10 Things to do in Brisbane

Whether you want to shop, admire the views, or get a fix of culture – Brisbane is the must-have ticket! Here’s our pick of ten top things to do…

Boundary Street Markets in West End
West End is Brisbane’s quirky suburb, full of character and good vibes. The Boundary Street Markets are on Fridays 4pm- 10pm, Saturdays 10am- 10pm and Sundays 9am- 2pm. If you love food, music, and an artsy environment, a visit to these markets is a must!

Mt Cootha Lookout
For beautiful panoramic views of Brisbane city and Moreton Bay, take a trip to Mt Cootha. Whether you visit during the day or on an evening, this lookout does not fail to impress. Relax with a coffee or meal at Kuta Café and take in the scenery.

Visit the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)
For art lovers, Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art has a collection of historical, contemporary and modern art. Surrounded by cafes and in the centre of Brisbane, you can view collections at the art museum for free. Exhibitions are on regularly and only require a small fee.

Watch a show at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)
The Queensland Performing Arts Centre offers a range of shows for theatre enthusiasts. The centre also has a range of bars, cafes and bistros so you can treat yourself to a meal and drink before or after the performance. With stunning views of Brisbane city from the city, QPAC is a nice way to spend a night in Brisbane.

Eat Street Markets
Eat Street Markets is a foodie’s heaven. On every Friday from 4pm- 10pm, Saturday from 4pm- 10pm and Sunday 10am- 3pm, the markets at Hamilton Wharf offer a diverse range of international cuisines, both sweet and savoury. There is something for everyone, so make sure you go with an empty stomach and big appetite.

Yatala Drive-in Theatre
The unique Yatala drive in theatre is open 7 days a week and shows the latest blockbusters. It is rare to come across drive-in theatres so make sure you don’t miss this one!

Visit Southbank
Southbank is located along the Brisbane River, across from the Brisbane CBD. The area boasts plenty of restaurants, bars and cafes, a man made beach, live music and much more.

Watch a movie and Limes Rooftop Cinema
Limes Hotel plays movies at their rooftop cinema every Thursday and Friday evening. The movies include both new and old classics starting at 7pm. Food and drink can also be ordered from the bar both before and after the movie. The words ‘open-air cinema’ speak for themselves.

XXXX Factory Tour
The brewery of Queensland’s beer of choice XXXX is located in Brisbane and offers guided tours of the factory. While many consume the drink regularly, not many can boast that they have seen firsthand how it was created!

Have a picnic in Brisbane’s Botanical Gardens
In the heart of Brisbane City, the Botanical Gardens offers a peaceful environment with sculptures, ponds and beautiful gardens. It’s the perfect place to that a picnic lunch, relax in the grass and soak up some sun.

 

Author: Molly Houseman

Queensland lands first direct flights from Canada

The first direct flights between Canada and Queensland will get underway next year bringing 12,000 extra visitors and a more than $24 million annual boost to the economy.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones said the Palaszczuk Government had secured the Air Canada service between Vancouver and Brisbane through the Attracting Aviation Investment Fund (AIFF).

“The Air Canada service is the first direct flight between Queensland and Canada and is expected to inject $24 million in visitor expenditure for Queensland’s economy each year,” Ms Jones said.

“From June 2016, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner will operate three direct flights a week bringing 12,000 passengers each year and cutting travel times by five hours.

“The new direct route better connects the state with the growing North American market, which recorded significant growth in visitation in the year ending December 2014.

“These new flights from Canada are a great win for Queensland and will help drive tourism growth, strengthen small businesses and support around 380 jobs.”

Brisbane Airport Corporation CEO Julieanne Alroe said the announcement of the new direct service between Brisbane and Vancouver was an achievement worth celebrating.

“Attracting new airlines to new destinations is hugely competitive and we’re thrilled to welcome Air Canada, one of North America’s leading airlines, which has committed its flagship aircraft to Queensland,” Ms Alroe said.

Air Canada President and CEO Calin Rovinescu said: “Air Canada continues to strategically expand its international network with the addition of our second Australian destination – Brisbane, complementing our year-round, daily flights from Sydney.

