Borobi’s top 5 things to do in Brisbane

It’s not often you would describe a capital city as laid-back and uncomplicated, but that’s exactly why Brisbane is so great.

Boasting the glitz and thrill of a big city with the easy-going nature that defines Queensland, you can go from high-culture to beach hangs in the blink of an eye.

But alas, city is as city does, and the list of things to do and see is endless. So follow suit and let Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games mascot, Borobi, lead the way with these 5 Brisbane must-dos.

1. Make a splash at Streets Beach South Bank

Streets Beach South Bank

Ain’t it crazy that even when you’re smack bang in the centre of our capital city, you’re never too far from the beach!

Sitting cool and calm in South Bank’s lush parklands on the edge of the Brisbane River, Streets Beach holds the title of Australia’s only man-made inner-city beach (read: no crashing waves or touchy-feely seaweed to deal with here!).

Surrounded by white soft sand and sub-tropical plants, the lagoon is free for all to use and is patrolled by qualified lifeguards year-round.

Got the youngins in tow? Next to the lagoon you’ll also find Aquativity, an interactive water park specifically designed for families, with features like shallow pools, tipping buckets and fountains.

2. Cruise the river by CityCat

CityCat Brisbane

Ask any local what would be the best way to see the sights in Brisbane, and you can bet your bottom dollar they’ll squeal “CityCat”.

Not an actual furry feline, the CityCat is Brisbane’s fleet of 21 ferries that cruise to and from 25 jump-off points along the Brisbane River.

Kick-back and enjoy this slower pace of exploration as you wind your way between Saint Lucia and Hamilton, or take advantage of the free CityHopper and hop on and off to discover the inner-city suburbs from South Bank and the CBD to Eagle Farm and Kangaroo Point.

3. Climb the Story Bridge

Story Bridge Adventure Climb

Hanging out in the treetops like a koala is great and all, but why stop there when you can be at one with the Brisbane skyline on the Story Bridge Adventure Climb?

One of only three bridge climbs in the world, the easy-going two-hour journey will have you hitting the steps (around 1000 to be precise) and standing tall at 80 metres above sea-level, with 360-degree panoramic views across the city and distant Scenic Rim.

4. Soak up some culture at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art

Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art

Inspired is an understatement when it comes to all the feels you’ll be having after a visit to the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA).

Home to more than 17,000 works of historical, modern and contemporary art from Australia and around the world, it’s easy to lose yourself in the artistic expression and wonder of both galleries, which offer distinct yet complementary experiences in South Bank’s Cultural Precinct.

5. Tuck into a feast at Eat Street Markets

Eat Street Markets

You’ll need more than a koala-sized appetite when you tackle the Eat Street Markets in Portside.

What was once a disused container wharf is now the home of one of Australia’s most interactive market experiences, with over 60 shipping containers reconfigured as mini-restaurants and dishing out a world of street food and live music every Friday and Saturday nights (and Sunday days during winter).

Pooch and kid-friendly, the weekly extravaganza is one of the best ways to kick-off a weekend in Brisbane.

What’s your favourite things to do in Brisbane?

This post was originally published in 2016 and updated on 15th February 2018.