Things to do in Brisbane
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Brisbane is vibrant, warm and creative with something for everyone. There are shopping precincts, fun family attractions, quirky and colourful restaurants, cafes and bars and challenging activities.
Boeing 737 – Flight experience flight simulator
We are the world’s number one flight simulator entertainment business with nearly 20 stores around world. The moment your experience starts you’re treated like the Captain; from the “retro” boarding pass through to the real aircraft checklists and talking to air traffic control, you will experience exactly what it’s like to fly a jet airliner.
1. BRIEFING – Your qualified instructor will explain the controls and help you decide where to fly the Boeing 737 flight simulator.
2. FLIGHT – Enter the flight deck, complete the checklists, take control and experience the amazing sensation of taking-off, climbing and cruising.
3. LANDING – Whether you’ve chosen your local airport or one of the world’s most challenging, landing is always exciting.
Fashion and shopping at the Queen Street Mall
The Queen Street Mall offers an unrivalled mix of local, national and international labels and flagship stores. More than 700 retailers have made their homes here – many enjoy mall and street frontage, others are tucked away inside world-class centres and heritage-listed arcades.
Must-visits include the sparkling high-end Queens Plaza, Wintergarden with its diverse range of retailers, the magnificent and historically significant Brisbane Arcade and Tattersall’s Arcade, the convenient MacArthur Central and the ever-popular The Myer Centre.
Retail and lifestyle at James Street, Fortitude Valley
James Street has rapidly become Brisbane’s foremost retail and lifestyle precinct. Having emerged organically from its inner-city industrial roots, the street and surrounding area has evolved into a high-energy urban pocket. The precinct features a mix of over 130 specialty shops, including a huge range of designer clothing and homewares stores, award-winning restaurants and cafes, art galleries and design havens. Home to some of Brisbane’s favourite designers like Gail Sorronda, Zimmermann and Sass & Bide, the precinct not only attracts those seeking a fashionable retail experience but also draws dedicated creatives who bring an intangible feel that is undeniably James Street – you’ll love it!
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary, with more than 85 years of experience and 130 koalas. In 2015 Lone Pine was inducted into the Trip Advisor hall of fame for five consecutive years of excellence. Interact with 100 species of Australian animals, with hands-on experiences and presentations. Hand-feed kangaroos and wild lorikeets, or get cuddly with a beautiful koala. Lone Pine is also home to two platypus who will entertain you with their playful antics.
Whether you are an experienced paddler or it’s your first time on the water, you will be captivated by the city’s charm as seen from the Brisbane River. Take a gentle night kayak and indulge your palate with drinks and nibbles on Riverlife’s elegant riverfront deck. Experiences include: Friday night paddle and prawn, Saturday night paddle and BBQ and cultural experiences; Riverlife Mirrabooka Aboriginal Experience. Kayaking sessions are guided by experienced instructors who are happy to cater to all your needs. Each session includes instruction, a safety briefing and equipment check.
Lifestyle and culture on South Bank
South Bank is Brisbane’s premier lifestyle and cultural destination. Located on the southern banks of the Brisbane River, there is something for all ages, free kids activities, swimming in the open pool.
South Bank’s free water facilities are enjoyed by millions of people each year, including art and culture, gardens, city sounds, listen to local touring bands and artists and parks.
Come along on any night of the week and you will find a bustling community of friendly locals and working professionals who by luck or coincidence have uncovered the sport of climbing right here. The walls in the gym range through different gradients to really put your climbing to the test. From beginner to advanced, we have slab, steep and overhang to keep you pumping. From simple five metre beginner walls through to lead climbing on the arch, our 1000m2 building has something for all levels. We also have one of the largest bouldering walls in the country, split across two levels and reaching four and a half meters in height. Our bouldering covers simple technical training through to hard-core 45-degree angles.