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Brisbane City Centre

Brisbane is the perfect short break destination, with endless shopping, dining and nightlife options, cultural experiences and outdoor activities. Acres of green parkland hugging the riverbank and throughout the city make Brisbane a haven for urban recreation and adventure.

A good way to get your bearings when you first arrive is to explore the city by foot, aboard a river cruise on a Citycat, or on the free downtown city bus loop. Take in the sights and sounds of Brisbane and discover why the river is so central to Brisbane life.

Alfresco dining is a must do experience in Brisbane and you’ll find a great selection of cafés, bars and restaurants with a prime position right on the river. Explore the kilometres of riverside walkways or enjoy any number of adventures including abseiling the cliffs at Kangaroo Point, climbing the Story Bridge or all kinds of water sports.

There’s no better place in Queensland to indulge in retail therapy than Brisbane. Along with Queen Street Mall in the heart of the city, you’ll find shopping centres and factory outlets, upcoming designers and weekend outdoor markets. Experience Brisbane’s exciting dining scene or head to a bar in downtown Brisbane or Fortitude Valley. For something cultural there’s no shortage of galleries, museums and live theatre venues, or take the opportunity to visit Brisbane’s cultural precinct at South Brisbane.

Explore the city and you’ll soon discover, Brisbane has it all.

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Brisbane City Centre: Where To Go / Sightseeing

ANZAC Square War Memorial


ANZAC Square War Memorial and Parkland, dedicated to Australia's military heritage, features the Shrine of Remembrance with Eternal Flame. Also included are war memorials, honour rolls, unit plaques, mosaic and soils from WWII cemeteries. Touch-tell systems explain the significance of the ANZAC Square War Memorial.

The centrally-located Square is a peaceful sanctuary for reflection within the busy Brisbane City precinct.




Adelaide Street
Brisbane City, QLD, 4000

Located 0.1K from Brisbane City Centre

St Stephens Catholic Cathedral


St Stephens Catholic Cathedral in Brisbane city is a 19th Century, neo-Gothic building with a modern extension built in 1989. The cathedral houses striking sculptures and a memorable collection of nineteenth century stained glass windows from Germany, France, England and Ireland. The neighbouring Pugin Chapel was Queensland's first church and was built in 1850.

The cathedral takes its name from the 'cathedra' or bishop's seat, symbol of the chief pastor and teacher of the local Church. In the cathedral, parish communities find a sign of their fellowship with each other and the expression of their unity with the Church throughout the world. The cathedral is therefore not only an important place for those who use it regularly, but for the whole city of Brisbane as it provides a sanctuary and an oasis of green that invites people to rest awhile. St Stephens can also be used as a unique wedding venue.





249 Elizabeth Street
Brisbane City, QLD, 4000

Located 0.1K from Brisbane City Centre

MacArthur Museum


The Macarthur Museum is a gallery dedicated to Brisbane's involvement in World War II. Visit the museum to learn about General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in the South West Pacific, who used what is now the MacArthur Museum as his base for steering one of the largest wartime campaigns in history.

Discover Brisbane's wartime heritage from 1939 - 1945, a crucial period in Australia's history. Visit the office of General Douglas MacArthur, Commander in Chief of the Allied Forces in the South West Pacific Area. Sit at the table where MacArthur and his staff developed strategies to win the war.

Experience life in Brisbane during the dark days of war when people feared that the city might be invaded, public air raid shelters lined the streets and children wore identity discs. Read the Courier Mail and see what Brisbane people woke up to every day.

Feel what life was like for Brisbanites when thousands of American and Australian troops inhabited camps around the city, parading through the streets and filling the shops, cafes and pubs. This was the world of our parents and grandparents. See it at the Macarthur Museum Brisbane.







