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What are the 5 Things to Do in Brisbane from a Local's Point of View – Explore Brisbane Like a Local

Although many people skip Brisbane to visit its much glamourous neighbours such as Sydney, Brisbane does have a lot to offer for whoever chooses to visit it. In fact, it is pretty much a perfect escape for someone who loves to explore nature. Here's what you can do in Brisbane according to a local.

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A Ferry Ride on the Brisbane River

Known as "Maiwar" by some Aboriginals, Brisbane River is the longest river in South-east Queensland in Australia. It makes its way through Brisbane, adding wonder and colour to the depths of the city before finally emptying into Moreton Bay. The views from the lake are rather pretty and one has to take a boat tour if they ever visit Brisbane. Although there are plenty of tour options to make your way down this scenic river such as City Ferries, locals recommend taking the free Cityhopper that takes you through some of the hotspots of the city, including the South Bank and Eagle Street.

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Climb Mount Coot-tha

Mount Coot-tha is a great place to go adventuring in Brisbane – you could actually reach thereby catching the 471 bus leaving Adelaide Street. Located within a 16-minute driving distance from Oaks Brisbane on Margaret Suites via Mount Coot-Tha road, the lookout of this mountain is an absolute must to visit as it offers amazing panoramic views during the sunset of Brisbane. Also known as One-Tree-Hill, this lookout has even been added to Queensland's heritage register back in the 1990s. If you need the hike, you could get off the bus and walk to the top through its beautiful botanic gardens.

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Visit Kangaroo Point

Kangaroo Point is a fantastic place to go on a tour during a holiday spent at one of the Brisbane hotels. Only a few other places in Brisbane can rival the mesmerising natural beauty that Kangaroo Point offers its visitors. It comprises of heritage-listed cliffs, standing upon which, you'd be rewarded to breathtaking views of the river and the skyline light up in the evening. You could choose to arrive at the foot of the cliff on foot, by bus, or even via abseiling rope! Parklands, bikeways, and playgrounds await you at the base of these cliffs.

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Hangout in Fortitude Valley

Fortitude Valley is the ultimate contradiction in Brisbane with grunginess and elegance stand side by side in its old and modern smattering of buildings. This is affectionately known as "The Valley" by the locals and it is hailed as the first entertainment district in Australia. Here, you'll be able to check into chic and sophisticated bars where music thrives featuring international DJs. This is a must-visit place during a vacation here in Brisbane.

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Explore Queensland Museum

Queensland Museum is a state museum with free entrance tickets that opens up a door to learn about Queensland's vibrant history, its intriguing geography, and the lives of people. It conducts fascinating exhibitions that focus on fascinating topics such as pre-historic ocean predators.