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Find flights to Brisbane with American Airlines for an adventure in Australia you'll always remember. From exploring the area's scenic beauty to strolling through Australia's largest modern art museum, you'll discover a variety of things to do in Brisbane. As the capital of Queensland, it's the perfect place to turn your daydreams of a trip Down Under into a reality.
Many of the most picturesque activities in Brisbane can be found in its national parks. Just east of the city lies Moreton Bay and its expansive sandbanks. Its beaches simply beckon you to spend a day relaxing. Moreton Island National Park is a protected area full of scenic spots, and the wetlands and surrounding area are home to a wide variety of birds and other wildlife, while the bay is home to diverse marine life including dolphins, loggerhead turtles, whales and dugongs (a mammal related to the manatee). In fact, Moreton Bay is the only place in all of Australia where dugongs gather in herds. If you want to stay inside Brisbane proper, pay a visit to The City Botanic Gardens. This peaceful green space is home to both indigenous and international flora, and highlights include Bamboo Grove, Mangrove Boardwalk and Weeping Fig Avenue. And of course, you should take time to appreciate the view of the city's skyline reflected in the Brisbane River (Kangaroo Point is a great place for a keepsake photo).
There are also plenty of cultural things to do in Brisbane, including visiting one of its many impressive museums. Start with the Gallery of Modern Art, or GOMA, which is the largest of its kind in Australia. It opened in 2006 as an extension of the Queensland Art Gallery, itself a leading museum. GOMA is where you'll find the institution's contemporary works and the Gallery (as the original museum is called) houses thousands of Australian and international paintings, sculptures and more. Artists whose works you can see in both buildings run the gamut from William Eggleston, Damien Hirst and Willem de Koonig to Jacopo Tintoretto, Edgar Degas and Pablo Picasso.
Add architecture appreciation to your list of activities in Brisbane. The city contains a varied array of architectural styles, from the contemporary style of GOMA to the Gothic-style Albert Street Uniting Church. Brisbane's oldest building, the Commissariat Store, was built by convicts in 1829 and today houses a museum documenting the city's heritage.
Art, nature and a cosmopolitan flair combine to make this a unique destination. Fly to Brisbane and discover the heart of Queensland, Australia, for yourself during a carefree getaway. Browse flights and start planning your trip now.