I’ll be completely honest, as much as I love getting my artsy fartsy on, I have no intelligent way to talk about them. No frame of artistic reference to discuss depth and texture. BUT. I can definitely tell you if it’s ‘cool’ or not. I also love including a bit of art in my travels, whether that’s a carefully curated museum that’ll open my mind to painters I’ve heard about but never experience, or some local street art that can be very telling of local ideals.

These are the best Queensland art spots, whatever your creative tastes, so you can sound more worldly when you’re talking about your trip at your next dinner party.

Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) & Gallery Of Modern Art (GOMA), Brisbane

Brisbane boasts two awesome art galleries, and the good news is they’re right across from each other in the city’s happening South Bank area, so you can grab lunch and/or dinner after digesting some quality art. Between them, you’ll find Indigenous and local artists, as well as internationally renowned names.

My favourite thing? GOMA has a regular ‘Up Late’ even series where you can drink, dance to live music and enjoy the art and other live performances.

Toowoomba Street Art

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Toowoomba has some fantastic street art – we were on the hunt for sunflowers the other day so I only had time to look at a couple of murals, including this amazing work by @fintan_magee ✨ But it definitely warrants a trip of its own some time soon to photograph the many pieces of art around the city ???????????? #Toowoomba #firstcoattoowoomba #toowoombastreetart #streetart #wallart #urbanart #jj_urbanart #fintanmagee #grafittiart #wow_australia #seeaustralia #neverstopexploring #nothingisordinary #nothingisordinary #urbex #urbanwandering #queensland #thisisqueensland #discoverqueensland #toowoombaregion #brisbaneanyday #viewsofbrisbane #mygreatdayout #queenslandweekender #travelqld

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Yes, I hear you questioning me. Toowoomba a centre for art? Heck yes, it is. In fact, it’s known as one of Australia’s largest outdoor galleries. There is some truly cool street art around town, and you don’t need an educated art eye to see that. Every piece is unique in its own right too, so there’s something for every artistic taste.

Brisbane Powerhouse

This is such a cool venue. Even if you’re not there for a show, there are cute cafes overlooking the river and a walk through the building is worth the trip. The historic exposed red brick, steel beams, and cement floors have all been kept intact, modernised by artists-in-residence who keep creating new works for the space.

Quinkan and Regional Culture Centre, Laura

It’s not one of UNESCOs top 10 sites for rock art in the world for no reason. This huge outdoor gallery of rock art has pieces dated from 15,000 to 30,000 years old. There are hikes to amazing pieces for all fitness levels too, so everyone will enjoy this unique look through history.

Spiro Grace Art Rooms (SGAR), Brisbane

If you enjoy your amazing art with a large serving of quirk, then SGAR is the place for you. The mission of the art gallery is to support emerging Queensland artists to improve the entire Brissy art scene. The changing installations here are always cutting edge, often blending different mediums together.

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