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Weekend Breaks to Brisbane

Planning a short break to Brisbane? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Brisbane. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Brisbane. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha

Mt. Coot-tha Rd, Toowong. These beautiful gardens cover 52 hectares and are located at the base of Mt. Coot-that, and have an arid zone; a Tropical Dome conservatory that houses rainforest plants; a cactus house; bonsai house; fragrant plants; a Japanese garden; African and American plants; wetlands; and a bamboo grove. There are also lakes; trails; and a cafe.

The gardens are open everyday from 08h00 - 17h00. Admission is free.

For more information visit: www.brisbane.qld.gov.au

South Bank Parklands

South Bank. This beautiful 16 hectare complex of parks; restaurants; shops; playgrounds; street theater; and weekend markets, is a great place to go for some fun and relaxation. The park also has a man made beach, with palm trees; waves; and sand, here you can swim; take a walk; and cycle along the pathways; or sit and have a caffe latte in one of the cafes and take in the beautiful city views. The park is open everyday 24 hours a day. Admission is free.

Newstead House

Newstead Park, Breakfast Creek Rd. This beautiful Victorian home is Brisbane's oldest surving home, and it is located in a peaceful park that overlooks the Brisbane River. The house was occupied during WWII by the US Army, and the first American war memorial that was built in Australia stands on Newstead Point on the grounds. The house is open Monday to Friday from 10h00 - 16h00; Sunday and public holidays from 14h00 -17h00. Admission is $2.85 for adults; $2.15 for seniors and students; $1.45 for children 6 - 16; and $7.15 for a family pass.

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium & Cosmic Skydom

Mt. Coot-tha Rd., Toowong. The planetarium is located at the Botanic Gardens at Mt. Coot-tha. They have a fascinating and interesting 45-minute astronomical show, which re-creates the Brisbane night sky using the Ziess projector. This is a great place to take the children. The show times are Wednesday to Friday at 15h30; Saturday at 13h30, 15h30 and 19h30; Sunday at 13h30 and 15h30. Admission is $7.15 for adults; $6 for seniors and students; $4.20 for children under 16; and a family ticket is $20.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Jesmond Rd., Fig Tree Pocket. This is the best place to go if you want to cuddle a koala, under strict conditions only. The sanctuary was opened in 1927 and is now home to over 130 koala bears. At Lone Pine you can also feed kangaroos and wallabies, and get up close with emus; parrots; wombats; Tasmanian devils; skinks; lace monitors; frogs; bats; turtles; possums; as well as other native wildlife. Lone Pine is open everyday from 07h30 - 17h00. Admission is $9.75 for adults; $6.50 for children 3 - 13; $25 for a family pass; and $8.45 for seniors and students.

For more information visit: www.koala.net

Bushwalking

Brisbane Forest Park, 20 minutes north of the city. This beautiful 28,500 hectare park consisting of bushland; waterfalls; and rainforest, has many hiking trails ranging from just a few hundred meters up to 8km. The main attraction of the park is the 1.8km Mt. Coot-tha Aboriginal Art Trail, which showcases contemporary Aboriginal art with tree carvings; rock paintings; etchings; and a dance pit.

For more information visit: www.brisbaneforestpark.qld.gov.au

Markets

On the South Bank. These are one of the most popular things to do on weekends in Brisbane, the markets are open every Friday evening; Saturday and Sunday. There are many stalls that sell a wide range of arts and crafts; clothing; and traditional items. This is a great place to go and browse through the stalls and pick up some local arts and crafts to take back home with you.

Stamford Plaza Brisbane

Edward & Margaret streets, next to the Brisbane City Gardens. This is the top hotel in Brisbane, with a marble lobby filled with brocade chairs and sofas; huge still-life oils; gilt mirrors; and palms. The hotel offers a range of facilities and services, including three restaurants; three bars; an outdoor heated lap pool and sun deck; health club; Jacuzzi; sauna; bike rental; concierge; tour desk; car-rental desk; business center; salon; 24hour room service; in-room massage; babysitting; same-day dry cleaning; and a 24 hour butler service. The comfortable and stylish rooms all have air-conditioning; TV; VCR; pay per view movies; Internet connection; telephone; minibar; coffeemaker; and a full bathroom.

For more information visit: www.stamford.com.au

The Summit

At the Mt. Coot-tha Lookout, Sir Samuel Griffith Dr. This is one of the best restaurants in town, with an amazing view of Brisbane and Moreton Bay.

The restaurant is housed in a 19th century Quensland house, which has been rennovated with a modern extension. It has wraparound covered decks, which offer you breathtaking views while dining.

They serve a wide range of local dishes with some of the best Australian wines. Two of the house specialities are grilled swordfish steak from North Queensland; and grilled kangaroo loin on rosemary skewers.

The restaurant is open everyday from 11h30 - 24h00; Sunday brunch from 08h30 - 10h30.

For more information visit: www.mtcoot-tha.com

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Southbank - Tourist Attraction

Where in a city can you find a beach with Aussie life guards, live entertainment, walks and year round sun b athing? Southbank! Check out the Ice creams and Lolly shop and grab some local food and drink. Can't be beat for all the family. Yet to try the new Big viewing Wheel but looks good too

Romain - touristattraction

Brisbane's Alma Park Zoo the cool spot for an enjoyable family day out. And when we say 'cool', we mean in more ways than one. First of all, the lush green gardens and shady lawns are a great way to avoid the summer heat. And the 'cool' animals at the zoo will always entertain you! http://www.almaparkzoo.com.au/

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