Brisbane's city centre is made up of a blend of historic buildings as well as modern skyscrapers. There are many ways you can explore and experience Brisbane's charm, from the waterways, bus tours and if you're feeling energetic walking.
A great way to see the city is from the observation platform in the 85 metre clock tower of the City Hall. City Hall is situated in King George Square and is open Monday - Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm and Saturday 10.00am - 4.30pm. Alternatively travel to Mt Coot-tha for some spectacular views over Brisbane city and surrounding suburbs.
Another great way to see the Brisbane sights is along the Brisbane Heritage Trail. You will pass many of Brisbane's historical and interesting buildings. Several of the buildings you will pass include Anzac Square, City Hall, Customs House, Old Government House, Old Windmill, and Parliament House.
There is also a wonderful walk along the Brisbane River, which takes you to the fabulous Brisbane Botanic Gardens.
Brisbane Casino, once the Old Treasury Building, is a definite must see for its architecture, casino and food. Heading further along George Street is Parliament House, a French Renaissance building overlooking the Botanic Gardens.
The Botanic Gardens are situated along the river and are open 24 hours a day with free tours at 11.00am and 1.00pm (not on Monday). Brisbane's main art gallery, museum and theatre complex can be found in the Queensland Cultural Centre, opposite the city centre next to Victoria Bridge.
Brisbane also hosts the Queensland Maritime Museum, situated South of South Bank. The museum is open everyday from 9.30am - 5.00pm and you'll find loads of models and relics inside. For a more hands on experience visit the Sciencentre, open everyday between 10.00am - 5.00pm with loads of interactive displays and illusions.
Brisbane offers a lively entertainment scene amongst its many bars and clubs with many venues hosting live music and bands. Popular and lively nightlife can be found at various places around the city, with the main nightlife centred around Caxton Street in Petrie Terrace, Eagle Street in the Brisbane city centre, and Fortitude Valley.
Another popular place to visit during the evening is the Brisbane Treasury Casino on Queen Street. There are plenty of gaming tables, a number of bars and a wide selection of restaurants. There is a dress code to get into the Casino, so don't go in your casual beach clothes.
There are also a number of diverse cinemas and theatres. For multi-screen cinemas showing new releases go to Hoyts in Queen Street Mall or The Myer Centre, or Greater Union on Albert Street. For an art house collection of films go to The Classic 863 Stanley Street, The Dendy 346 George Street, or Metro 109 Edward Street.
Brisbane's theatres include The Performing Arts Complex which shows concerts, dance and theatre performances and films. To see performances by Queensland Ballet and Theatre Companies go to Suncorp Theatre. Alternatively go to Brisbane Arts Theatre or La Boite Repertory Theatre. There are also concerts from touring bands, held in the Brisbane Concert Hall.
There are also three breweries in Brisbane, Castlemaine-Perkins-XXXX, Milton Road and The Carlton Brewhouse; both offer tours with a free beer included in the price. The third brewery is called The Brewhouse and is located on Albert Street, they offer tours for groups of ten and over, with free beer tasting and a meal for around $20; pre booking is required.
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