8/201 Edward Street
Brisbane City, QLD, 4000

Located 0.1K from Brisbane City Centre

Brisbane City Centre: Activities

Brisbane is blessed with fantastic weather year round, perfect for enjoying the great outdoors. Make the most of the Brisbane River and its surrounds at Riverlife Adventure Centre. Situated at Kangaroo Point, the centre offers a range of activities including kayaking, abseiling, rock climbing and rollerblading. Take a leisurely stroll along RiverWalk, a
pedestrian walkway which connects parks and bikeways along the river or cycle along the 20 kilometres of inner city bikeway tracks. Adventure lovers can enjoy magical views of the city and abseil down the cliffs at Kangaroo Point or climb the Story Bridge, one of three such experiences in the world. Enjoy a picnic at Roma Street Parklands, New Farm Park or the City Botanic Gardens, take a refreshing swim at South Bank’s lagoon or see a movie at an outdoor cinema (seasonal). Whatever outdoor activity you desire, you’ll find it all in Brisbane!

Brisbane City Centre: Events

Beginners Photography Class (Brisbane)


Enjoy a hands-on learning experience in some of the most photogenic parts of Brisbane.

If you have a DSLR or hybrid camera that allows for manual control of your camera then this is the perfect course for you.

You'll learn to control ISO, shutter speed and aperture expertly and creatively to produce beautiful shots. Your teacher will critique your photos so that you get the instant feedback you need to keep improving and expanding your perspectives. You'll become well acquainted with travel photography (street portraits, architecture, landscapes, still life, abstract, nature).


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2019
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Queen Street
Brisbane City, QLD, 4000

Located 0.0K from Brisbane City Centre

Smartphone Photography Course (Brisbane)


Unleash your smartphone camera's full potential and develop your photography skills in a fun class.

Enjoy a hands-on learning experience in some of the most photogenic parts of Brisbane.

Get off auto mode and and learn to shoot in 'manual' mode, Learn about composition, hands on challenges to put theory into practice. Control your shutter speed and ISO, get constructive one-on-one feedback on your photos, so you keep getting better. Learn about and practice travel photography (street portraits, architecture, still life, abstract, landscapes, nature), learn to edit easily with your phone and achieve amazing images.

This class will proceed regardless of the weather as there are indoor areas to use (though do bring an umbrella if the skies look grey)!

See the booking link for reviews, more info and for the most updated schedule.


Event Dates
2019
      24th Aug
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2020
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Queen Street
Brisbane City, QLD, 4000

Located 0.0K from Brisbane City Centre

BrisStyle Twilight Markets


The BrisStyle Twilight Markets, an initiative of Brisbane City Council, is a meet-the-maker event and is the only Brisbane-based marketplace selling 100 per cent locally handmade products. You will not find any imported, offshore, on-sold or mass-produced items at this event, giving you the opportunity to shop from a huge variety of truly unique, quality handmade items, directly from the maker.

In addition to a huge variety of handmade market stalls, you will also find a great variety of local food vendors, live music and a free Craft Workshop, making this a great event for the whole family.

Located in the heart of the bustling city and within easy walking distance from the Queen Street Mall and Central Train Station, the BrisStyle Twilight Markets is also located directly above the King George Square Busway and parking is also available under the square from just AUD5 for the night.


Event Dates
2019
      6th Sep


Adelaide Street,
Brisbane City Hall
Brisbane City, QLD, 4000

Located 0.1K from Brisbane City Centre

Tattersall's Annual Charity Lunch


Tattersall's Charity Lunch will be supporting the Queensland Country Women's Association.

Enjoy canapes and sparkling whine whilst taking a journey throughout the exlusive Tattersall's Club 30th Annual Landscape Art Prize with over 100 art works throughout the Members' Bar.

Moving upstairs for a two course lunch, Christine King, State President of QCWA and Senator Susan McDonald will engage in lively conversation for the room to enjoy.

With beautiful raffle prizes generously donated by G.H Mumm, Optiko Eyewear, Wintergarden and Mercedes-Benz Toowong. All proceeds from raffle tickets sold will go directly to QCWA.


Event Dates
2019
      6th Sep


215 Queen Street
Brisbane, QLD, 4000

Located 0.2K from Brisbane City Centre

Paint and Sip Class - Ocean Traveller


Ignite your creativity and learn to create an art masterpiece, the easy and fun way.

