Explore Brisbane

Brisbane is more than just the capital of the Sunshine State – blessed with idyllic subtropical weather all year round, come to Brisbane to experience award-winning food and wine, a jam-packed events calendar, adventurous activities, scenic weekend getaways with plenty more to explore all over the city, there’s always something to do.

Find an inspiring collection of places to explore in and around Brisbane. From the natural pleasures of parklands to the urban appeal of art galleries – it’s right here. Wining and Dining. Urban village hotspots. Nights out on the town. Beds and boutique hotels, shopping and cinemas and everything in between.

Brisbane is the perfect getaway from which to explore to wonder and beauty of Queensland.

Take advantage of all that Brisbane has to offer and experience one of the many locations unique to the Queensland capital.  

Southbank

The Convention Centre is conveniently located in the South Bank precinct of Brisbane. South Bank is Brisbane’s premier lifestyle and cultural destination. Located on the southern banks of the Brisbane River, its 17 hectares of lush parklands, world-class eateries, stunning river views and hundreds of delightful events all year round make it the perfect place to relax and unwind.

Why not dine at one of the many casual dining options and cafes on Little Stanley Street, Grey Street, Stanley Street Plaza and River Quay or enjoy one of the year-round events including the Collective Markets, Young Designers Markets, CitySounds or Little Days Out. For a more leisurely experience, enjoy the Clem Jones Promenade, a scenic Riverwalk that spans the length of the South Bank Parklands, stretching from QPAC to the Maritime Museum.

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Gallery of modern art (goma)

The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) is located across two adjacent river-side buildings in the Cultural Precinct at Brisbane’s South Bank.

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museum of brisbane

Museum of Brisbane brings the city’s vibrant art, culture and history to life through its exhibitions, workshops, tours, talks, special events and MoB Kids children’s activities.

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cinemas

Located less than 5 minutes walk from the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre this cinema offers affordable pricing in luxurious comfort.

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rocksports

Fantastic for kids of all ages with no time limits, beginner to advanced routes and friendly helpful staff, this indoor rock climbing is located in Fortitude Valley, a 10 minute taxi ride from South Bank. Suitable for ages 3+; bookings are not required.

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new farm park

New Farm Park is a public park in the suburb of New Farm in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The park covers 15 hectares and is at the southeastern end of the New Farm peninsula on a bend in the Brisbane River.

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long pine koala sanctuary

Only 12km from Brisbane City, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary with over 130 koalas. Hold a koala, hand feed kangaroos and meet a large variety of Australian wildlife in beautiful, natural settings.

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circus arts

In the safe hands of our professional coaches, secure with a net and harness, you will quickly progress from a swing to a knee hang and then attempt a catch, all in one lesson! This exhilarating experience is suitable for ages 5 and over and can be undertaken by people of all levels of ability.  Classes are of mixed age groups and abilities.  Each class includes 5 swings on the flying trapeze.

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bounce inc.

The BOUNCE mission is to ‘inspire movement, creative expression and human connection’. This is our response to a world that we believe is becoming increasingly inactive and socially disconnected. Each BOUNCE venue is an Adrenaline Playground comprising around 3,000 square metres of interconnected trampolines, adventure features, padding and airbags

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rooftop bars

Dandy’s Rooftop

Kick back over a drop of wine, a brew or a selection of specialty cocktails and make the space your own with a chargrilled platter or a selection of tasty pizzas to share among friends.

Soleil Pool Bar

Soleil Pool Bar wraps around the Podium Level at Rydges South Bank Brisbane pool and peeps over Grey Street. The relaxed poolside bar is named as one of Brisbane’s premier destinations and one of the best places to visit to impress guests. Take a seat in the main bar area, find a cosy hideout or soak up the sun on the pool deck. Linger under the atmospheric glow from the massive LED screen over the bar or delight in the alfresco breeze under the stars. Combining colourful features against a palette of gold and white, the venue offers a warm and inviting space to be with glass in hand, as DJs and acoustic music fill the air on the weekends.

