Brace yourselves, the European summer has begun.
Is it just me or as soon as winter hits, every man and his dog packs up and chases the sun abroad? If last winter was anything to go by, your Insta feed is about to be flooded with #EUROPE2017, #sailcroatia and #contiki.
If you’re as salty as me about missing out on Greek sunsets, Italian food and alcohol that’s as cheap as chips, you’ll definitely want to be as distracted AF this winter.
Luckily for you, I’ve compiled the best things to do in Brisbane that are so fun you might even convince yourself that Europe isn’t that great! Probably not, but hey we can try!
Who said Brisbane doesn’t have culture? At Cork and Chroma, you can get your Picasso on and drink wine at the same time!
2. Work on your summer bod
Check out Brisbane’s own pop-up igloo bar for wintery, Nordic-inspired cocktails.
Host a picnic with an enviable cheese spread in New Farm Park. Bonus points if you bring puppies!
Get your Italian fix and eat pasta out of a wheel of cheese at Il Verde, King Street, Bowen Hills.
Continue the Italian theme and grab dessert from Gelato Messina. Because as if you need an excuse.
Yeah, Germany might produce more than 5000 brands of beer, but nothing compares to our Milton mangoes. Why not become a XXXX connoisseur with a brewery tour? #euphoric
8. Kangaroo Point Cliffs stairs
See point 2.
9. Holey Moley
Get a little (or very) competitive with mini golf and cocktails at Holey Moley.
See the mighty brown snake from a different perspective on a sunset kayak tour with Riverlife. Or perhaps a Segway tour is more your thing?
11. Mt Coot-tha
Take advantage of the cooler weather and conquer Mt Coot-tha without the fear of heat stroke. Maybe eat an ice cream at the top just to be safe though.
Is there really anything better than watching the sun set over the Story Bridge? Perhaps it’s only made better with a cocktail in hand at Riverbar.
Send out the weekend in style with live music and a picnic basket at Sunday Sessions on the Green every Sunday afternoon at River Quay Green, South Bank. PS the lush grass area is licensed between 10am and 8pm daily so BYO wine!
Learn the eerie history of Brisbane’s spookiest locations with Brisbane Ghost Tours.
15. Yatala Drive In
Hit up Yatala Drive In for a date night that your teenage self would be jealous of.
16. Latrobe Terrace, Paddington
Stroll down Latrobe Terrace and find some antique gems along the way.
Take a ride on the London Eye’s baby cousin, the Wheel of Brisbane.
Use the Brisbane Racing Club’s Winter Racing Carnival as an excuse to whip out your fanciest frock.
Get jazzy at the Brisbane Jazz Club with live tunes every Thursday to Sunday. Get your jazz hands ready!