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11 Things To Do Around Brisbane This New Year’s Day

By Alice Lane - 28 Dec 2015

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Christmas is over, you’ve had an amazing night at Brisbane’s best New Year’s Eve parties, your New Year’s resolutions are set and now the big day is here. January 1, 2016. If your hangover isn’t too restricting and you don’t fancy spending the first day of the New Year inside on the couch watching Netflix on repeat, we’ve got some suggestions for you! Here are 11 things to do in Brisbane around New Year's Day.

Lady Marmalade Cafe

Stones Corner

If all your favourite cafés have shut down for the festive period and you're craving some bacon and eggs to help with your New Year’s Hangover, Lady Marmalade Café in Stones Corner is your answer! There's something for everyone but we recommend the gringo-baked eggs with wagyu, chorizo, black beans and fetta. After just one visit, you’ll be adding Lady Marmalade to your regular café circuit.



So you’ve set yourself a New Year’s resolution to lose weight or run 10km, so start the year off right by joining the Ashgrove Parkrun bright and early on January 1. The run is free, simply register yourself online and join the masses at Ashgrove Sportsground ready to start at 7am. Run or walk your way through the 5km course and feel energized ready to make the most of the day ahead!



Get all cultured at the Gallery of Modern Art this New Year’s Day. Open from 10am-5pm, you can peruse the exhibitions before hitting their cafe for brunch and a well-deserved coffee. If art isn’t your thing and you’re simply going to bask in their air-conditioning, we won’t judge you, we promise!

Myer Centre, Queen Street Mall


Missed the Boxing Day Sales? Never fear the discounts are still here and there are some serious bargains to be had. Queen Street Mall’s Myer Centre will be open from 10am-5pm on New Year's Day to satisfy those retail therapy desires.

Moonlight Cinema at Powerhouse

New Farm

Catching a film at the Moonlight Cinema on the lawns of Brisbane’s iconic New Farm Park, is such a civilised way to end your first day of 2016. Pack your own picnic or grab your food and drinks (if you haven’t sworn off alcohol after your night before!) from the onsite catering and kick back and enjoy your movie under the stars experience. Jump online to buy your tickets and reserve a bean bed so you don’t miss out! Don’t panic they’ve got choc-tops too!

Spicers Hidden Vale Retreat

Lockyer Valley

Escape to the country for a relaxing New Years Day at Spicers Hidden Vale Retreat. Only an hour west of Brisbane, you’ll feel miles away from the mayhem of your New Year’s Eve antics. If adventure is your thing, hit the 4WD or horse riding trails or if you need to wind down, visit the onsite day spa for a full body treatment – you’ll know where to find me!

Mount Coot-tha Climb

Mount Coot-tha

Visit Mount Coot-tha to be mesmerised by the spectacular views of our fair city. If you’re feeling energetic or keen to sweat out the hangover, park your car in the JC Slaughter Falls car park and climb the two-kilometre path to the top. The Kuta Café at the Mount Coot-tha lookout is open from 9am-10pm on New Year’s Day so you can reward yourself with brunch or an ice cream at the top!

Picnic at Kangaroo Point Cliffs

Kangaroo Point

With some of Brisbane’s best views, Kangaroo Point Cliffs is the perfect spot to catch up with friends for a BBQ on New Year’s Day. Debrief on the night that was, overlooking the mighty Brisbane River, enjoying all your favourite foods in a hand made picnic basket. Hot tip: we suggest you get all your supplies the day before!

Hit the Coast

Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast

Soak up the first of 2016’s rays at your favourite beach. Whether you head north to the Sunny Coast or south to the GC, our friends at Metropolist have you covered for all things coast to coast.

Springbrook National Park

Gold Coast Hinterland

If you’re worried about finding a park at the beach or securing a spot on the sand, escape to the hinterland to find some of the coolest swimming holes on the Gold Coast. Waterfalls, walks and swinging vines, you’d be mistaken for thinking you were in Narnia. 

Head to the Cricket

The Gabba

The world’s most cricket obsessed nations, India and Australia, are coming together to battle it out for one epic day of cricket in Brisbane on January 15. But Jan 1 is the perfect time to canvas the gang and get yourself tickets to support the Aussies at the Gabba.

Image credit: Down Under

Looking for more things to do in Brisbane? Here's 50 Things To Do In Brisbane This Summer!

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