With so many fun things to do in Brisbane, finding the right activities to do can be hard, especially if your trip to the city is only a short one.
Finding the right things to do in Brisbane depends on your interests—do you want to sample the history, food, or enjoy the casual fun of the city? Can’t decide which? Try these attractions to get your bearings in Brisbane and discover all that the city has to offer.
Old Clock Tower
Brisbane’s clock tower has been in operation since 1930 when City Hall first opened. Now the clock tower is more a tourist attraction, with rides going up the tower every 15 minutes. The tower is over 87 meters tall and at 64 metres you can step out onto an observation platform. From the top, you’ll be able to see out into the city from its heart. The trip up the tower is a tradition for locals and tourists and has been for over 80 years. Tickets up the tower are free, just remember to book ahead to secure your spot.
Eat Street Northshore
Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the north shore of the Brisbane River—right by the Northshore Riverside Park—transforms into a bustling space full of food and entertainment. Just walking through the aisles, you can see a range of food and drink from all over the world. There are also retail stores if you want to grab a memento to remember your evening at Eat Street Northshore. With 70 vendors, Eat Street is one of the best things to do in Brisbane if you enjoy good food and good times. Time your trip right and you could enjoy a performance from local and touring bands, performing at the Eat Street MainDeck Stage.
The south bank of Brisbane is more than just the southern half of the city, separated by the Brisbane River. South Bank is full of fun things to do in any season. Summer in Brisbane is a great time to go to Streets Beach—Australia’s only inner-city, man-made beach. The soft sand and cool water bring the feeling of the ocean to the middle of the city. If swimming isn’t your thing, maybe you’ll enjoy a walk through the crawling vines and greenery. The Arbour is a one-kilometre-long walk where you’ll stroll under beams covered in magenta bougainvillaea flowers and under tall trees. The Nepalese Pagoda is nestled amongst the trees and an impressive structure of 80 tonnes of hand-carved timber. The structure took more than 160 Nepalese families two years to complete the treasured pagoda which was the Kingdom of Nepal’s offering to World Expo 88. South Bank is full of things to see and do, it’s a great way to spend an afternoon in Brisbane.