Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland, Australia, is the third most populated city in Australia. While Gold Coast is the more famous location, Brisbane city also has a lot to offer for those who are looking for a weekend getaway. With a good transport system, it is easy to get around the city. Although Brisbane has a lot to offer, here are the top 5 best options for family or couples. Half the fun is exploring Brisbane on foot, but if you are only there for the weekend, here are top 5 spots you should visit first. 

A Picnic in the Sky

Situated in the South Bank Parklands, on Russell Street, is the infamous Wheel of Brisbane. It is a large Ferris wheel that offers a full view of Brisbane City. You can have a picnic or a birthday party in the Wheel, making it a memorable weekend for kids or couples alike. Since it is in Brisbane city, you can easily walk or take the City Cat to reach the Wheel.

Streets Beach

After enjoying the view from the Wheel of Brisbane, take a stroll down to Streets Beach, also on Russell Street. The Streets Beach is on Stanley Street Plaza, and it has a man-made beach. The Streets Beach is free for all, and it is the place to go with kids. You can even find great places to eat and drink, as the beach is a hot spot for tourists and locals alike.


Explore History at Fort Lytton

Built-in 1881, Fort Lytton is an important site for Brisbane’s history. There are guided tours in Fort Lytton, as well as watching cannons fire for free. Fort Lytton is only half an hour from Brisbane city, located at the Southern bank of Brisbane River. The Fort is a great place to learn about history, as well as marvel at the scenic view Brisbane’s secret training ground has to offer.


Australia Zoo

Home of Steve Irwin, crocodile hunter, and his family, Australia Zoo is a must-go when you are in Brisbane. Even though it is around 1-hour drive via the Bruce Highway, you can take advantage of public transport. Take the QR Citytrain to Beerwah Rail station, and then take the zoo’s courtesy coach to reach Australia Zoo. There are more than 100 animals in the zoo, so be prepared to spend the weekend there. If you are staying in a hotel, there is the Croc Express that can pick you up from your hotel.

River Tours

One of the best ways to see Brisbane on a weekend is by going on boat tours. Cruises up and down the Brisbane River and learn about Brisbane’s history. River City Cruises or the Kookaburra Showboat Cruises are the popular tour cruises that you can try. Kookaburra Showboat has the added attraction of being a paddle steamer, and you can enjoy the view while having a meal along Brisbane River. If you are planning a romantic getaway, the river cruise is a great option to enjoy Brisbane together.