|Brisbane has a good mix of fun and slightly more serious attractions! If you’d like to see some of the native wildlife there are several places around the city where you can do so.
The Alma Park Zoo is about 30 minutes north of the city centre and can be reached by the Zoo Train, or visit the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary, called Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. As well as the 130 or so koalas here you can also see kangaroos and a variety of other Australian wildlife. If you’ve always wanted to cuddle a koala you can do that here!
The CityCat isn’t a type of animal! These are river taxis which operate up and down the river and offer a fun way of seeing the city from the water. You can buy a daily ticket which also includes ferry, bus and trains at a very reasonable price.
Brisbane City Botanic Gardens are good for those wanting to see local flora, though as an alternative you can also visit the Roma Street Parklands which has a number of interesting themed gardens, including a rain forest walk and topiary maze.
You’ll also find another botanical garden as well as a planetarium at Mount Coot-tha, the tallest ‘mountain’ in Brisbane.
The Museum of Brisbane is the place to go to discover more about the history of the city and you also have the opportunity to view exhibitions of featured local artists here. Another building worth visiting in the same area is the Brisbane City Hall. This is an historical landmark and has a restored lift (or elevator) which you can take to the top of the clock tower. The good thing is that this is free, though the drawback is that it’s not open all day; it’s closed on Sundays and open from 10am to 3pm daily (except on Saturdays when it closes at 2.30pm).
If you want to do as the locals do, visit Southbank which is across the Brisbane River from the city centre. There’s an artificial beach here and great swimming, as well as the surrounding parklands to explore. When you’ve finished on the beach you can enjoy the local shops or sit and watch the world go by from one of the café’s, eat a nice meal, or go to the cinema.
The University of Queensland has a pleasant mixture of good architecture and ornamental lakes and also includes the UQ Art Museum. This is a nice place to spend an afternoon wondering around.