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Things to see and do in Brisbane

Brisbane Festival

The Brisbane Festival is a riot of music, theatre, dance, circus, comedy, opera and light – truly something for everyone. Opera lovers might be interested hearing the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra perform Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo following the conclusion of the conference on the 14th September.

Bigsound Festival

Bigsound is more for those who like their music loud and cutting edge. Bigsound has 120 bands on 12 stages over 2 nights across various venues in the Valley nightclub precinct.

Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado

Queensland Art Gallery (QAG).
Curated by Madrid’s Museo Nacional del Prado, this exhibition is the most significant international loan the Prado has ever undertaken, and is also the first ever to be shown in the Southern Hemisphere. It features over 100 masterpieces from one of the most revered collections of European paintings including works by El Greco, Velázquez, Ribera, Murillo, Titian, Rubens, Mengs, and de Goya.

All conference delegates are entitled to a discounted entry fee of $18 for the exhibition, simply show your conference badge/lanyard at the ticket desk.

Story Bridge Adventure Climb

Climb 80 metres above the Brisbane River on the iconic Story Bridge. If you’re after even more adventure, you can abseil down the Anchor Pier into Captain Burke Park below.

Sightseeing tours

Brisbane offers a range of tours which can be booked online or through local travel agents.

Day and half day tours
2 day tours
Rainforest and eco tours

Theme parks and major attractions

Dreamworld and WhiteWater World

Movie World

Underwater World

Australia Zoo

Alma Park Zoo

National Parks, Forests and gardens around Brisbane

There are 24 national parks, marine parks and forests in the Brisbane region. The parks offer a diversity of experiences from getting up close to kangaroos and platypus just 12 km from the city centre (Walkabout Creek) to scuba diving in Moreton Bay Marine Park.

The City Botanic Gardens are located across the Goodwill bridge from South Bank.

Mt Coot-tha

The Mt Coot-tha lookout provides arguably the best view in Brisbane is from the summit of Mt Coot-tha. Locals have been enjoying ice creams from the kiosk for nearly 100 years.

The Mt Coot-tha botanical gardens at the base of the mountain cover 52 hectares and include the Japanese Gardens and a Freedom Wall monument. The botanic gardens are also home to the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium.


Weekend markets offer a range of shopping delights from fashion to fresh produce. If you can’t stay for the weekend, try the fabulous farmers market at the city end of the Victoria Bridge opposite the ALLA2012 conference venue.

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