Brisbane Sights

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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Anzac Square and the Shrine of Remembrance

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

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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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...

Old Windmill & Observatory

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

Parliament House

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

Queensland Cultural Centre

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

Roma Street Parkland

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The world's largest subtropical garden within a city is a gentle mix of forest paths and structured plantings surrounding a fish-stocked...

South Bank Parklands

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One of the most appealing urban parks in Australia, this massive complex includes parklands, shops, a maritime museum, walking and cycling...

The Commissariat Store

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Convict-built in 1829 on the site of the city's original timber wharf, this was Brisbane's first stone building. It has served variously...

Treasury Casino Brisbane

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