Wilsons Outlook

Stuck on what to do in Brisbane? This list will assist visitors and residents alike in picking the perfect occasion!

1. Kangaroo Point

Brisbane City by Kenrick Jones
Photo by Kenrick Jones

Kangaroo Point is the perfect spot in Brisbane for a picnic, walk or even rock climb if that takes your fancy! Located opposite Brisbane CBD across the Story Bridge, Kangaroo Point is one of the most picturesque locations in the city. Kangaroo Point offers park lands that offer unmatched beauty and amazing views of the city. I have enjoyed many sunsets watching the lights come on in the city as it gets dark.

Opening Hours: 24/7
Cost: Free


2. Eat Street Markets

eat street markets brisbane

A fan favourite of Brisbane, Eat Street Market has hit the spot of millions of hungry visitors and residents. With food, music, bars and lots of atmosphere, Eat Street Markets is a whole new world to explore and discover on a Friday and Saturday night. Eat Street boasts over 70 food vans from all over the world!

Located in Hamilton close to the cruise terminal, Eat Street is one of the most popular attractions in the city. Be sure to get in early as by 7pm it is almost impossible to move!

Opening Hours: Friday 4-10pm, Saturday 4-10pm, Sunday 12-8pm
Cost: $3 Entry Fee (12 and under Free)


3. Queensland Museum & Science Centre

Queensland Museum Brisbane

Queensland Museum, located in South Bank is full of exhibits, cultural heritage, history and science from all over the state. The museum is constantly changing, with new exhibits always around as well as lots of educational experiences. The museum is a fantastic school holiday activity, with plenty to keep the kids occupied for hours. There has been over 10 million visitors since the museum was established 20 years ago.

Close to public transport and the city center, the Queensland Museum & Science Centre is easily accessible. General admission is free also, so this is a great way to have a fun day out without breaking the bank!

Opening Hours: 9:30am-5pm daily
Cost: General Admission Free (
Special Exhibits and Events have a cost)


4. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Lone Pine Sanctuary Brisbane

International visitors who want to hold an iconic Australian animal, this is your spot in Brisbane. Established in 1927, Lone Pine has been a refuge for abandoned and orphaned Koala’s for nearly a century.

There is more than just Koala’s however, with the sanctuary offering Kangaroos to hand feed as well an abundance of wildlife and birds also. The staff take pride in the well being of the animals and love to engage and interact with guests.

Opening Hours: 9am-5pm daily
Cost: Adults $37.80, Children $22.50. Family and year passes available


5. Moreton Island

Moreton Island

Moreton Island is a 37km long sand island located off the coast of Brisbane. With natural beauty as far as the eye can see, there is a lot to discover on Moreton Island. Getting there is a simple ferry ride from various locations across Brisbane including Scarbrough and Pinkenba.

Explore the shipwrecks, or climb the worlds largest sand dunes with camping or hotel resorts both being accommodation options. There will be plenty to keep everyone happy over on Moreton Island!


6. Dreamworld

Photo by Andi Ryan

Dreamworld has been forgotten in the Brisbane region since the unfortunate incident a few years ago. However take this as a perfect opportunity to visit a great theme park without crowds as big as you probably associate with Dreamworld.

Located just a short drive south of Brisbane, Dreamworld has invested millions into revamping the park with new rides and attractions. Whether you fancy the rides, the water park or both, Dreamworld has plenty of attractions that will keep everyone happy for hours on end. Locals can purchase year passes for maximum value and have many great days in the park!

Opening Hours: 10am-5pm daily.
Cost: $99 Adults, $89 Children (If bought online). Full pricing


7. Mt Coot-tha Lookout

Photo by Kgbo [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Mt Coot-tha offers stunning views over Brisbane’s CBD and stretches all the way to Moreton Bay. With the Brisbane Botanical Gardens, walking tracks, picnic areas, a planetarium and cafes, there is no shortage of things do at Mt Coot-tha!

Located a 15 minute drive from Brisbane CBD, Mt Coot-tha is one of Brisbane’s most popular destinations. Sunrise over Moreton Bay and the city is a spectacular sight if you can get up that early!

Cost: Free


8. XXXX Brewery Tour

Photo by Lachlan Fearnley [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

This one is for the adults. Head down to Milton, only a 10 minute drive from Brisbane CBD and experience one of Queensland’s finest creations, XXXX beer. Learn the history, how to pour the perfect brew and taste the different varieties on offer. See the machines that make this historic beer and watch them in action, making thousands of bottles before your eyes.

After the tour, enjoy the restaurant and bar area which has plenty of food and XXXX drink options. If you enjoy talking beer and brewing this is the place to visit! Plenty of avid brewers around these areas.

Opening Hours: 10am-9pm Tuesday – Saturday (Closed Sunday/Monday)
Cost: $32

9. South Bank

South Bank
Photo by Brisbane City Council [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

South Bank is the ultimate family spot in the Brisbane area. Filled with some of the best restaurants in the city, bars as far as the eye can see, and activities galore, you are bound to have hours of fun here.

Summer time is great a great time to head down to the lagoon which has lifeguards during the summer months. There is the Brisbane Wheel, a large ferris wheel which provide spectacular views of Brisbane. Take a walk along the boardwalk and take it the majestic nature of the Brisbane River.


10. Queen St Mall

Photo by Brisbane City Council [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Our last spot on this list is the famous Brisbane Queen St Mall. Famous for luxury shopping, 5 star restaurants and bars that will please the most fussy of drinkers, the mall is a must do for visitors and tourists alike.

Access is easy with plenty of bus and train services having their hubs in the Brisbane CBD area. Meet at the Hungry Jack’s to be a true Brisbane resident and explore away in this fantastic mall, littered with plenty of hidden gems and lane ways!

Got a great Brisbane spot not mentioned on this list? Let us know in the comments below!

Be sure to check out our page on The Top 10 Places to Visit in Australia also.