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50 Things To Do In Brisbane Before Summer Is Over

By Shannon Coward
2nd Feb 2018

Have you felt the change in the weather? Err, not really, but facts are facts; summer is almost on the out so it's time to get cracking, Brisbanites. If you've found yourself in an extended Netflix binge we're here to tell you to get off the couch, bust out the beach towels, and get around town with some proper urban and coastal exploration before the sunshine desists.

If the idea of crafting an itinerary makes you balk, don't worry; we've done all the hard work for you. Scroll and delight in a few new additions (okay, a lot of new additions) to your aventuring agenda with these 50 things to do in Brisbane before summer is over.

  1. Beat the heat by plunging into the adorable Spring Hill Baths.
  2. Gorge on mango soft serve at Eat Street Northshore.
  3. Spend the afternoon with your pupper at these dog-friendly picnic spots.
  4. Start your morning right with a stroll along South Bank and an açai bowl from Kiss The Berry.
  5. Master the art of the perfect ice cream sandwich at Mr Fitz.
  6. Get out of town with these killer road trips.
  7. Slay your #fitspo goals with these gorgeous urban walks in Brisbane.
  8. Explore Brisbane’s best beaches (yes, we do have some).
  9. Tuck into deep-fried maple ice cream with smoked butter popcorn and drunken rum and raisin sauce from fat pant-friendly Buffalo Bar.
  10. Sink your teeth into chocolate ice cream noodles at Doughnut Bar.
  11. Organize the squad and descend on $3 taco night at The Coop Bistro.
  12. Feed your inner gourmet at Honto and Montrachet, voted by us as two of the best new Brisbane restaurants for 2017.
  13. Get cracking on these 18 hobbies to start in 2018.
  14. Start planning your yearly getaway with these travel destinations you have to visit in 2018.
  15. Show off that summer bod at Brisbane’s best pools.
  16. Enjoy a drink with a view at Brisbane’s best rooftop bars.
  17. Immerse yourself in a tropical paradise at the Tropical Display Dome at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha.
  18. Enjoy alfresco dining at its finest at Riverbar & Kitchen.
  19. Hop on the poké bowl food trend at Cheeky Poké Bar
  20. Feast on some of the best burgers in town at Betty’s Burgers’ Newstead store.
  21. Get a selfie with Kendrick Furmar at Arc + Family and stock up on hand-painted pots for your favourite plant babies while you're there. 
  22. On that note, shop your way through the best places to buy succulents in Brisbane now that the heat is here to stay.
  23. Hole up in the air con and listen to these podcasts that don’t suck.
  24. Make good on your wholesome resolutions and check out this pop-up vegan degustation
  25. Head to the nearest patch of golden sand you can find and vege out with the best books to read this summer.
  26. Spend a weekend watching the stars twinkle over the ocean with Australia’s best beachfront camping spots.
  27. Find out what non-Ikea ceramics look like at Mas & Miek Ceramic House.
  28. Like your drinks a little bit closer to the ground? Make sure to check out Brisbane’s best bars in general.
  29. Finally become the cookie monster you’ve always secretly been at Brisbane's very first dedicated cookie dough café.
  30. Indulge in the perfect brunch at one of our favourite Brisbane cafes of 2017.
  31. Get some classic fish and chips from one of the best fish and chips shops in Brisbane. Bonus points if it’s located near a body of water.
  32. Work on your skills at the national pasttime, barefoot bowls, at Merthyr Bowls Club.
  33. Dance the night away at the best nightclubs in Brisbane that don’t suck.
  34. Catch up with the squad at Salt Meat Cheese’s all-you-can-eat pizza night every Monday. This is not a drill. 
  35. Wine and dine at one of the best Brisbane restaurants that opened their doors in 2017. Our recommendation: fill your longing for an old-fashioned British pub at Electric Avenue, eat your way through the flavours of Asia at Junk Boat and top off the night with drinks at Little Big House.
  36. Stock up on fresh fruit and veg at the Jan Powers Farmers Markets in New Farm.
  37. Pretend you’re in Barbie’s dream house with breakfast at Miss Jones Café.
  38. Check out whether our obsession with new kid on the block, Italian Food Restaurant, is justified. Spoiler alert: it is.
  39. Have a deep and meaningful with your mates at one of the best spots to have a long lunch in Brisbane.
  40. Escape to the beach for the weekend and finally learn how to surf.
  41. Kick back in The Regatta Hotel’s summer-only Aperol garden before it disappears.
  42. Make friends with your neighbours with a pool, buy an inflatable flamingo and let the good times roll.
  43. Make the best of balmy summer evenings by singing a rousing rendition of 'My Heart Will Go On' at Brisbane’s best karaoke bars.
  44. Opt to stay in, where it’s cool, and learn something with these 11 documentaries that will make you smarter.
  45. Visit Sourced Grocer and buy up a selection of cheeses, then head to New Farm Park for a picnic with the squad.
  46. Treat yo’ self to a full-blown pamper session at Lush Tan Beauty.
  47. Finally get to sampling the heavenly goodness that is Gelato Messina.
  48. Stuff yourself silly with one of Brisbane’s best banquets, courtesy of Chu The Phat.
  49. Bike your way across the entire Riverwalk.
  50. Familiarise yourself with Brisbane’s best tried-and-tested hangover feeds. Trust us, you’re going to need them.

Keen to get out of town? Check out these 7 Last-Minute Summer Escapes

Image credit: Rachael Baskerville for The Urban List 

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