Things to See and Do
Within the Brisbane region there are dozens of places to go and things to see
Brisbane River Ferry Guide
Take the time to explore Australia's most liveable city from a different perspective. Hop on a CityCat or CityFerry and enjoy a river adventure.
For details about fares and routes
, TransLink has everything you need to know.
The University of Queensland - St Lucia campus
Located seven kilometres from the city's heart on a magnificent 114-hectare site, The University of Queensland (St Lucia campus) is the furthest CityCat stop upstream and includes expansive landscaped grounds, playing fields and heritage-listed buildings.
Take a stroll along the many public walkways and lakes, catch a show at the public theatre or enjoy a movie at the Schonell cinema.
Downstream from the University of Queensland is the heritage-listed Regatta Hotel at Toowong. Relax on the ornate iron-lace verandahs as you watch the rowers training along this reach of the river.
If shopping is on your agenda, Toowong Village is only a short walk from the Regatta terminal. It’s a centre where you'll be spoilt for choice. There are also plenty of cafes and restaurants near the shopping centre where you can relax and recover from your retail therapy.
North Quay is a central city stop, which leads you to all the best shopping and entertainment Brisbane City can offer. From North Quay you can also embark on longer river adventures such as the tour to Lone Pine Sanctuary.
Conrad Treasury Brisbane is in one of Australia's grandest heritage buildings. It offers the 24-hour excitement of a world-class casino, five unique restaurants and seven bars for your pleasure.
It’s just a short
stroll to the car-free, open-air zone that is the Queen Street Mall. Indulge in retail therapy at any one of the major shopping centres and retail stores on offer. Stop at an outdoor café or catch a free performance on the mall's two stages.
If you’re interested in the history of Brisbane, visit the City Hall. Take a ride on the fully restored antique elevator up to the clock tower to experience panoramic CBD views. The Museum of Brisbane, located on the ground floor of City Hall, feature changing exhibitions and learning programs that celebrate Brisbane.
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South Bank is the centre of Brisbane's cultural precinct. It’s a great destination for entertainment, recreation and education, and it attracts more than ten million people annually. South Bank is Brisbane's number one tourist destination and a great "people place".
South Bank Parklands include Australia's only beach in the city heart
as well as the beautiful arbour, rainforest walks, picnic
and barbecue areas, water features and a picturesque riverfront promenade.
While you are there take some time to stop for lunch or dinner at
the many restaurants and cafes on site.
South Bank is also Brisbane's arts precinct - home to the Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Queensland Museum, Opera Queensland, Queensland Theatre Company and State Library of Queensland.
The Queensland Museum, which incorporates the Sciencentre, provides hours of fun for inquiring minds of all ages. Entry to the Museum is free but there is a charge for entry to the Sciencentre and for special exhibits.
South Bank also houses the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Unique in its capacity and versatility the Centre can accommodate several large conferences and exhibitions at the one time and under the one roof.
QUT Gardens Point
Across the river from South Bank is the Gardens Point campus of the Queensland University of Technology, one of Australia's largest universities. Its facilities cater for students and visitors and include libraries, cafeterias and a sports centre.
From QUT Gardens Point you can discover a number of Brisbane's historical landmarks whilst enjoying a stroll along the mangrove boardwalk.
Explore Brisbane's City Botanic Gardens - a living museum of plant collections, displaying early heritage specimens through to present day exotic and native plantings. Guided tours are available.
Take a free tour of Parliament House - one of Queensland's oldest buildings that's still used for its original purpose. Built in 1868, the grand Renaissance-style building features a meticulously restored interior filled with local history.
Eagle Street Pier
Adjacent to the Riverside precinct is Eagle Street Pier - home to the Sunday Craft Market, one of Brisbane's most charming shopping experiences. This market prides itself on colourful, original material presented with flair and charm.
From Eagle Street Pier you can catch a cross-river ferry to Holman Street where it's a short stroll to the Captain Bourke Park, a popular picnic and barbecue area right on the river. The Inner City Ferry service also provides a short ferry trip to Thornton Street and the Kangaroo Point Cliffs or Dockside - once the hub of Brisbane's ship building industry and now famous for its entertaining comedy club and restaurants.
Customs House is a
beautifully restored building, owned and operated by The University of Queensland as a cultural, educational and heritage facility. Customs House is located on the river just up the boardwalk from Riverside. Behind the grand Corinthian columns you will find exquisite boardrooms, a stunning ballroom, a licensed restaurant and an art gallery.
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From Sydney Street, situated in the Brisbane suburb of New Farm, it's a short stroll to the popular cafes in the area.
Brisbane ’s RiverWalk is a leisurely walk from Sydney Street. RiverWalk is an 850 metre long floating walkway between New Farm and the Howard Smith Wharves, under the Story Bridge. The pontoon structure which sits 35 metres from the riverbank has been designed to allow people to experience the feeling of being on the river - of literally walking on water.
On the opposite side of the river to Sydney Street is Mowbray Park, one of the longest established parks in the city and another popular place for picnics and barbecues.
Mowbray Park is also the closest ferry stop to the famous sporting arena "the Gabba", home to the Australian Rules Football team, the Brisbane Lions, and Queensland Cricket's team, the Queensland Bulls. The Gabba hosts all home games for the Lions and the Bulls, as well as international cricket matches and rugby union games.
New Farm Park
From New Farm Park there is a wide variety of activities to choose from. There are also regular bus connections (corner of Oxlade Drive and Brunswick Street) to take you into Fortitude Valley where you'll find Chinatown, the Brunswick Street Mall and a host of restaurants, cafes
and galleries. At night "The Valley" comes alive with a choice of entertainment at numerous pubs and clubs.
New Farm Park is a beautiful formal garden that was once a racetrack. Take a peaceful walk along the river, sit under the shade of giant Moreton Bay fig trees for a picnic or barbecue and let the children run off some energy in the playground.
Brisbane Powerhouse - Centre for the Arts is a unique inner city arts centre created within the shell of a derelict powerhouse on the Brisbane River. Opened in 2000, the landmark Powerhouse is an initiative of the Brisbane City Council and as such 'belongs' to the nearly 1 million residents of greater Brisbane.
Hawthorne is a quiet, urban stop and a short walk to the historic Hawthorne Cinema where you can catch the latest release films.
One stop further on is Bulimba, where the thriving Oxford Street café, restaurant and shopping strip is a favourite of Brisbane residents and tourists alike. Consider catching a cross-river ferry from Bulimba to Teneriffe. Once a major industrial area, Teneriffe is home to a growing number of inner city apartment and townhouse residents, with its own mix of suburban cafes and restaurants.
Bretts Wharf is the last stop downstream on the CityCat route and provides easy access to a lively café and shopping precinct on Racecourse Road in Ascot. A leisurely walk northwards along this café-lined road and you'll find Eagle Farm and Doomben Racecourses.
Newstead House is about 20 minutes walk upriver along Kingsford Smith Drive from the junction of Breakfast Creek and the Brisbane River. Here you'll find a local landmark, Newstead House, Brisbane's best-known heritage site. Newstead House is Brisbane's oldest domestic dwelling.
Contact TransLink for further information about CityCat and CityFerry fares and routes
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