When traveling to Brisbane for either a day trip, or an extended stay you can always find something to do near your Brisbane hotel. For they more extended stay ask the hotel front desk receptionist if they have any sugestions of what to see while you are staying with them, they are sure to know the area and can point out some of the greatest things to see, or do while you are on vacation. Find our our hotels at competitive prices at https://www.australia-trips.info/hotels.html
Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha
There are more than fifty hectare (about 130-acre) gardens at the base of Mount Coot-tha, which exhibit Aussie natives and exotics that you most likely won't see at home, featuring an arid zone, a Tropical Dome conservatory, which gives a home to rainforest plants, a cactus house, a bonsai house, fragrant plants, a Japanese garden, as well as African and American plants and wetlands. There are also some beautiful lakes and trails, and a horticultural show or crafts exhibition in the auditorium on weekends. Also one will find a nice a café and can participate in the free one hour guided tours, which leave the kiosk at 11am and 1pm Monday through Saturday. The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium and the Cosmic Skydome are also situated in the botanic gardens.
Once the highest edifice in Brisbane, the City Hall is now defeated by the office blocks that encircle it. However, a ride in the old elevator to the top of the sandstone clock tower gives one a diverse perspective on the city centre. A cheery elevator operator will retell one a history of the edifice on the short ride to the third floor before letting you out into the glassed-in observation floor in the bell tower. If you happen to be there on the quarter-hour, you will get a close up experience of the chimes.
Roma Street Parkland
Thousands of plants - natives as well as some of the world's most endangered, have been used in Roma Street Parkland to decorate lush sub-tropical gardens in an unused railway yard. The various regions of the gardens are themed and there are available free guided walks (Thursday through Sunday - 10am and 2pm Sept-May, 11am and 2pm June-Aug), and self-guided walking tours for each theme area. The park is dotted with barbecues and picnic areas, as well as playground. From King George Square, the park is located on about half kilometer walk along Albert Street.
South Bank Parklands
Don’t miss to spend some time at this charming sixteen-hectare (forty-acre) complex, consisting of various parks, playgrounds, street theater, restaurants, shops and weekend markets. There is also an artificial beach, lined with palm trees, with real waves and sand, where one can swim, stroll, and cycle the beautiful meandering pathways, or simply sit over a cafe and admire the city views. From the parklands it is an easy stroll to the museum of Brisbane, art gallery, and other parts of the near Queensland Cultural Center. The South Bank Parklands are located on a less than ten minute walk from town.
St. John's Anglican Cathedral
The city’s splendid neo-Gothic Anglican cathedral is in the final stages of completion - some hundred years after it was begun. Don't be put off by the scaffolding if it is still there – it should be completed in 2007. From a glassed-off area inside, one can watch the stonemasons using traditional medieval building techniques as they work on the western transept (Ann St. side). A knowledgeable volunteer guides tours and will point out some of the details that make this cathedral uniquely Queensland.
Some other attractions in the city, which are worth visiting, include Queensland Cultural Centre (featuring Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Museum); Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary; Newstead House; Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium & Cosmic Skydome; Australian Woolshed, etc.
And some Side Trips, which are highly recommended - North Stradbroke Island, South Stradbroke Island, Moreton Island, St. Helena Island.
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