Brisbane is home to some truly breathtaking views. Organise a rental car in Brisbane and check out the city's spectacular sights from the following destinations.
Mount Coot-tha Lookout
This well-frequented spot will give you an all-encompassing view of Brisbane. If you visit in the evening, you will be bewitched by the city's thousands of twinkling lights.
Located at 1012 Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, the Mount Coot-tha Lookout is an easy fifteen-minute drive from the city centre. If you hire a car in downtown Brisbane, you'll be there in no time!
There are several walking tracks that lead to and radiate from the lookout, so if you fancy getting a bit of exercise while you're up there, feel free to do so.
If, however, you would prefer to sit back, relax and enjoy the view with a glass of wine and a delicious meal, pay a visit to the Summit Restaurant and Bar or the Kuta Cafe.
You can have lunch or dinner at the Summit Restaurant all week, or drive there on Sunday morning for a tasty breakfast. The Kuta Cafe is open from early until late every day, so no matter what time you decide to visit the Mount Coot-tha Lookout, you're sure of service here.
Story Bridge Adventure Climb
For those who are a little more daring and aren't afraid of heights, the Story Bridge Adventure Climb should be your next stop. The climbs go ahead through rain or shine, and stringent safety precautions are taken.
A guide will take you up and over Brisbane's iconic Story Bridge. You can choose to go at dawn, during the day, at twilight or at night. So, whether you want to see the sun bouncing off the buildings or the stars reflecting in the water, this is the activity for you.
Reviews on Trip Advisor reveal that the climb isn't too challenging, and those who attend are invited to pause and take in the views often. Because you'll be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, you will also get the chance to learn about the Story Bridge's and Brisbane's fascinating history.
At the bridge's highest point, you will be 80m above sea-level! And it's only a six-minute drive from centre of Brisbane.
River City Cruises
If you would like to see Brisbane from the water, try jumping on a boat and cruising down the river. This will give you a bit more of an up-close-and-personal perspective of the city, and is a fantastic idea for those who don't enjoy being up high. It can also serve as an excellent introduction to Brisbane, helping you to gain your bearings and locate areas that you might like to explore when you're back on dry land.
Opt for the morning cruise (which is one-and-a-half-hours long) and you could be enjoying hot tea and homemade scones with decadent cream and jam as you glide past the city's many sites of interest.
River City Cruises have been praised for their relaxed atmosphere and informative, friendly staff. Their boats depart from South Bank Parklands, which is about a five-minute drive from Brisbane's CBD, at 10:30 and 12:30 every day.
The Wheel of Brisbane
Australia's answer to the London Eye, the Wheel of Brisbane will give you an amazing 360 degree panoramic view of the city. Located in the South Bank Parklands, you might want to stop by after your river cruise!
Climb aboard a fully enclosed, air-conditioned capsule and soar 60m above the ground to take in the beauty of Brisbane. Open every day, the Wheel of Brisbane costs just $15 per adult – so why not take it for a spin?