Australia is filled with incredible sights and experiences. There’s also a lot of really hot desert to enjoy if you’re into that sort of thing. But along the east coast of the country/continent in the state of Queensland is Brisbane, a uniquely fun city.
Established in 1825, it’s one of the oldest cities in Australia and is quickly closing in on it’s 200th Anniversary. If you decide to go for the celebrations, there are more than a few unexpected things you have to add to your itinerary.
Brisbane Cricket Ground
Known locally as the Gabba, this sports stadium hosts an impressive variety of events. That includes a variety of concerts as well as rugby, Australian rules football and baseball. But it’s best known to many as the home of the Queensland Bulls cricket team.
While sports like rugby and cricket are incredibly popular in many parts of the world, others have little experience with them. The Gabba is a great spot to catch a match, and enjoy a big part of what makes Australia awesome.
Davies Park Market West End
It might only be open on Saturdays but Davies Park Market West End is worth the trip. It features an incredible array of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as baked goods and more. This is a superb spot to get a sampling of what local growers have to offer.
Davies also houses number of stalls that offer a great selection of gifts, fashion and more. But the coolest feature of the market might be the giant fig trees. A veritable canopy of fig trees covers much of the market. They are an incredible sight to see on their own.
Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre
On the outer edge of Brisbane is the Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre in D’Aguilar National Park. It’s a renowned venue for a variety of events, but it also doubles as an solid day trip for families visiting the area.
The Walkabout Creek Cafe can provided picnic boxes to enjoy while touring one of the picturesque walking paths around the park. Wildlife abounds in this area, and that’s in addition to the Wildlife Centre housed on site.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
This is not one of Brisbane’s best kept secrets since a lot of people know about it. But it’s still a hell of a lot of fun to go to. Originally opening almost a century ago, the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary was created to protect and advocate for one of Australia’s most iconic animals.
In addition to koalas, the sanctuary also plays home to Tasmanian Devils, wombats, cassowaries and much more. They also offer various wildlife experiences that allow visitors to get up close and personal with platypuses, kangaroos and, of course, koalas.
If you want to experience the modern Queensland arts and culture scene, look no further than the Brisbane Powerhouse. It got it’s name from the building it’s in, which was a 1920s power station. Don’t worry, though, as it’s gone through some upgrades and renovations.
The Brisbane Powerhouse hosts more that 1,250 live shows every year. That includes music, comedy, theater and a lot more. There are also two outstanding places to eat, Bar Alto and Mary Mae’s Bar & Kitchen.