Brisbane by bus.
Actually it's discovering Brisbane city sights by riding a tour bus and doing a bit of walking.
It's the Brisbane City Sights bus tour and it covers the central business district from Post Office Square to various points north of Brisbane River all the way to Mt Coot-tha before heading south and crossing the river to the arts and entertainment precinct of South Bank.
At several points along Brisbane River you can transfer to a CityCat ferry and cruise the Brisbane River ferry routes.
The Brisbane City Sights bus tour is a hop-on, hop-off trip running all day from 9am to 5pm every day of the year except on Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day, so you can get off at any of its stops to explore places that interest you and catch the next convenient City Sights bus to more destinations.
While the City Sights bus begins its tour of Brisbane from Post Office Square on Queen St opposite the General Post Office, you can catch the bus at any of its many designated stops.
You can buy your City Sights ticket from the bus driver with cash, EFTPOS or credit card, or at the Visitor Information Centre in the Queen St Mall, Brisbane Transit Centre Visitor Information in Roma St, and Airtrain airport stations. Tickets may be bought online or through travel agents but must be exchanged for City Sights tickets, particularly if they are to be used on CityCat ferries. City Sights tickets are only able to be used on City Sights buses and CityCat ferries.
The bus route
From Post Office Square, the City Sights bus heads southwest down Adelaide St to Brisbane City Hall which is home to the Museum of Brsbane, then turns left down William St to the Treasury Casino, one of Australia's capital-city casinos. If you wish, you can then cross Margaret St on foot into the City Botanic Gardens, one of Australia's better known city botanic gardens.
The bus then heads up Margaret St and turns into Riverside Centre where the Brisbane Stock Exchange and the Sunday Markets are located. You can catch the CityCat ferry riverside here. Then it's up the Creek here — sorry, Creek St — to the 1828 convict-built Windmill, a Brisbane landmark, on Wickham Terrace.
Then it's on to Spring Hill and Roma St Parkland, 16 hectares of gardens and water features. Next stop the Transit Centre, housing the coach and rail station, then Suncorp Stadium, battleground of Queensland rugby league.
It's a longer bus section to Mt Coot-tha Lookout with bird's-eye views of the city and surrounds. Coming down the mountain, enter Mt Coot-tha Rd and into the Brisbane Botanic Gardens.
From the botanic gardens, it's back to Brisbane River by Heritage-listed Regatta Hotel built in 1874. Catch the CityCat ferry at this point if you wish, or continue your bus trip northeast on Coronation Drive, stopping at the cafe-society shopping and dining precinct on Park Rd.
From Coronation Drive, cross William Jolly Bridge into the Queensland Cultural Centre where you'll have a choice of museums, galleries and performances spaces to visit.
South of the cultural precinct are cafes, shops, entertainment venues and a sandy beach, with the Maritime Museum further down on Vulture St.
Along River Terrace, the City Lookout provides panoramic views of Brisbane. Cross Story Bridge, where incidentally you can do a Bridge Climb, and head into Fortitude Valley and Chinatown before completing the tour at Anzac Square, where the Shrine of Remembrance houses the eternal flame and memorial sculptures. Anzac Square is just over a block away from Post Office Square where the City Sights bus tour begins each tour daily during regular daylight hours.