Beneath the South Brisbane rail overpass, a row of concrete pillars has been transformed into 11 giant street-art murals by some of the hottest names on the scene. Especially notable is Guido Van Helten's arresting portrait of an Aboriginal child, as well as fellow Brisbane-raised Fintan Magee's portrait of a man in rising floodwaters, holding a child afloat on a boogie board. The latter work is a tribute to the floods that devastated the region in 2011.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Brisbane attractions

1. Gallery of Modern Art


All angular glass, concrete and black metal, must-see GOMA celebrates modern and contemporary art, with a particular emphasis on Australian, Asian and…

2. State Library of Queensland

0.25 MILES

Sandwiched between the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Brisbane's pre-eminent library hosts free, often fascinating exhibitions…

3. Queensland Museum & Sciencentre

0.27 MILES

Dig deeper into Queensland history at the state's main historical repository, where intriguing exhibits include a skeleton of the state’s own dinosaur…

4. Queensland Cultural Centre

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On South Bank, just over Victoria Bridge from the CBD, the Queensland Cultural Centre is the epicentre of Brisbane’s cultural confluence. Surrounded by…

5. Queensland Art Gallery


While Brisbane's main art museum includes numerous international works, its forte is its Australia collection. This includes works by heavyweights like…

6. Wheel of Brisbane


Steps from the Queensland Performing Arts Centre is Brisbane's slightly more modest version of the giant observation wheels now common in cities from…

7. South Bank Parklands

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Should you sunbake on a sandy beach, saunter through a rainforest, or eye-up a Nepalese peace pagoda? You can do all three in this 17.5-hectare park…

8. Treasury Building

0.58 MILES

At the western end of the Queen St Mall is the magnificent Italian Renaissance–style Treasury Building, dating from 1889. No tax collectors inside – just…