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Best things to do in Brisbane

Brisbane Entertainment Centre
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Brisbane Entertainment Centre

The BEC draws massive crowds for Queensland's biggest Australian and international rock, pop, comedy and stadium acts. We're talking Madonna, Black Sabbath, UFC and even the occasional ice hockey match.

The Brightside
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The Brightside
3 out of 5 stars

Hardcore music lovers’ prayers are answered at this revamped Valley icon that's a promising new venue for Brisbane's alternative music scene.

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
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Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

The BCEC is where you will find your trade shows, expos and massive international touring artists when they come calling by Brisbane.

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Where to eat in Brisbane

Ristorante Tartufo
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Ristorante Tartufo
5 out of 5 stars

Hatted, starred and accoladed to the hilt, Tartufo remains Brisbane's high church of Italian cuisine

Gerard's Bistro
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Gerard's Bistro
5 out of 5 stars

Grab a mouthful of Middle Eastern-inspired cuisine from the sultan of James Street dining

Il Centro
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Il Centro
5 out of 5 stars

This riverfront Italian restaurant is where food, wine and service shine bright

Delicatezza
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Delicatezza
4 out of 5 stars

The tables fill fast at Delicatezza: the breakfast-and-lunch jewel in the crown of Mitchelton

Claret House Wine Bar
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Claret House Wine Bar
4 out of 5 stars

Impress a date or take a group of your nearest and dearest to Teneriffe's home of wine, cheese, cured meats and all the good things in life

Kwan Brothers
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Kwan Brothers
4 out of 5 stars

Visit the boldest, coolest kid on the Alfred and Constance block – a cheeky tribute to tasty Asian street food

The Gunshop Café
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The Gunshop Café
4 out of 5 stars

West End’s destination café has some of the best breakfasts in town in its arsenal

The Bleachers
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The Bleachers
4 out of 5 stars

Round up a team for booze, soft-serve and flavour-bomb fusion eats at West End’s cool-kid hangout, where spectating is the name of the game

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Hosokawa
4 out of 5 stars

When it comes to authentic sushi from experienced hands, this Japanese gem in Hamilton's dining strip is one skilled ninja

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Mirchh Masala
4 out of 5 stars

Awesomely authentic Indian street food spices up the Gabba at this cheap eat that prizes delicious substance over style

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Where to drink in Brisbane

Pumpyard Bar and Brewery
Bars Pumpyard Bar and Brewery

This Ipswich micro-brewery is winning hearts with beer lovers, foodies and historians alike

Gerard's Bar
Bars Gerard's Bar

The cool crowd at Gerard's Bar are enjoying a trip to Spain, stopping over at Hong Kong, without leaving home

Prohibition
Bars Prohibition

A former subterranean pool parlour in Fortitude Valley is puttin’ on the Ritz in a cavernous underground bar setting reminiscent of a 1920s speakeasy

Grand View Hotel
Bars Grand View Hotel

Get yourself to the oldest pub around, check out the history and check into an afternoon of good pub grub, live music and the good old Aussie ways

Claret House Wine Bar
Bars Claret House Wine Bar

Impress a date or take a group of your nearest and dearest to Teneriffe's home of wine, cheese, cured meats and all the good things in life

The Bleachers
Restaurants The Bleachers

Round up a team for booze, soft-serve and flavour-bomb fusion eats at West End’s cool-kid hangout, where spectating is the name of the game

Bars White Lightning Tiki Bar

Brisbane's power couple, Alfred & Constance, offer a South Pacific drinking experience for your pleasure

Bars Heya Bar

Oishi! This late-night bar brings Tokyo cool to the Valley with street food, cocktails and pinball

Greaser
Bars Greaser

A basement dive bar brings street cred to the sleazy end of Brunswick Street, with Picklebacks, Daiquiris and superior American eats

Corbett and Claude
Bars Corbett and Claude

Wine and beer on tap, Italian eats and slick surrounds are what lure post-work drinkers to this laneway basement bar in heritage-listed digs

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The 9 best Brisbane restaurants
Restaurants The 9 best Brisbane restaurants

Whether you've got a taste for upmarket modern Australian, Queensland's famous seafood eateries or classic European with a twist, the local foodie scene will impress you. Excellent dining choices abound in the inner-city suburbs of Fortitude Valley and New Farm, but those who venture further afield are rewarded with lesser-known local favourites. There are plenty of high-end offerings, but there are also delicious offerings for those on a budget. 

10 ways to be a little different in Brisbane
Things to do 10 ways to be a little different in Brisbane

Not one for following the herd? Neither are we. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Little Creatures to show you a few ways to get out of your comfort zone and embrace being a little different. Whether it’s discovering a new rooftop bar, seeing a ground-breaking theatre piece or rocking out to a live band, you’ll learn it’s good to be a little different here.

Five epic secret swimming spots around Brisbane
Attractions Five epic secret swimming spots around Brisbane

When the mercury rises this summer, leave the city behind and head for the hills. Nothing completes a hike through the rainforest like a relaxing swim in a cool, clear swimming hole surrounded by nature. Round up some friends, pack some refreshing Lipton Ice Tea, and hit the road. If hiking isn’t your scene, fear not. There are also beautiful, historic dams just outside the city where you can skip the hike and take a dip in the calm waters and just laze around on the grass in the sunshine. Before you head off for an outback adventure, always check for closures and fire bans on the Queensland Government website and check the air quality rating. Extreme weather conditions and catastrophic bushfires have led to the closures of many national parks in recent months. Find out more about Lipton Ice Tea.

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