The sunny and sophisticated capital of the state Queensland in Australia, the city of Brisbane is a place where South Bank’s cultural institutions meet riverside gardens and lagoons. Brisbane is one of the oldest cities in Australia named after Brisbane River on which it is located. The city is well known for its distinctQueenslander Architecture which forms much of the city’s built heritage. The city is a popular tourist destination, serving as a gateway to the state of Queensland. Tourism plays an important role in the city’s economy. The recreation areas in the city include South Bank Parklands, City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane Forest Park, Portside Wharf, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and a lot of other places. Fishing and boating in the Brisbane River are very common. The nearby Australia Zoo encourages many tourists to visit Brisbane. Brisbane has a winning combination of high-rise modern architecture, lush green spaces and the enormous Brisbane River that snakes its way through the center before emptying itself into the azure Moreton Bay.
Some of the major attractions of the Brisbane city in the state of Queensland are:
A heritage bridge spanning the Brisbane River that carries vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic between the northern and southern suburbs of Brisbane. The steel cantilever bridge is the longest bridge in Australia. The bridge is a part of Bradfield Highway and connects Fortitude Valley to Kangaroo Point.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The world’s largest Koala Sanctuary spread in an area of 18-heactare. The wildlife in the sanctuary includes Koalas, Kangaroos, Tasmanian Devils, Wombats, Echidnas, and various species of reptiles, as well as a Platypus. The visitors are allowed to hold Koalas for free. There are also many colorful Australian parrots and cockatoos as well as other Australian birds such as Kookaburras, emus, and cassowaries. It is a beautiful experience for tourists to visit this wonderland full of amazing animals.
South Banks Parklands
A full entertainment center, the parklands consist of a mixture of rainforest, water, grassed areas, and plazas as well as features such as the riverfront promenade, the Streets Beach, the Grand Harbour, the Courier Mail Piazza, the Nepal Peace Pagoda, the Wheel of Brisbane, restaurants, shops and fountains. The Parklands are also home to the Queensland Conservatorium.
Museum of Brisbane
The Museum showcases historical city exhibits, art work, and a clock tower. The museum is a part of Brisbane’s vibrant culture precinct and connects visitors to Queensland, its people and its places showing the changes in the world before and after.
Queensland Gallery of Modern Art
A modern riverside building located in the South Bank precinct of Brisbane, the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art presents an evolving program of Australian and International exhibitions, with a focus on the contemporary art of Australia, Asia, and the Pacific.
City Botanic Gardens
These are the landmark botanic gardens offering an array of plant life, ponds, picnic areas and other recreation space. The garden is located on the Alice Street in the Brisbane city. The gardens include the city’s most mature gardens, with many rare and unusual botanic species. Full of greenery with trees and plants the gardens provide a refreshing experience on the visit.
Sea World Gold Coast
A marine mammal park, oceanarium and theme park, this is a perfect place for adventure and marine animal lovers. Located on the Gold Coast, the park includes rides, animal exhibits, and other attractions, and it promotes conservation through education and the rescue and rehabilitation of sick, injured or orphaned wildlife. The various rides include Storm Coaster, Beach Break Bay, Castaway Bay, Jet rescue and a lot more.
This is another attraction at the place which is an International cruise terminal, residential and retail development in Hamilton, Brisbane. An ideal place to dine, stay and for shopping, the Wharf is an amazing place to treat yourself with luxury in the city.
Queensland Culture Centre
This is a multi-venue center located at South Bank, Brisbane. It consists of The Queensland Performing Arts Centre, the Queensland Museum, the State Library of Queensland, the Queensland Art Gallery and Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. The culture center is surrounded by sub-tropical gardens which are very well maintained and apart from the main motto of each part of the cultural center, the Architecture as a whole of each and every building is phenomenal.
Roma Street Parkland
The park covers an area of about 16 hectares and is located in the center of the city. The parkland features a number of themed gardens and recreational areas with a web of pathways and boardwalks traversing cascading waterways and rocky outcrops, and also In-Situ artworks of 16 local artists.
Wheel of Brisbane
Enclosed Gondolas which carry visitors 200 feet into the air day and night for a panoramic view of the city. It is almost 60 m tall located at the Northern entrance to South Bank Parklands. Each of the 42 capsules can seat up to six adults and two children providing a total passenger capacity of 336. The ride lasts for almost 12 minutes and the 360-degree view of the city from the top, especially during the night time, is breathtaking.
Rocks Riverside Park
It is the largest riverside park in Brisbane. The park has an 800 m of river frontage and covers an area of 26hectare. The park is located in outer southwest Brisbane. The park is broken into three major zones. The park features a water play area, a flying fox, shelters, lawns, bushland, gardens and electric barbecues. There are also adventure playgrounds, a climbing web, bikeways, a basketball court, a liberty swing for children with disabilities, an amphitheater, a pavilion, and open spaces for lawn gatherings. The park is a complete delight for all the visitors who go there.
There are a lot more in the city of Brisbane for tourists who visit the city and once the trip is over, you carry a bag full of memories with a never forgetting fun holiday and experience that will last a lifetime.