38 Awesome Outdoor Adventures To Have In Brisbane

By Shannon Coward
14th Mar 2017

Brisbane is all about that warm weather and blue skies—something that can become a bit of a curse when you’re locked inside an office building five days out of the week. But then the weekend rolls around (thank god) and we know you want to get out there and soak up as many rays as you can.

That’s why we’ve put together this handy-dandy guide to the best outdoor adventures Brisbane can offer. All you’ve got to do is gather your crew and pick one (or a few) to tick off the list. You’re welcome, friends.

  1. Put on your tourist pants and cuddle some koalas at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
  2. Drink in those Brisbane city views from the comfortable positon of a kayak with Riverlife.
  3. Earn your sea legs with Aria Cruises on a journey to Peel Island, where you can also try your hand at snorkelling.
  4. Get up early and go hot air ballooning over the Canungra Valley before landing for a champagne breakfast at O’Reilly’s Vineyard. Sign us up!
  5. Become a certified scuba diver without leaving the city.  
  6. Test your  gym progress by abseiling the Kangaroo Point Cliffs.
  7. I believe I can fly—er, well at least you can pretend you can with a scenic flight over Brisvegas. Get on it, guys.
  8. Cruise down the Brisbane River in your own private gondola, complete with striped-shirt wearing gondolier. Ah, it’s just like Venice.
  9. Pretend you’re a medieval adventurer with horse-riding lessons at the Wattle Creek Equestrian Centre.
  10. Finally climb the Story Bridge (c’mon guys, it’s time to tick that one off the bucket list) or if you’re feeling brave try abseiling down it instead.
  11. Hike to the top of Mt Coot-tha at sunset for incredible views of the city.
  12. Pop in to the Summit Restaurant after you’ve had your fill for dinner with a view.
  13. Grab some take-out from Zeus Street Greek and wiggle your toes in the sand at Streets Beach.
  14. Have a crack at Stand Up Paddle Boarding on the Brisbane River.
  15. Have a picnic with your favourite people at the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens.
  16. Take a free Brisbane Greeters Walking Tour and discover the best of Brisbane’s hidden laneway gems.
  17. Go on a dessert tour at Eat Street Markets. Don’t worry, you can thank us later.
  18. Chill out and watch a movie in the open air at Limes Hotel’s rooftop cinema.
  19. Partake in one of Australia’s most beloved sports, barefoot bowling, at the Merthyr Bowls Club.
  20. Don your best bell-bottoms and head to Bee Gees Way in Redcliffe, a tribute to the band that brought us the beautiful masterpiece that is ‘Stayin’ Alive’.
  21. Spend a day wandering around leafy Paddington, where more than 130 cottages have been transformed into chic boutiques and swanky cafés.
  22. Fulfil your dreams of becoming an acrobat with a circus training session from Circa.
  23. Discover Brisbane’s convict past by exploring St Helena Island, home to colonial Queensland’s most prominent high-security prison.
  24. Hike through a lush, green rainforest at Mt Glorious.
  25. Catch a sunrise at Nudgee Beach and watch the colours of the sky reflected in the placid water.
  26. Rent a bike and follow the whole 15km Brisbane River track from South Bank to New Farm Park.
  27. Come face to face with some of Earth’s largest mammals by going whale watching in Moreton Bay.
  28. Cruise Brisbane River in old-timey style with a lunch or dinner cruise on the Kookaburra River Queens.
  29. Go snorkelling along the ship wreck at Moreton Bay and get up close and personal with some of Queensland’s colourful sea life.
  30. Work out your core and go on a Segway Tour of Brisbane.
  31. Hop on a ferry and head over to Coochiemudlo Island for a day.
  32. Become a proper tourist and buy a day pass for the Brisbane Hop-on Hop-off Bus.
  33. Take advantage of the sweltering weather and go for a float in the Settlement Cove lagoon in Redcliffe.
  34. Go on a homemade tour of Brisbane’s best rooftop bars. Pssh, this one totally still counts.
  35. Live on the wild side and try Go Karting at Kingston Park Raceway.
  36. Get together a group of your mates and go glamping at Nightfall Camp in Lamington National Park.
  37. Build your own foodie tour of Brisbane and tick off all the places you’ve been meaning to hit up.
  38. Stop off at the stunning Natural Bridge on a road trip to Springbook National Park.

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Image Credit: Nightfall Camp

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