Brisbane

Brisbane's city-center landmarks—a mix of Victorian, Edwardian, and slick contemporary architecture—are best explored on foot. Most lie within the triangle formed by Ann Street and the bends of the Brisbane River. Streets running toward the river are named after female British royalty; those parallel to the river after male royalty. The well-tended South Bank precinct has riverfront parklands and cultural centers, alfresco cafés, and weekend markets. Upriver, the quiet, leafy suburb of Fig Tree Pocket is home to Australia's best-known koala sanctuary.

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  • 1. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

    Zoo/Aquarium

    Founded in 1927, Queensland's most famous fauna park is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's first and largest...Read More

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  • 2. Queensland Cultural Centre

    South Brisbane | Library/Archive

    This sunny riverside hub is literally the cultural center of Brisbane, with a variety of world-class facilities nestled together amongst landscaped...Read More

  • 3. South Bank Parklands

    Museum/Gallery

    One of the most appealing urban parks in Australia, this massive complex along the banks of the Brisbane River includes parklands, shops, hotels...Read More

  • 4. Anzac Square and the Shrine of Remembrance

    City Center | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Paths stretch across manicured lawns toward the Doric Greek Revival shrine made of Queensland sandstone. An eternal flame burns here for Australian...Read More

  • 5. Old Windmill & Observatory

    City Center | Notable Building

    This 1824 construction is the oldest remaining convict-built structure in Brisbane, dubbed the "Tower of Torture" by convicts forced to power...Read More

  • 6. Parliament House

    City Center | Garden

    Opened in 1868, this splendid, stone-clad, French Renaissance building with a Mount Isa copper roof earned its colonial designer a meager 200...Read More

  • 7. Roma Street Parkland

    City Center | Garden

    The world's largest subtropical garden within a city is a gentle mix of forest paths, floral displays, and structured plantings surrounding...Read More

  • 8. The Commissariat Store

    City Center | Library/Archive

    Convict-built in 1829 on the site of the city's original timber wharf, this was Brisbane's first stone building and remains the oldest occupied...Read More

  • 9. Treasury Casino & Hotel

    City Center | Plaza/Square

    This Edwardian baroque edifice overlooking the river stands on the site of military barracks from the original penal settlement, flanked by...Read More

  • 10. Caffe Libri

    City Center | Restaurant

    Duck down Elizabeth Street to the locally owned American Book Store. In the back, Caffe Libri serves coffee, cakes, and extravagant sandwiches...Read More

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