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Tourist Attractions in Brisbane

Boasting a convenient location in the centre of Brisbane city, Sofitel Brisbane Central offers unmatched access to the most popular tourist attractions, nightlife and cultural attractions. 

Brisbane is emerging as one of Australia's most fast moving and modern culinary destinations, we invite you to discover all that Brisbane has to offer from riverside dining, quirky cafes and vibrant bars.

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Queen St Mall

The one-kilometre retail stretch of Queen Street Mall and surrounding locale house various plazas, arcades and luxury storefronts. There are many Australian and international brands within the Queen Street Mall for shoppers to choose from. 

Queens Plaza offers a range of shopping and dining for everyone. This retail hub is home to international luxury designers such as Dior, CHANEL, Fendi and Saint Laurent, alongside contemporary Australian designers Scanlan Theodore, Zimmermann, Aje and Viktoria & Woods. For more information about Queens Plaza click here.

Wintergarden houses a range of shopping and dining. The Wintergarden mall is home to Veronika Maine, Cue, Dinosaur Designs, Pigeonhole, Seed and Mecca Maxima. Deep inside the centre look for Ballerine Ballerinas, COS, Aquila, Oxford, Peter Jackson, Rodd & Gunn, Peter Sheppard and Sheike. For more information about Wintergardens storefronts click here.

The Brisbane Arcade is a historic icon along the Queen Street Mall with the 1923-designed buliding housing over 20 jewellery stores and various other Brisbane speciality designers. The Brisbane Arcade isn't just a shopping centre but a piece of history which today supports some of the best speciality stores in the city. For more information about the historic Brisbane Arcade click here.

The Tattersall's Arcade is another of Brisbane's classic arcades. Opened in 1926, Tattersall's is a single level arcade housing high end stores like Longchamp, Optiko, Hunt Leather and more. The Tattersall's arcade also has some excellent coffee for shoppers looking to take a break. For more information about the Tattersall's Arcade click here.

Within walking distance from Queen Street Mall, Albert Street and Edward Street are the home to various luxury brands. These luxury retailers include TAG Heuer, Gucci, Hermes, Cartier and many more. The Queen Street Mall and its surroundings have many luxury brands only a short walk away with a variety that will leave shoppers fulfilled after their day out.

Eagle Street Pier

Lovers of the gourmet lifestyle can indulge in the acclaimed dining at Eagle Street Pier. Many of the restaurants and bars have stunning views of The Story Bridge, Kangaroo Point and Brisbane River. This includes River Bar, Jade Buddha, Aria Restaurant Brisbane, Georges Paragon Seafood Restaurant and Cha Cha Char. Dining on the river is also possible with the Kookaburra Showboat cruises, a scenic tour of Brisbane's riverside locale while enjoying a feast of senses featuring seasonal international dishes. On Sundays 7am-3pm this area also holds a crafts, clothes and food market which sells local and imported, quality hand-made goods. 

Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) is an art museum located in the South Bank precinct of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The gallery is part of the Queensland Cultural Centre.

Located in South Brisbane just across the river from the CBD, QAGOMA holds a Collection of over 17,000 works of historical, modern and contemporary art, and stages a dynamic program of Australian and international exhibitions.

They are home to the Children's Art Centre which collaborates on interactive artworks with leading artists from around the world, and the Australian Cinémathèque, the only dedicated cinema facility in an Australian art museum. 

For more information or to find out what's on click here.

South Bank

South Bank is Brisbane’s premier lifestyle and cultural destination. Located on the southern banks of the Brisbane River, its 17 hectares of lush parklands, world-class eateries, stunning river views and hundreds of delightful events all year round make it the perfect place to relax and unwind.

Click here to find out more and see what's on at South Bank.

Kangaroo Point

No other area of Brisbane can match Kangaroo Point for its location, view and natural beauty. Scale the walls of the cliffs with Riverlife Adventures, have a romantic picnic for two as the sunsets over the city, or join Brisbane's fitness enthusiasts as they run the stairs for their workout.

There's more to this spot than just its parklands and outdoor activites, you can also find a burgeoning food and beverage scene. Enjoy smooth beats and even smoother drinks at the Brisbane Jazz Club, taste some of Brisbane's best brews at Sea Legs BrewingCo, or join the nightlife at the iconic Story Bridge Hotel. 

Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

The Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) is one of Australia's leading centres of live performance. Located in the vibrant Southbank Cultural and Educational precint QPAC embracs the best in live performance, the world renowned alongside the emerging, local and new.

The performing arts centre hosts over 1,200 performances to over 1.3 million visitors each year. QPAC is a trusted curator, presenter, and host of the arts; a place for arts enusiasts to gather and relax, reflect, and share stories and experiences.

QPAC hosts a variety of arts; music, dance, and theatre. With curated events from classical and contemporary origin there is a multitude of pieces for art aficionados of all avenues to admire.

For more information on QPAC's upcoming events click here.

Mount Coot-tha

Brisbane's Mt. Coot-tha has been a favourite tourist destination for over a century. The Mt. Coot-tha Brisbane Lookout presents Brisbane in a spectacular panonoramic day or night. Nature lovers can enjoy the neaby trails for bushwalks or mountain biking or the manicured botanical gardens. Should visitors get peckish they have a choice of the smaller Kuta cafe for light refreshments or of a more formal experience the Summit Restaurant and Bar allows guests to dine with a view. For the most spectacular views nothing can compare to a scenic helicopter tour, a birds eye perspective of Brisbane is one few get to see outside of the television screen.

For more information to plan a Mt Coot-tha day out click here.

James Street

James Street is a key precint for independant, local, and international designer flagship stores in Brisbane. Its not just fashion on this leafy suburban street theres also bars, coffee, and fine dining available to patrons. Local designers the stars of the street with local designers Gail Sorronda and Natasha Schweitzer having gorgeous pieces. Popular Australian fashion lables Aje, Gorman, and Camilla have flagship stores or botiques along James Street. Local stores specialising in; Health & Beauty, Art, Homewares

James Street also has some of Brisbanes top restaurants, bars, and barissto's. Fine-dining restaurant Gerard’s Bistro calls James Street home and serves Middle-Eastern inspired cuisine. For coffee enuthiasts Campos and Belissimo are the local baristo's and are happy to serve. Some of Brisbane's best bars are also found in James Street; Cru Bar is one of Brisbane's best wine bars while those who enjoy craft beers can taste new brews at Tippler’s Tap.

For more information about James' Street amazing selection of botiques or its fantastic food & drink click here.

West End

Located in South Brisbane West End is the quirky local suburb. A fusion of cultures and a mixture of alternative and vintage West End offers an unconventional blend of foods, arts, and entertainment.

Food and Drink
West End has dozens of restaurants, cafe's and bars to explore, each with a different cultural twist. For a selection of West End's restaurants Catherine Blakes 'Foodiee's Guide' provides a comprehensive guide of what experience awaits you. With so many different options your'e always going to have a different experience when you go out to West End for food.

Bars

West End has many bars and an active nightlife. For a selection of West Ends bar selection MustDoBrisbane have created a list of the best, unique and quirky for patrons to explore.

Shopping

West End's shopping selection are as quirky as the rest of the suburb. West End is home to many different shopfronts from Gift Shows which which sell knick-knacks to tarrot cards and crystals. Fashion storefronts in West End cater for varoius styles from Hip, Streetwear, second-hand designers and more available optoins.

Boundary Street Markets 

The Boundary Street Markest are held in the heart of West End. The markets is a massive all-weather farmers, artisan, food, and fashion market. Depending on the time the market will be dispalying international vintage fashion to local artisans presenting their unique creations. The Friday night markets have live music acts with bevereages served at the container bar. For more information about the Boundary Street Markets click here.

New Farm & Brisbane Powerhouse

New Farm

New Farm is one of Brisbane's 'richest' suburbs with a plethora of options for food, drink, entertainment and recreaction all within walking distance. With classical Queensland architecture and a picturesque location a day out to New Farm is always a great experience.

New Farm Park

New Farm Park is one of Brisbanes oldest, grandest, and largest parks. A popular spot for locals and visitors alike the park is located next to the Powerhouse Museum with transportaion services nearby. Many of the parks original features have been preserved to this day. Jazz bands frequent the park rotunda on Sundays while local families enjoy picnics.

