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02 July 201402:42

Brisbane First XI: City Highlights

With its sub-tropical climate, river, parks, outdoor spaces and vibrant city centre, Brisbane will inspire you.

Brisbane First XI: City Highlights - Cricket News
Brisbane will host three ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 matches, including Australia-Bangladesh on 21 February 2015. Click here for a list of fixtures in Brisbane, and read on to discover 11 must do things in Queensland’s capital!

Catch a show
South Bank Cultural Precinct is a one-stop spot for the avid culture buff. Choose from an extensive range of exhibitions, performances or shows at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, the State Library, the Queensland Conservatorium and the Queensland Museum & Sciencentre. Visit website.

Get wild
The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world's first and largest koala sanctuary, and home to a large variety of Australian wildlife including over 130 koalas, with shows and activities presented daily, cuddle a koala anytime, hand feed kangaroos and encounter a large variety of Aussie wildlife, all in beautiful, natural settings. Visit website.

To the top
Climb to the top of Brisbane's iconic Story Bridge and admire the glistening cityscape and the winding Brisbane River that you can't get anywhere else. There's a sense of achievement as you stand surrounded by the city, with Moreton Bay sparkling blue in the east and the rolling green hills of the Scenic Rim to the west. Visit website.

Foodies paradise
Food and drink is something Brisbane takes seriously – whether it’s a steak at a pub, a good coffee or a five-star degustation. The pleasant outdoor climate and abundance of fresh produce means that dining is often eat al fresco-style, and menus feature delicious locally sourced ingredients. Riverside CBD is also famous for its extensive fine dining offerings, including melt-in-your-mouth steak at Moo Moo and Cha Cha Char. Or if you want amazing fresh seafood, try Jellyfish, Il Centro and Matt Moran’s Aria. Visit website.

Going green
The Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha offers visitors a living museum of native and exotic plant collections. The themed sections include a scented garden, bamboo grove, arid zone with a cactus garden, Japanese Gardens, waterfalls, tropical greenhouse and the largest collection of Australian native rainforest trees in the world. Great for the kids, but Brisbane Botanic Gardens has something for everyone. Visit website.

Shop ‘till you drop
Brisbane’s central city offers more than a thousand stores, four vibrant shopping precincts, six shopping centres, over 250 local and international designers and the state’s largest collection of flagship stores and unique boutiques. Don’t forget to check out Brisbane Arcade, Elizabeth Arcade, Queens Plaza, The Myer Centre and Wintergarden. Visit website.

Experience the magic
Just a short trip from Brisbane, the Gold Coast is the theme park capital of Australia. A variety of theme park options are world-famous for their thrill rides, family entertainment, animal interaction, shows and attractions. A great day out for all! Visit website.

Fun on the river
Get down to the river and experience Brisbane from a different angle. A number of tourism operators offer a range of exhilarating soft adventure and recreation activities and Aboriginal cultural experiences on the banks of the Brisbane River. Have a go at kayaking, rock climbing or abseiling, or hire your own kayaks, mountain bikes, kick bikes or rollerblades to explore the city. Visit website.

Nature’s theme park
The Tangalooma Island Resort is a great destination for guests seeking a unique adventure, educational or nature based experience - right on Brisbane’s doorstep. The island offers more than 80 tours and activities - both on land or in the water - including daily whale watching trips, sand tobogganing, parasailing, eco walks and quad biking. Visit website.

In the tree tops
O'Reilly's Tree Top Walk, the first of its kind in Australia, is 180 metres in length, and allows you to walk through a canopy of flowering and fruiting trees covered by vines while you explore the epiphytic orchids and ferns surrounded by the many birds and animals that inhabit the tree tops. Visit website.

Relax and Unwind
South Bank is Brisbane’s premier lifestyle and cultural destination. Located on the southern banks of the Brisbane River, its 17 hectares of lush parklands, eateries, stunning river views and hundreds of events all year round make it a great place to relax and unwind. Visit website.

For more information on what to do in Brisbane, visit: www.visitbrisbane.com.au