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Brooke Maddison

Brooke Maddison

Brooke Maddison is a writer and editor living on unceded Turrbal and Yuggera land in Brisbane. Her work has been published in Kill Your Darlings, Antithesis, The Spineless Wonders Queer as Fiction Anthology, Verity La and Jacaranda. She is also the editor of the UQ Creative Writing Anthology, and she is currently writing a novel. After stints in Kathmandu and London, she returned to soak up the sun in Brisbane. In her spare time you
can find her drinking coffee, eating all the (vegan) food, visiting her local library, or escaping
to the beach with her son.

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Best free things to do in Brisbane

Best free things to do in Brisbane

Nothing in life is free. Nothing! And you might disagree and say something like “what about walking along a beach? That’s free!” And you’d be right, but Brisbane doesn’t have beaches, so you’d be wrong.  So if you’re in Brisbane, and you’re broke and looking to have some fun, what do you do? Well, after living here a long time with varying amounts of disposable income we feel we’re in a position to offer some suggestions. Here’s what we’d do, in no particular order. Cashed up? You may like to go eat at one of Brisbane's best restaurants.

Best day trips from Brisbane

Best day trips from Brisbane

There is plenty to do in Brisbane itself, but the city is also perfectly positioned for a range of one-day adventures. You can get away to the beach, the mountains, an island, or a picturesque country town, and still be back home in time for a backyard barbie dinner.    Here are ten of the best day trips to take from Brisbane. Please note that there are many sacred sites that are of great cultural significance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders throughout Australia. Always check if it is appropriate for you to visit specific areas. For example, the Traditional Owners of the Glass House Mountains, the Jinbara and Kabi Kabi people, request that visitors don’t climb Mount Beerwah or Mount Tibrogargan. Looking for an overnight stay? Check out the best weekend getaways from Brisbane.

The best attractions in Brisbane

The best attractions in Brisbane

Please remember to observe social distancing and good hygiene habits. Some listed venues/experiences may be closed – be sure to check ahead.If there was any lingering doubt that Queensland's capital is a world city it was put to rest with the announcement that the 2032 Olympics would be hosted right here in Brisvegas. And truth be told, for a long time the River City has been much more than just a pit-stop on the way to the Gold Coast. In QAGOMA, the city has two of the best designed art galleries anywhere in the world, and blockbuster art to show in them. We have great barbecue spots, sure, but there are also some great high-end, fine dining experiences too. With an incredible climate (although slip, slop, slap please, we implore you) and a great set of river walkways and public transport connections, it’s also easier than ever to get around. Whether it’s a family adventure, a romantic weekend or a spare 24 hours on the end of a business trip – here’s our pick of the best attractions in Brisbane. (Honourable mentions must go to: Museum of Brisbane’s Clock Tower tours; La Boîte Theatre; Fish Lane; Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary; Red Hill Cinema; XXXX Brewery Tours; and the Spring Hill Baths.)

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Daisy Hill Koala Centre

Daisy Hill Koala Centre

Entry to the Daisy Hill Koala Centre is free, and while patting or handling the koalas is not possible there are ample viewing possibilities from two different boardwalks. Meet the centre's rescued and very cute animals including Molly, Kyra, Aretha, Moreton and more. Apart from seeing the resident marsupials, kids can also learn about koala conservation in a hands-on exhibit. In the day-use section of the park there’s an interactive play space for kids, including Wild Nature Play for sensory nature experiences and Indigenous Games, where the whole family can learn together through play. The park is wheelchair accessible and dog-friendly, and has barbecue and picnic facilities.  Daisy Hill is one of Brisbane’s hidden gems, and if you’re looking for an active and educational family activity, you’ll find plenty to do here. Hiking, mountain biking and horse riding are some of the best ways to see the park, and there are trails to suit all levels.  

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

For stargazers and budding astronomers, you can’t go past a trip to the planetarium. Housed in Mt Coot-tha’s Botanic Gardens, the planetarium hosts a variety of affordable kid-friendly shows for ages three and up. Most of the immersive shows take place in the Cosmic Skydome, a 12.5-metre-diameter projection dome, and a highlight of any visit is the projection of the planets, stars and constellations that will be visible in Brisbane on that particular night. You can also visit Skylore: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Astronomy, which features star knowledge and wisdom passed down from First Nations Elders. The Planetarium is also home to an observatory, the Sundial Courtyard, a theatre and the Galaxy Gift Shop.

Mount Coot-tha Summit Lookout

Mount Coot-tha Summit Lookout

Only 15 minutes from the CBD, the Mt Coot-tha Reserve is the largest natural area in Brisbane, coming in at a whopping 1,600 hectares of lush rainforest gullies, eucalypt forests, creeks and waterfalls. The summit offers panoramic views of the city, so close you could almost reach out and touch the skyscrapers, and is easily accessible by car or walking trail. Take your camera and head up early to see the sun rise from Brisbane’s highest point, before enjoying breakfast at the café. If mornings don’t agree with you, the sunset and evening views are equally impressive. Or make a day of it – the reserve is also home to extensive hiking and mountain biking trails, waterfalls, picnic areas, Botanic Gardens and even a planetarium.

The Gabba

The Gabba

Named for its location in the inner suburb of Woolloongabba, the Gabba is the definitive  home of sport in Brisbane. Choose from cricket, AFL, rugby league, rugby union, soccer and baseball – it happens here year round. The Gabba is the home ground for the Brisbane Lions, Brisbane Heat and the Queensland Bulls, so there’s plenty of opportunity to catch a home game. The Olympics are set to take place in Brisbane in 2032, so keep an eye out for the Gabba’s major upgrade before it takes center stage. 

Victoria Park Putt Putt

Victoria Park Putt Putt

Victoria Park Putt Putt is an 18-hole mini golf course featuring sand and water traps and swinging poles. There are regular themed events, including Halloween and Christmas, as well as live music and family events at the bistro. With great city views and an on-site bar, the putt putt course is perfect for family fun, first dates and after work hangs. Check out the bistro after a taxing round of mini golf for a bite to eat. Top tip: visit later in the evening during the summer months to beat the heat and soak up the night time views.

Netherworld

Netherworld

Up on the corner of St Pauls Terrace, Netherworld is an all-encompassing good time – drinking hole, diner and home to a collection of vintage arcade games. You’ll find 25 arcade games, 15 pinball machines, consoles and over 100 board games. Machines are only $1 to play, while consoles and board games are free; and there are deals during happy hour and special events. Add in a selection of locally brewed beers (Espresso Martini Stout, anyone?), a fusion Asian-American diner and live music, and you’ve got an epic night out. All the food at the Hellmouth diner is vegan, unless you choose to add dairy or carnivorous options as extras. Don’t leave without trying the demon drummies – crumbed cauliflower never tasted so good.