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What’s Hoppin’ A Guide to Kangaroo Point Brisbane

What’s Hoppin’? A Guide to Kangaroo Point Brisbane

If you’re looking for kangaroos, don’t expect to find them at Kangaroo Point. Instead, you’ll find the best spot to watch the sunset, ancient cliffs to climb, a historic bridge (that you can climb, too!), and more!  

All these are possible in this inner-city Brisbane suburb. If you’re up for some outdoor recreational activities, you better check out what’s hoppin’ through our travel guide to Kangaroo Point Brisbane! 

Things to Know about Kangaroo Point

  • Kangaroo Point sits on an inner-city peninsula on the south side of the Brisbane River and is situated directly across the Brisbane CBD’s east side.  
  • The suburb has two key attractions, Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge and the Kangaroo Point Cliffs which is a popular recreational spot for locals and tourists. Activities include rock climbing, abseiling, kayaking, picnics, running, and cycling. 
  • The Kangaroo Point Cliffs were formed through rhyolite lava flow, which became steeper due to quarrying. These lava deposits, from 230 million years ago in the Triassic Period, filled up an old river valley that formed the Brisbane River. 
  • It’s one of the oldest suburbs in Brisbane, and during the penal colony days, it was cleared and used for planting crops. Before British settlement, it was originally inhabited by the Turrbal people.
  • Kangaroo Point is also known to be one of the must-visit spots in Brisbane to watch the sunset. You can climb up the Kangaroo Point Cliffs Lookout to get the best view! 

Best Time to Go

Best Time to Go

The best time to go to Kangaroo Point is any time of the year, since Brisbane enjoys wonderful weather almost all-year round. But if you want to experience the best season in the Queensland capital, then you should definitely visit in spring! 

Springtime is from September to November where temperatures range from 15°C to 28 °C (59 – 82 °F), and you’ll also get to see the flowers in full bloom! Particularly, you’ll be able to catch the jacaranda trees adorning the city with a sea of purple blossoms. 

How to Get Around

How to Get Around

People in Brisbane rely heavily on public transport to get around the city. When going to Kangaroo Point, it’s best to take a bus or ferry. 

If you’re coming from the Brisbane CBD, you can ride a ferry for free via the CityHopper or Cross River ferry from the Riverside Ferry terminal or Howard Smith Wharves. You can then hop off at Holman Street terminal and walk from there. 

For more information on bus, ferry, or train routes, you can plan your journey through the Translink website

Walking and cycling are also common modes of transport around the area. Cycling from the CBD would be faster, too, as you can conveniently cross the river through the Story Bridge or Captain Cook Bridge.   

You can rent a bike or scooter through the Neuron or Beam app. While for long-term rentals, you can check out Riverlife Adventure Centre or Epic Cycles.

Things to See and Do at Kangaroo Point

The view at Kangaroo Point Cliffs is definitely stunning. You can even get the best views from the rocks and get some workout in at the same time!  

You can go rock climbing and enjoy the (literally) breathtaking views from the rocks, or if you prefer, start from the top and abseil down from the edge of the cliff! 

Riverlife Adventure Centre offers rock climbing and abseiling packages which include a two-hour guided session with a qualified instructor, a safety briefing, and equipment. The rate is at $89 for adults and $79 for kids aged 8 to 16 years old. 

This is the perfect adventure for thrill-seekers and first-time climbers as the activity doesn’t require any previous climbing experience.  

If you’re up for another challenging climb that offers spectacular views, then scaling the Story Bridge is a must! 

It’s one of the most popular tourist activities in Brisbane as you’ll get to climb an iconic city landmark, and at the same time, get a panoramic view of the city and beyond! 

Story Bridge Adventure Climb provides several packages wherein you can choose the time of day for your climb. Their most popular package is the Twilight Climb priced at $159 for adults and $143.10 for children (6 – 16 years old) and seniors. 

You can also choose the Dawn Climb for the same rates, Day Climb at $129 ($116.10 for kids and seniors), and Night Climb at $139 ($125.10 for kids and seniors). 

The Story Bridge Climb tour will be about two hours long with a guide, and it involves climbing 1,088 steps to a height of 80 meters. 

This is a great activity that the whole family will enjoy! You can conquer your fears atop a Brisbane icon, learn more about the city’s history, take in the views, and of course, get a memorable photo opportunity, to boot! 

You probably know by now that Kangaroo Point is all about getting active. So next up is taking a scenic bike ride by the river! 

The Kangaroo Point Bikeway is one of the best and safest bike paths that you can cycle in the city. It’s a four-kilometer long flat and fully-paved path by the river that offers a relaxing and scenic ride away from cars and traffic. 

