Hello Sunshine! Here Are The Best Things To Do In The City This Spring
In full bloomBy Astrid Taemets | 4th September 2023
It’s been a minute since we’ve slipped on an above-knee dress or donned our favourite strappy sandals, but the return of spring means more than breaking out our favourite fashion staples, and that’s all the magnificent and marvellous ways to enjoy the longer days and warmer nights in our beautiful Brisbane City
This season, there’s more on the cards than the return of beach trips, picnic stints, and refreshing sips – The City is home to an array of spring flings and ways to flourish and blossom. It’s time to come out of hibernation and plant your feet here!
As the days heat up, cool down with an afternoon at the city’s only swim-up pool bar! This spring, The Westin Brisbane will be opening up their chic Nautilus Pool & Bar to the public so you can spend the day lounging in style. Perched sky-high above the cityscape, you can take your pick of private cabanas, day beds, and in-pool lounges, while sipping and spilling under the sun with your nearest and dearest. This exclusive activation is open for select afternoons and comes with a complimentary Nautilus Spritz and a beach towel here – simply book here.
Pinkies up for a fancy feast at Lennons Restaurant and Bar, as they tip their hats off to winter and welcome spring in with a finger-food-filled high tea. Grab the girls and graze on delicious bites such as buttermilk scones with strawberry jam and lemon myrtle cream, and Tasmanian smoked salmon gravlax with dill cream cheese and beetroot caviar. With an espresso martini in hand and barista-made coffee and tea flowing, your most elegant affair awaits. Book a seat here.
For a drink that’ll knock your socks off, look no further than the new drinks menu at W Brisbane’s Living Room Bar – sure to add a spring to your step. Made in collaboration with the masters of Brown Forman distillery and the creatives behind Melbourne-based multi-disciplinary studio Loose Collective, these creations are all about alchemy, illusions, and deliciously dramatic drops. From the Nutty Magician that plays with optical illusions to the oh-so sweet Ticket Please with fairy floss mist, the captivating experience is complete with light installations to make for a dazzling escape. Book here.
When: 9 September – 1 October Take a stroll down Queen Street Mall to see something blooming in The City. For just three weeks, an immersive, captivating, and unique floral experience of the 3D kind will blossom, and The City wants you to wake up and smell the roses. Step into the experience, snap some social moments, and you have the chance to win a city experience worth $3k. Flowering from 11am to 3pm Monday to Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, and 11am to 7pm on Fridays, you’ll have plenty of chances to be in Bloom.
When: now until 8 October An after-dark oasis of botanical brilliance, Lightscape sees the City Botanic Gardens transformed into a technicolour wonderland with larger-than-life flowers, dazzling, dangling foliage, and ethereal fields of light. This self-guided experience will have you following a 2km trail through the city park under glowing canopies and sparkling tunnels in a 90-minute multi-sensory journey unlike anything else. Book your own personal light show here.
When: from September 21 Customs House is back with another seasonal pop-up dedicated to bubbly sips, delicious bites, and soaking in that gorgeous spring air. Sitting pretty on the banks of the Brisbane River, you and yours are invited to the blooming garden bar, filled with flower domes and flutes of Moët & Chandon Rosé. Dig into Moreton Bay bug croissants, scallop ceviche, freshly shucked oysters, and more, on a backdrop of picture-perfect surrounds – bliss! For more info, head here.
When: from 25 November From the lush and perfectly preened City Botanic Gardens in bloom to the new sprouts and pretty posies growing in our own backyard, Brisbane’s floral scene comes alive during spring, and Museum of Brisbane’s upcoming free exhibit, Rearranged: The Art of the Flower tells the stories of our city through floral imagery. In a space reminiscent of a quintessential Queenslander, this budding show invites you to stroll through a collection of paintings, textiles, sculptures, ceramics, and new media which explore the notions of place, memory, history, and home. Illuminating diverse perspectives, journey through the house, out the back, and into the garden to revel in the beauty of Brisbane in bloom.