Story Bridge Adventure Climb, Brisbane, QLD © Brisbane Marketing
An hour’s drive north of the Gold Coast and a short flight from Cairns, Brisbane is fast gaining a reputation as a premier incentive destination, thanks to its world-class accommodation options, new business events venues and action-packed activities within the city centre. Plan a memorable Brisbane experience with these five unique activities.
Published: 8 August, 2017
For a fresh perspective on Brisbane’s nightlife, book Riverlife’s Paddle & Prawns experience. As the sun begins to set, board an illuminated kayak at Kangaroo Point for a 90-minute cruise along the Brisbane River, gliding past the restaurants of Eagle Street Pier and Southbank, and the lights of the city’s skyscrapers. After your leisurely paddle, enjoy a relaxed marquee dinner at Kangaroo Point, dining on fresh local prawns or a gourmet barbecue, paired with Australian wine. Riverlife’s night kayaking tours are available for up to 96 people and can be tailored for groups of eight or more.
For a bird’s-eye view of Brisbane, sign up for the Story Bridge Adventure Climb. Departing from Kangaroo Point, the two-hour climb takes you to the top of the Story Bridge. From this lofty position 80 metres above sea level, take in the panoramic views of the Brisbane River, city skyline and surrounding landscape. Once you’ve had your photo snapped at the summit, return to Kangaroo Point for drinks and canapés or a themed dinner overlooking the river.
High-tech treasure hunt
Showcasing the best of Brisbane’s outdoors lifestyle, Banana Life’s app-based scavenger hunts take you on a fast-paced tour of the city. Participants join forces for two to three hours of exploration, with photo challenges, pit-stops and GPS check-ins along the way. Groups of 10 to 400 can sign up for the Amazing Scavenger Hunt or Passport Challenge in Brisbane, taking in iconic sites, CityCat ferry rides and parklands. For an island adventure within easy reach of Brisbane, opt for Banana Life’s Amazing Race-style challenge on Moreton Island, a 75-minute ferry ride from the city. End your day with sunset drinks on the beach.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane, QLD © Brisbane Marketing
Cuddle a Koala
There’s one photo that’s essential in every Australian album: cuddling a koala. Lone Pine is Australia’s largest koala sanctuary and it’s conveniently located less than 30 minutes from the centre of Brisbane. The sanctuary is home to over 130 koalas, as well as 150 free-ranging kangaroos and wallabies. Sign up for the Koala Encounter to watch a koala health check, then enter the enclosure for a cuddle and your close-up. Exclusive small-group sessions cater for up to six people at a time, ensuring everyone gets a chance to interact with these furry creatures. If you want to add extra thrills to your Lone Pine experience, enquire about having your photo snapped with a giant bird of prey, lizard or snake.
A 10-minute drive from the city centre, Victoria Park offers golfing activities for all abilities, from fun-filled games of putt putt to a state-of-theart driving range and championship course. For a memorable day on the greens, book a round of nine or 18 holes on the USGA-rated course. Exclusive hire is available for groups of up to 112 players, and you can enhance the experience with drinks carts, golf buggies and prizes. Refuel with breakfast or lunch in a Garden Marquee, an indulgent high tea or cocktail party in the Orchard, or a gala dinner in the Ballroom.