See the world without the airfare.
There’s no denying that once the winter chill hits Brisbane, many locals venture overseas to chase the sun and festivities abroad.
With Facebook and Instagram serving us with constant reminders of our friends on holidays, who could blame us for having a little FOMO?
To make the last weeks of the season that little bit easier to bear, we’ve put together the ultimate travel bucket list that you will be able to start ticking off from right here in Brisbane.
OKTOBERFEST BRISBANE | OCT 6–8 & 13–15 BRISBANE SHOWGROUNDS
If flying to Munich is out of the question this year, then a day spent at Oktoberfest Brisbane is the perfect alternative to get your German culture, bier and pretzel fix. As Australia’s largest German festival, Oktoberfest Brisbane covers all the bases. Indulge in traditional German food, enjoy the Barvarian Oompah band (flown in from Munich’s Oktoberfest!), learn how to dress, dance, cook and even speak German and be immersed in traditional Bavarian culture. Plus, who can forget about the hand-crafted, traditionally brewed biers! Oktoberfest Brisbane prides itself on its authenticity and rich cultural history, and what better way to experience it all than with family and friends in your own hometown.
JAPANESE GARDENS AT THE BOTANICAL GARDENS | YEAR ROUND BRISBANE BOTANIC GARDENS MT COOT-THA
The entirety of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha are well worth exploring, but for a little slice of Zen in our own backyard, the Japanese gardens are a must see. Designed by one of Japan’s leading landscape architects, the late Kenzo Ogata, the mountain stream-themed gardens are a joy to explore with each section of the garden hidden from the next as the path follows an S-shaped curve, creating an element of mystery and surprise for visitors. The tranquillity is palpable and perfect for a Sunday stroll.
BRISBANE FESTIVAL | SEPT 9–30 VARIOUS LOCATIONS BRISBANE CBD
The Brisbane Festival, whilst not international per sé, does meld all forms of food, art, dance, drama and music together with a stellar line-up for the month of September. With critically acclaimed shows like Starman coming all the way from Holland and off-beat theatre productions like Chef: Come Dine With Us! hailing from Korea, it’s well worth perusing the planner as there are a number of travelling events on offer to give you a taste of the international stage.
EAT STREET NORTHSHORE | 4PM–10PM FRI & SAT NIGHTS, 11AM–7PM SUN, HAMILTON
Take your tastebuds around the world at Eat Street Northshore. With over 70 vendors dishing up delectable treats every Friday and Saturday evening, you can travel the globe in the space of a three-course meal. Traditional recipes from Africa, Asia, South America, Australia, North America and Europe all sit side-by-side in converted shipping container restaurants that are just waiting to have their menus explored. Add in shopping and live entertainment and you’ve solved your Friday night dinner dilemmas permanently.
CHUNG TIAN BUDDHIST TEMPLE | 9AM–5PM TUE-SUN, PRIESTDALE
Using traditional Chinese Buddhist architecture and surrounded by lush gardens, the Chung Tian Buddhist Temple is the perfect place to feel the serenity and immerse yourself in Chinese Buddhist history and culture. Try your hand at Chinese calligraphy, explore the museum and art gallery, take a meditation class or simply wander through the gorgeous grounds and temple buildings.
AHMET’S TURKISH RESTAURANT | SOUTH BANK
Traditional Turkish meals washed down with a not-so-traditional Turkish delight cocktail, are sure to transport you to Istanbul. Feast on a banquet fit for a king and enjoy live music and belly dancing or have your fortune told with a coffee reading. Ahmet’s is the go-to source in Brisbane for authentic and delicious Turkish dishes. Bathe in the atmosphere that is rich in culture and let your senses run wild.
NOHO NYC BAR AND GRILL | WILSTON
Craving some Americana? Forget route 66 and get your fix not at NoHo NYC Bar and Grill in Wilston. Downtown sandwiches like the Rueben on Rye will have you imagining you’re in Brooklyn, whilst the traditional burgers and dogs scream southern cooking and Wall Street. We all need a little comfort food sometimes and that is exactly where NoHo’s Mac N Cheese comes in. With three cheeses baked in béchamel sauce it’s a little slice of heaven.
LATIN FRIDAY NIGHTS |EVERY FRI NIGHT (WEATHER PERMITTING) BRISBANE SQUARE, CBD
Salsa and samba your cares away every Friday night in Brisbane square. With Latin tunes to suit the Latin moves you’ll learn in the 8pm dance class you have no excuse not to dance the night away. Suitable for complete beginners or those with some salsa experience it’s a great way to enjoy a culture and make new friends as you bust out your new moves together.
JOHNNY ROCKETS | FORTITUDE VALLEY
Still not had your fill of all things State-side? Head on over to newly opened Johnny Rockets in Fortitude Valley for burgers, fries and all the sides that American burger joints are famous for. Hand breaded onion rings, Buffalo wings and possibly the best milkshakes in town are sure to satisfy.
HIMALAYAN CAFÉ | NEW FARM
For unique ambiance and dishes with a difference try the Himalayan Café in New Farm. Tibetan, Nepalese and Indian dishes are all on the menu – a personal favourite is the Soup Momo or Tibetan dumplings to start, they are actual little bundles of heaven. There are plenty of vegan and gluten free options as well so no one will miss out on the culinary delights. So the next time you have an appetite the size of Everest, book in for dinner and tackle the mountain of a menu.
TORBA | SOUTH BANK
Eastern Europe is well represented at Torba in South Bank. With a menu boasting a mix of Russian, Georgian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian and Hungarian cuisines you can traverse Eastern Europe in the space of one three-course meal. Live Jazz on the weekends sets the tone and with a veritable smorgasbord of cocktails and specialty vodkas, including Torba’s own vodka made with 22-carat edible gold, selecting a venue for dinner and drinks with a difference has never been easier.
ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL |MID MAR–MID APR 2018 PALACE CENTRO AND PALACE BARRACKS CINEMAS
Parlez-vous français? If you haven’t been to the Alliance Française French Film Festival, you are missing out on some serious cinematic and cultural gold. Essential viewing for any Francophile the festival is usually held from mid-March to mid-April and showcases the best and brightest films from France. Everything from comedy to drama, romance to fashion and history can and are regularly covered by the vast and varied selection of films.
PANIYIRI | MAY 2018 MUSGRAVE PARK, SOUTH BRISBANE
Yiasou and welcome to Greece in the heart of Brisbane. Paniyiri Greek Festival is now some 41 years old, held every May for one weekend the Greek communities from all over Queensland and Brisbane come together to welcome you and share their food, music and culture. Have your fill of yiros, souvlaki, baklava and of course the sumptuous loukoumades more commonly known as honey puffs. Try your hand at Hellenic dancing or Greek coffee brewing, or simply peruse the stalls and try all the food – believe me you won’t go hungry or be disappointed.
Feature image: Tuula Vintage
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