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Queensland Art Gallery

One of the many excellent cultural attractions in Brisbane's Southbank cultural precinct, the Queensland Art Gallery is one of its best free things to do.


Extensive array of Australian & international art
Paintings, pottery, sculpture, glasswork
Lovely, modern architecture and use of natural light
One of Brisbane's best free attractions

What you need to know

One of the many excellent free cultural attractions in Brisbane's Southbank cultural precinct, the joint attraction of the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art encompasses an extensive variety of artistic forms including paintings, pottery, sculpture and glasswork. Both of the buildings - GOMA is located roughly 150m away from the QAD - are wonderful examples of architecture and works of art in their own right, constructed with a modern and discerning eye that emphasises creative use of both empty space and natural light.

The Queensland Art Gallery features exhibits with an extensive collection of Australian art dating from the country's European occupation and the early 1800's through to more modern times, in addition to a surprisingly diverse amount of international items as well. Exhibits here are well laid out and change on a regular basis to keep repeated visits possible, and many of them come with curated descriptions in both "adults" and "kids" language so that little ones can take something away from the artwork too - a nice touch.

Kids in general are well catered for at the Queensland Art Gallery; in addition to the curation, there's a dedicated kids activity area that encourages creativity which sits next to the gallery's cafe. Food at the cafe is also impressive and of a high quality. With a great riverside location and easily accessible via multiple forms of public transport, the Queensland Art Gallery is one of Brisbane's best free things to do for all ages, and a welcome spot to visit to escape on a hot day.

More info


  • Free guided tours available at 11am and 2pm
  • Open 10am to 5pm daily
  • Free entry to regular exhibitions; some special exhibitions require payment
  • Accessible via public transport - Bus (Cultural Centre Station) and CityCat (SouthBank terminal)