Further upriver, the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary offers visitors the chance to hold koalas and hand-feed kangaroos. Out in Moreton Bay, North Stradbroke Island is home to an Aboriginal settlement, a former convict station and shipwrecks.
- Key events include Ekka (Aug), an annual agricultural event also called the Royal Queensland Show.
- The popular Brisbane Festival (Sep) draws crowds to music, theater, dance and circus performances.
- The rainy season (Nov–May) begins late in the spring and runs through fall, with tropical cyclones possible Jan–Mar.