Get Inspired / Australasia / Australia Insiders Guide to Brisbane Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Australasia / Australia Insiders Guide to Brisbane story by: House of Travel 1. Cuddle a koala! Lone Pine is the world's largest koala sanctuary, and offers visitors a chance to cuddle one of the 130 fuzzy critters at any time! HOT tip: You can also visit the park's curious platypuses, hand-feed kangaroos or see 92 other native Aussie species here. 2. Swim at the beach, without leaving the CBD Pop to the opulent parkland area of Southbank, across the river, to swim at Streets Beach - the country's only seaside in the middle of a city. HOT tip: You don't need to worry which day you visit Streets. There are lifeguards patrolling seven days a week, so if the sun is out, come on down. 3. Get a little bit cultured Also located in Southbank is the famous Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art building (QAGOMA). There are over 16,000 works here, from both past and present artists. HOT tip: Don't worry about your poor wallet, as entry to QAGOMA is totally free. Some specific exhibitions may charge, but the vast majority don't. 4. Climb a bridge, tell the story Want something really unique to talk about when you get home? Book a climbing experience up Story Bridge, which over a kilometre long and 72 metres tall is sure to put a tingle in your spine. HOT tip: This is one of only three bridge climb activities in the entire world, with the other two located in Sydney and Auckland. Don't feel like walking down? You can abseil! 5. Explore Brisbane's local islands Brisbane isn't just great for the mainland attractions, but for its nearby islands as well. Moreton and North Stradbroke are both close by, and you can easily ferry to each. HOT tip: Moreton is the third-largest sand island in the world, and is lavished with gorgeous lakes and rolling sand dunes. Stradbroke, on the other hand, offers you lovely cafes, galleries and coastal walks, not to mention numerous aquatic activities such as whale watching. Click here for all our Brisbane deals. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Inspire - March 2018 Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.