Our beautiful river city has so many places to explore and fun activities to enjoy that it can be hard to choose what to do. To make the decision a little easier we have selected the 5 best days out only 20 minutes from your Serenity Terrace Home’s driveway.
It might seem a little obvious, but Brisbane City has a lot to offer other then a place to work or shop. Save some money on parking and leave your car at the Dockside City Cat City Hopper and enjoy a free ride along the river into the city. Hop off at Eagle Street Pier and follow the riverside path to the beautiful City Botanic Gardens. Take a stroll around the lush gardens and if you have children, stop for a play in the impressive all abilities playground.
Walk up Albert Street to the Queen Street Mall for a spot of shopping or lunch then on to Brisbane City Hall and the Museum of Brisbane. The Museum of Brisbane has a wonderful collection of historical ceramics and contemporary art. You can also take a tour of the restored heritage-listed City Hall and it’s Clock Tower (City Hall Tours). From here you can visit Roma Street Parklands and take a ride on the trackless train around the gardens or catch the CityHopper at Queens Wharf Road back to your car.
South Bank Parklands
You can easily spend a whole day exploring the sprawling South Bank Parklands. This tropical oasis stretches along the south side of the Brisbane River and is accessible by train, CityCat, bus, car, bicycle or walking. The parklands have something for everyone and feature the man-made street’s beach at its heart.
Next to the beach is the Aquativity water play area where young children can splash under fountains, tipping buckets or in the shallow water. There are two great all ages playgrounds that kids will love, the brightly coloured Riverside Green playground and the smaller Picnic Island playground. The beautiful bougainvillea covered Arbour winds through the parklands connecting grassy picnic and BBQ areas to recreation areas.
There are plenty of restaurants and cafes in the parklands as well as on little Stanley and Grey streets. Markets are held every Friday night, Saturday and Sunday and there are a host of other events on throughout the year including live music, school holiday activities and an outdoor cinema in the summer months. At the north end of the parklands on the cultural forecourt is Wheel of Brisbane where you can take in the 360-degree views of city from 60 meters high.
South Bank Parklands is located on Little Stanley Street, South Brisbane.
Brisbane Cultural Precinct
Brisbane’s Cultural Precinct in South Brisbane is home to the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) (https://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au), Queensland Museum (http://www.qm.qld.gov.au) and the State Library of Queensland (http://www.slq.qld.gov.au).
Each institution has a fascinating range of permanent and temporary exhibitions that will engage visitors of all ages. GOMA is currently celebrating its 10th birthday with an exciting public program including free exhibitions showcasing over 250 contemporary artworks, interactive activities for children, workshops and talks. Queensland Art Gallery houses a permanent Indigenous Australian art collection and an International and Asian collection.
In the Queensland Museum you can discover the ‘Lost Creatures’ from our prehistoric past, expand your mind in the ‘Sciencentre’ or explore our ‘Wild State’ and learn about the five natural environments that make Queensland so unique. The State Library of Queensland is more than a state-of-the-art resource center; it also hosts exhibitions, workshops, and events.
Fort Lytton is situated on the Brisbane River and is home to Queensland’s largest military museum. The extensive fortifications of Fort Lytton include a water-filled moat and were used to defend Brisbane from 1881 until after WW2. Take a free tour of the fortress then enjoy a picnic in the shady picnic area. There are historical military re-enactments and gun firings are held on various dates throughout the year. You can also see the ‘Fort Lytton at Night’ theatre performance on Friday evenings (paid event) or attend the History Alive event held over two days in June. Fort Lytton is open between 10am – 4pm on Sundays, public holidays and for special occasions. Admission, parking and guided tours are FREE!
160 South Street, Lytton, Brisbane, Queensland 4178, Australia
If you want to feel a cool salty breeze on your face then head to Wynnum and wander this beautiful bayside suburb. At the north end of Wynnum you can take a stroll along the Mangrove Boardwalk through a small section of the mangrove forest that runs from here to the mouth of the Brisbane River.
Wynnum Esplanade offers another scenic seaside walk. Starting at the Oyster Point end of the esplanade you can wander down towards Pandanus Beach for a swim in the bay or a play at the awesome nautical themed kids’ playground and Water Park with whale pods that spray water. A little further along the esplanade is the Wading Pool where you can cool off in the seawater that flows in and out on the tide. Escape the sun in one of the many cafes, galleries or shops that line the main streets of Wynnum.
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