The Cultural Precinct
Located just across the river from the Brisbane CBD, the Cultural Precinct, South Bank is the arts and cultural hub of Brisbane. Within a day in the Cultural Precinct, you can investigate your family history, measure yourself up against a dinosaur, see a show, admire the work of Australian artists, dine, shop and take in the great view of the city from the beautiful park surroundings. The precinct is comprised of Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Queensland Museum South Bank, Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) and State Library of Queensland and is situated at the South Bank side of the Victoria Bridge. See Australian and international artworks at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art. See a play, opera, ballet at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre [QPAC]. The Queensland Museum is an exciting way to learn about natural history, cultural history and science, and the Sciencentre is especially popular with the kids. The State Library has something for everyone including books, multimedia, computers, internet, displays and activities. From October to December swing on by every Friday at dusk for Green Jam Sessions; a free evening of smooth jazz, chilled beverages and great company held at QPAC’s Melbourne Street Green. It’s the perfect way to wrap up the working week and start the weekend wind down with colleagues, friends and family.
It’s hard to imagine Brisbane without this popular destination. Visitors and locals enjoy South Bank’s sandy beach, the open grassy picnic spots, the shops and dozens of eating places. There are cinemas, free live entertainment and many festivals and fireworks throughout the year.
Named after John Douglas Story, Brisbane’s Story Bridge links the inner city suburbs of Fortitude Valley and Kangaroo Point. Have a picnic or BBQ under the bridge at Captain Burke Park or eat out at the historic Story Bridge Hotel. For the more adventurous, take a climb over the bridge itself with Story Bridge Adventure Climb.
Grab a CityCat
Even locals love to get out on the Brisbane River and it’s so easy and cheap to do with a journey on the CityCat. Take a cruise up and down the river, stopping wherever you like along the way – South Bank, University of Queensland, New Farm. The CityCats glide over the water and you’ll see multi-million-dollar houses, parks and the city centre. Travel under the Story Bridge and get a whole new perspective.
Mt Coot-tha Lookout
Even if you only have an hour or so to spare, take the drive up to the top of Mt Coot-tha to get a view of the whole of Brisbane city. You’ll see the curves of the river, the lines of the freeway, the skyline of the CBD. Plus, on a clear day you can see south-west to the distant ranges and east towards Moreton Bay. Cafe, restaurant and lookout at the top.