The laid back city of Brisbane boasts a world-class port and is the second largest cruise ship destination in Australia. It offers year-round departures to virtually anywhere you want to go. Whether you prefer a short cruise to Sydney or a longer cruise to the South Pacific then Brisbane is the perfect departure port.
Brisbane’s offers a variety of sights and attractions for the traveller to experience, from exploring the river, parks and outdoor spaces,visiting the arts and cultural centres to watching live sporting events. There is plenty of choices to keep the kids entertained and plenty to do without them. Discover outlet shopping, award winning restaurants and mix with the locals at city and suburban weekend markets. Whatever you might be looking for there will be a good chance you will find it during your stay in Brisbane.
1. Visit South Bank
Situated on the southern banks of the Brisbane River South Bank is Brisbane's lifestyle and cultural destination. Visitors can experience 17 hectares of parklands, cafes, restaurants and a white sandy beach with a lagoon all within 10 mins walk from the CBD. South Bank place is free to enter, except for parking charges if you decided to drive, and there are enough places for families to relax, have a BBQ, cycle, run and play.
2. Brisbane Lookout
For more than a century the iconic Brisbane Lookout at Mt. Coot-tha has been a favourite destination for locals and visitors. Stretching out to Moreton Bay and around to the distant mountains these spectacular and panoramic views of the city are all within a short drive from the city centre.
3. Climb the Story Bridge
Spanning the Brisbane River and connecting the Southbank to the CBD the Story Bridge climb offers an impressive way to view Brisbane and its surrounds. Bridge Climbs run at dawn, day, twilight or night, so you can see the views of Brisbane at any time of the day.
4. The Wheel of Brisbane
This giant observation wheel takes you almost 60 metres above the ground and offers a spectacular 360 degree panoramic view of Brisbane City from the heart of Brisbane's cultural precinct at South Bank. This recent addition to the Brisbane city skyline is becoming one of the must do attractions for everyone.
5. Lone Pine Koala SanctuaryCuddle some native wildlife at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Hand feed kangaroos and encounter a large variety of Aussie wildlife natural surrounds. With over 130 Koalas Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world's first and largest koala sanctuary.
6. Visit the home of XXXX. The XXXX Brewery
Experience the inner workings of this heritage brewery and get the inside story of this 135 year old Queensland icon. Explore behind the scenes and see where the brew masters ply their craft. Learn about the ingredients and processes that go into producing each batch of beer and while you are there why not partake in some taste testing of Queensland's local brew.
7. Whale Watching
Getting up close to these majestic creatures is an experience you will never forget. You will be in awe of their size and their tail slapping antics as approximately 17,000 whales are expected to travel through Moreton Bay on their annual migration.
8. City Botanic Gardens
The City Botanic Gardens are Brisbane's original botanic gardens and are located a short stroll from the CBD and on the Brisbane River. Walk through the lush gardens and experience sculptures and ornamental ponds.
9. Brisbane's Cultural Precinct. Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art
The Cultural Precinct is an innovative multi-venue centre which is just a short walk from South Bank that provides visitors of all ages a unique experience of arts, history, science and culture.
10. Moreton Island
Just 25km off Brisbane’s coast you can hand feed wild dolphins under the stars, dive or snorkel pristine waters among the mysterious wrecks and for the more adventurous experience quad biking and sand tabogganing. The Tangalooma Island Resort and Moreton Island offer visitors an island type getaway not too far from the city. The resort island specialises in marine and adventure activities including scenic cruises and tours.
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The majority of cruises from Brisbane depart from the Brisbane Cruise Terminal located in Hamilton. It is a world-class facility located just 7 kilometers from Brisbane’s Domestic and International Airport. In a matter of minutes you can travel from the city centre to the terminal via rail, bus, taxi or City Cat. Both covered and curbside short-term parking is also available at the terminal if you prefer to drive yourself. The terminal is also wheelchair accessible.
If you are travelling on a larger ship, you may depart from the Multi-User Terminal located at the Grain Berth, Fisherman Island. The Grain Berth is located approximately 23 kilometers from the airport and 25 kilometers from the city centre. While there isn’t any public transportation to and from Grain Berth, there is a taxi rank as well as free parking to pick up and drop off passengers.