Bring your friends and/or make some new ones, over music and a guided two-hour painting session. Forget your stresses and worries, and create your very own unique artwork (yours to keep). You'll get step by step instructions from our expert artist, to create your own interpretation of the selected painting (see the photo above).

Guests must be 18 or older for this event, as their classes are held at licensed bars. If the date or theme of this class doesn't suit you, they have lots of other classes available running regularly - check them out!

"Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist." - Pablo Picasso


Event Dates
2019
      22nd Oct


131 Edward Street
Brisbane City, QLD, 4000

Located 0.2K from Brisbane City Centre

Paint and Sip Class - Lovers


Ignite your creativity and learn to create an art masterpiece, the easy and fun way.

Bring your friends and/or make some new ones, over music and a guided two-hour painting session. Forget your stresses and worries, and create your very own unique artwork (yours to keep). You'll get step by step instructions from our expert artist, to create your own interpretation of the selected painting (see the photo above).

Guests must be 18 or older for this event, as their classes are held at licensed bars. If the date or theme of this class doesn't suit you, they have lots of other classes available running regularly - check them out!

"Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist." - Pablo Picasso


Event Dates
2019
      8th Oct


131 Edward Street
Brisbane City, QLD, 4000

Located 0.2K from Brisbane City Centre

Chop Life Rooftop Party


Curated by Davis Osa, Choplife will deliver nothing short of that, serving the freshest sounds of Afrobeats|| Afrowave|| SOCA and Dancehall, whilst you take in the 360 degree city views at the prestigious Stock Exchange Hotel Rooftop. Not to mention sinking your teeth into their fresh African Cuisines served on the day!


Event Dates
2019
      14th Sep


131 Edward Street
Brisbane City, QLD, 4000

Located 0.2K from Brisbane City Centre

Brisbane City Centre: Shopping

Brisbane’s retail scene gets bigger and better every year. Queen Street Mall is the centre of city shopping with over 700 specialty stores including six centres. QueensPlaza is the latest mall development with Tiffany’s, Louis Vuitton, Mecca Cosmetica and more. For the very latest in local fashions and edgy urban styles head to Fortitude Valley. Here you’ll also find the exclusive Emporium – a lively shopping, dining and lifestyle precinct. Explore James Street in New Farm, a hot spot for homewares and fashion including Sass and Bide, Scanlan and Theodore and Little Joe.

For factory outlet shopping head to DFO, one of Brisbane’s newest and biggest outlet superstores, located a short distance from Brisbane Airport and now at Jindalee. For fresh local produce, don’t miss the Farmer’s Markets at the Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm Park, held on alternate Saturdays each month. For unique gifts and local handiwork, the weekend markets at South Bank, Riverside or Brunswick Street Mall are not to be missed.

Brisbane City Centre: Eating Out

Brisbane has an ever growing exciting culinary scene and is filled with award winning restaurants, alfresco cafés and funky bars. The inner city has evolved into an upmarket and modern dining precinct with many top restaurants
including Restaurant Two, Gianni and e’cco Bistro, or head to Eagle Street Pier for a choice of modern and award winning dining. For cheap eats and ethnic cuisine, head to West End or Chinatown in Fortitude Valley. James Street in New Farm, and the Emporium and Brunswick Street in Fortitude Valley offer a great selection of funky bars, cafés and trendy restaurants including Isis Brasserie. Watt Modern Dining has one of the best riverfront locations, situated next to New Farm Park or head to South Bank for a great range of dining options.

Brisbane City Centre: Travel Tips

Weather Guide
Brisbane temperature average:
Summer 21ºC to 30ºC
Autumn 15ºC to 28ºC
Winter 11ºC to 22ºC
Spring 14ºC to 26ºC

What to Bring
Most Queenslanders dress informally, although reasonable dress standards are maintained in restaurants, hotels and bars. Lightweight clothing is suitable all year round, however bring something warm to slip on, as the temperature drops at night during winter. To ensure adequate protection from the sun we suggest you bring a broad-brimmed hat, SPF 30+ sunscreen, sunglasses and a long sleeved shirt with a collar.