When it comes to planning how to spend your free time in Brisbane, most of us go on auto-pilot and repeat the same activities over and over. You start to feel that 12 hours of Netflix per day is normal and acceptable because you’ve done everything there is to do in Brisbane. Not true! While Netflix is amazing, there’s a whole world of activities out there just waiting to be enjoyed. Here are 12 things you didn’t know you could in Brisbane.
Visit the Polish Market
The Polish Club in Milton plays host to a Polish market, twice a month, on selected Fridays. This hidden gem is the ideal place to soak in traditional Polish folk songs while stocking up on pierogi, Polish dumplings and doughnuts, pickled vegetables and traditional poppyseed rye bread.
Paint A Traffic Signal Box
Have you seen the painted traffic signal boxes around town? Well, anyone can apply to paint one! The guys at Urban Smart Projects run things, with the idea the boxes are less likely to be vandalised if they’re covered in art by locals, plus they look far better than those boring unpainted boxes. Keep your eye on their webpage and, when boxes come up, you get a shot at making your artistic mark on our fine city.
Enjoy A Free Mantra Meditation Class
Each Sunday evening you can take yourself down to West End’s Australian School of Meditation and Yoga for their amazing mantra meditation class. You’ll listen to incredibly vibrant live music from talented performers, while singing along (dancing is also allowed!). At the end, you get a chance to chat, mingle and eat some mighty find vegetarian food, for $5.
Visit A Deer Sanctuary
This is not a drill. The Lyell Deer Sanctuary is a real thing and it’s 30 minutes from Brisbane, in the gorgeous Samford Valley. You can hand feed the deer, learn how to make dream catchers and Medicine Drums or attend the Fairy Festivals in May and October, held in the Enchanted Woods, of course.
Board Games and Burgers
The guys at Vault Games run a tabletop meet-up at Grill’d Burgers in the Valley. Absolutely anyone can come along, regardless of age or board game experience, and you get to play games until closing time. Scared of going solo? Don’t be, because it’s all about making friends. Best of all, there’s a competition that runs each 6 months with a $100 Vault Games voucher for the winner and runner-up prizes too.
Take A Ghost Tour Of A Cemetery
Want to creep yourself out and probably never, ever sleep again? The guys at Brisbane Ghost Tours operate evening tours of various Brisbane cemeteries, including Toowong, South Brisbane, Ipswich and Nundah. They also operate Crime Tours, which are equally terrifying. Ghost Tours go down on Saturday evenings, after dark.
Try a Floating Yoga Class
If you want to test your core strength like never before, you can try Stand Up Paddle Board Fitness Yoga or ‘Floating Yoga’ with Fitness Yoga Northside. You get to paddle out to sea, from Redcliffe Jetty Beach, spotting stingrays and turtles, then return to the shallows to strike a few yoga poses.
Learn Pottery Skills
How much do you love the 1990 classic film, ‘Ghost’? Damn, Swayze! Well, this is your shot at recreating your favourite Ghost moment and making your own bowls, vases and more, in the process. There are a few great Brisbane studios you can try, including Georgette’s Art, Mudlarks Studio and Oxide Clay Art.
Join The Circus
Circus Arts Brisbane run some amazing classes that will test and exhilarate you. Spend a day learning the flying trapeze. You’ll swing 10m high, above safety netting, learning to swing, flip and catch. Just like you’ve seen in the circus!
Soak In Some Live Jazz Music
It’s time to be a real life grown-up and class things up at the Brisbane Jazz Club. It’s one of the best live music venues in the city, offering up insanely good jazz music and views of the city skyline. They offer small plates to share, which go perfectly with a glass of wine, as well as main meals and desserts. Quite the fun, sophisticated way to spend an evening.
Swim at Cedar Creek Falls
Pile in the car and make the road trip to Cedar Creek, at Mt Tambourine. Take a short stroll to the end of Cedar Creek Road, then wander down the pathway to the rock pools below. These are the only swimming holes in the area and they’re absolutely spectacular, with the waterfall gushing down overhead.
Visit a Cheese Factory in Holland Park
Ummm, sorry to alarm you, but there’s a fully functioning cheese factory in the middle of Holland Park and they specialise in home made halloumi. Pandelyssi are created by the Kekkou family, from Cyprus, so you know it’s top-notch cheese. They use high-quality, organic ingredients and sell amazing halloumi, feta and ricotta direct to the public at wholesale prices.
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