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Things to do in Brisbane

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Things to do in Brisbane

We are visitng Brisbane in August and looking for ideas on things to do. A visit to lone pine is already planned (is it easy to get to on public transport?) as is a trip up to Hamilton Island. We are staying with family but will want a 'break' to head off and explore on our own. Any suggestions on places to visit/walk/shop/experience/eat - family are quite elderly so may not have the type of recommendations we would like. We love a buzzy atmosphere at night and people watching, and aren't afraid to use our feet to get to places during the daytime or use public transport. Recommendations on Aussie bars or places to eat would be welcome. Thanks in advance

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1. Re: Things to do in Brisbane

For places around Brisbane check out the West End area for a variety restaurants, South Bank Parklands and the surrounding area including the Museum.

Also consider a trip to heritage listed Moreton Island just off Brisbane to see the dolphins, whale watch, and the natural wonders of the island.

Visit Brisbane site has some great information on things to do.


enjoy your stay LTB

Brisbane, Australia
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2. Re: Things to do in Brisbane

You have the whole of South East Queensland at your finger tips...Spend a few nights in Noosa - try for Hastings street. Have lunch at a Gold Coast Surf Club - Southport's is excellent and then go for a walk on one of Australia's most famous beachs.

If your into Scuba, dive the ex HMAS Brisbane off Moolooaba and Flat Rock of Stradbroke Island (all within 1 hour of Bris) you might even see the endangered Grey Nurse shark (harmless)

Tamborine Mountain for a day trip is outstanding... time it for the weekend markets. There are heaps of walking tracks into the National Park, a not to stressfull one is the Witches Falls walk with a beautiful water fall at the end.

Thats a small sample fo whats around Brisbane...the city itself is brilliant. West End, Southbank, Fortitude Valley for Clubs, Cirque du Soleil OVO is on....so much to do!

Its Australia...there a bars everywhere...your going to have the best time!


Brisbane, Australia
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When it comes to August in Brisbane one naturally thinks of The EKKA 9th – 18th August 2012; our Brisbane Royal Exhibition Show at the RNA Grounds and the approaching westerly winds season. Tickets can be purchased with your Suburban Train ticket which gives you direct entry into the grounds Railway Station – Exhibition. A designated service departs every 10 minutes from ROMA STREET, CENTRAL & FORTITUDE VALLEY Stations.

Public Transport ($4.70 One Way) is available to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ($33.00AUD) from Brisbane City departing hourly on bus route No. 430 on Platform B4, Queen Street from the MYER Centre area & No. 445, at Stop 40 Adelaide Street. However as an alternative suggestion, the MV MIRIMAR boat cruise $65.00AUD departing daily at 10.00am includes entry into Lone Pine; takes you upstream for a look through our posh suburbs and wild-life habitats… Although this cruise arrives at 11.20am and departs at 1.30pm giving you less than the recommended time of 2.5 hours; you can purchase a One Way ticket $27.50AUD entry not included and catch a bus back into the City as another option.

When I think of Brisbane for a BUZZ atmosphere I think of my old haunts and sport at The GABBA for a game of AFL - Australian Football League and or SUNCORP Stadium of our Ruby League Football. Nearer to Suncorp Stadium there is The Caxton Hotel on Caxton Street and The Barracks on Petrie Terrace where surrounding bars, restaurants and nightlife abound. Just mind the crowds when a game is on cause it’s stumpin’ and pumpin’!? (Buzzing…!)

Other than my making the usual suggestions for August in Brisbane; Southbank Parklands – Markets etc., Mt.Cootha Lookout, Treasury Casino & Whale Watching Tours in Moreton Bay, or Dolphin feeding at Tangalooma on Moreton Is., and Australia Zoo at Beerwah which is generally covered by most travellers. I like the idea of a road less travelled perhaps e.g. Sprintcar Racing at Archerfield Speedway, SLASH Concert at Riverstage Botanical Gardens or Abseiling Kangaroo Point Cliffs ($85.00AUD) in Brisbane CBD? Those photos you will see in my TA (Photo) contributions. Outside of Brisbane there’s Theme Parks, Mt Tambourine – Gallery Walk for shopping, eating and bushwalking in the surrounding area. The Workshops Rail Museum Queensland in Ipswich may or may not be your thing, (a bit low key), but I thought of throwing it in in-case there are children to consider?



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Brisbane, Australia
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4. Re: Things to do in Brisbane

I'd second a trip to Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, or if you have 2-3 days available, I'd go to Fraser Island - the largest sand island in the world. It's not buzzy but it's special.

Brisbane Aus
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5. Re: Things to do in Brisbane

I'd also recommend a trip to Moreton Island or Stradbroke Island in Moreton bay. They are very close but you are transported to beautiful beaches in under an hour.

Also take a ride on a City cat.

The weather will be still cool but hopefully sunny for your visit.


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You probably won´t meet rain. On 2 rainy days earlier this month, we spent the time in museums and galleries, and cruise the river by citycat. The evening was spent watching performing arts.

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Thanks all for taking the time to respond - so many great suggestions I best get planning!

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8. Re: Things to do in Brisbane

What's the weather there like in April? Is it cold yet?

Brisbane, Australia
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It is cool at present (june) - between 8c and 12c at night and beautiful days around 20c plus. Can stay lower on cloudy days.

In April it is most likely to be mid 10-15c nights and could be warmer with days rangng from 22c to high 20s celsius maybe creep into 30cs.

Lovely time of year April in Brisbane

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