Been there, done that – how many have you ticked off on your bucket list? Brisbane has no insufficiency of exciting activities to experience. Don’t miss out on exploring beautiful natural assets such as World Heritage rainforests, mountain peaks, and an immaculate blue bay that is home to some of the environmentally significant habitats in Australia. Immerse yourself in the dynamic cultural precinct and delve into a calendar of packed events here in Brisbane.
Inner city funs:
Shop up a storm
Whether you are a fashion lover or just a heavy shopaholic, Brisbane city is the ultimate heaven for everyone. There are over 700 retailers including six shopping centers like Queens Plaza, Wintergarden, The Myer Centre, Brisbane Arcade, Tattersall’s Arcade, and MacArthur Central. Home to many beloved luxury brands, Queen Street Mall is known to be a style haven that consists of prestigious brands such as Chanel, Dior, Burberry, and Ferragamo, as well as exclusive Australian labels like Zimmerman, Sass and Bide, and Gorman. Along Queen Street Mall, there are also major international retailers – H&M, Uniqlo, and Zara. Shopping along Albert Street, you will find streetwear and footwear brands like Footlocker, JD Sports, Nike, and even Universal Store. Fancy shopping in historical arcades? Within the 1923-built two-story vintage dwelling at the Brisbane Arcade, you will notice various local fashion and jewelry designers. Another historic arcade, Tattersall’s Arcade, established in 1926 contains high-end stores and an additional adorable Italian café that offers superb cannoli and coffee.
Garden and Parkland
Pack a picnic rug and go spend a lazy afternoon in the sunshine with your friends in one of the city’s relaxing green spaces! At the Botanic Gardens, you will come across some sweet tunes whilst wandering along many pathways and theme gardens. Aside from the city garden lies the evergreen urban getaway of Roma Street Parkland. Tucked away from the bustling city appears a hilly park with an idyllic garden that is a homage to unique horticulture.
Blessed with blissfully warm weather almost all year round in Brisbane, there are also some cooling spots to visit when you want to hide away from the blazing sun. South Bank’s free-to-use swimming facilities offer a safe environment as the pool is patrolled by several lifeguards every day. Splash and paddle away on the street beach just next to the pool to experience a little slice of coastal paradise, not to mention the view of the Brisbane River and city skyline can be spotted just in front of you! This is absolutely a fun way to soak up rays in the heart of Brisbane.
Hidden Gems in the Laneway
Wander down a maze of intimate spaces to discover charismatic cafes, boutique bars, hidden secrets, and quirky finds. You cannot deny that there is always something special about laneways. Perhaps it is the sense of uncovering a collection of unforgettable experiences that instigates creativity and zest. Setting at the top of the list is the infamous Fish Lane situated near the cultural center. The funky laneway is an endless stretch of trendsetting foodie haunts and instagramable bars: Julius Pizzeria, Gauge, Maeve Wine Bare, Maker, La Lune Wine Bar, and so much more!
Sister to Winn Lane, Bakery Lane is yet another eye-catching hang-out spot to visit with friends. Both laneways not only consist of many cool cafes and brunch spots to ignite one’s taste buds, but also independent boutiques where the local creative community is gathered to embrace youth culture and share their inspiration. Last but certainly not least, the city’s favorite hidden gem, Burnett Lane. Covered in graffiti and public art, this hip alleyway is comprised of eateries and bars such as Brew, Super Whatnot, Felix for Goodness, Death and Taxes, Lune Croissants, and more. So, start pushing your food boundaries and discover the uncovered spots in these laneways.
Arts & Entertainment:
Situated in South Bank, the Cultural Centre is home to Queensland’s largest galleries and library. QAGOMA is comprised of the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art. When comparing the two exhibitions, the Queensland Art Gallery houses traditional mediums and pieces with historical meaning behind them whilst the Gallery of Modern Art is where modernism meets abstract. Most exhibitions, screenings, and programs at QAGOMA are free entry; however, some special events may require an entry fee, which can be bought online or onsite at the ticket desk.
As part of Brisbane’s substantial cultural district, Sciencentre museum showcases important history, cultural heritage, science, and human achievements. At the museum, you will gain insights and knowledge of many programs of expos that tell the stories of Queenslanders. This exhilarating institute provides permanent and temporary exhibitions, public programs, and early childhood activities. General admission to the museum is free and is open daily from 9:30 am to 5 pm.
Experience the River City:
Why not indulge in Brisbane’s breezy sub-tropical climate with an incredible view of the riverside all at once? Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the Riverlife by partaking in a range of water activities that are both thrilling and safe! The Riverlife Centre presents fun challenges such as rock climbing by the river, kayaking during sunset, abseiling the Kangaroo Point cliffs, and paddle boarding into the majestic night river. Want to take it slow? No worries, Riverlife offers incredible aboriginal cultural experiences where you can meet the local Aboriginal Tribe and participate in traditional dances.
With its laid-back bayside lifestyle and picture-perfect hinterland villages, who wouldn’t want to escape into the Moreton Bay Region? Plan a day trip from Brisbane to Moreton Island where you can explore sunken ships while snorkeling into the saxe blue waters. In addition, mammal lovers can get a chance to hand-feed wild dolphins straight from shore before diving into wild activities like surfing, sandboarding, kayaking, and tobogganing.
North Stradbroke Island
Planning a beach day with your friends? Take a stroll down the North Gorge Walk at North Stradbroke Island to witness the epic coastal views or soak up the sun on Frenchman’s beach. The fresh tinged brown water from native tea trees at Brown Lake and Lake Bummiera is filled with rainwater. On the other hand, Blue Lake is a stunning deep pool lake that is both calm and sacred to the people of Quandamooka.
Want to get a little more adventurous? Go on a six-hour drive north of Brisbane which will take you to the world’s largest sand island – Fraser Island. Get the best wildlife experience on this island where you can camp, participate in water activities, and even drive along the beach. Stop by Lake Mackenzie where you will find magnificent waters that just can’t be missed!
Switch off from your frenetic schedule and take a break from studying. Embrace Australian summer and make unforgettable memories through shared experiences with your friends or strangers you encounter on this journey! Brisbane – a cosmopolitan pivot for arts, culture, and dining – welcomes students from all over the world. Queensland is a place home to an abundance of astonishing adventures waiting to be discovered.