When you are visiting Brisbane make sure you get out of your Airport Hotel and see all that you can do in Brisbane.
Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt. Coot-tha
Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt. Coot-thaDistance from Brisbane Airport: 13mi / 20.9km
A 15-minute drive or bus ride from the city takes you to these 52-hectare (130-acre) gardens at the base of Mt. Coot-tha. They feature diverse Aussie natives and exotics you probably won’t see at home, including an arid zone, a glass Tropical Dome conservatory housing lush rain forest plants, a cactus house, fragrant plants, a Japanese garden, a new bonsai house, African and American plants, wetlands, pine forests, and a bamboo grove. There are lakes and walking trails, usually a horticultural show or arts and crafts display in the auditorium on weekends, and a cafe. Free one-hour guided tours leave the kiosk at 11am and 1pm Monday through Saturday (except public holidays).
Mt. Coot-tha Rd., Toowong, 7km (4 miles) from the city. Phone: 07/3403 2531 . Open: Daily 8am-5pm (5:30pm in summer).. Admission free. Bus: 471; also 410.
Newstead HouseDistance from Brisbane Airport: 7mi / 11.5km
Brisbane’s oldest surviving home has been restored to late Victorian splendor in a peaceful park overlooking the Brisbane River, a five-minute drive from the city. Wander the rooms, admire the exterior dating from 1846, and, on Sundays and public holidays between March and November, take Devonshire tea. The U.S. Army occupied the house in World War II, and the first American war memorial built in Australia is on the grounds.
Newstead Park, Breakfast Creek Rd., Newstead. Phone: 07/3216 1846 . Open: Mon-Fri 10am-4pm; Sun and most public holidays 2pm-5pm.. Closed Christmas, Good Friday, and Anzac Day (April 25).
Queensland SciencentreDistance from Brisbane Airport: 11.9mi / 19.2km
Adults love this hands-on science museum as much as the kids 12 and under for which it was designed. Become part of a battery, see walls expand before your eyes, watch shadows float in space, carry a briefcase with a mind of its own–these and other amazing feats demonstrating the principles of science cover three fascinating floors. Interactive shows run throughout the day.
Sir Thomas Brisbane PlanetariumDistance from Brisbane Airport: 12.9mi / 20.8km
If you haven’t spied the Southern Cross yet, you will spot it in this fascinating astronomical show that recreates the Brisbane night sky in a dome-ceiling theatrette. The show explores some exciting “big” questions, like “are we alone in space?” Kids will like this place.
In the Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt. Coot-tha. Phone: 07/3403 2578 Wed-Sun noon-1pm for bookings or 07/3403 2531 Gardens information center for inquiries. Reservations are not necessary but advisable. . Open: Wed-Fri 3:30pm and 7:30pm; Sat 1:30pm, 3:30pm, and 7:30pm; Sun 1:30pm and 3:30pm.. Admission $9 adults, A$7.50 seniors and students, A$5.50 children under 15 (not recommended for children under 6).. Bus: 471; also 410.