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Every day of week in Brisbane is a day waiting for adventure. Whether you’re a local who knows the city like the back of your hand or are visiting for the first time and need suggestions of things to do in Brisbane, how can Groupon help you have the best time ever in Brisbane? Well, if you want to hold a koala, explore the food scene, see the stars or climb mountains, we can help you do it all.

#1 Sea World Gold Coast

Big aquarium and theme park

A true Brisbane experience isn’t complete without a visit to Main beach, so make the most of it and visit Sea World Gold Coast. The attraction isn’t just an aquarium but a whole theme park where you can do anything from meeting a dolphin to riding a jet-ski roller coaster (yes, it’s a real thing).



#2 Glass House Mountains

Majestic mountain range

Take the M1 about 50 minutes out of Brisbane, grab your hiking boots out of the car and get ready for the Glass House Mountains. Each of the 11 peaks is a climb onto itself, so if you prefer to take it easy, there are fantastic walking trails to go on, and you can even visit Australia Zoo 



#3 Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary 

Pre-eminent koala sanctuary

Claiming to be the world’s largest Koala sanctuary, and sprawling across 18 acres of Southeast Brisbane, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary has been going for nearly 100 years. If you’ve always wanted to hold a koala in your arms or hand feed a kangaroo, you’ll never get a better opportunity than here.



#4 Story Bridge

Prominent city centre bridge

One of the best spots in Brisbane to snap a picture of the city on your phone, Story Bridge is usually the star of the show during the Riverfire display ever year. If you don’t mind heights, you can strap in and climb up the bridge for an even better view.



#5 New Farm Park

Listed city centre park

With it being so close to the water you’d expect nothing but beaches in Brisbane, but New Farm Park is a perfect example of how you’re never too far away from an amazing park in the city.Many visitors use it as a picnic and barbecue spot.



#6 Wheel of Brisbane

Best view of the city

Want the best views of Brisbane without having to go for a big hike? Get yourself to the Wheel of Brisbane. Down on the South Bank, the wheel is the best way to get an unparalleled vista of the city from the comfort of your own pod.



#7 City Botanic Gardens

City centre green space

Brisbane’s first (and some say best) gardens, the City Botanic Gardens are great if you’re looking a quiet stroll, want to chill out by the ornamental ponds or are searching for a much-needed breakaway for the afternoon. Make sure to find the original iron cannons from Scotland and check out the bamboo grove.



#8 Queensland Art Gallery

Classic and contemporary art gallery

Looking to absorb some of Brisbane’s unique culture? Queensland Art Gallery in the South Bank is where you’ll enjoy exhibitions of both the original gallery and Gallery of Modern Art. Culture vultures will love the permanent exhibitions of Japanese, Australian and International art, with some exhibits free all year round.



#9 Eat Street Northshore

Trendy food spot

Brisbane has attained a status of sorts as a foodie haven, thanks to spots like Eat Street Northshore. The small block just by Northshore Hamilton terminal is the place to go if you want your taste buds tickled. They have the best food stalls in the city and a seemingly never-ending parade of options for every taste.



#10 VISIT Treasury Casino and Hotel Brisbane

Classy casino and hotel[GG9]

Fancy a bit of glitz and glamour? The Treasury Casino and Hotel Brisbane, has it in spades. The building is actually formed of two unique 19th century buildings that have been lovingly preserved and are seen as some of the most notable buildings in the area amongst all the modern architecture.



#11 ENJOY THE DreamWorks Experience

Movie based theme park

You can Shrek it up in Brisbane and kick about like Kung Fu Panda with a visit to the DreamWorks Experience. This attraction is part of Dreamworld and is your chance to meet characters from the aforementioned movies, as well getting involved in some Madagascar Madness on a number of rides.



#12 Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

Highly rated planetarium

The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, named after the city’s namesake, has been open for just over 50 years now and has been a gateway to the stars to anyone passing through its doors. The Planetarium has shows exploring space for the whole family, and now it opens also on Friday nights.



Get the most out of BRISBANE with Groupon

Whether you’re a local Brisbanite or coming here to make a weekend of it, Brisbane is a great city to visit. Just north of Gold Coast, it’s a river city with a big business atmosphere and lovely greenways.

Wondering what you can get up to with a few hours, a day or a whole week free in this great city? Here’s our guide for getting the best of Brisbane, from New Farm Park to Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

Free things to do in Brisbane

Looking for stuff to do in Brisbane on a budget? You’ll want to look at the amazing local deals we have on this page.

But if you have a whole day to fill, then you may want to try one of these unique free things to in Brisbane:

  • Head to King George Square and take the free lift up the clock tower
  • Grab a coffee and do some people watching at Queen’s Mall
  • Wile away the afternoon at the Museum of Brisbane
  • Find the Epicurious Garden and go herb picking

What can I do in Brisbane this weekend?

Planning a long weekend and wondering what to do in Brisbane? Our first recommendation would be to fuel up at Eat Street. It’s always got something going on and is probably one of the only places you can get Swedish candy, Peruvian chicken and Japanese style pizza all under one roof (even if most of it is outside).

They also have entertainment every weekend that makes it more than just a food stall hotspot.

What can I do in Brisbane with kids?

Brisbane is pretty much one big playground when you’re planning a big family day out.

The park scene is fantastic with playgrounds dotted around town that can keep kids occupied for hours.

Victoria Park (up in Herston) has a mini golf course that’s 18 holes of fun, the Museum of Brisbane obviously has fantastic exhibits to get the mind going, and Queensland Maritime Museum is a nice way to get kids learning something new about what’s out there in the water.

Things to do in South Bank

Many people view Brisbane as a Monday-Friday city, with everyone working during the week, and getting out to the coast once the weekend hits.

So, while some parts of the city might seem quiet, the trendiest place to be pretty much any day of the week is South Bank.

Don’t believe us? At any one time in South Bank you can:

  • Go swimming at Streets Beach and splash about Aquativity
  • Have a barbecue at Picnic Island Green
  • Cycle along Clem Jones Promenade
  • Get a better view from the top of The Wheel of Brisbane

Not only is it a top family friendly destination, but it has some great eateries too if you’re stuck for a last-minute lunch spot.

How do I get around Brisbane?

Getting around Brisbane is quite easy, whether you’re hopping on the bus, tram, train or boat. For convenience, having a GoCard you can preload and use across all services makes commuting about town the easiest way to go.

Brisbane Travel Hacks

There are also some free routes you can take too. See if The City Loop and Spring Hill Loop bus services are along any route you’re taking as they’re completely free.

The CityHopper ferry service is also free and a great way to get a sense of the city. Use if you’re travelling between any of the following terminals:

  • North Quay
  • Maritime Museum
  • Eagle Street Pier
  • Holman Street
  • Dockside
  • Sydney Street

It runs every day from 6am-Midnight.

What’s the weather in Brisbane like?

Brisbane has great weather pretty much all year round, with an annual average temperature of 26°C. February is the rainiest month, with January being the best time to swim in the sea.

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Make the most of Brisbane with Groupon

We hope you enjoyed the guide of what to do when you’re in Brisbane. Make sure to take a look at the deals on this page to get the most out of any day of the week when you’re in this beautiful part of the world.