Michael Parekowhai’s sculpture The World Turns outside The Gallery of Modern Art.

Art

Brisbane is a city with art built into its fabric. Statues stand on the ground and some art even floats in the sky . Or sometimes it’s hanging from the ceiling of a building, or covering a high-rise like a jacket. The Art Built-in policy came into effect in July 1999, meaning 2%  funding would allocated for public art within all large Queensland State Government capital works building budgets. The Government required that this money should be designated to integrating art and design. Thanks to the Art Built-in policy, Brisbane became one of the most interesting cities for public art.

The best way to enjoy Brisbane and see these public works of art is by foot. If you want someone to point you in the right direction but don’t want a group tour, check out Brisbane Greeters. It’s a free service open to everyone – locals, students, or visitors. Brisbane Greeters are locals who love living in Brisbane so much that they are enthusiastic about introducing you to their city, and sharing their intimate knowledge.

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Meeting Koalas at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Koalas

At the world’s largest and finest koala sanctuary, the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, treats their 130 koalas like a royal family. It’s a little compensation for deserting their natural treasure and hunting them for centuries. They live in different homes around the premises according to their age and gender. There is a kindergarten for toddlers, a youth compartment for teenagers, and even a retirement home for the oldies.

Story Bridge Climb

Do you want to climb to the top of this iconic bridge? From early morning until after sunset, this is your chance to see Brisbane from an outstanding perspective. From far above the river gleams, the city sparkles, cars look like toys, and you can see all the way out to Moreton Bay in the east and the rolling green hills of the Scenic Rim to the west. Don’t worry; it’s quite safe!

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Walking on the Brisbane Story Bridge

 

Wine & Dine

Food and drink is a serious quest in Brisbane – whether it’s a steak at a pub, a good coffee, or a five-star restaurant. The pleasant outdoor climate and abundance of fresh produce make it possible to offer delicious food from locally sourced ingredients. Thanks to Brisbane’s multicultural demographic, you’ll find ethnic foods as diverse as Mexican and Lebanese. From Moreton Bay prawns to greens from the Lockyer Valley, you’ll discover Queensland’s largest collection of Good Food Guide-awarded restaurants, cafes, and bars in the region. Just be responsible when you get  into your Hertz car rental in Brisbane that you hand the keys off to someone who hasn’t been enjoying the local wine!

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The South Bank Grand Arbour, a kilometer long arbor located in the South Bank Parklands.

 

Outdoor

Endowed with parks and pristine natural spaces, Brisbane always feels like a green city. The longest river in the southeast of Queensland, the Brisbane River, runs right through the city. It offers locals and visitors alike, access to riverside parks. Right in the heart of The City is Roma Street Parkland and the City Botanic Gardens. Then there’s the extensive South Bank Parklands – with its famous beach, free barbecues, and riverside dining. It’s easy to spend a day on nearby Moreton Bay, home to some of the world’s largest sand islands, or to escape to the heritage-listed forests of the Scenic Rim.