A vibrant riverside hub of arts, culture and dining with a relaxed atmosphere, Brisbane is Australia’s new world city!
Things to do & see in Brisbane
Centrally located and boasting tropical swimming lagoons, trendy markets, boutique shops, gourmet dining and multiple venues that regularly host major international events, Brisbane is both a cosmopolitan capital city and the perfect base to discover the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.
SOUTH BANK PARKLANDS
Perched on the banks of the Brisbane River, some 17 hectares of Parklands feature free swimming facilities at the iconic Streets Beach, Wheel of Brisbane, walking tracks, licensed picnic areas and more. It’s also home to a year-round calendar of events and plenty of eateries, including the award-winning River Quay.
VISIT EAT STREET
Choose from over 100 street food vendors serving up food from across the globe as you hangout with friends, mingle, and enjoy the sunset over the Brisbane river. Eat Street is open every Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 4pm and will cost you $5 to get in. Get there by car (parking is free), or better yet - catch the CityCat.
SEE CITY LIGHTS VIA CITYCAT
Brisbane is beautiful at night, especially from the river. Take advantage of the city's great public transport option that will make you feel a little bougie for a round trip of about $12. Take the ferry towards Northshore Hamilton and back for the best views of the city lights.
QUEENSLAND MUSEUM & GOMA
Head to QLD Museum, home to the State's natural history, cultural heritage, and scientific achievement. Then take in some culture at GOMA, which plays host to globally significant collections of contemporary art from Australia, Asia and the Pacific that will impress many art lovers.
How to get to Brisbane
In Brisbane, buses depart from and arrive at Brisbane Coach Terminal, Parkland Cres, Brisbane QLD, which is accessible via Parkland Boulevard and adjacent to platform 10 of Roma Street Train Station.
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How to get around Brisbane
Your Greyhound bus to Brisbane will drop you at the Roma Street Transit Centre in the heart of the CBD. (Additional stops are located at the Brisbane Domestic Airport and Brisbane International Airport.) From there, you’ll find getting around the city a breeze thanks to a first-class transport network.
Brisbane is a pleasure to explore on foot, thanks to the CBD’s compact structure and proximity to South Bank Parklands. But the city also boasts an excellent public transport infrastructure, with TransLink buses, trains, CityCats and ferry services available at regular intervals through the day and night.
Visitors to Brisbane can travel across the city with a Go Card; a touch-on touch-off system that allows you to travel seamlessly on all TransLink services across South East Queensland. Go Cards can be purchased at the TransLink office located in the Brisbane Visitor Information Centre on Queen Street Mall, and at most convenience stores and train stations.
Brisbane’s network of electric trains provides direct access to many of the city’s outer suburbs, while Brisbane’s bus network also connects outer and inner suburbs to the CBD.
For inner-city travel, the free City Loop and Spring Hill Loop bus services run every 10 minutes between 7am and 6pm from Monday to Friday. Simply jump on and jump off wherever you like. A free CityHopper ferry service also operates between the North Quay (CBD) and Sydney Street (New Farm) terminals, for those who would prefer to glide along the river that runs through the centre of Brisbane to reach their destination.
To reach destinations by river that fall outside the CityHopper’s boundaries (like the popular Eat Street Northshore markets), just hop on a CityCat or CityFerry service. You can tap on with your Go Card, or purchase a ticket on board.
For a detailed trip planning guide with fare calculators, timetables and suggestions on the best way to travel between Brisbane suburbs, visit translink.com.au.
You can also take advantage of Brisbane’s extensive bike paths to cycle around town, with Brisbane City Council e-bikes available to be hired at various locations around the city.
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