Things to See Brisbane

Looking for things to see in Brisbane or weekend ideas? Below you will see a complete GUIDE to all the things to see in or around Brisbane. You do not have to spend time searching for the things to see or do on weekends, we have done all the work for you.

Brisbane, Australia’s new world city offers a myriad of weekend options for locals and plenty of tourist attractions for people traveling to this city from around the world. Here is a list of things to see in Brisbane or weekend ideas for you.

South Bank Parklands

Located on the southern side of the Brisbane River, the South Bank Parklands combine 17 hectares of beautiful parkland, world-class restaurants and cafes, theatre, a large swimming lagoon, and plenty of entertainment for all ages. See more..

Queen Street Mall

The most popular shopping spot in Brisbane. Hundreds of top brands, showrooms, great crowd, farmer markets, and events. You can easily spend all day here. See more.. 

Zoos in Brisbane

From the largest Koala sanctuary in the world to the zoos operated by the most popular crocodile hunter, Brisbane has it all. Check out the full guide to zoos in Brisbane here..

Mt Coot-tha

Mt Coot-tha is Brisbane’s best lookout spot. It is home to the best view of Brisbane City skyline, Moreton Bay, and almost down to the Gold Coast. See more..

Fortitude Valley

Fortitude Valley is the heart of Brisbane’s nightlife. It is raw, sophisticated, elegant, grungy, historic, and modern all at once! Enjoy nightclubs, live music, international DJs, chic bars and great parties. See more.

UQ St Lucia

The St Lucia campus of UQ (University of Qld) is also a great place to spend time. There are plenty of cafes, and restaurants on the campus and a beautiful Lake! You can also experience university life. See more (video). 

Daisy Hill Koala Centre

Daisy Hill Koala Centre is a dedicated koala education facility.  So, if you like to get up close with Australia’s cutest animal then this is your chance. The Admission is FREE. See more.. (video)

Brisbane City Botanic Gardens

You do not have to drive miles to explore nature. This botanic garden is located in Brisbane CBD itself and is only 5 mins walk from Queen street. It is also located right next to QUT Gardens point which is also worth visiting.  See more.

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

The Convention center is Brisbane’s hub for top events. A very well-designed, world-class venue popular for hosting popular political and commercial events with operational and service excellence. See more.. or check out their website for the latest events.

Ipswich Railway Museum 

If you love museums then this is worth checking. The Ipswich Rail Museum or The Workshops Rail Museum is located in North Ipswich and is only 30 mins drive from Brisbane CBD. It is a heritage-listed former Australian railway workshop. See more.. (video)

Surfers Paradise

Surfers are Australia’s most popular beach and is also ranked one of the best beaches in the world. Other than a beautiful & long beach, you will see the chilled-out beach vibe, bikini girls, lots of cafes and restaurants at Cavill Avenue.  See more.. (video)

Beautiful one day, perfect the next! Those are the words often used to describe Queensland, “the sunshine state”, and its capital lives up to this famous slogan. Staying in Brisbane puts you in a prime position to explore some of Australia’s best destinations. Virgin Australia and Qantas are the main airlines offering flights in and around Australia.

For a true tropical adventure, a two-hour plane ride will take you to Cairns where can see the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, with its spectacular snorkeling and diving opportunities. Fly into Sydney, just an hour’s flight away, for the famous Opera house, Bondi beach, and Harbour bridge. And Melbourne, known for its amazing restaurant and cafe culture is also just two hours flight ride from Brisbane.

Mediatimes prepared a list of Brisbane’s major tourist attractions below based on their popularity with locals and from tourists around the world.

note: We are constantly updating this page to make the best possible guide for our readers. The Mediatimes team is conducting surveys and preparing a guide to popular destinations in Brisbane and secret spots in Brisbane. More information will be updated regularly on this page.