Are you one of those Brisbanites who has your favourite bar, breakfast spot and shopping spot on lock and never, ever deviates? If you are, live a little already! From freaky ghost tours to authentic Columbian cuisine to swimming in Brisbane’s oldest pool, Brisvegas has a whole heap of random activities to change things up, one weekend at a time. Here’s eight awesome things to do in Brisbane to start you off:
Take A Ghost Tour at Boggo Road Gaol
It wasn’t so long ago that the notorious Boggo Road Gaol in Dutton Park was a real-life penitentiary filled with real-life inmates. But luckily now that Boggo Road has been de-commissioned, ordinary folk can go inside to check out what it’s like inside and hear all about the Brisbane characters who were doing time. If you’re really game, come at night and sign up for the ghost tour. Haunted? Only a lot.
Hike Through Toohey Forrest
One of Brisbane’s best kept secrets, the Toohey Forrest Reserve covers 260 hectares of land and is just 10 kilometres from the Brisbane CBD. Get back to nature by hiking a range of trails through the forest, many with spectacular views of the city. It’s dog friendly too.
Swim At The Historic Spring Hill Baths
Looking for a novel exercise activity? Look no further than the historic Spring Hill Baths. The super cute pool is 25 yards longs and surrounded by teeny tiny dressing rooms. The best part? It’s heated all year round, making laps a breeze.
Eat Straight Up Cookie Dough At DoughLord
Gone are the days when you had to get your cookie dough fix as part of an ice cream. If you’ve ever thought ‘hold the ice cream, I’d just like a whole heap of the actual dough’ the newly opened DoughLord in Fortitude Valley can make all your fantasies come true, serving five different types of cookie dough.
Quaff Rosé all Day at Welcome To Bowen Hills
What’s better than a glass of rosé on a warm Brisbane day? A whole festival dedicated to rosé and cheese! Mark down March 24 and 25 in your diaries because new Brisbane hotspot Welcome To Bowen Hills will be holding a festival celebrating all the wine that’s blush, pink, rosy and red for two days straight!
Take In Brisbane’s Best View At The Pool Terrace & Bar
Get high above the tourists shopping on the Queen Street Mall to one of the best views (and drink selections) at the Pool Terrace & Bar atop NEXT Hotel. Everyone knows that rooftop bars are 100 per cent more fun than regular bars, and the stunning view over Brisbane and comfy day beds paired with excellent cocktails make it worth seeking out.
Take A City Cat Ride At Dusk
Sure, sure you’ve already heard of the City Cat. But when was the last time you actually took a City Cat ride along the Brisbane for fun? Jump on at West End in the afternoon and glide along to Bulimba as the sun sets. Jump off at Oxford Street for an ice cream before ferrying back and viewing Brisbane city by night. Brisbane experience done!
Eat Authentic Columbian Cuisine at Macondo
Familiar with Columbian cuisine? Yeah, us neither. Which is why you should take your taste buds for a treat to under-the-radar Columbian café Macondo in Salisbury. Offering grilled plaintains, cornbreads in lots of different colours, grilled chorizo and ants in some of the desserts, you have to try it immediately!
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