When was the last time you fed a wild dolphin or snuggled a koala? If you can’t remember, then those are at least two items that you can place at the top of your list of things to do when you visit Brisbane.

Here are seven fantastic reasons why you’ll want to make Brisbane your next holiday destination.

1. Story Bridge Adventure Climb

This is one of the most unique ways to get to know a city that you’re likely to ever come across. Despite the name, the climb can be done by people of all fitness levels. You do need to be at least ten years old.

It’s a two hour experience that takes you up over the superstructure of the bridge, culminating at the 80 metre summit where you’ll revel in the uninterrupted 360 degree views of everything from Brisbane City to the mountains and out to Moreton Bay Islands. The climb includes a commentary that details the fascinating history and heritage of the area.

2. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

One of the few places in the world that will let you snuggle with a koala. They also let you get up close and personal with a variety of Australian wild life. Imagine feeding kangaroos, dingoes, and lorikeets and watching the platypus play? It’s an interactive experience that the entire family will never forget.

3. Moreton Island

Located just off Brisbane’s shore is a sand island that boasts to be the third largest of its kind in the world. Dive or snorkel among the amazing ship wrecks, hand feed one of the more than 600 wild bottlenose dolphins or go quad biking and sand tobogganing. It’s a great place for active people who love a little mystery and adventure.

4. Riverlife

One of the most unique ways to get to know a city is by kayak or stand up paddle board. The Brisbane river is a lovely meandering waterway that anyone will find it easy to navigate. For something a little different and definitely special, try night kayaking. The kayaks are illuminated and you can paddle along, listening to the guided tour, enjoying the multi-coloured lights of the city. You don’t need to know how to kayak, just come and have fun.

5. Wheel of Brisbane and South Bank

At the South Bank, which was the site where the World Expo ’88 was held, you’ll find one of Brisbane’s most noticeable attractions: the Wheel of Brisbane. More than a simple Ferris wheel, it’s a 15 minute tour of the city skyline in an enclosed, climate controlled gondola. When you’re finished, explore the South Bank’s shops and grab a bite to eat at a cafe along South Bank’s sandy lagoon.

6. Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

If you love astronomy and space adventure, you’ll have plenty to explore at the planetarium. Experience one of the astronomy and space programs inside the unique Cosmic Skydome. As an alternative to the hustle and bustle of Brisbane nightlife, you can delight in the excitement of another kind of night life with their popular “Saturday Night Live” show.

7. Ride the ferry

Brisbane is a very water friendly city, as you’ll discover. Because of that, one of the most fun ways to get around can be to hop on one of the ferries. You’ll get to see all of the top destinations, getting on and off the ferry wherever you like. If you travel on the City Hopper, you won’t have to pay a thing and you can travel up top, in the open air section or downstairs in a glass enclosed area. Both offer great views.