What are the best things to see and do in Brisbane?

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Jennifer Kester

Whether you’re a culture fiend, sports fan, foodie or beach-lover, you’ll have no shortage a diverse range of attractions and activities in Brisbane. Our Forbes Travel Guide editors chose five must-dos:
1. Relax in the South Bank Parklands. Once the site of Brisbane’s World Expo ’88, the South Bank Parklands now provide locals and visitors with acres of green space in the heart of the city. Spend a sunny afternoon strolling along the riverfront promenade, take a spin on the soaring observation wheel, or catch one of the many festivals and events that are held here throughout the year. Feeling the heat? Cool off at the man-made Streets Beach, Australia’s only inner-city beach.
2. Check out the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA). These two galleries, located on the same site adjacent to the South Bank Parklands, boast an impressive display of Australian and international art works. The permanent collections include a diverse range of sculptures, indigenous, Asian and pacific art, while past temporary exhibitions have included works by renowned artists like Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. The galleries also offer free guided tours.
3. Catch a game at a world-class sporting venue. From rugby league in winter to test cricket in summer, Brisbane is home to some of the country’s best sporting action. Visit Suncorp Stadium to catch a home game of the Brisbane Broncos rugby team in the winter or Brisbane Roar soccer team in the summer. For a game of Aussie rules football or a cricket match, head to the Brisbane Cricket Ground, known by locals as The Gabba. Missed out on a game? Both venues also offer tours year-round.
4. Take a XXXX Brewery Tour. XXXX is as quintessentially Queensland as sunshine and surfing, so what better way to get acquainted with this iconic beer than with a brewery tour? The Castlemaine Perkins Brewery, home of XXXX, was first established in 1878. On the tour, you’ll learn about the company’s rich 130-year history as well as brewing and production processes. The tour is finished off with some icy cold samples of the beer itself.
5.  Scale great heights on a Story Bridge Adventure Climb. For an unbeatable view of the city and surrounding areas, there’s nothing quite like the vantage point from the top of Brisbane’s Story Bridge. On the way up, you’ll learn about the history of the city and the bridge itself. Feeling particularly daring? Try the new Abseil Climb, in which you can abseil back down one of the piers into the park below.

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