Things To Do

Big City Lights | The 50 Best Things To Do In Brisbane

By Catherine Blake - 09 May 2018


For those who know what’s up, Brisbane never runs out of fun things to do. Besides the constantly shifting splay of seasonal events, there are a whole bunch of evergreen attractions that never fail to delight and excite us. Whether you’re new in town, or were born and raised here, this is your guide to getting the most out of our glorious city, with a couple out-of-town ventures to spice things up.

Load up the tank and slop on that SPF, it’s time to get busy.

  1. Climb Mt Coot-Tha and catch an eyeful from the lookout.
  2. Embark on a safari of the best avo toast in town. 
  3. Go old school and catch a movie at the Yatala Drive-In. BYO popcorn. 
  4. Get interactive with some yells-a-poppin virtual reality at Zero Latency
  5. Make like hydraulic suspension at Bounce trampoline park.  
  6. Go for a boulder or an indoor climb at Urban Climb… 
  7. Or climb for real at the Kangaroo Point cliffs.
  8. Speaking of wildlife, get yourself over to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and have a snuggle with a koala. 
  9. Motor up to Cedar Creek and frolic in the water with the earthchildren.
  10. Catch a game at Suncorp Stadium.
  11. Stock up on fresh, local produce and a market breakfast at one of the best markets in Brisbane
  12. Grab some snags and have an outdoor BBQ in a public park courtesy of Brisbane City Council.
  13. Get bendy at a Circa tumble class. 
  14. Make the most of New Farm Park’s perfect picnic conditions with a gourmet haul from the James Street Markets
  15. Get snuggly with a wee feline at the Cat Cuddle Café or Lucky Cat Café.
  16. Indulge in nine courses of dessert at Eat Street Markets
  17. Nab some tickets to GOMA Up Late and enjoy the current exhibition with the help of some food, drink, and live music. 
  18. Get some greenery for the pad at Mappins Nursery
  19. Take a tour of the XXXX Brewery aka the Divine Temple of Mango. 
  20. Or for a more local flavour, start on a craft brewery crawl of Brisbane’s best breweries
  21. Drive to Manly for a spot of windsurfing.
  22. …or just a walk along the beach and some fish and chips.  
  23. Hit up some Pub Choir at the Triffid
  24. Check out the deep discussions going on at GOMA Talks
  25. Catch a book club at Avid Reader. 
  26. Rummage for treasures at the Paddington Antiques Centre
  27. Knock off with some free comedy at the Powerhouse every Friday from 6pm. 
  28. Have a gander at the latest exhibit wowing crowds at the Queensland Museum
  29. Pack a picnic dinner and catch an old movie at the Old Museum with the Cine Retro Film Society
  30. Climb the Story Bridge at sunrise when the temperature is tolerable. 
  31. Put your friendship and deductive skills to the ultimate test at Escape Room with the pack. 
  32. Go for a stroll along the riverwalk and treat yourself to a flat white at End of the Road Coffee
  33. Learn how to kitesurf at BrisKites in Brighton. 
  34. Take a tour of the night sky at the Thomas Brisbane Planetarium.
  35. Set your quads on fire with a dash up the Kangaroo Point stairs then treat yourself to a nap.
  36. Find your signature fragrance with an olfactory tour of the bottles at Libertine Parfumerie
  37. Go for a ramble through the lush delights of both the CBD and Mt Coot-Tha botanical gardens.
  38. Make the most of sunrise with a hot air balloon ride
  39. Take a road trip to Sunnybank just for some yum cha.
  40. Learn to throw a pot with a pottery class at Mas and Miek.  
  41. Expand your cultural horizons with a foreign film at GOMA Cinema
  42. Treat the squad to a Sunday afternoon grazing picnic from Popolo
  43. Swing by Doo-Bop Jazz Bar for some live stylings any night of the week. 
  44. Upskill with a cooking class at Golden Pig Cooking School
  45. Pick up the trivia gauntlet every Tuesday from 7pm at Archive Beer Boutique (and work your way through their expansive beer library at the same time). 
  46. Get around a bowl of Taro’s world-famous ramen. 
  47. Show off your pipes and lyrical mastery at one of Brisbane’s best karaoke bars.  
  48. Get into the swing of things at Holey Moley Mini Golf, the only putt-putt in Brisbane with a full bar AND a rotating selection of food trucks. 
  49. Plonk yourself in front of the William Jolly Bridge and marvel at the euphoric architecture.
  50. Scare yourself stupid at the Boggo Road Gaol ghost tour

Image credit: Grace Elizabeth Images for The Urban List

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