Markets

Young Designers Market

Held on the first Sunday of every month from 10am-4pm in South Bank, the Young Designers Market features some of Brisbane’s best up-and-coming designers and artists selling a range of fashion and accessories, jewellery, homewares, object design furniture and arts.

West End Markets

Held every Saturday from 6am-2pm at Davies Park, West End, the West End Markets are a weekly community event featuring music with fresh produce and healthy fast food, fashion and gifts under a canopy of glorious giant fig trees. Davies Park Market West End has a wide array of products and produce that you won’t find anywhere else in Brisbane.

Music

City Sounds

City Sounds is Australia’s largest free live music program, presenting local and touring bands and artists in the Queen Street Mall, Post Office Square, South Bank and other locations around Brisbane each week. With everything from alternative and folk, to jazz and electro, and everything in between, City Sounds has something for every music lover. Click here to see what is on over the date of the Conference.  

Sunday Sessions on the Green

There’s no better way to enjoy Queensland’s famous climate than with a relaxing Sunday Session at Brisbane’s most spectacular riverfront destination, River Quay Green. Finish your weekend on the right note with live music performances, lawn games and funky chill-out seating on the lush River Quay Green every Sunday afternoon. This weekly event showcases the soft and smooth tunes of some of Brisbane’s best musicians, all set against the backdrop of the sparkling city skyline. Click here to view the schedule of events.

bike hire

CityCycle

Brisbane’s CityCycle offers bike hiring and returning 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You must be at least 17 years old to join and are required by law to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle. A security deposit of AU$48 inc GST will only be debited if you fail to comply with the Terms and Conditions of CityCycle or if a bike is not returned within 24 hours. Bike hire is free for the first 30 minutes and fees then start at AU$2 inc GST. Click here for more information.

Brisbane by Bicycle

Brisbane by Bicycle can assist with bike hire throughout Brisbane. Call to arrange a convenient location for bikes to be dropped to you. Children’s bicycles (suitable for ages 6+) and toddler seats are available as well as adults bicycles. Click here for further information including rates and contact details.

segway hire

The below organisations can assist with segway tours or segway hire in Brisbane:

Adrenaline

www.adrenaline.com.au
T 1300 791 793

Riverlife Brisbane

www.riverlife.com.au/adventures/brisbane-segway-tours
T +61 7 3891 5766

Kangaroo Segway Tours

www.kangaroosegwaytours.com
T +61 414 350 503

Visit the Brisbane Visitors Guide for more information regarding city guides, trails and maps.

Babysitting services

Dial an Angel

T +61 7 3498 6341

Dial an Angel provides experienced and professionally screened quality child carers, babysitters and nannies for casual or regular bookings. Their Angels will look after your little ones at home, venue of choice or even take them on outings. Services include evening and weekend babysitting, daytime childcare, before and after school care, emergency childcare, corporate crèche staff as well as babysitters for parties, conferences and group bookings.

Centenary Nannies

T +61 7 3319 5092
E rachel@centenarynannies.com.au or hayley@centenarynannies.com.au
Cost: Between 7am – midnight is $25 per hour; after midnight till 7am is $28 per hour (minimum 3hour shift)
Upon calling to book a babysitter you will be charged $30 fee. Payment is to be made to the babysitter at the end of their shift in cash.

Babysitters Now

T 1300 852 753
Refer to the website for costs and further information

Charlton Brown

T +61 7 3216 0288
Refer to the website for costs and further information

dining

The below restaurants in South Bank offer family friendly dining:

The Charming Squire

133 Grey Street, South Brisbane (5 minute walk from BCEC)

Julius Pizzeria

77 Grey Street (cnr Fish Lane), South Brisbane (9 minute walk from BCEC)

The Spaghetti House

23/164 Grey Street, South Brisbane (5 minute walk from BCEC)

The Plough Inn

29 Stanley Street Plaza, South Brisbane (10 minute walk from BCEC)

 

 

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