Southern suburbs:
Things to do            

18 JANUARY 2023

Looking for things to do in the Southern Suburbs of Brisbane? Here you can hang out in the city’s bohemian heart of West End, jump into incredible adventure experiences in Kangaroo Point, or take it easy in the laid-back riverside suburb of Graceville. Take your pick of what to do in Brisbane’s southern suburbs below.

01. If you’re an AFL or cricket fan, Brisbane’s iconic sports stadium The Gabba is one to cross off your must-do list. As the home ground for the Brisbane Lions, Brisbane Heat, and Queensland Bulls, as well as frequented by the Australian Men’s Cricket Team, there are plenty of sports events year-round to enjoy. 

02. Take on the iconic Story Bridge Adventure Climb for 360-degree views of the city and its surroundings. Open from dawn until twilight, the best way to see Brisbane is by climbing it!

03. Escape the city for the afternoon and reconnect with nature at Toohey Forest Park where you’ll find a variety of bush walking tracks, including the popular 1km Sandstone Circuit.  

04. Home to Brisbane’s cultural hot spot of West End, there’s a distinct gritty character in this neighbourhood worth getting to know. On a Saturday morning, brunch your heart out at one of the many cafes before hitting the West End Markets where you’ll find over 150 unique vendors, including farm-fresh produce, boutique fashion and handcrafted gifts, all surrounded by superb live music.

05. For rewarding views over Brisbane, head to Mt Gravatt Lookout either by car or via the bush walking trails from Toohey Forest Park. On a clear day, you can see the Southern Moreton Bay and Glasshouse Mountains. At the top, you’ll also find The Lovewell Project Café open for great food and coffee.

06.Spend a morning getting to know Graceville, one of Brisbane’s most popular suburbs. This leafy neighbourhood has several parks and cafes to enjoy, or you can even catch a movie at Regal Cinema. Make sure to wander the Graceville River Walk, a 2km return path following the scenic river. 

07. Take a dip at West End’s Soak Bathhouse, a rooftop day spa with sweeping views of The City, designed for visitors to linger and socialise. This 90-minute communal bathing session includes use of the mineral baths, hot spas, wood sauna, steam room, cold plunge and relaxation areas.

08. Tap your feet to the beat at the famous Brisbane Jazz Club at Kangaroo Point as you wine and dine in front of incredible city views.

09. For a fun and unique way to explore Brisbane, have a go at a Riverlife Adventure Centre activity. Kayak the Brisbane River, climb the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, or abseil down to the parklands below.

10. Want a hit of cardio alongside magnificent views of the Brisbane River? Conquer the famous Kangaroo Point Stairs, known for its challenging 107 steps.

11. Pay a visit to one of Queensland’s leading galleries, the contemporary Woolloongabba Art Gallery. Showcasing a varied selection of local and Australasian art by established and emerging artists, the gallery has three exhibition spaces to explore. 

A group of five people pouring liquor into funnels at Brisbane Distillery.
Brisbane Distillery, West End

12. Learn the history of gin from the masterful instructors at Brisbane Distillery at West End, while enjoying complimentary cocktails, cheese and cured meats in its Gin School workshop.

13. If you’re into urban street art, the backstreets of West End and South Brisbane showcase some of the best in Brisbane, including the 10-metre-tall Pillars Project along the Merivale Bridge painted by leading Australian street artists. 

14. Brimming with live music and performing arts, you’re spoilt for choice when choosing your taste in entertainment at the heritage-listed Princess Theatre at Woolloongabba.

15. For a one-stop hub for shopping, fun and relaxation, take a trip to Westfield Mt Gravatt Shopping Centre, where you’ll also find Event Cinemas and a wide selection of dining options. 

An image of two people enjoying riding jetskis on Brisbane River.
Jetskis on the Brisbane River

16. Want to hire and drive your very own Jet Ski? Hop on down to Jet Ski Tours Brisbane in Kangaroo Point and feel the electric adrenaline rush as you speed down the Brisbane River on a guided tour.

17. For second-hand goods and vintage gems, South Brisbane has some of the city’s best op shops including Yesterdays Thrift Shop in West End and the epic SWOP shop where you can sell your own pre-loved items. Over in Woolloongabba is Can You Keep A Secret? — a unique wine and craft beer bar with a vintage clothing store inside, and the shopping strip in Stone’s Corner is quickly growing into a popular op shop destination. 

18. Have a blast travelling through Brisbane’s laneways and gardens with Kangaroo Segway Tours. Suitable for total beginners to advanced riders, it’s a unique way to see more of Brisbane’s key attractions. 

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