Although it doesn't possess the cultural clout of Sydney or Melbourne when it comes to your architectural marvels or preserved landmarks, Brisbane is nevertheless a constellation of contemporary culture, from the city center to South Bank to the entertainment headquarters of Fortitude Valley.
You'll be greeted by your typical cultural activities when in the Central Business District, where Adelaide and Anne Streets cut a parallel track and provide visitors with such valuable fodder as King George Square, the Brisbane Museum, and Brisbane City Hall. Modern attractions like the massive Queen Street Mall and numerous entertainment activities also make their home here.
Across the Brisbane River on the well-titled South Bank, you've got your man-made beach and an attractive boardwalk, but it's main claim to fame has to be the Queensland Cultural Centre, a large development devoted to the arts in its many fine forms. If you're writing up your own CIA's (Culture in Australia) “most wanted” list, then this needs to be at the top for Brisbane.
Another necessary stop on your culture tour is Fortitude Valley. Don't expect your run-of-the-mill archaeological ruins or dusty churches here. “The Valley” is more or less the best of the best in Australia's competitive nightlife scene, but it also provides a day-time opportunity to hit up the numerous bars, cafes, and restaurants to people-watch. For those interested in chic modern art, there are also a handful of galleries in the area.
You can also check out the “Gabba” (Brisbane Cricket Ground) or the historic Story Bridge in Woolloongabba, and plenty of other smaller cultural fixtures in other parts of the city. If you're looking for something more specific, it may be best to look through our listings to start getting amped up for a trip for Brisbane.