Brisbane is a vibrant, sunny and lively city with lots to offer to visitors. Want some ideas about what to do during your conference downtime? Here are our suggestions.
The Brisbane Festival
The Brisbane Festival takes place during September and is a must visit for anyone new to the city. A wide range of exhibits, shows, performances and activities take place during this month-long art festival. There is plenty to do for all ages and is a great opportunity to take in some of the best art Australia has to offer while getting to know the city up close and personal.
Eat Street Northshore
This open-air market is full of stalls, each as delicious as each other. There are over 180 permanent stalls along the riverside so you’re guaranteed to find something yummy to enjoy no matter your preferences.
If you’re in the mood to shop you simply cannot miss out on James Street in Fortitude Valley. Spend the day browsing the stores and then settle in at one of the many restaurants and bars on offer while you watch the sun go down.
Brisbane Botanic Gardens
For a change of pace, spend the afternoon at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. 56-hectres of both native and exotic plants make the gardens the perfect place to stroll, learn and unwind. With lots to see from the Tropical Display Dome to the National Freedom Wall, make sure you find the time to check it out.
Brisbane River Cruise
For a relaxing way to view the city, why not try a Brisbane River tour. The river is the longest in South Queensland, and a boat ride will take you past iconic sights including Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Brisbane City Center, and Story Bridge. Learn about local history, take some great photos, and enjoy a meal while you glide along.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is an 18-hectare koala sanctuary in the Brisbane suburb of Fig Tree Pocket in Queensland, Australia. Founded in 1927, it is the oldest and largest koala sanctuary of its kind in the world. Hold a koala, hand-feed kangaroos and meet a variety of Australian wildlife in beautiful, natural settings.
If you have the time you simply must spend a day or two exploring the areas surrounding Brisbane. Queensland is known for its stunning nature and breath-taking beaches so taking the time to head out is absolutely essential. Head to Moreton Bay to feed dolphins, go scuba diving off of the Tangalooma wrecks or go in-land and hike Mount Coot-tha for must see views.