Brisbane – Outdoor adventure | Private jet charter
Brisbane, capital of Queensland, offers visitors a mild, subtropical climate in which to enjoy its many cultural and outdoors attractions. Here are 7 reasons to visit Brisbane.
Mount Coot-tha Lookout
The highest peak in Queensland, Mount Coot-tha lookout has been a favourite place for locals and tourists to escape the city for over a century. Enjoy the panoramic views across Brisbane towards Moreton Bay over a coffee at the popular Kuta Café and award-winning restaurant.
The city’s ‘brown snake’ winds its way from the Brisbane Cooyar Ranges into the city and out to Moreton Bay. It’s a tidal river, which gives it a muddy colour. Join one of the many river cruises linking Brisbane’s inner suburbs or take the CityCat ferry for a more unique view of the city. Followed by lunch or dinner at one of the many great restaurants along River Quay, Eagle Street Pier or Portside Wharf.
Brisbane Botanic Gardens
Convicts planting food to feed Brisbane’s prison colony originally cultivated these beautiful gardens, Brisbane’s oldest park. Visitors can take shade under ancient trees, and enjoy lush rainforest walks that run along Alice Street. Health fans will enjoy the boxing and fitness circuits as well as Tai Chi and Pilates.
For a fun downtown urban adventure, dare to climb this heritage-listed cantilever bridge that connects Kangaroo Point, Fortitude Valley and Brisbane central business district. You’ll be treated to views from the Glasshouse Mountains to Moreton Bay, as well as the scenic Rim Mountains south of the capital.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Located in the delightfully named Fig Tree Pocket, this 18-acre sanctuary is the oldest koala sanctuary in the world. Just 12km from Brisbane, visitors can hold these gorgeous marsupials (the sanctuary looks after 130), hand-feed the resident kangaroos, watch a platypus in action and see a bird of prey flight show in a natural bush setting.
Reflecting its diverse population, Brisbane has an eclectic market culture. The Grande Dame of the city’s fresh food scene is Jan Powers who has markets in four Brizzie locations giving a platform to more than 300 local growers. In addition, visitors will find flowers, breads, plants, organics, spices and much more. Every Friday and Saturday in the hip West End, the vibrant Boundary Market serves up an eclectic array of international food stalls to savour the live music.
Brisbane Swimming Holes
The Sunshine Coast boasts some impressive beaches, but Brisbane also offers visitors a selection of watering holes to enjoy. The city’s first water reservoir, Enoggera Dam lies just 15-minutes west of the centre and has a 3km nature trail, wildlife centre, mountain biking tracks and grassy knolls for picnicking. An hour’s drive south of Brisbane is the spectacular Cedra Creek Falls at Mount Tamborine where visitors can swim in the deep rock pools below the cascade. Gardeners Falls, one hour north of Brisbane, is another freshwater swimming spot a short walk along the banks of the Obi Obi Creek.
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