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Top 6 Things to do in Brisbane – The up-and-coming Australian capital

Brisbane may not be as world-famous as Melbourne or Sydney but it is catching up fast. The city is a perfect balance between urbanisation and nature and offers visitors a ton of activities.

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Bicycle through the city

Brisbane is not a chaotic city in any sense. It is very urbanised and modern, but at the same time seems harmonious with nature and has a rustic but cultured vibe. The public transport is top-notch and you can quite easily find your way around the city – but while you're staying there spend at least one evening cycling around the main sites, it's a great way to soak Brisbane in.

2

Riverlife Adventure Centre

Australia is a land of adventure but if you're not really willing to step outside the city to go looking for it, Riverlife Adventure Centre is probably the best alternative for you. It's a very popular place with tourists and locals alike; you can rent gear or join pre-planned activities such as rock climbing, kayaking or abseiling.

3

Climb the Brisbane Story Bridge

The Brisbane Story Bridge is one of only 3 bridges in the world that can be climbed. It connects the South Bank with the CBD where Oaks 212 Margaret is located; it is easily one of the best-serviced apartments Brisbane CBD has to offer – amazing accommodation for such reasonable price, check it out if you visit. The Bridge is 74m tall at its apex and the climb to the top lasts for like 2 and a half hours – you'll need a little stamina to make it the whole way, but the view from the top is totally worth it.

4

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Everyone goes to Australia with the hope of meeting one of the world's most adorable inhabitants; the Koala Bear. Lone Pine Sanctuary is the place you want to be if that's on your to-do-list on this holiday (it has to be). And Queensland happens to be the only state in Australia that allows you to cuddle a Koala. Lone Pine is the first and largest Koala sanctuary in the world and over 130 Koalas call the park home.

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Brisbane Cultural Centre

This is the best solution if you're looking for an excursion into the artsy, cultured and sophisticated side of Brisbane without busting the bank. The cultural centre has a wider variety of eclectic exhibits which are cheap if not free year-round. Ancient and modern art, music and literature are all display across many art galleries, museums and exhibits.

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Spend some time at South Bank Parklands

South Bank is easily described as the place where all the things the city prides itself in comes-together. It's a very clean and fun place with plenty of restaurants, bars, trendy cafes and parks. It even has an artificial beach where you can have a swim if you decide – there are also a couple of lagoons where you can take a dip, biking trails and plenty of BBQ areas. So if you want to sum up your Brisbane trip spend an evening at South Bank and take it all in.

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