The ultimate guide to Brisbane City
Brisbane City, what a beauty she is. From foodies to art enthusiasts, nature lovers and everything in between, there’s something for everyone here in the river city. If you’re in town for Dine BNE City and you want to explore the rest of the city and surrounding areas, we’ve got the perfect guide for you.
Queen Street Mall
We guarantee a day wandering the Queen Street Mall will make you shop til you drop. With more than 700 retailers including six shopping centres (yes, six!): QueensPlaza, Wintergarden, The Myer Centre, Brisbane Arcade, Tattersall’s Arcade and MacArthur Central, you’ll be spoiled for choice.
The ultimate shopping haven and home to luxury brands including Chanel, Gucci, Balenciaga, Tiffany and Co, and Louis Vuitton, as well as all your favourite Aussie labels like Zimmerman, Camilla, Aje, Viktoria and Woods, and many more.
The Wintergarden features more iconic Australian brands including Cue, Dissh, Nine West, Mecca Maxima, M.J Bale, Peter Jackson and so much more. Once you’re done shopping, head down the escalator to the food court where you’ll find plenty of options. It’s the perfect spot for a midday refuel before an afternoon of shopping, wine-ing and dining.
As the name suggests, The Myer Centre is home to Brisbane City’s multi-level Myer department store, bursting at the seams with beautiful clothing, shoes, accessories and homewares. Step out of Myer and into the centre itself, and here you’ll find yet another shopping mecca – covering everything from men’s and women’s fashion, health and beauty, and entertainment and leisure, to gifts, travel, general services and supermarkets and fresh food.
Brisbane and Tattersall’s Arcades
Up there with the most historic (and seriously stunning) parts of Brisbane City, Brisbane Arcade and Tattersall’s Arcade are well worth a visit. Within these arcades you’ll find luxury designer fashion, high-end retailers and incredible cafes, just to name a few. Trust us, add these to your list!
If you’re looking for a shopping centre with all the everyday necessities, pay a visit to Macarthur Central. Housing everything from Woolworths, BWS and Big W, to Liquid Nail Bar, Macarthur Barber Shop and of course, the Apple Store, Macarthur Central is the place to go when you need a breather.
The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art is a must-visit while you’re in Brisbane. With two impressive galleries, QAGOMA has something to offer everyone who walks through its door. If the impressive exterior architecture isn’t enough, wait until you see their exhibitions. GOMA is also home to a Children’s Art Centre that regularly presents interactive artworks for both kids and families, as well as a cinema celebrating films from across the globe.
When you’ve consumed all the art possible, pop into the gallery shop for even more art, books and cultural pieces – except these, you can take home. And if you’re feeling peckish, GOMA’s outdoor cafe and award-winning restaurant will be ready and waiting.
For a full calendar of events or to find an exhibit that tickles your fancy, visit their website.
When you’ve eaten till your pants are tight and you’re looking for a way to relax, why not visit Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and take in a show? With a variety of shows touring this year, keep an eye on QPAC’s website in case you spot your favourite – tickets will sell fast!
It’s not hard to see why this is one of Australia’s most visited museums. Located in the heart of Brisbane City’s cultural precinct, Queensland Museum and Sciencentre is a must-visit for the whole family. Immerse yourself in the museum’s interactive exhibits, then head to the museum shop to pick up something to remember your visit.
Streets Beach, South Bank
Whoever says Brisbane doesn’t have a beach has never been to South Bank. Streets Beach, located along the river in South Bank is about as beachy as you can get, and really all we need here in the river city.
With multiple pools, water fountains for the little ones and a stretch of real sand, you’ll feel like you’re miles away without needing to be.
Roma Street Parkland and Spring Hill
Just a short 10-minute walk from Brisbane’s CBD lies the Roma Street Parkland and Spring Hill precincts. Spring Hill is home to trendy cafes, restaurants and historic monuments (the Spring Hill Baths are a must-visit!) while Roma Street Parkland boasts tropical, landscaped gardens and sprawling lawns winding around 16 hectares of parkland. It really is a sight to behold.
Roma Street Parkland is a popular destination for families, offering free barbeques, playgrounds and an extensive calendar of year-round events.
Wander along the river and you’ll discover the City Botanic Gardens, an iconic and original part of Brisbane’s landscape. Not only does it provide a stunning backdrop for a morning or afternoon stroll, it also plays host to a number of attractions including the Bamboo Grove, Weeping Fig Avenue, ornamental ponds, Riverstage and so much more.
Brisbane City Council also offers free guided walking tours through the gardens, as well as other activities including Tai Chi Gong and Zumba.
Arguably one of Brisbane’s most popular precincts, Howard Smith Wharves is a must for all visitors to the river city. Located directly under the Story Bridge, with an array of restaurants, bars, and other eateries to choose from, Howard Smith Wharves is the place to unwind and enjoy the best of Brisbane