Whether you need an urban setting or an iconic river view, bush landscapes or manicured gardens, Brisbane has plenty of well-known and hidden sites tailor-made for images that will pop on social media and in print.
Here’s our top five fave Brisbane backdrops that are big on inspo but won’t cost a cent.
Wilson Outlook Reserve
For a standout cityscape backdrop, we love Wilson Outlook Reserve. This stretch of green atop a rocky outcrop along Bowen Terrace in New Farm is perfectly framed by the Story Bridge for iconic Brisbane views of the river, Kangaroo Point and The City.
Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park
Another great city vantage point, these heritage-listed cliffs also offer the Brissie trifecta of skyscrapers, river and bridges. The popular exercise point is ideal for outdoorsy or sporty images with a view.
The Valley has everything you need for an urban setting from full-scale murals to graffiti, heritage-listed laneways and even ghost signs. In this inner-city area you can move from a gritty brick backdrop to slick cafés and Chinatown for abundant colourful backdrop options without exhausting your step-count.
Also close to Brisbane CBD, West End is another ‘burb that offers varied scenic locations. You can capture river views, colourful murals, green parks and café culture in the one locale. West End’s multicultural makeup also lends itself to international settings in your own backyard.
City Botanic Gardens
Need a manicured garden in bloom? A sun-dappled pond? Or colonial architecture? City Botanic Gardens has all this in spades. With Old Government House, ornamental ponds, giant figs and a bamboo grove on site, there’s plenty of natural and historic settings to use.
Before you point and shoot, there’s a few things to consider. From whether you need a filming permit to sourcing a professional photographer, finding optimal daylight conditions and locating the ideal photo backdrops, it’s important to sort the ‘business bits’ before getting down to business. Make sure you plan first, shoot next.