If you're planning a trip to Brisbane and you've never been there before, you've probably got a lot of the tried-and-true tourist destinations on your itinerary.

There's nothing wrong with this approach to travel – after all, these destinations must be doing something right to have become so popular!

However, there is a way to tick all the boxes while taking part in activities and visiting destinations that are a little out of the ordinary.

So, grab a rental car in Brisbane and head along to some of the following!

How about a Ghost Tour?

When travellers first arrive in Brisbane, it's common for them to gain their bearings by taking a tour of the city.

If you don't scare easily, you might want to give the 'Haunted Brisbane: CBD Ghost Tour' a try.

This will give you an opportunity to not only familiarise yourself with Queensland's gorgeous capital, but also discover the dark secrets of its past. The tour takes between one and two hours to complete, and costs $30 per person.

You will receive exclusive after-hour access to some of Brisbane's most haunted areas and listen to ghost stories, told by an "eerie" guide, as you wander the streets.

The 'Haunted Brisbane: CBD Ghost Tour' website reveals that many customers have admitted to having "ghostly experiences" while taking part in this activity.

If you're lucky, you might come across the 'Arcade Ghost'. According to Brisbane Potpourri, the 'Arcade Ghost' appears to be a female in Victorian dress – perhaps a customer who enjoyed her time in Brisbane Arcade so much, she never wanted to leave!

There are, apparently, many haunted locations in and around the city. If you organise a rental car in Brisbane, you could make a list of these destinations and take a ghost tour of your own creation.

This way, if you do see a ghost, you'll be safe inside your vehicle!

Want to check out the QIMR?

If you're trying to visit all of the common tourist destinations on your trip to Brisbane, chances are you'll have a few museums and art galleries on your to-do list.

You should definitely take a look at the Museum of Brisbane and the QUT Art Museum at some point, but if you're looking for an experience that's a little out of the ordinary, head along to the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR).

The QIMR recently announced that it would be giving tours of its premises on the last Tuesday of every month. These are absolutely free, and are being held at the Bancroft Centre in Herston.

If you're not familiar with the QIMR, it's where 700 scientists spend their days and weeks researching a wide range of diseases.

The QIMR is one of the largest research centres in Australia, and a tour of this impressive facility will give you some valuable insight into the medical breakthroughs that are being made in Brisbane each and every day.

You can book a tour online, or call the QIMR and register your interest for the next one!

How about Streets Beach?

You may feel that if you've seen one beach in Australia, you've seen them all. However, Streets Beach has a point of difference – it's man-made and located smack-bang in the middle of Brisbane's CBD!

Here you can enjoy a realistic beach-setting while gazing at the Brisbane skyline. There is warm, white sand, palm trees, lifeguards – everything you'd expect to see at a beach. It's also perfect for little ones (though not surfers), as there are no waves in the calm, blue water.