What is Brisbane famous for?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: August 25, 2020

Reading time: 4 mins

Nestled in the tropical region of Queensland, Brisbane is truly a worthwhile spot to visit.

Brisbane is home to immense beauty and known for its youthful zeal, endless sun and bustling atmosphere. The locals are laid back, the weather is perfect throughout the year and the attractions found within are positively excellent!

Below are some of the top things Brisbane is known for.

The nearby ancient rainforest

One of the greatest attractions that makes Brisbane famous is located in the outer regions of the city. Known as the Gondwana Rainforest, it is one of the oldest rainforests in existence. The greenery is the same as those that covered supercontinent Gondwana 180 million years ago. With its incredible history, it is now a World Heritage-listed site.

Due to its extreme age, the rainforest is home to a staggering amount of wildlife. Some species of plants and animals aren’t found anywhere else in the world. Stroll through the thick rainforest and discover this truly incredible world of green and natural wonders!

The city’s South Bank

Simply the best spot to visit in Brisbane is its exciting South Bank! Made up of 17 hectares of parkland, eateries and immaculate river views, South Bank is bustling both day and night. The popular location is always jam-packed with both visitors and locals!

The main spots to visit are the cultural spots including the Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Museum, Queensland Theatre Company and Performing Arts Centre, and State Library. All of these cultural spots are conveniently packed within the region. Visitors can easily wander around and be inspired by the amazing artwork and history this area has to offer.

Afterwards, you can stroll along the boardwalk, seeing the bright purple flowers covering the arched boardwalk ceiling. You can also take in the sunset views and other river delights. At dusk, the restaurants and bars light up. You will find plenty of eateries offering delightful cuisines to go with cocktails and wines. Many tables are set up to face the riverside and sparkling city lights!

Moreton Island

Known as the best day trip out of Brisbane, Moreton Island is a must-do adventure when travelling to this city!

Moreton Island is the third-largest sand island in the entire world, complete with adrenaline-inducing adventures and relaxing beach activities. One of the best attractions is the Tangalooma Wrecks. It is a large group of fifteen junk ships purposely sunk to create a safe harbour for small ships entering the island. Visitors can snorkel amongst the ships and see how the wildlife has taken over the vessels, creating a brilliant contrast of marine life and rusting metal!

The wrecks aren’t all that you can do on Moreton Island. You can also enjoy the sand via a sand buggy or sand toboggan. When you’re not doing these thrilling activities, we recommend taking part in some wildlife spotting. Whether you join a dolphin feeding tour or keep an eye out for the other adorable critters, there is plenty to enjoy on this island.

The Wheel of Brisbane

There are many attractions in Brisbane’s city centre. One of the best ways to see all of them in one go is at the Brisbane Wheel!

This ferris wheel is an iconic landmark which stands out against the city’s busy skyline. It stretches up 60 metres and offers guests 360-degree views of the city. Visit in the day to see all the major sights in the city, or visit at sunset to spot the setting sun over the horizon as the city slowly lights up!

North Stradbroke Island

Another famous destination just a stone’s throw away from Brisbane is North Stradbroke Island. This island makes for the perfect nature getaway from the business of the city.

You can take scenic strolls around the island, including through a lush mangrove forest. You can also spend time on any of the five main beaches on the island. From fishing to swimming and snorkelling or surfing, there are heaps of activities to enjoy. There is also a range of wildlife that can be seen around the island. This includes sea turtles, dolphins, kangaroos and more!

Related article: Why You Should Visit Moreton Island’s Marine Education Centre?

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.

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