When you think of things to do in Brisbane it’s always frolicking along South Bank, drinks in the Valley, walking in New Farm Park and eating in West End. No! No! No! Mix it up a little bit already.
Brisbane has so many awesome under-the-radar activities to get into it would be a shame to do the same old all the time. Here’s 9 hidden adventures to liven things up in old Brisbane town.
#1 Art House Cinema At Schonell Theatre
The obscure film offerings at the Schonell Theatre at UQ are just perfect when you’re looking to try something a little different. Over the years they’ve shown iconic gems such as What The Bleep Do We Know? and cult classic Cunnamulla when no one else would. The Pizza Caffe next door also dishes out superb wood-fired pizzas if you’re peckish.
#2 Swim At The Historic Spring Hill Baths
Looking for a novel exercise activity? Look no further than the historic and charming Spring Hill Baths. The super cute pool is surrounded by teeny tiny dressing rooms and the 25-yard (23 metre) pool perma-heated will have you nailing your laps in no time.
#3 Check Out The View At Soleil Rooftop Pool Bar
Get high above the tourists hanging at South Bank to one of the best views (and drinks selection) at the Soleil Pool Bar. Everyone knows that rooftop bars are 100 per cent more fun than regular bars, and the stunning scenery, comfy day beds paired with excellent cocktails make it worth seeking out.
#4 Gorge On Traditional Pho In Tan Thanh
If you can’t make it to Vietnam, journey to the southside in search of the next best thing: Tan Thanh in Inala’ s authentic, well-priced pho. The fast service means that you can pop in and get a bowl of steaming hot beef or chicken noodle soup on the table in a matter of minutes and the plentiful Asian produce markets close by add to the experience.
#5 Puzzle-Solve At Escape Hunt
If you really want to shake things up, grab some mates and book into Escape Hunt in West End for a night of unrivalled game playing. You essentially get locked in a room with a set of clues that you need to solve to work your way out. This is super fun, as long as you aren’t claustrophobic (or terrible at games).
#6 Spa Date At One Wybelenna
One of Brisbane’s ultimate hidden gems has to be the One Wybelenna spa in Brookfield. It’s around a 20-minute drive from the centre of town but once you get to the gorgeous architecture, Zen interiors, heated pools and calming gardens it will have you chilled within minutes. My tip? The divine custom facial. Heavenly.
#7 Jump On The CityCat
There are a few fun ways to get around Brisbane that don’t involve cars and searching for parking spots. Jump on a CityCycle and get to where you want to go for as little as $2.20 an hour, or cruise around the city via CityCat—travelling via the Brisbane River is one of the most serene ways to get to West End, UQ, the CBD and Bulimba.
#8 Dine At Gauge
Light and airy Gauge, across the road from GOMA in South Brisbane, has a seriously sophisticated breakfast menu worth showing off, but often goes under the radar. The black garlic bread with brown butter and burnt vanilla or the organic rolled bircher with lemon myrtle are showstoppers. Get there.
#9 Brave Toowong Cemetery’s Spook Hill
If adrenalin is your kind of thing, you may be interested in testing out a creepy Brisbane urban legend. Apparently at the aptly named Spook Hill in the Toowoong Cemetery, if you let your car gently roll downhill, Spook Hill will actually start to push it up! The story goes that a child in the cemetery lost their life in a car crash and their pain draws cars up towards them. Let us know if it’s true okay?!
One Wybelenna | Image credit: Ariana Gillrie