Top Things To Do Outdoors in Brisbane

With all the fantastic outdoor options Brisbane has to offer, there's no reason to stay cooped up inside, so why not get out and about and soak up that beautiful Queensland sun?

Sail down the Brisbane River on a River City Cruise, or see Brisbane from new heights with S&S Aviation. For even more stunning views, Brisbane Lookout is a must-see, and the adventurous among you will be rewarded both with a satisfying climb and amazing scenery when you attempt the Story Bridge Adventure Climb. 

If you're in the mood for a day trip, both Bribie Island and Stradbroke Island are paradises waiting to be discovered, with beach and bush activities; whatever takes your fancy. Or if you'd rather try something different, visit the hinterlands and explore the mystical Tamborine Mountain, where a variety of walking tracks will get you active as well as take you through breathtaking rainforests. Animal-lovers among you are in for a treat with Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, where you can not only get out amongst the wildlife, but interact with it. 

And if you simply want a relaxing day amongst nature, there are many beautiful gardens and parks around Brisbane, from the City Botanic Gardens and urban oasis Roma Street Parkland to New Farm Park and the Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mount Coot-tha. 

No matter what you love to do outdoors, you won't be disappointed, so get out there and start exploring! 

River City Cruises

River City Cruises is one of the original and best sightseeing cruises on the Brisbane River.

Bribie Island

The natural beauty of Bribie Island is breathtaking. It is the only Moreton Bay Island that you can drive to, and has plenty to offer including swimming, cruising, fishing, golfing and more.

Story Bridge Adventure Climb

Located in the heart of Brisbane city this is one of only three bridge climbs in the world. With breathtaking 360-degree views, Story Bridge Adventure Climb is a spectacular way to discover Brisbane and its beautiful surrounds.

Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha

Located just 15 minutes’ drive from the city centre, the 52-hectare Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha is Queensland’s premier subtropical botanic gardens. Stretch out on the grass by the lagoon, explore the Exotic Rainforest, or seek out the secrets of the stars with a visit to the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium.

Stradbroke Island

Stradbroke Island on Moreton Bay is home to specatacular scenery and native animals. There's so much to do here including swimming, fishing, whale watching, bush walking and more.

S&S Aviation

Take to the skies with S&S Aviation and see some of the amazing locations that Queensland has to offer. Travel in one of their VIP helicopters for the ultimate scenic flight over Brisbane, Gold Coast and surrounds. Enjoy lunch in Noosa Heads, Byron Bay or in one of the award-winning wineries.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

At Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary you can cuddle a koala in a delightful bushland setting on the edge of the Brisbane River.

Tamborine Mountain

Tamborine Mountain is home to Queensland’s oldest national park and the third oldest in the world. Enjoy a tranquil wonderland of rainforests, waterfalls and charming villages. Stop by roadside stalls, artist studios, award-winning restaurants, cute cafes and wineries.

City Botanic Gardens

With its impressive colonial history, plant collections and riverside location, the City Botanic Gardens are a much beloved part of the cityscape. The City Botanic Gardens are only a 10 to 15 minute walk from the city centre and Central or Roma Street railway stations.

Roma Street Parkland

One of Brisbane’s treasures, Roma Street Parkland is a breathtaking oasis in the heart of the city. The largest subtropical parkland in an urban environment in the world, its diverse themed gardens reflect the variety of the Australian landscape.

Brisbane Lookout

A ‘must see’ for all visitors to Brisbane, Mt Coot-tha’s Brisbane Lookout offers spectacular panoramic views over the CBD all the way to Moreton Bay. Walking tracks are abundant through the National Park, and the Lookout itself showcases a historical timeline of this iconic destination.

New Farm Park

New Farm Park is a popular haunt for the city’s outdoor enthusiasts. Its riverside location, jacaranda-lined drive, rambling rose bushes, fig tree-houses for kids to climb, Moonlight Cinema, tennis courts, soccer fields and croquet lawns are great for the whole family.