It’s a great activity for the whole family and it’s suitable for small kids who are still learning how to ride a bike. You can even continue pedaling to the City Botanic Gardens and you can cross the river via the Goodwill Bridge or Story Bridge. 

If you want to rent a bike for the day, you can check out Riverlife Adventure Centre with rates starting from $35. You can also avail of a one week hire if you’re looking to use the bike for a longer period. 

Another option is Epic Cycles, which is a good choice if you’re looking to use a specific type of bike. They have a variety of bikes for hire such as folding bikes, mountain bikes, city bikes, road bikes, gravel bikes, and more, with rates starting from $60. 

Meanwhile, electric bikes or scooters are available through the Neuron or Beam app. 

Take a break and unwind at the Story Bridge Hotel where you can grab a drink, savor a sumptuous meal, and just relish the experience of spending time in this Brisbane icon. 

Built in 1886, then called the Kangaroo Point Hotel, it was one of the seven three-storey hotels that stood in Queensland at that time. In 1940, the name of the hotel was changed to Story Bridge Hotel to coincide with the bridge’s official opening. 

The Deery family acquired ownership of the hotel, and since then, it became Kangaroo Point’s well-loved “village pub.” Today, they’re one of the last remaining hotels in Brisbane that’s family-owned and operated. 

Locals and tourists alike delight in their delicious food and extensive selection of quality wine and spirits, beers, and more.  

Kangaroo Point is the perfect spot to watch the sunset, and why not add in some cocktails, too? You can sip an artfully crafted concoction while taking in spectacular views of the city as the sun dips at Sunsets Rooftop! 

This chic rooftop bar takes you to an alluring desert oasis with a menu inspired by diverse culinary traditions that you can find in tropical regions across the globe. 

They offer Mediterranean Share Banquets perfect for a group of four that include a selection of dips and bread, protein, salads, and desserts. 

You can find them on the rooftop of the Linton Apartments in Kangaroo Point and they’re open Thursdays to Sundays from 12pm – 10pm. 

A soothing and sensational live jazz gig could be the perfect thing to cap off your night! Luckily, you can find the Brisbane Jazz Club in Kangaroo Point just by the river! 

The Brisbane Jazz Club is a must-visit if you wanna catch live jazz, blues, or soul performances. Established in the 1960s, it has become the hub for live jazz in Brisbane, gaining recognition in the international jazz community for its high-quality music. 

The club hosts annual festivals, attracting jazz enthusiasts worldwide. It’s worth noting that it’s also a not-for-profit organization, dedicated to preserving the legacy of jazz by fostering a love for the genre and supporting musicians for future generations. 

With a scenic view of the Brisbane River, you can immerse yourself in the city lights while savoring soulful jazz melodies, complemented by a glass of wine or whiskey.

For updates on their latest gigs and events, you can check out what’s on here

Where to Eat


Address: 708 Main St, Kangaroo Point QLD 4169

Contact: +61 7 3391 7680

Hours: Wednesday & Thursday, 5 – 9pm; Friday & Saturday, 12pm – 9pm; Sunday, 12pm – 8:30pm

Pricing: $$ – $$$

This charming little joint set in a refurbished Queenslander is a terrific place to get your fish and chips fix! It’s a great spot for a family meal with their generous servings of savory seafood dishes that are sure to satisfy!

We recommend trying their Mooloolaba Banana Prawns, Moreton Bay Bug Risotto, or their Grilled Atlantic Salmon Fillet. It’s awesome that they also offer vegan fish and chips made of battered banana blossoms, as well as gluten-free options. 


Address: 44 Ferry St, Kangaroo Point QLD 4169

Contact: +61 7 3891 1702

Hours: Wednesday – Friday, 11:30am – 3pm; 5:30pm – 8:30pm; Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am – 8:30pm

Pricing: $$ – $$$

The Lawn Bar + Cafe sits right in front of the Brisbane River and offers unique brunch specials of tapas and pizza with champagne. You’ll also get to enjoy delightful grazing spreads, a selection of fine wine, and great coffee! 

It’s also a beautiful venue for special occasions providing a fun and relaxed atmosphere, while you can also catch live entertainment on weekends! 

You can check out what’s on here


Address: 89 Main St, Kangaroo Point QLD 4169

Contact: +61 480 178 695

Hours: Monday – Thursday & Sunday, 12pm – 9pm; Friday & Saturday, 12pm – 11pm

Pricing: $$ – $$$

Get a taste of the finest local craft beer at Sealegs Brewing Co! This independent Australian brewery is known for their high quality, creative, and authentic brews, along with their genuine sense of community. 

