Things to Do And See in Brisbane This Winter

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Things to Do And See in Brisbane This Winter

As the capital of Sunshine State, Brisbane during summer is a must-see destination. However, what you may need to learn is that Brisbane during winter is also a top destination.

This vibrant city never sleeps. During the winter months, Brisbane is a place of cheer and celebration. The comfortable climate during this time of the year is perfect for spending time outdoors and enjoying all Brisbane has to offer. 

If you keep reading, you’ll discover all the different things you can do and see in Brisbane this winter.

Enjoy the outdoor attractions

Exploring Brisbane in the winter is much more appealing than during the summer. Brisbane’s dry and mild weather allows you to enjoy all the outdoor attractions. You won’t be disappointed by all you can see and do.

Winter in Brisbane is the perfect time to explore the nature and wildlife of local national parks such as Tambourine and Springbrook National Parks. 

If you’re in the mood for walking don’t forget to visit the walking trails of Mount Coot-tha botanic garden or City Botanic Gardens. The winter is also a great time to visit all the vibrant Brisbane neighbourhoods. For example, the South Bank precinct is ideal for families and people who want to see all the cultural landmarks. Fortitude Valley, on the other hand, is well known for its exciting nightlife.

Check out winter events and festivals

While exploring the outdoors, you’ll discover Brisbane hosts many different winter events and festivals. If you’re in the mood to mingle and have fun, these winter festivals may just be the right entertainment for you. 

Right around the corner, at the beginning of August, we have The Royal Queensland Show or Ekka. This is one of the most popular winter events. Ekka festival is a celebration of Gold Coast’s agriculture and attracts attendees of all ages.

In September, you can expect the Brisbane Festival, BIGSOUND, and RedFest Strawberry Festival. The Brisbane Festival is the largest Queensland art festival. It lasts for almost a month and, in addition to great art, you can also expect music, theatre, dance and so much more.

BIGSOUND is a four-day event perfect for musicians and fans of good music. And finally, the RedFest Strawberry Festival attracts hundreds of Australia’s best performers. It offers a jam-packed program for attendees of all ages.

Wine and dine in James Street

If you thought that James Street is in hibernation during winter, you couldn’t be more wrong. This winter, the most famous street in the Fortitude Valley precinct will once again be the home of fine wining and dining.

If you happen to be in Brisbane at the end of July, you shouldn’t skip James Street Food and Wine Trail. For four days at the end of July, James Street becomes the culinary wonderland, a heaven for all foodies. 

But that’s not all, this street is also full of various types of boutiques. So, if you’re in the mood for shopping, check out James Street and discover why it’s Brisbane’s most popular shopping destination.

Indulge in a luxury escape 

Brisbane has something for you if you want to cozy up during the cooler time of the year. You can indulge in a luxury escape in the Brisbane surrounding area. Rent a luxurious villa with a fireplace somewhere in the Sunshine Coast hinterland and enjoy the winter months.

You can rely on an expert real estate agent from Kedron to help you find the perfect luxury accommodation somewhere in Ravensbourne National Park where the views are out of this world. Or you can find something in the stunning Scenic Rim region. Whichever option you go for, you won’t be disappointed.

Spending the winter in the Sunshine Coast Hinterlands may prove to be one of the best ideas you’ve had so far.

Go whale watching

If you want to experience something truly incredible, don’t skip whale watching. Brisbane in winter is a great place to watch the humpback whale migration to the north. 

The migrations last from September to November, so you can choose which time fits you best. 

The whale-watching tours are many but if you’re in Brisbane, book the one departing from the city. Most whale-watching vessels are purpose-built and designed for this type of event. Book a tour and watch these gentle giants make their way north.

Ice skating on King George Square

Winter is for winter sports. In Brisbane, that means ice skating at King George Square. Expect to see the square transformed into a winter wonderland with an ice rink, lighting, and music. The rink is suitable for all ages and everyone who loves ice skating. 

In addition to the ice rink on King George Square, you also have two additional indoor ice sports facilities – Acacia Ridge and Boondall sports centers. If you can’t skate but would love to learn, both these centers offer skating lessons. Plus, you can rent all the equipment you might need right there. 

If you’re a fan of ice sports and would like to watch some of them, you can do that too in these centers. From ice-hokey and figure skating to speed skating, whatever you prefer.

Watch movies at the drive-in

Movie lovers, Brisbane in winter has something for you too. If you want to experience the old-school movie-watching ways, go to a drive-in movie theater. Just a 30-minute drive from Brisbane, Yatala Drive-in movie theater runs movies throughout the winter months.

You can expect all kinds of movies, from the latest blockbusters to classics. And the best thing is that you don’t need individual tickets, you can get one for the whole car, no matter how many people are inside!

Visiting and exploring Brisbane in winter is a whole other experience. Brisbane is amazing the whole year round, but there’s something magical about it in the winter. Hope this little guide persuades you to visit Brisbane this winter and make the most of it. You won’t regret it!

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Erin Lane

Erin Lane is a creative writer and lifestyle blogger from Canberra, Australia. She is a hard-working, organized, dedicated professional interested in learning new things.

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