Discover Brisbane‘s premier experiences and activities! Treat the kids to a dolphin show, learn to brew your own beer or spot whales off the coast! Don’t miss Professor Bogglesworth’s Illusionarium either; this incredible space features all manner of strange happenings.
Feel like Venice in Brisbane with a relaxing gondola ride along the river or take in stunning views from atop Story Bridge during a twilight climb!
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1. Hot Air Ballooning
Experience one of the oldest forms of flight while taking in Brisbane’s breathtaking landscapes with an early sunrise hot air balloon ride from Floating Images and enjoy a champagne breakfast afterwards at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards – children as young as four are welcome!
Floating Images, Brisbane’s closest hot air balloon company, provides unforgettable hot air balloon experiences within 30 minutes of Brisbane CBD. Experience Greater Brisbane’s vast backyard as the sun rises over Greater Brisbane – take in stunning views of Ipswich, Somerset and Scenic Rim from an hour of flight over Greater Brisbane’s big backyard!
2. Outback Dinner Show
Experience an unforgettable evening at this captivating arena show featuring talented Australian actors, jaw-dropping animal performances and cutting edge technology that shows farm life during a severe drought. Don’t forget your three course meal complete with wine, beer or soft beverages – perfect!
Visitors to Australia can experience an authentic Aussie meal featuring rustic woodfire-roasted vegetables and goat feta tart as an entree, eye fillet steak or tender chicken as the main course, and dark chocolate tart drizzled with Bush Billy tea as dessert – special dietary requirements will also be met.
3. Sea World
Sea World, Australia’s premier marine park, provides visitors with animal experiences. Take part in dolphin-based aqua adventures or experience behind-the-scenes with its Polar Bear Aquatics experience.
Vortex, the thrilling pendulum swing ride at New Atlantis precinct, is back this summer – for an experience unlike any other, we recommend WhiteWater World as an alternative ride location.
At Nickelodeon Land, meet your favourite Nickelodeon characters like PAW Patrol, Dora the Explorer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more for live shows and rides! Don’t miss it!
4. Dolphin Cruise
Dolphin cruises provide an unforgettable way to see Brisbane. Not only will you experience the thrill of seeing these intelligent marine animals up close, but you’ll also gain insight into their behavior from an expert guide.
This tour from Brisbane includes ferry transfers, a dolphin feeding presentation at Tangalooma Island Resort and access to their facilities. In addition, an optional activity such as desert-safari tours with sand tobogganing or marine discovery cruise may also be selected – making for the ideal day on Moreton Island!
Powerhouse in Brisbane offers an unforgettable arts experience, providing an unmatched visual and performing arts venue in an old power station. Attracting theatre-goers as well as those interested in cabaret, dance and acrobatics alike.
Starting life as an electric power plant for all of Brisbane tramway system in 1928, New Farm Powerhouse has since been transformed into an artistic centre with various venues for entertainment and cultural pursuits.
Do not miss biannual Night Feast, an immersive gastronomic feast featuring immersive art interventions and light installations. Wheelchair and special needs seating is available upon request with 24 hour advance notice.
6. Botanic Gardens
Botanical gardens are gardens dedicated to the display, cultivation and protection of large arrays of plants and flowers labelled with their scientific names. Botanic gardens serve as key centers practicing conservation horticulture as well as providing plant-based solutions to environmental challenges.
Experience an inspiring sculpture exhibition hosted by Sculptors Queensland Inc at City Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha. Open 9-18 June with free admission.
7. City Botanic Gardens
The City Botanic Gardens are a living museum of plant collections ranging from early heritage specimens to exotic and native plantings, making up their cultural landscape and hosting many free community events and activities.
Gardens at Baldwin Lawn offer various features, such as Walter Hill Fountain, Bamboo Grove and Weeping Fig Avenue. Furthermore, Baldwin Lawn Playground provides fun-filled experiences for people of all ages and abilities.
There are also free guided walks led by trained volunteers. Gardens are open 24 hours per day, while pathways are lit at night.
8. Mount Coot-Tha
Mount Coot-Tha is a 287m mountain and natural reserve that bears its namesake suburb’s name, as well as being home to stunning lookout points and the Brisbane Botanic Gardens.
Visitor can enjoy a scenic drive around the Peak and Summit Restaurant, before stopping off at its lookout, which has long been used as a picnic site and served as the venue where Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium held an evening lecture by world-renowned British astronomer Patrick Moore in 1988.