphin spotting and all sorts of water sports!
Take a day trip to Springbrook National Park
If you want to get out of the city and you love nature then this is the day trip for you! Springbrook National park is a world heritage protected park with an ancient volcano, ancient rainforests, waterfalls, caves and spectacular views! Your day starts at 8am, returning at 5.30pm and lunch and snacks are included in the trip, as well as some photo’s to remember your day.
Enjoy the view from the Wheel of Brisbane
Although the views might be slightly better on a clear day or night, the Wheel of Brisbane has fully enclosed gondolas to keep you protected from any rainy or windy weather. You’ll get as high up as 60 feet to enjoy views of Brisbane at night. The Wheel of Brisbane is open every day from 10am until 10pm!
Hike mount coot-tha
If you are going to visit Brisbane, you have to check out Mount Coot-tha! What used to be the home of the Yugarapul Aboriginal people is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Brisbane. Mount Coot-tha, or “Honey Mountain” consists of a 287m mountain with stunning views of the city.
Once you’re there, you can hike the bush trails, practice yoga at sunrise, or check out the Mount Coot-tha botanic gardens and greenhouse, which has a picture-perfect geometric dome!
If you’re the sporty type, there’s no better way to see Mount Coot-tha than on this 10km running tour, during which they’ll take you through the best running paths and on top of that, they’ll make a detour and take you to the Mount Coot-tha summit!
PRICE: Free, $80 AUD for the running tour
HOW TO GET THERE: Take the bus 471 from the city to Mount Coot-tha lookout station.