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What’s on: Summer in Brisbane

The sun is shining, and a sense of anticipation is hanging in the air. It’s time to fire up the BBQ and grab your shorts, school is out for the holidays!

Summer in the city has never looked so good.


Summer in Brisbane is so much more than just one event. When the tinsel has come down and the last mince pie has digested, step outside in to the sunshine and enjoy everything this amazing city has to offer. The iconic Woodford Folk Festival (27 Dec–1 Jan) promises six glorious days of music, culture, art and headline acts – as well as mouth-watering food and a general feel-good atmosphere. Catch Nicki Minaj and Miss Blanks at this year’s FOMO by night (4 Jan), and for the perfect water-side entertainment, it’s all happening at the Sandstone Point Hotel with feel-good music on tap including performances from the Presets and local Aussies, PNAU. If laughs are more your bag, the Brisbane Comedy Festival (22 Feb–24 Mar) will not disappoint. Expect some fast-paced banter and side-splitting material from the likes of Danny Bhoy, Felicity Ward and Ross Noble to name but a few from home and away. Culture vultures can head to the Triennial Asia Pacific art series returning to The GOMA (until 28 Apr 2019) with a unique mix of cross-cultural contemporary art on display, or check out Easton Pearson’s fashion retrospective at the Museum of Brisbane which tells the story behind this world-renowned fashion label – warts and all. Sporting culture is at its summer finest with Nadal and Murray competing at the Brisbane International (30 Dec–6 Jan), and cricket fans will not be disappointed with the Big Bash League (until 17 Feb) as The Brisbane Heats battle it out against their sister states.


Summer is the perfect time to put those books away and enjoy the best of the Brisbane setting. From hiking and biking to swimming and kayaking there is something for everyone to enjoy. Make use of the many cycle ways to really get under the skin of the city, Brisbane by Bicycle offers up both bike hire and tours to help get you on your way. Take a trip up Mount Coot-tha to the breathtaking Brisbane Lookout for spectacular views over the CBD across to Moreton Bay, or simply enjoy the may walking tracks available in the beautiful National Park. When the sun actually gets a little too much, the river is a great way to escape the heat and change perspective. Riverlife adventure centre offers sunset and nighttime kayaking as well as rock climbing and abseiling by day. Try the Friday night ‘Paddle & Prawns’ to take in stunning views of the Story Bridge followed by the perfect combo of prawns and a chilled drink.


The street scene in Brisbane is constantly evolving, with new watering holes and pop-ups arriving before you can order your next Frozé. Fortunately there are plenty of affordable eateries around which means you don’t have to spend your semester’s budget every time you venture out, with some of the best treats in the most unlikely places. Operating out of a large shipping container, Eat Street Markets has become the go-to destination for delicious food, live music, great ambience and stunning city views. If you’re a fan of the container experience, build your own burger at Miel Burger’s permanent pop-up on Albert Street – or try some deliciously crispy fish and chips from Swamp Dog, a business committed to sourcing sustainable and local produce. Foodies will love Red Hill’s Scrumptious Reads, a specialty culinary bookstore dedicated to the story of food, with books galore ranging from recipes to religion and everything in between. For the very best in seasonal gelatos, be sure to check out Cremona in Rosalie where yummy traditional Italian crafting methods are the order of the day. And for some of the best food with a view head on up to Alto at the Brisbane Powerhouse, a creative hub for all things cultured nestled happily on the banks of the Brisbane River.

Make the most of the summer fun in Brisbane this season – there’s no better place to enjoy city living than the sunshine state capital!

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