Nearby, just past Victoria Bridge, is South Bank Parklands, a vast urban park that's something of a pioneer in Australia.
With paths turned into half-covered tunnels by metal ribs that are covered in floral decoration and trees and vegetation merging with modern architecture, it's a unique space, with a lively riverbank, a wooden pagoda and terrific markets on the weekend.
Nearly a century old, the site's 130-odd koalas make this the first and biggest koala sanctuary.
There are also wombats, crocodiles, platypuses and emus to gawp at, as well as reserves for wallabies and kangaroos.
This sun-drenched Australian city often takes centre stage in the world of sport, and its theatres, galleries and shops are truly first class.
Swathes of Victorian architecture give a distinctly European feel, and the city’s iconic tram system adds to its charm.
To get to Cairns way up the western coast, it takes about 30 hours from Brisbane.
Head to the Queensland Cultural Centre for a taste of Brisbane's ultra-modern side.
The complex includes the Gallery of Modern Art, better known as Go Ma, the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre, and the Queensland Art Gallery, all set amongst pristine lawns.
Getting around To get around Melbourne with ease, purchase a myki: a smart card that gets you access to the buses, trams and trains.
There are two zones in the city, though visitors are most likely to find a Zone 1 ticket suffices.