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The free City Loop and Spring Hill Loop bus services provide high frequency public transport access within the Brisbane CBD, as well as between the Brisbane CBD and Spring Hill areas. The City Loop operates in a clockwise and anti-clockwise direction around the Brisbane CBD from the red signposted bus stops, using distinctive red buses. To access more information and a map of the routes click here Free City Loop buses
The free red CityHopper ferries, linking the key inner city ferry terminals of Sydney Street, Dockside, Holman Street, Eagle Street Pier, Thornton Street , Maritime Museum, South Bank 3 and North Quay are a good way to visit Brisbane sites City Hopper ferries
Relax on a CityCat to see Brisbane from the river. Click here to view some CityCat Popular Trips
Free wifi is available in many parks, CityCats and libraries as well as shops and cafés. Look for the wifi sign .
Be sure to visit the newly renovated City Hall built between 1920 and 1930, the heritage-listed City Hall is in the heart of Brisbane. It houses the the Museum of Brisbane, with its regularly changing displays of Brisbane and its people, and the famous clock tower.
Take a BCC bus, or a City Sights bus to Mt Coot-tha to see an overview of Brisbane and how the Brisbane River winds through the city. Look at the brass dial and, on the ground, the dark tiles which outline the route of the river. Enjoy the view from the inexpensive café or upmarket restaurant.
On the way there or back, stop at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens
Take a CityCat ride to The University of Qld, wander around its Great Court and Cloister with wonderful structures by local internationally renown artist Rhyl Hinwood, enjoy the Lake with its birdlife, in October see the jacarandas in all their glory, visit the university’s free Art Museum (Art Gallery) and other free UQ Museums.
Return to the CityCat for the trip to South Bank, admire the old Qld houses on the Right bank, swim on the beach, ride on the giant wheel, visit the 2 Art Galleries, State Library, Museum, Performing Arts Complex. Alight at the Waterfront Place stop to visit the beautiful old Customs House.
Wander around the City Botanic Gardens or join a free guided tour of them.
Spend some time in the Roma Street Parkland (enter from Roma Street Station, Roma Street and Wickham Terrace). Sixteen Queensland artists created a collection of 15 pieces for the Parkland. Each artwork has a story to tell.
Relax in New Farm Park with its rose gardens and jacarandas (in October).
Walk across the River by the Goodwill Bridge, small ferry or CityCat to the Qld University of Technology, the Botanical Gardens, Old Government House and Parliament House (north) and the 2 Art Galleries: Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Museum and Queensland State Library.
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See Australian Animals:
Lone Pine Sanctuary will allow visitors to experience Australian wildlife at very close quarters.
Alma Park Zoo is north of Brisbane at Kallangur: an another excellent venue to see Australian animals.
Fleay’s Wildlife Sanctuary at West Burleigh: see all our unique animals – koalas, platysus, crocodiles, birds, snakes, kangaroos and many more. Then take a walk along Burleigh Heads to enjoy the view and the wildlife.
Head to the waterfront of Victoria Point, where you can catch an expensive ferry ride to pretty Coochie Mudlo Island where you can circumnavigate the island in an hour or visit several Art Galleries. In you have time, continue by boats to the other tiny islands in Moreton Bay.Sandgate, Redcliffe and Shorncliffe have a wonderful walk along kilometres of beach front followed by fish and chips at Sam’s (Redcliffe) or Morgan’s (Shorncliffe).Close to Brisbane:
Breathe the clean air of Mt Glorious and Mt Nebo. They are both deceptively close to Brisbane but you’ll feel you’ve explored somewhere new.
Bribie Island: Cross the bridge to enjoy the slow-paced charms of this island. Take a cruise up Pumicestone Passage where you might see Dugong, Dolphins, Turtles, Jabiru, Swans, Sea Eagles, Osprey, and Kangaroos as well as some of the 360 different bird species there – many of which migrate from the Northern Hemisphere to these shores each year. Swim in the still waters or cross to the surf side and enjoy the small waves of Woorim Beach.
On the drive to the Sunshine Coast, stop off at Australia Zoo home of the famous Crocodile Hunter.
Have an old-fashioned day out at Caloundra. Paddle, eat fish and chips, lick an ice cream, body surf – all at one of the closest beaches to Brisbane. Surf some of the best waves and stroll past the shops and cafes afterwards at Mooloolaba.
Maleny – Escape the heat of the coast and head for the hills of the Sunshine Coast hinterland. See where milk really comes from when you do a tour of Maleny Dairy. Or swim in the cool water of Gardiners Falls or the deep rock pool of Kondalilla Falls. There is a short bushwalk at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Nab a shady picnic or barbecue spot, watch the bush turkeys and admire the best view on the coast of the Glasshouse Mountains.
Drive to Dayboro for a little taste of a country town.
Mount Tamborine – Another inland option, this time on the Gold Coast hinterland, is to explore. Walk the easy track s of Queensland’s first national park, eat well at the cafes which feature local produce, and you can even see amazing glow worms. Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to visit when the art is in town. Drive to Dayboro for a little taste of the country.
Tangalooma with pristine waters and untouched National Parks: Tangalooma Dolphin Day Tours Return launch transfer, Dolphin Feeding Experience, Island buffet Lunch at Tursiops Restaurant, Desert Safari including sand tobogganing, Unlimited use of VIP Lounge. Departs: Daily
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