The Treasury Casino and Hotel is a beautiful 19th century sandstone building which contrasts well with the glitter and gambling within. Some think it appropriate that the place that was once the Treasury still collects a lot of money from the people.
The famous Gabba Cricket Ground is a short bus ride from the city. Check local guides to catch the Queensland Bulls Cricket team or the Brisbane Lions Australian Rules football team, depending on when you are here.
Just an hours drive south of Brisbane is the vibrant Gold Coast, offering fabulous beaches, shopping and nightlife.
The South Bank Village Markets are open every Friday night from 5pm till 10pm, Saturdays from 11am till 5pm and Sundays from 9am till 5pm. The Riverside Markets offer some great arts and crafts, as do numerous suburban markets on Sunday mornings.
For spectacular views, a planetarium and exotic plants, visit the Mt Cootha Lookout and Botanic Gardens. Queensland's leading heritage park the Botanic Gardens are just five minutes from the CBD. It's full of beautiful old trees and dates back to 1828. The Curator's Cottage is now the garden's cafe.
For nightlife there's the lively Fortitude Valley and Chinatown, with array of Irish pubs, quality nightclubs and Al Fresco dining.
Parliament House is a grand building, built in 1868 and inspired by the Louvre Museum in Paris.
All along the banks of the Brisbane River are parks and recreational boardwalks, play and picnic areas, walking and bike trails, restaurants, cafes, markets pontoons and fishing facilities. CityCat ferries are an efficient, fast, inexpensive and fun way to explore the river and the city. There are more leisurely cruise options with the gracious River Queen padddlewheelers or the Mirimar Wildlife Cruise to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
The city itself buzzes with great shopping to be found in the Queen Street Mall or in the nearby suburbs of Paddington and Milton. Many suburbs also have large shopping malls.
South Bank is the heart of Brisbane's cultural, recreational and entertainment scene. The 17 hectares, known as The Parklands, is just across the Brisbane River from the CBD. It's a picturesque spot and home to 20 eateries for all tastes and budgets. One of the favourite attractions of South Bank is Breaka Beach, a man made lagoon beach, where sun, sand and lifeguards deliver a beach experience to the heart of the city.
Adjacent to the parklands is the Queensland Cultural Centre. This incorporates the Queensland Museum, which has a number of fine exhibits from whales to dinosaurs, snakes to snails and crabs to crocodiles as well as special exhibitions. The Queensland Art Gallery which will reward art lovers as will the many smaller galleries throughout the city. The Queensland State Library, where you can access the Internet, trace your family tree, view visiting collections or watch a classic film - most services are free. And last but certainly not least, the Performing Arts Complex stages the best in theatre and music.
The Queensland Maritime Museum is at the Woolloongabba end of the Parklands and is home to a World War II frigate, a 1925 steam tug and many other fascinating nautical relics.
Less than an hour north, just entering the Sunshine Coast, is the Australia Zoo which is home to the Crocodile Hunter. Informative and fun, it lets you get close to crocodiles, alligators, koalas, kangaroos, dingoes, foxes, otters and giant land tortoises. There are many other attractions up the Sunshine Coast including their spectacular beaches, National Parks, Ginger Factory, the Big Pineapple and Underwater World at Mooloolaba.
For the kids, and kids at heart the amazing theme parks of the Gold Coast - Dreamworld, Movie World, Sea World and Wet 'n Wild are just 45 minutes drive south of Brisbane.
For those wanting to spend a little energy there's some great water activities on offer, such as sailing, surfing, sea kayaking and scuba diving.