Pack your bathers and a picnic basket for a fun day out! Who needs to head to the Gold Coast to escape the QLD heat when you can cool down in the city's man made beach? Walk along the Brisbane River exploring local markets. Find a patch of grass and set up for a family picnic or enjoy a beverage or two at one of the many bars and restaurants littering the riverfront.
2. MT COOTHA
For 360 degree views overlooking this metropolitan city, Mt Cootha is a must! Particularly beautiful at night, there is an abundance of things to explore here. During the day dine at the Kuta Cafe while soaking in the views. Spend your afternoon exploring the botanical gardens at the base of the mountain and at night get your telescope ready for star gazing opportunities!
3. LONE PINE KOALA SANCTUARY
There is no place better in south-east Queensland to spot Australia's incredible wildlife. Hand feed Kangaroos, cuddle our teddy bear like Koalas and snap the highly endangered Tasmanian Devil.
I would recommend allowing 4 hours to explore the sanctuary. Besides from the above mentioned highlights you can't miss Lorikeet feeding and the Australian sheep sheering show!
4. STORY BRIDGE
Whether you are an adrenaline junkie who loves to climb monuments or if you're like me and enjoy taking them in with your feet planted firmly on the ground, this Brisbane bridge offers you both. From as little as $99 you can complete the Story Bridge climb or check out the Story Bridge hotel for a great feed and view!
5. QUEENSLAND MUSEUM & SCIENCE CENTRE
No matter your age, there is fun to be found for everyone at the Queensland Museum & Science Centre. Interactive displays and optical illusions will keep you not only engaged but amazed by the world of science. When visiting the Queensland Museum be sure to check out my favourite exhibit - Dinosaurs!
6. XXXX BREWERY
Love Beer? This place is for you. Queensland's much loved XXXX beer factory is located in Milton, Brisbane. Enjoy a guided tour around the brewery and be rewarded with free taste testing at the end! To soak up all the beers dine at the XXXX Pub conveniently located at the end of your tour.
7. SUNCORP STADIUM
Home to the Brisbane Roar, Brisbane Broncos and QLD Reds, sports fanatics can't pass up exploring Brisbane's heart of sport. Live games are played weekly and tours of the stadium run every Thursday at 10:30am. If you're heading to a weekend game, head to Caxton Street in the city afterwards to celebrate with thousands of supporters at numerous pubs.
8. QUEEN STREET MALL
Shop until you drop in Queen Street Mall! Once you are exhausted from exploring the Myer Centre and boutique shops lined up down the shopping strip, check out the entertainment districts. Parklands, bars, restaurants, arcades and cinemas are all on offer!
9. THE WHEEL OF BRISBANE
Similar to the London Eye, the Wheel of Brisbane is located in Southbank and offers stunning 360 panoramic views of Brisbane city. A great way to escape the QLD heat as all carousels are air-conditioned!
10. TREASURY CASINO
Brisbane's Treasury Casino is an adults playground! 4 stories of glamour and gaming awaits you! Play poker to your hearts content, drop your loose coins in the slots or enjoy delicious cocktails at the bar. The choices are endless!