Brisbane‘s blue-collar industries (such as petroleum refining, stevedoring and paper milling ) are clustered along the lower reaches of the Brisbane River near to Port of Brisbane and account for a substantial amount of PM10 aerosol mass emissions.
South Bank Cultural Precinc is home to one of the city’s premier shopping areas, making it easy for anyone without access to a car to move about the inner city area using buses, trains and ferries.
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Gondwana Rainforests (formerly Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves of Australia) are an internationally significant World Heritage Site consisting of 50 protected areas along and around Australia’s east coast, located along and along its Great Escarpment. Boasting outstanding geological features including shield volcanic craters and rare, threatened, primitive, and subtropical rainforest species it holds great scientific and conservational value.
Take in the sights and sounds of Gondwana Rainforests during a nine-hour guided tour from Brisbane. Enjoy towering tree canopies and intricate vine networks while keeping an eye out for native wildlife like rainforest wallabies and pademelons, or marvel at tumbling water falls such as Queen Mary Falls, Twin Falls, Purling Brook Falls or Springbrook National Park’s Natural Bridge.
Follow your wanderlust up Tamborine Mountain or into the Lamington and Main Range National Parks for hikes with breathtaking views across Fassifern Valley at Governors Chair Lookout, or experience nature with stays at luxury eco lodges or remote camping grounds across the region.
South Bank is a cultural hot spot of London, hosting art galleries and performing arts venues. Additionally, there are surprising urban surprises in South Bank like its lush rainforest walk, man-made Street’s Beach and Nepalese-designed pagoda – offering plenty of urban surprises!
Restaurants throughout the area provide both casual and fine dining dining experiences. Enjoy Malaysian specialities at Otti Cafe, fresh seafood at River Quay Fish or authentic Italian fare at Popolo.
Accessing South Bank is simple both by foot – just a short stroll from Brisbane CBD – or train, provided that a GoCard has been purchased and topped up prior to boarding the train – one of Brisbane’s best ways of transportation! GoCards are accepted on buses, trains, light rail and city centre transportation systems alike and can be bought from any station or online.
The Brisbane River
The Brisbane River, also known as “the Brown Snake”, is an urban waterway and ideal for adventure. Rent paddle boards or kayaks and explore it by yourself or hop aboard City Cat to Kangaroo Point; Riverlife also hosts outdoor rock climbing at this scenic point!
Riverside parks, street markets, and good restaurants make this vibrant area of Brisbane well worth exploring – plus, it provides the perfect spot for viewing sunset over the river!
Three studies conducted on trace and heavy metal concentrations in the sediments of Brisbane River all discovered levels that exceeded ecological guidelines, with higher levels being caused by diffusion, sediment resuspension or biological activity (Duodu et al), (Mackey et al), or (Arakel & Hongjun). As these toxins enter water bodies they may affect aquatic life causing problems for ecosystems; swimming in Brisbane River should therefore not be advised.
The City Centre
Queensland’s sun-kissed capital lives up to its name with an engaging cultural precinct, stunning riverside parklands and numerous outdoor activities ranging from al fresco dining, beach picnics and island getaways to take full advantage of Brisbane’s natural charms and sunshine.
Take a spin on the 60-meter Wheel of Brisbane for panoramic city views! Conveniently located at South Bank Parklands’ entrance, this massive ferris wheel truly shines at night when illuminated against the night sky.
Wander through the City Botanic Gardens, an idyllic retreat that boasts the world’s largest subtropical garden in an urban center. Home to some amazing flora and boasting pathways, shelters, seating and breathtaking viewpoints – it truly offers an incredible oasis.
Experience Australia like never before by visiting Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to meet some of its iconic animals such as kangaroos and koalas at this family friendly wildlife park! Feed them, pose for pictures with them, feed kangaroos, pose with koalas – it is all here waiting for you!