Brisbane City's Most Scenic Spots
Whether it’s a blooming garden-scape or a sky-high view of the river, The City abounds with scenic locales – perfect for a spot of respite or an Insta-worthy snap. From popular locations to not-so-obvious sites, here’s where to find The City’s best backdrops.
City Botanic Gardens
A park that spans manicured gardens with seasonal blooms, ornamental ponds and native trees, we’re hard pressed to name just one scenic spot in the City Botanic Gardens. But if we had to, it would be the fig trees draped in twinkling fairy lights adjacent to the Goodwill Bridge for a magical moment.
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King Edward Park
A green rectangle between Turbot Street and Wickham Terrace, King Edward Park is a historic terraced park surrounded by skyscrapers. With the iconic red Jacobs Ladder steps cutting a swathe through the greenery, it’s a scenic urban retreat.
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For peace and solitude – and to soak up those glorious midday rays – Anzac Square has been a fave picnic spot for city workers for the past 80 years. We love the manicured lawns and flower beds that frame this formal garden.
Post Office Square
Close to plenty of food options, the inviting green grass of Post Office Square is another ideal spot for a lunchtime picnic in the sunshine. Stake your piece of turf and enjoy the sights and sounds of The City as you snack.
As part of the convict settlement in the 1820s and as such thought to be the site of the first house in Brisbane, this heritage-listed park will immerse you in history. The design of the park keeps it relatively bare in order to not divide the space visually so pack a hat or use this spot for morning or afternoon tea. You can also marvel at the bronze statues of Queen Victoria and former premier TJ Ryan and the block of bluestone with a bronze plaque to commemorate the service of Australian women in war.
Coffee Iconic Cafe Garden
A hidden garden eatery tucked behind nondescript double doors on George Street, Coffee Iconic offers respite from The City’s ebb and flow. The tranquil outdoors oasis resembles a zen garden with pavers and stones amid serene greenery. Retreat here to soak up the ambience and rustic surrounds with a latte or light meal.
Blackbird Bar & Grill
With enviable 180-degree views of the Brisbane River, Kangaroo Point cliffs and Story Bridge, Blackbird Bar & Grill at Eagle Street Pier offer the ideal vantage point of some of The City’s best assets.
Sixteen Antlers Rooftop Bar
On level 16 of the Pullman & Mercure Brisbane King George Square hotel, Sixteen Antlers is The City’s hidden rooftop gem. Head here for elevated alfresco views by day and a dazzlingly vibrant outlook at night.
WET Deck at W Brisbane
If there’s anything we love more than Brisbane River and South Bank views, it’s a sweeping vista of the two icons from the vantage point of a pool. The WET Deck is Brisbane’s resort-style retreat above the river with graphic monochromatic shapes framing a heated pool and lounges. We’ll see you poolside with a cocktail…
Another scenic rooftop pool terrace. This one is perched above Queen Street Mall and embraces tropical luxe, it frames a 20-metre long infinity pool with padded lounges to kick back during the day, night or both. Order from the cocktail list of signature drinks and classics, set up on a table by the terrace edge and settle in for the ultimate people-watching experience in the mall below.
This scenic tour just took an overwater turn at this venue. Arrive at Will & Flow and you’ll be served up stunning riverfront views and beverages that will take you from morning to night. Early risers should stop by for a juice or coffee or head in for golden hour at sunset with craft beers, vibrant cocktails and mouth-watering snacks. It’s a no brainer.