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  •   Brisbane - Free

•   South Bank Parklands
Take a walk through the South Bank Parklands, where you will see formal gardens, the Nepalese Temple and even a swimming lagoon with its own sandy beach and lifeguards, all set amidst lush tropical vegetation. It`s also a popular place for a picnic or barbeque. Continue your walk past the interesting sculptures to the foot of Kangaroo Point Cliffs. There is often abseiling or rock climbing to watch, or the fit can climb the steps to the top to be rewarded by a magnificent view of the city.

•   Mt Coot-tha Lookout
For a great view, drive to Mt Coot-tha Lookout on Sir Samuel Griffith Drive in Toowong. From this vantage point the whole city is laid out in front of you, and you will appreciate what a twisting route the Brisbane River follows.

•   Old Government House
Old Government House, close to the City Botanic Gardens, is the headquarters of the National Trust. Some of the rooms are open to the public and it is well worth a visit to this historic and imposing sandstone building.

•   City Botanic Gardens
At the City Botanic Gardens, you can feed the ducks, take a walk along the mangrove boardwalk or just relax under a shady tree.

•   Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens
Take a trip to Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens where there are some 20,000 plant species from around the world. See the succulents, the Tropical Dome and the charming Japanese Garden. There are free brochures outlining three self-guided walks highlighting various aspects of the gardens.

•   Queensland Museum
The Queensland Museum, also on South Bank, is a hands-on, child-friendly museum featuring natural and social history. See the endangered species display, take a virtual tour back in time 220 million years or see the biplane that Bert Hinkler flew from England to Australia in 1928. Admission is free except for special temporary exhibitions.

•   Cycle from the City to the University of Queensland
To see the Brisbane River from a different angle, take a bike ride from the city to the University of Queensland. The bike track starts in the City Botanic Gardens, and if you don`t have a bike there are several hire shops close by. The path is clearly signposted along the 10 km length. Once at the university take some time to explore this interesting location, and perhaps have a picnic by the river before the return journey. Brisbane has over 400 km of cycle paths, and a booklet with maps of the various paths is available from Brisbane City Council libraries and Customer Service Centres.

•   Parliament House
Take a tour of Parliament House, available Monday to Friday and Sundays, giving you an insight into Queensland politics.

•   Museum of Brisbane
The Museum of Brisbane, in City Hall, has permanent and touring exhibitions which celebrate the art, culture and heritage of the river city.

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