Outdoors and Adventure

Brisbane’s famed sunshine and subtropical climate affords the city a truly unique position as Australia’s outdoor centre. 

Outdoor Spotlight

Forever young – Brisbane’s outdoor activities will thrill the kids and challenge the young at heart.

  • On the Water - Riverlife Stand-up Paddle Boarding
  • Hug a Koala- Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
  • Surf and Sand - Streets Beach South Bank
  • Dizzying Heights - Story Bridge Adventure Climb
  • Picnic - Brisbane Botanic Gardens
  • Wind in your hair - CityCycle
  • Bushwalking - Mt Coot-tha

Bike

With a compact design and six pedestrian bridges connecting the city to the inner suburbs, Brisbane is a city that is just waiting to be explored. 

Go on a tour with Brisbane Bicycle Tours or hire a bike from Riverlife Adventure Centre or Brisbane Bike Hire then explore the city on the dedicated paths that cross the city. 

The city’s newest form of public transport CityCycle is an inner-city bike hire scheme which includes 150 bike stations, packed with bikes to rent.

Enjoy the spectacular views of Brisbane at South Bank on the Wheel of Brisbane. A great family option, you can enjoy informative audio commentary from your cabin 60 meters in the air. 

Action enthusiasts will get a bird’s eye view of the city during a Story Bridge Adventure Climb (one of only three in the world). Take your inner city adventure up a notch and opt to finish the climb by abseiling down the bridge into the river-side park below.

Streets Beach

Visitors should not miss South Bank’s Streets Beach, Australia’s only beach in the middle of the city. Patrolled by experienced life guards, visitors can relax, soak up city views and enjoy the cool, clear water.

For more water fun, travel the short distance along the river to the Riverlife Adventure Centre at Kangaroo Point and abseil down the cliffs. Before you step off the edge, make sure you stand back and enjoy the uninterrupted views of Brisbane and watch the CityCats and boats and skim across the meandering river.

Riverlife Adventure Centre also encourages participation in river fun with day or night kayaking adventures. Alternatively, visitors can try the latest craze to hit Brisbane with a Stand-up Paddle Board adventure. 

If you would prefer to kick back, relax and float down the river, a number of local operators offer Brisbane River cruises. Kookaburra River Queen adds a touch of luxury to the experience by providing lunch and dinner cruises. River City Cruises takes you on an informative river tour which highlights Brisbane’s sights and historical landmarks. Mirimar Cruises gives guests a dose of Brisbane and modern catering while delivering you to the doorstep of Australia’s first and largest koala sanctuary, Lone Pine.

Lone Pine Koala

With more than 130 Koalas calling the venue home, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary offers family fun and native wildlife experiences. Considered one of Brisbane’s must-see attractions, it is here that you can hold a koala, hand feed kangaroos and wallabies, watch a platypus play in his enclosure, learn how to muster sheep or marvel at the birds of prey as they swoop overhead. 

Nature lovers should also consider a trip to Brisbane’s highest peak, Mt Coot-tha. Mt Coot-tha features several walking and bike tracks of varying difficulties and is home to a lookout with breath taking panoramic views of the city.

For those who would prefer to kick back with a picnic, Brisbane offers some of Australia’s most lush and central green spaces. Visit the City Botanic Gardens, Musgrave Park, Mowbray Park, Roma Street Parklands or New Farm Park.