“The operating economics of the Dreamliner together with the support from the Queensland Government and Brisbane Airport have enabled us to launch the only year-round flights between Brisbane and Canada.”

Managing Director of Tourism Australia John O’Sullivan said additional aviation capacity between Canada and Australia would be warmly welcomed by the tourism industry.

“Inbound tourism from Canada is currently growing at around 6% and with the introduction of direct flights between Vancouver and Brisbane we certainly hope to see further increases on the 140,000 or so Canadian travellers that visited Australia during 2014,” Mr O’Sullivan said.

“Queensland has always been popular amongst our North American visitors and we’re confident that there will be good uptake of the new service, which offers all-important direct connectivity.”

Gold Coast in Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Family-Friendly Destinations

GOLD Coast theme parks are among three Queensland destinations travel giant Lonely Planet believes are the most family-friendly in Australia.

The other Sunshine State destinations include Far North Queensland & the Great Barrier Reef and Brisbane.

“Broad, bronzed and open-skied, Australia is built for family travel – a dazzlingly diverse country strewn with tropical reefs, surf beaches and snowy heights,” Lonely Planet says.

“The vast distances between A and B can test parental patience, but with some savvy planning you can focus on the delights of exploring with people much closer to ground level than you are.”

PHOTO: Dreamworld Australia / Facebook

PHOTO: Dreamworld Australia / Facebook

Australia’s Top 10 Family-Friendly Destinations according to Lonely Planet are:

  1. Sydney Harbour
  2. Touring Tasmania
  3. Darwin & the Top End National Parks
  4. Far North Queensland & the Great Barrier Reef
  5. Canberra
  6. Gold Coast Theme Parks
  7. Victorian High Country
  8. Kangaroo Island
  9. Brisbane
  10. Southwest WA

Premier launches new reef tourism campaign with worthy incentive

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has launched a new social media tourism campaign inviting global travellers to experience the greatest reef on earth.

The Premier made the announcement in Cairns with Tourism Minister Kate Jones, after UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee confirmed that the Reef was not “in danger”.

Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Great Barrier Reef was the world’s greatest natural wonder and Queensland’s most important tourism asset.

“The Great Barrier Reef is ours to protect and share,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“My government has shown how seriously we take this responsibility by establishing the first ever Office of the Great Barrier Reef and committing an extra $100 million to improve water quality,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“Now we want to spread the word across the globe: the reef is a living treasure which is safe in our hands, and which international visitors should experience first-hand.”

Developed by Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ), the digital campaign forms part of a coordinated marketing effort to drive awareness and visitation to the reef.

A series of videos posted on social media will showcase the full experience of the 2,300km wonder.

Minister for Tourism Kate Jones said the Reef was worth $6 billion a year to the Queensland economy, attracted 1.9 million visitors each year and supported almost 70,000 jobs.

“Tourism is a vital part of Queensland’s economy and this campaign is about growing the industry and the jobs it supports,” Ms Jones said.

“The Great Barrier Reef is nature’s greatest gift to Australia and this campaign will both educate and inspire travellers to visit the Reef, as well as giving one lucky winner the opportunity to have their own Great Barrier Reef adventure.

“They can win a $10,000 Queensland holiday voucher by visiting the website, and answering a multi-choice question. The answer can be found in the video.”

More information HERE.

Tas takes out top tourism awards

Tasmania has been the big winner at the 2015 national tourism awards, taking out 10 of the top prizes.

Tasmania has been the big winner at the 2015 national tourism awards, taking out 10 of the top prizes.

The winners of the Qantas-sponsored Australian Tourism Awards were announced on Friday night in Adelaide.

Tasmanian operators claimed 10 gold awards, three silver and three bronze, Tourism Tasmania said in a statement.

A total 29 gongs were handed out at the ceremony.

Tourism Tasmania chief executive John Fitzgerald said more people than ever were travelling to the island state.

‘A light is currently shining on Tasmanian tourism as a record number of Australian and overseas visitors discover the … natural, heritage, cultural and gourmet experiences we have,’ he said.

The awards come after Lonely Planet named Tasmania as one of the world’s top 10 regions to visit in 2015.

AAP

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