Things to do in Brisbane - MuseumNext

Things to do in Brisbane

This year MuseumNext Australia 2018 takes place in Brisbane on 19th – 21st March.

If you’re one of the many museum professionals travelling to the city for the conference, we’re sure that you’re going to be impressed not only by the conference presentations, but also by Brisbane itself.

Brisbane has a huge amount to offer, from its museums and galleries to it’s architecture, markets and nightlife.

We asked a local to share some highlights:

World Science Festival Brisbane
In March 2018, the World Science Festival Brisbane will once again bring together the world’s best thought leaders to produce a stunning program of live and digital content that connects Asia-Pacific audiences of all ages with the concepts, challenges, discoveries and advancements that are shaping our world.

The luminaries of the science world will present the beauty, complexity, and importance of science through diverse, multidisciplinary programming that is the World Science Festival signature.

World Science Festival Brisbane starts 21st March, making it easy for MuseumNext delegates to combine attending the conference with enjoying festival events.

Visit Brisbane’s Cultural Precinct
The Cultural Precinct is an innovative arts district at Brisbane’s South Bank that houses the state’s major cultural institutions including the Gallery, State Library of Queensland, the Queensland Performing Arts Complex, and the Queensland Museum. This unique cultural precinct is adjacent to the South Bank Parklands and the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre where MuseumNext will take place.

Explore the local farmers’ markets
Brisbane locals love their farmers’ markets. On weekends almost every suburb has its own market, but of course everyone has a favourite where they can pick up the freshest produce, flowers, meat and artisan goods. Our picks are Saturday’s Davies Park Market, the Jan Powers Powerhouse Markets, and the Jan Powers City Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays.

Visit The Cube
As the world’s largest interactive learning display space, The Cube at QUT is designed to inspire the next generation of thinkers and is a fun way to encourage interactive and hands-on learning experiences.

This is a must for anyone working on the digital side of museums.

Hit the beach
Streets Beach at South Bank is a massive beach-style lagoon. It’s popular with tourists and locals keen for a dip in the middle of the city. Lay a towel on the sand and wade into the cool blue waters or cut laps in the Boat Pool next door.

Streets Beach is only a few minutes walk from our conference venue, so you can always have a dip between sessions.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary, with 130 koalas amongst the 100 species of Australian animals.

You can hand-feed kangaroos and wild lorikeets, or hold a beautiful koala.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is roughly 12km from Brisbane City. The Mirimar boat cruise leaves the Cultural Centre Pontoon in Southbank at 10am daily. The pontoon is located on the boardwalk outside of the State Library.

The cruise takes about 75 mins. It arrives at Lone Pine at around 11:15am and departs for the city at 2:15pm.

MuseumNext Australia 2018 
takes place in Brisbane on 19th – 21st March.