So if you’re looking to take a swig of some good local beer, visiting Sealegs is a must! While you’re there, you can also order a pizza, some burgers, wraps, and chicken wings. 


Address: 1/738 Main St, Kangaroo Point QLD 4169

Contact: +61 7 3161 0148

Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 2:30pm, 5 – 9pm

Pricing: $ – $$

An Cafe Vietnamese Street Food is easily a Brisbane fave when it comes to authentic Vietnamese food. It’s grown to be quite popular because of its generous servings, delicious food, and affordable pricing. 

You can come and visit for lunch, dinner, or order takeaway. For starters, we love having their rangoon, while they have a selection of banh mi, rice paper rolls, and pho that are definitely must-tries! 


Address: 29 River Terrace, Kangaroo Point QLD 4169

Contact: +61 7 3185 2945

Hours: Monday – Thursday & Sunday, 6am – 9pm; Friday, 6am – 10pm; Saturday, 6am – 11pm 

Pricing: $$ – $$$

Joey’s is another local fave at Kangaroo Point not only because of their food, but because of the atmosphere, as it boasts stunning views of the city from up the cliffs! 

It’s an ideal place for a sitdown meal after an exhilarating day exploring Kangaroo Point. We recommend their chili prawn linguine, wagyu rump chimichurri, or wood fired pizzas, then pair them with any of their selection of sides and salads. 

Where to Shop


Address: 98 Main St, Kangaroo Point QLD 4169

Contact: +61411061606

If you’re looking for quality products that are ethically sourced and sustainably made, then you should head to Folk-Story, which sits just across Sealegs. 

It’s an awesome place to browse for unique gifts for your loved ones, your home, and even your pets! If you’re familiar with Conscious Step socks and Pebble toys, this shop is the exclusive distributor of these brands. 


Address: 39 Logan Rd, Woolloongabba QLD 4102

Contact: +61 7 3391 1444

Absolutely Fabulous is located at Kangaroo Point’s neighboring suburb, Woolloongabba. If you’re searching for unique and quirky gifts that you won’t find anywhere else, then this store is worth the visit! 

You can shop for clothes, body fragrances, accessories, homeware, novelty items, gifts for kids, and a whole lot more! They usually have products on sale, too, so make sure to keep an eye out for special deals! 


Address: Queen St, Brisbane City QLD 4000

Contact: +61 7 3006 6290

Queen Street Mall is Brisbane’s premiere shopping destination that houses a wide array of local and international fashion and luxury brands. If you’re itching for some retail therapy, this is the place to be in the city!

You’ll also find a variety of cafes and restaurants in the area as well as supermarkets, so you can shop for any of your needs. The shopping precinct is just around 15 minutes away from Kangaroo Point, so it’s pretty convenient to get there by bus, ferry, or bike.  

Where to Stay


Address: 21 Lambert St, Kangaroo Point QLD 4169 

Contact: +61 7 3240 0888

Pricing: $$

The Point Brisbane is just a 10-minute walk from Kangaroo Point Cliffs where you can enjoy amazing views of the city either from your suite or from their rooftop bar.

The hotel is also popular because of their in-house restaurant, Lamberts, and their rooftop bar, Eagles Nest, which is an awesome spot for sundowners. 

As for their room accommodations, you can choose from several spacious rooms and suites. You can also enjoy various amenities such as a gym, heated outdoor pool, 24-hour room service, onsite complimentary parking, and meeting and events spaces. 


Address: 25/35 Rotherham St, Kangaroo Point QLD 4169

Contact: +61 7 3392 0111

Pricing: $$

Apart from its great location close to the Story Bridge, what we also love about Il Mondo Boutique Hotel is that they provide free bike hires for guests. So you’ll instantly get a pedal-powered transport (and some cardio) for your city explorations! 

They have several room accommodations to choose from that caters to any budget. You can choose from their budget room, economy room, hotel room with or without balcony, studio room, one-bedroom apartment, and superior one-bedroom apartment. 

You can also relax and take a dip in their outdoor pool, savor some Japanese food at Mobo, and enjoy a self-serve continental breakfast at their breakfast room. 


Address: 44 Ferry St, Kangaroo Point QLD 4169

Contact: +61 7 3891 6644

Pricing: $$ 

The Dockside Apartments boasts a superb location by the river facing New Farm. This accommodation is ideal for families and big groups as they offer several spacious apartment-type rooms that can cater to more people. 

Guests can choose from a one-bedroom apartment, one-bedroom deluxe apartment, two-bedroom apartment, and two-bedroom deluxe apartment. It’s also great that the rooms have a full kitchen and laundry area. 

You can also enjoy other amenities such as an outdoor pool, barbecue area, dry cleaning service, and undercover parking. 

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