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Bustling South Bank is where it’s at
All of Brisbane life can be found at its riverside South Bank, a can’t-miss destination during your trip to the city. There, you’ll find hotspots like Grand Arbour, a kilometre-long walkway which features almost 450 curling steel posts, all clad with striking magenta bougainvillea. Pay a visit to the Nepalese Pagoda, a three storey-high, handmade timber structure famed for its intricate beauty. Elsewhere, you can take a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane for fantastic panoramic views across the cityscape, or soak up the sun at the South Bank’s very own man-made beach. This popular location comes complete with glittering lagoon, white sand and sub-tropical plants.
Meet Brisbane’s cutest residents
Brisbane is home to the world’s first and largest sanctuary for koalas, where you’ll have the chance to get up close and personal with these much-loved marsupials. The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary has been looking after these gorgeous animals since 1927, and today has around 130 at its centre. You can access the sanctuary by bus, car or boat, and experiences range from holding a koala, feeding a platypus or getting hands-on with a dingo. You might even get to feed the Tasmanian Devils their afternoon tea!
Soak up the city’s laid-back vibe
As Australia’s third biggest city, Brisbane has a cool, urbane culture all of its own. From its quirky boutiques and market stalls to its trendy art galleries and live music venues, there are all sorts of ways to immerse yourself in this Queensland lifestyle. Head to Adelaide Street with its treasure trove of independent outlets, and be sure to stop for a bite to eat at one of its fine restaurants and cafés. Stanley Street Plaza, meanwhile, comes alive each weekend with its Collective Markets, offering a heady mix of bespoke jewellery, one-of-a-kind homeware and myriad other unique trinkets. There certainly won’t be any excuse not to bring home souvenirs from your trip!