The Story Bridge goes across the Brisbane River connecting the Northern and Southern suburbs of Brisbane. It is a cantilever bridge and at 777 metres long it is the longest in Australia. For something truly memorable consider the Story Bridge climb. It is one of only three bridge climbs available in the world for tourists. The climb lasts about two hours and offers some spectacular views, especially at the summit. If you are not up for climbing, you can walk across the bridger which normally takes less than 15 minutes at a comfortable pace. After your walk or climb of Story Bridge, you might want to go to the Howard Smith Wharves and visit one of the riverside restaurants or breweries.
City Botanic Gardens
The City Botanic Gardens are located along the shore of the Brisbane River. It was originally a farm tended by inmates providing food for the Moreton Bay Penal Establishment. It is now a heritage-listed botanic garden with several rare and unusual botanic varieties. You can explore the City Botanic Gardens at your own pace on their self-guided walk or take a one hour walk with one of their volunteers. You can enjoy a picnic at one of the many designated areas including the riverfront. There are many ways to get here, but the most scenic is to take one of the ferries run by the Brisbane City Council.
Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium
The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is located within the Brisbane Botanic Gardens in the suburb of Mount Coot-tha. Note these gardens are not the same as the City Botanic Gardens described above. The planetarium is fun for children of all ages. For the younger ones, the Mini Theatre has continuous short programs available without the need for a ticket or to book. The main attraction of the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is the Cosmic Skydome. Here you lay back on a reclined theatre seat and are presented with a 180-degree view of outer space and the night sky from a modern optical star projector. Shows in the Cosmic Skydome do require admission. There are several interesting items on display including interactive touch screens.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is in the Brisbane suburb of Fig Tree Pocket bordering the Brisbane River. It is the oldest and largest koala sanctuary in the world. In addition to providing a home for over 100 Koalas, there are also around 70 other Australian animals at the sanctuary including kangaroos, wombats, dingos and many others. One of the highlights of the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is to experience actually holding one of the little koalas. There are also opportunities to feed many of the other animals including the kangaroos. This is a really great family-friendly place to visit and provides many fun learning experiences for children. There is casual dining including snacks and drinks when you need a break.
Riverlife’s Friday Night Paddle and Prawns
Riverlife’s Friday Night Paddle and Prawns starts with a 90-minute kayaking adventure on the Brisbane River. It is suitable for all levels from beginner to advanced. You and your group will be accompanied by an experienced guide and provided with all equipment including a life jacket. You will depart from and return to Kangaroo Point. It’s a magnificent way to see the Brisbane skyline. Upon your return, it’s time for the prawns. Under the riverside marquee, there are candlelit tables with buckets of fresh king prawns. There are also beers and wines available to complete your meal. If you are not a seafood lover, you can go on a Saturday for a paddle and BBQ.
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