Top 5 Brisbane Attractions

Top 5 Brisbane Attractions

City: Brisbane
State: Queensland
Country: Australia

Despite its status as a major city in Australia, Brisbane is rather short on attractions as compared to other major world cities. Still, Brisbane is popular for its liveable climate, vibrant entertainment and sporting scene, and booming economy.

Here are the Top 5 Tourist Attractions to visit in Brisbane, all of which hold important cultural or historical significance. All these are permanent locations which can be visited and viewed at any time throughout the year.

1. City Hall


Besides being the seat of the Brisbane City Council, the Brisbane City Hall is also used as a venue for royal receptions in Australia, pageants, orchestral concerts, civic greetings, flower shows, school graduations and political meetings. Built in the Italian Renaissance style, City Hall features an imposing 70 m clock tower, and several sculptures in King George Square. The Museum Of Brisbane is also housed here.

2. Mount Coot-tha

Standing 287 m above sea level, Mount Coot-tha is the highest peak in Brisbane, and famous for offering spectacular panoramic views of the city skyline. Popular with Australia astronomers, young lovers, and tourists, Mount Coot-tha is also popular with hiking / biking enthusiasts. The Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium are located at the base of Mount Coot-tha.

3. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world's oldest and largest koala sanctuary, showcasing several species of wildlife native to Australia, including koalas, kangaroos, wombats, kookaburras, emus, cassowarys and more. Located in the Brisbane suburb of Fig Tree Pocket, the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is notable for being one of the few places that allows visitors to hold a koala.

4. Queensland Maritime Museum

The Queensland Maritime Museum in Brisbane is a comprehensive exhibition related to the maritime history of Queensland, ranging from old sailing ships and merchant vessels, to modern tankers and cruise liners, to document, pictures, and ancient navigational maps. There is also an exhibit on lighthouse technology in Australia. Several notable exhibits include the Bulwer Island Lighthouse, the navy frigate HMAS Diamantina, the pearling lugger Penguin, and the steam tug Forceful.

5. Roma Street Parklands

Set within the city centre of Brisbane, the Roma Street Parklands is the world's largest sub-tropical garden in a city, and home to over 1,800 species of plants. The Roma Street Parklands features several themed gardens and recreational areas, including an amphitheatre, all set amidst broadwalks, cascading waterways, rocky outcrops, and a collection of public artwork by 16 Australia artists.