The riverside city of Brisbane is so picturesque that it’s hard to know where to take in the best views and snap the best pictures. Here is my guide to some of my favourite photo spots around the city!
1. Wilson Outlook Reserve
The best views of the iconic Story Bridge and the skyline come from Wilson Outlook Reserve, a small park on the cliffs overlooking the river. This viewpoint in nestled right near the trendy Fortitude Valley so be sure to check out the laneways and Chinatown while you’re nearby. There is also an outdoor lift to the area below which has a riverside walkway and a brewery.
2. Kangaroo Point Lookout
Kangaroo Point is located across the bridge from Wilson Outlook so it provides a different view of Brisbane’s modern skyline. The lookout is easy to reach on the free City Hopper boat, just get off at Thornton and go up the many stairs to reach the top of the cliffs! At the bottom there’s also a great walkway filled with people jogging, biking, and even kayaking below.
3. Wheel of Brisbane
This white wheel is located in the beautiful South Bank, right near the cultural centre of Brisbane. While I didn’t go up because of the cost, this London Eye look-alike is still free to look at! You can get the best views from the lawn beside the “Brisbane” sign or from behind…
4. Nepal Peace Pagoda
This little pagoda was built for the World Expo 88 and is one of only 3 of its kind outside Nepal itself. After getting a shot of the beautiful facade, go around back for a view with the Wheel.
5. South Bank Arbour
Also in the South Bank Parklands there is the lovely Arbour walkway. This shaded path spans most of the length of the park so it’s a great way to get from one spot to another in the shade. The arbour is covered with blooming bougainvillea so it’s as pretty as it is functional in keeping off that Aussie sun.
6. Brisbane City Hall
Brisbane’s City Hall was completed in 1930 and was the tallest building in the city at the time, so they soon opened the tower for public tours. Get a shot from the square, go inside to enjoy the beautiful interiors, and go up the tower in the building’s original elevator. Going up the clock tower is free but they only let a small group up each time so go a little early to grab tickets. While you wait, check out the (also free) Brisbane Art Design and Musuem of Brisbane.
7. Mount Coot-Tha Botanical Gardens
Nestled at the base of Mount Coot-Tha lies the Botanical Gardens, much larger than their CBD alternative. Within the free park you will find a tropical dome, multiple lagoons, and a lookout over the city. The huge array of plant life is separated by geographical region, such as the Japanese garden and the rainforest! Give yourself plenty of time at the gardens because there’s lots to see, there is a restaurant on-site but I recommend bringing a picnic to enjoy on the lawns.
Go explore Brisbane and let me know what your favourite photo spots around the city are!
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