Brisbane is the capital of Queensland, an Australian State. Located on the longest river of southeast Queensland, Brisbane is the third most populous city of Australia. Brisbane has a rich cultural heritage. It is based upon the ancient homeland of Australian aboriginals Yaggera and Turrbal. Brisbane city is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in Australia, it has a perceptible Queenslander architecture, which is the essence of the city’s-built heritage. It is also famous for hosting famous events and world spots meet like 2014 G20 summits, Commonwealth games etc. Below are the top attractions in Brisbane –
• Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary: Listed on almost every other website, and the tourist guide manual, is Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. The sanctuary located on the Brisbane River is home to cuddly Koala, Wallabies, snakes, crocodiles, kangaroos and many more wild species. Various experience themed features like feeding, barn animals encounter and etc, add to the major attraction for the place.
• City Botanic Gardens: The tropical trees welcome you with much-provided escape from the warm tropical climate. Situated at the edge of the Brisbane River, it is open from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. It is one of the prime picnic spots of Brisbane city.
• Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt.Coot-that: Similar to the City Botanic gardens, this is located 7 kilometres away from the bustling city of Brisbane. It offers a panoramic view of the city and has diverse themed gardens spread over 128 hectares. The walking tracks offer you much need peaceful walk around the area, supported with a restaurant to tease your taste buds and keep you fuelled to cover the entire walk paths.
• Story Bridge: for all the adventure lovers, this is a perfect opportunity to get your adrenaline rushing. It is a well-known landmark in the city. It is one of the 3 bridge worldwide, on which people are allowed to climb, to get the panoramic view of the city.
• River Cruises: Being near the river, one cannot miss out on the lovely river cruises. The services are offered throughout the week, and introduces you to a different world of Brisbane, in day or night.
• Farmer’s market: To know the locals, a visit to the Farmers market is a must. Here you not only get to interact with the locals but also get introduced to the local quality produce. The colours of the products are a sight for the sore eyes.
• Shopping: Any trip is incomplete without shopping. La Trobe Terrace and Queen Street Mall are two places on the must-visit list for every shopaholic. A labyrinth of heritage sites located on the walk paths makes a visit to these places even more exciting.
The must-visits places are mentioned in the above list. But Brisbane is not limited to these tourist attractions alone. When discovered on foot, one will realize there is a lot more to Brisbane than what just meets the eye.