Constantly evolving, Brisbane, Queensland’s capital, is bursting with new energy and vibrancy.
Its enviable outdoor lifestyle supports world-class riverside restaurants and it is home to incredibly diverse shopping, cultural experiences and unique day trip opportunities. Stunning must-see getaways on its doorstep include sub-tropical islands and heritage-listed rainforests; and unique wildlife encounters such as feeding a wild dolphin or cuddling a koala create a sense of wonder.
Brisbane will come alive for an entire week for the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens, with a host of exciting events planned to ensure rugby fans have the time of their lives while soaking up the Aussie summer.
10 Reasons to visit Brisbane
With a range of international retailers, high-end luxury brands and historic shopping arcades, the Queen Street Mall and Edward Street are a must for any visitor. For local designers and trendy boutiques head to James Street, or explore Paddington for antiques and homeware stores.
Brisbane offers the full range of iconic Aussie wildlife experiences.
Cuddle a koala and feed a kangaroo at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary; hand-feed wild dolphins at Tangalooma Island Resort; head to Australia Zoo for an up-close encounter with crocodiles, or witness the beauty of migrating whales with Brisbane Whale Watching.
Discover the beauty of Brisbane’s surrounding islands. Travel to Moreton Island with Tangalooma Island Resort, Australian Sunset Safaris or Dolphins in Paradise.
Alternatively, explore the untouched beaches and bushland of North Stradbroke Island with Straddie Kingfisher Tours.
Brisbane has an expanding cultural and events scene, with exclusive shows, major sporting events and significant international exhibitions in world-class venues.
Explore the Queensland Cultural Centre and visit the Queensland Art Gallery|Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Queensland Museum & Science centre.
Abseil the iconic Kangaroo Point Cliffs or kayak along the Brisbane River with Riverlife. Take in spectacular sights and gently float away with Hot Air Brisbane or Floating Images. Try the Story Bridge Adventure Climb – one of only three bridge climbs in the world. See the city on two wheels with Brisbane by Bicycle.
With an array of award-winning restaurants and bars offering everything from Moreton Bay prawns to greens from the Lockyer Valley, discover Brisbane’s culinary precincts including the Eagle Street Pier, South Bank’s Little Stanley Street and River Quay, and Fortitude Valley’s James Street.
See Brisbane from a different perspective aboard one of the river cruises. Sit back and relax as you travel to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary aboard Mirimar Cruises, take in all the city sights and receive informative on-board commentary with River City Cruises, or ride the iconic paddle-wheeler and enjoy lunch or dinner on board Kookaburra Showboat Cruises.
Get to know the city through the eyes of a local and join one of our free walking Brisbane Greeters experiences. For those looking to get out and explore Brisbane’s beautiful surrounding hinterlands and rainforests, be sure to join Queensland Day Tours or Eco-Safaris Queensland.
What better excuse to finally catch up with those inter-state or trans-Tasman mates you’ve been meaning to hook up with for years than a holiday in Brisbane and two days watching footy at the Southern Hemisphere’s finest stadium – it’s even got air conditioned bars!
10. Get to the footy
The Global Rugby Tens will be a tournament like no other. Fun in the sun and explosive rugby at its best. You don’t want to miss it.