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Brisbane's best photography spots

You haven't been somewhere if you didn't get a photo, right? So don't miss the opportunity to visit some of Brisbane's most photographic places and capture that epic tourist shot. 

Most are easy to get too, even walkable, and others may require a scenic road trip through our stunning Brisbane region – but the journey's half the fun.

We've done the hard work for you so you can spend more time snapping and posting your shots to Instagram and sharing them with us at #thisisbrisbane.  

Check out our guide to the best places around Brisbane to snap a photo. 

Mt Coot-tha

If you’re looking for the classic Brisbane city shot, hike or drive up to Brisbane’s leafy Mt Coot-tha and capture a full skyline view. Extra points for sunrise shots.

Mt Coot-tha Tropical Dome

Always a great spot for a snap or two, the geodesic dome is something to marvel and keeps the heat in – perfect for plants of the tropics who want it hot all year round. 

Lone Pine

What a koala-ity place to spend a day snapping photos of our unique, Australian wildlife. Get up close and personal with kangaroos, spot the sleeping wombats and even cuddle a koala. 

Kangaroo Point Cliffs

Easily one of the best views of Brisbane City is found at the top of Kangaroo Point Cliffs. Head here at sunset for a double whammy of panoramic views with spectacular sunset colours. 

South Bank

One of Brisbane's favourite spots to unwind, head to South Bank for a photo on the white sandy beach, by the iconic BRISBANE sign, under the blooming pink bougainvillea or down by the river at River Quay Green. 

Fortitude Valley Laneways

Whether you’re looking for craft beer, American burgers, locally-designed threads or just that classic laneway snap, California, Bakery and Winn Lane are a must-visit.

Howard Smith Wharves

Located directly beneath the Story Bridge, Howard Smith Wharves is Brisbane's newest dining & lifestyle precinct, but most importantly, it's amazingly picturesque and Instagram worthy. You'll probably find yourself shoot a shot of the bridge with a beer in hand.

El' Rosa

This homewares store, cum café cum dreamy pink paradise, is an Instagrammers haven. It features a breezy pink courtyard, pink-tinged beverages and lush greenery, perfect for that standout snap.

Wilson Outlook Reserve

From this little park on the cliff edge at New Farm, it’s easy to frame up an epic Story Bridge shot. Set up your tripod and wait for the sunset to turn the skies above Brisbane a spectacular shade.

Eat Street

Brisbane’s most colourful hot spot, Eat Street is a food truck paradise complete with extravagant photogenic food like ice cream waffle tacos and fairy floss the size of your head.

Fish Lane

Filled with local eateries and street art, inject a colourful splash to your feed with a trip to South Brisbane’s Fish Lane. Follow the train tracks for street art favourite, The Pillars Project.

Fairy light trees at QUT or Captain Burke Park

Dotted around Brisbane’s inner-city neighbourhoods, you’ll find pockets of enchanting fairy-lit fig trees to add a touch of magic to any snap.

Rooftop bars

With almost 300 days of sunshine every year, it’s easy to see why rooftop bars are a popular hangout. Head to Eleven in Fortitude Valley for a drink with one of Brisbane’s most iconic and unique views, or The Terrace at the Emporium to find yourself with panoramic views of the city, 21 levels high. 

Enoggera Reservoir

This popular inner-city oasis is perfect for anyone wanting to swim or paddle through calm waters. But, lucky for us, it's also picturesque to a T, offering an ideal backdrop for some excellent nature photography. 

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Shorncliffe Pier

The iconic Shorncliffe Pier is Brisbane’s largest (and most picturesque) timber pier. We suggest visiting at sunrise when you'll capture the sun rising over the water and meet like-minded photographers trying for the same thing. 

Moreton Island wrecks

Do we really need to explain this one? One of Brisbane's true gems boasts crystal clear waters, white beaches and a shipwreck bursting with over 200 species of fish and other marine life. Bring a camera and a GoPro to capture this from all angles. 

Point Lookout/North Gorge Walk

Take a stroll along the North Gorge Walk and take in ocean views over Point Lookout. Look out across the turquoise sea, and you’ll spot dolphins, manta rays, turtles, fish and even the occasional shark.

Morans Falls

A perfect postcard view awaits at Morans Falls in Lamington National Park. It's a 4.6km return walk, so keep the equipment light – you don't need much to capture this beauty. 

Mountains

If you're willing to hike to the summit, you'll be treated to expansive views of Brisbane's region, that are definitely worthy of a snap. Mt Barney, Mt Cordeaux, Mt Mitchell & Mt Maroon in the Scenic Rim and Flinders Peak in Ipswich are our picks if you're wanting guaranteed views of the scenic landscape (weather depending). 

Kooroomba Vineyard & Lavender Farm

Nestled in the Fassifern Valley at Mt Alford, Kooroomba Vineyard & Lavender Farm coats the countryside in a lavender purple blanket and has magnificent views of the Scenic Rim mountains.

Northbrook Gorge

For keen hikers, this trek requires you to swim through two freshwater gorges to reach Wivenhoe Lookout, but for photographers, you'll find some of the best nature shots at the first gorge.

Cleveland Lighthouse 

At just 12m tall, this hexagonal wooden shiplap lighthouse is so cute we want to hug it (and photograph it). You'll find us here at sunset capturing pastel hues over the water.

Floating above Ipswich

Explore South East Queensland's countryside from the air on a Floating Images Hot Air Balloon. Breathtaking views over the Scenic Rim, Somerset and Ipswich at dawn make this ride unique and picturesque. 

Happy snapping!

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