The capital of Queensland, Brisbane is a vibrant city that buzzes with activity year-round. From sports and culture to shopping and sightseeing, Brisbane offers myriad ways for you to discover why it is one of Australia’s favourite cities.
Discover the best of Brisbane shopping at Queen Street Mall, one of the city’s most popular retail precincts. More than 700 retailers spread across street-front boutiques and shopping arcades have you covered for everything from fashion and housewares to sporting goods and books. You can take a break from the shops with a coffee at one of the many outdoor cafes scattered throughout this vibrant pedestrian-only zone.
Known unofficially as Brisbane’s “living room”, South Bank is a popular hangout in the heart of the city where you can eat, shop and people-watch to your heart’s content. When the sun is shining, join the locals relaxing on the sand at Streets Beach along the scenic Brisbane River. At night, some of Brisbane’s best restaurants offer the perfect venue for a leisurely alfresco dinner along the waterfront.
For an evening of thrills, check out Treasury Casino. Just a short walk from Rendezvous Studio Hotel Brisbane on George, the casino’s table games and more than 1,300 gaming machines offer plenty of excitement.
If gambling is not your thing, you can enjoy live music and catch up with friends over a drink at one of the five bars and six restaurants.
Suncorp Stadium is a proud part of Brisbane’s rich sporting heritage, playing host to the Queensland Reds, Brisbane Broncos and Brisbane Roar, as well as many other top sports teams and international events.
Go on a guided tour to learn more about this iconic venue, from how it came to be built on the site of a former cemetery to tales of the famous athletes who have made sports history here.
For a quick escape from city life, seek out the tranquillity of City Botanic Gardens. There are plenty of grassy patches where you can enjoy a picnic along the riverbank or kick a football around.
Be sure to go for a stroll in the serene Bamboo Grove and check out the fascinating plant life along the floating Mangrove boardwalk.
Get a warm welcome to Brisbane with a cuddle from a koala at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. With over 130 koalas in residence, the sanctuary is an excellent place to learn about these iconic Australian critters.
In addition to koalas, the sanctuary is home to kangaroos, crocodiles, platypuses, lizards and lorikeets, giving you a great introduction to Australian wildlife.
To enjoy shopping, dining and entertainment conveniently under one roof, make your way to The Myer Centre. In addition to a massive Myer department store, the shopping mall has an eight-screen cinema where you can catch the latest blockbusters and a Coles supermarket where you can stock up on groceries.
The Myer Centre is just a five-minute stroll from Rendezvous Studio Hotel Brisbane on George.
Officially called the Brisbane Cricket Ground but affectionately known as The Gabba, this stadium is hallowed ground for cricket fans. Get caught up in the roar of the crowd on game days when up to 42,000 fans pack into The Gabba, which sits on a site that has been home to cricket in Brisbane since 1896. Guided tours are available on scheduled days throughout the year and last about 1–1.5 hours.
Local art and culture take centre stage at the Museum of Brisbane, which shines a spotlight on visual art and social history from around Queensland. Check out the museum’s website to find out about ongoing exhibitions, or simply drop by to check out the fascinating paintings, artworks, photographs and more on display. Open from 10:00am to 5:00pm daily; admission is free.
Discover Brisbane from a unique vantage point 80 metres above the Brisbane River with a climb to the top of Story Bridge. If you are feeling particularly adventurous, there is also an option to do a 30-metre abseil from the bridge down to Captain Burke Park below. Give yourself about 2.5 hours to enjoy the entire climb experience.