- Tourism in Brisbane
Tourism in Brisbane, is an important industry for the Queensland Economy with approximately 4.9 million domestic visitors [http://www.tq.com.au/tqcorp_06/fms//tq_corporate/research/tourism_snapshots/domestic_tourism_snapshot.pdf] and 0.9 million international visitors in year-end March 2008. [ [http://www.tq.com.au/tqcorp_06/fms//tq_corporate/research/tourism_snapshots/international_tourism_snapshot.pdf Slide 1 ] ]
Brisbanewas named as one of the top 5 Billboard music hotspots for 2007. [http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,21104040-1702,00.html]
Inner city areas
The Story Bridge
The Story Bridge one of the oldest and most remarkable bridges in Australia is a key landmark of Brisbane. Designed by John Bradfield, the designer of the
Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Story Bridge spans more than Convert|250|m|ft|0 across the Brisbane River. The bridge is located to the north of the CBD, boasting beautiful images of skyscrapers and the surroundings from its walkway as well as setting contrast to the city skyline itself.
Kangaroo Point Cliffsis a popular venue especially for rock-climbers eager to climb one of the most urban rock faces in the world.
Fortitude Valley known as "The Valley", is considered one the best red light districts in the Southern Hemisphere with a number of clubs, bars and restaurants.
Chinatown, a popular venue for authentic Chinese cuisine, is also located within Fortitude Valley, boasting restaurants, cafes, shopping venues, markets.
Conrad Treasury Casino, set on the western side of the Brisbane CBD, houses a hotel, four restaurants, seven bars and a night club. The Casino is located in one of the oldest and most important buildings in Queensland, the Treasury Building built in 1889. It is an exquisite structure to see especially at twilight, through which the exterior is let up by neon lighting.
Museums, galleries and theatres
Queensland Gallery of Modern Art
One of the most authentically constructed buildings in South Bank, the
Queensland Gallery of Modern Arthas a total floor area of Convert|25000|m2|sqft|0 which is considered one of the largest in Australia. The Gallery holds most Queensland Arts as well as a variety of famous artworks from around the world. The Gallery has recently held one the most important and famous collections in the World, the Picasso Collection, which was the only location outside Europe to receive this honour.
Like many other museums around the world, the
Queensland Museumshowcases various famous creations of mother nature and the human brain. The Museum also provides various interactive activities as well as artistic activities for people of all ages. Located within the Queensland Cultural Centreat South Bank, the museum has various cafes and restaurants within and surrounding its location across the Brisbane River from the Brisbane CBD. The Museum is free for all ages and is open everyday of the week.
Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Also located within the Entertainment District of South Bank, the
Queensland Performing Arts Centrehas a number of theatres and auditoriums showcasing various famous shows and operas annually. Some of the most recognized shows featured at the centre were, " Mamma Mia!!", " Phantom of the Opera", International Gala, etc.
Direct Factory Outlets, DFO, is an indoor mall featuring various world-class clothing and entertainment stores with amazingly discount prices. As of 2008, there are 2 operating malls through-out the Brisbane Metropolitan Area, one north-east of the CBD, approximately 1km from the International Terminal of Brisbane Airport, and one south-west of the CBD within a suburb known as Jindalee. Both Malls offer an extraordinary shopping experience as well as offering various cafes and restaurants.
Queen Street Mall
Located in the heart of the city, the Queen Street Mall and its nearby surrounds is
Queensland’s premier shopping destination and the perfect place to ‘let loose’. With over 26 million visitors a year, the open plan, half a kilometre long Queen Street Mall has five major shopping centres, two department stores and four shopping arcades to explore and shop to your heart’s content.
outh Bank Parklands
South Bank Parklands, once the site of the
Expo '88, is now a bustling entertainment precinct boasting entertainment, cafes, restaurants, man-made beaches, lagoons, playgrounds and magnificent views of the city along its boardwalk. South Bank is also the location for the Gallery of Modern Art which has recently held the Picasso Art and collections, as well as the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Portside Wharf, located approximately Convert|7|km|mi|1 from the Brisbane CBD on the Brisbane River, is an upscale residential, retail precincts showcasing numerous cafes, restaurants, shops and cinemas. Considered one of the upscale port facilities in Brisbane, the area accommodates for many cruise ships on a weekly basis, and is a true tourist destination for many which visit the city from around the world.
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