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7 Things Every Brisbane Local Should Do

2.2 million people call Brisbane home, and every year it draws in new dwellers young and old with the promise of good food, good shopping, good living and good times.

But with millions now living in the Queensland capital, how many can actually call themselves Brisbanites?

A Brisbanite is someone who lives in the southeast Queensland city, but you can’t truly call yourself one until you’ve at least done one of these seven iconic Brisbane experiences.

Read on to see how many you’ve checked off!

1. Gone for a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane

wheel of brisbane south bank

Yes, a typical cliché tourist attraction, but the Wheel of Brisbane has become somewhat of an icon in the city. It’s no London Eye or Melbourne Star, but she’s up there with some of the best sightseeing attractions in the country.

Whether you’ve experienced the wheel during the day or at night, if you’ve gone on the wheel at least once since you started residing in the city, you’re in the clear.

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2. Cuddled a koala at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Brisbane

People come from all over the country to get their hands on one of these adorable little guys, and one of the best places in the country is sitting right at your fingertips. If Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary hasn’t already been ticked off your list, you need to get onto it, like now.

Located in Fig Tree Pocket, you can get there in no time and be cuddling koalas and feeding kangaroos without ever leaving the greater Brisbane region! If you’ve visited the park before, you can combine entry with a scenic river cruise from South Bank with Mirimar Cruises to go sightseeing in your own city from a new vantage point.

Hint: plan your visit out of school holidays if you’re afraid of large crowds.

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3. Visited the Farmer’s Market early in the morning (or planned to)

If you’re an early riser and frequent your local farmer’s market before the hoards of hungry crowds roll out of bed and put their dogs on a leash, then you’re on the right track.

If you’ve planned a few times to get up at 6 am on a Saturday morning but are still trying to master the art of not pressing snooze, then we understand. Early Saturday mornings are tough, but put that plan into action someday soon and you’ll be one step closer to becoming a true Brisbanite!

4. Attended a show at QPAC

Be it a large stage production or smaller scale play, if you’ve set foot into QPAC dressed in your finest to enjoy an evening at the theatre, then you’re well on your way to obtaining a gold class Brisbane-local status.

QPAC often hosts popular Broadway musicals including Matilda, Mary Poppins and Legally Blonde, and a hot ticket to these kinds of events is highly sought after. If you haven’t nabbed yourself a ticket to the next hit musical, or classical ballet performance, then you’re missing out.

5. Admired Story Bridge at night

Story Bridge is one of the top landmarks of the city and at night it lights up in a variety of vibrant colours, often to some sort of theme. There is nothing quite like having the chance to admire the beautiful colours of the bridge as they light up the night sky from either one of Eagle Street Pier’s bars and restaurants, from the boardwalk in South Bank or, best of all, from on top of the bridge itself.

If you haven’t already ticked climbing the Story Bridge at night off your Brisbane bucket list, then there’s no better time than now. I highly recommend the Twilight Climb with Brisbane Story Bridge Adventure Climb to watch the sunset and the lights turn on during your ascent or the Night Climb.

6. Eaten your body weight at Eat Street Markets

If you ask any local where some of the best food stalls are the answer is most likely going to be Eat Street Markets. Located in Hamilton, this collection of food stalls, trucks and pop-ups is a haven for those who love choice come dinner time and a nightmare for the indecisive amongst us.

But don’t let that deter you, the beauty of Eat Street is that you can start off your culinary journey with a cone of hot sweet potato chips, follow it up with some steaming dumplings, throw down a few fresh oysters and enjoy a delicious hot laksa before finishing it all off with a decadent dough-cone. Yum!

Now while going to Eat Street is a normal weekend adventure for most, going on a cycling tour to the markets isn’t. So even the seasoned visitors will be able to have a new and exciting experience at the otherwise familiar markets.

7. Gone to the beach… in the city

We’ve all been in the mindset of going to either the Sunshine or Gold Coast, but why travel for over an hour in a car when you can go to the beach just minutes from the CBD?

For those who have found themselves lounging on Streets Beach over a weekend, it’s nice to know that you’re relaxing at Australia’s only inner-city, man-made beach.

If you’re looking for more awesome things to do in Brisbane that both locals and visitors will LOVE then be sure to check out our full catalogue page!

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Brittney Deguara

Experience Oz + NZ Travel Writer

Brittney loves travelling, so it's only fitting she's one of our travel writers! A go-to contact for all things travel in Australia and New Zealand, Brittney is always planning her next adventure away from the desk. If you have any story ideas or questions contact her at brittney@experienceoz.com.au

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