Brisbane Powerhouse

Brisbane Powerhouse is Queenslands home of contemporary culture, a 'magnificent 1920's power station' reborn as the centre of arts on the Brisbane River. The Powerhouse hosts over 1,250 performances and events annually, featuring music, dance, writing/ideas, film and more. 

For more information about the Brisbane Powerhouse Museum click here.

Food and Drink

New Farm not only has some of the best restaurants in Brisbane but these venues are also only walking distance from one another. Catching some of James Street into the mix, Urban:List have compiled some of the their choice of New Farms 11 best Restaurants. James Street favourites like Gerard's Bistro and Sixes and Sevens feature on this list as some of Brisbane's star eating establishments.

Brisbane Racing Club

Eagle Farm Racecourse

Established in 1865, Eagle Farm Racecourse had it's racing roots in the early settlements with the first settlers heading to the track to enjoy a punt on the horses. In over 150 years, Eagle Farm Racecourse has played host to the finest thoroughbreds in Australasia and welcomed thousands of racegoers. Enjoy the beat of thunderous hooves, the glamour of racing fashion and the ultimate in race-day hospitality and indulgence.

Doomben Racecourse

Established in 1933, Doomben Racecourse boasts over 35 function spaces from trackside marquees, trendy bars and premium dining facilities. While Eagle Farm is enjoying a renovation, Doomben is currently the home to all racedays in Brisbane and continues to be the go-to destination for heart pounding action, a buzzing social scene and trending trackside fashion.

Racecourse Road

Explore Racecourse Road's wide variety of dining, shopping and entertainment options. Take a stroll under the poinciana trees from the scenic Brisbane River to the hustle of Eagle Farm Racecourse.

Suncorp Stadium

Suncorp Stadium

Some say Suncorp Stadium is the best stadium in the southern hemisphere, seating almost 55,000 and holding some of the world's best games in Rugby League, Rugby Union and Soccer. Just minutes from the city centre in Milton, this world-class, state-of-the-art sports venue is home to the Brisbane Broncos, Queensland Reds and Brisbane Roar. It also hosts Rugby League's ultimate grudge match - the State of Origin between Queensland and New South Wales. Get amongst the fans and don't miss out on a game or concert at Suncorp Stadium.

Caxton Street

Immerse yourself in good food, great nightlife and premier live sport at Caxton Street and The Barracks. Exuding an energetic vibe under the imposing shadow of Suncorp Stadium, Caxton Street is alive most weekends as hundreds of footy fans converge on the strip. The Barracks (a former city jail, police station and army barracks) has become a landmark dining, shopping and entertainment hub, integrating heritage-listed buildings and architecture. 

Fortitude Valley

Fortitude Valley is packed with nightlife, offering everything from dive bars and mellow live music venues to rooftop cocktail lounges and pumping dance clubs. Relaxed brunch cafes mix with cosy Chinatown eateries and upmarket European restaurants. Indie record stores and art galleries add a bohemian vibe, while the Judith Wright Centre showcases performing arts from contemporary dance to poetry recitals. Explore the hidden Winn, Bakery and California lanes and the many unique stores that lie within. Enjoy the hottest gigs at Brisbane's brand new entertainment venue, Fortitude Music Hall, located in the heart of Fortitude Valley.

Roma Street Parkland

Roma Street Parkland offers a distinctly different experience, with designer gardens and sprawling lawns that wind around 16 hectares of stunning parklands. Well known by garden and plant enthusiasts for its exceptional horticultural standards, it is also a popular visitor destination, housing free barbeques, playgrounds and a year-round calendar of events. Roma Street Parkland is conveniently located next to Roma Street Train Station for easy accessibility and travel.

Brisbane City Botanic Gardens

Brisbane City Botanic Gardens

The Brisbane City Botanic Gardens is a heritage-listed botanic garden located on Gardens Point in the Brisbane CBD. The Gardens include Brisbane's most mature gardens, with many rare and unusual botanic species. In particular, the Gardens feature a special collection of cycads, palms, figs and bamboo. Walk along the many paths and discover the natural beauty of the gardens, situated along the picturesque Brisbane River. 

Riverstage

Riverstage is an iconic outdoor entertainment venue located in the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens. Hosting many local, national and international concerts and events each year, the chance to experience the atmosphere at Riverstage is an opportunity not to be missed.

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