Spring is in the air. The air feels differently, the sun feels a little warmer on your face and somehow everything just smells so much better! You open the windows, dust off your thongs and freshen up your selection of shorts and tees. Yes, Brisbane winters aren’t horrible. But spring, ah spring, brings a joy all its own and puts a smile on even the crankiest of faces! It’s time to come out of winter hibernation, people! Start exploring the outdoors again and put that Netflix binging on hold! Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered. Here is Pureman’s list of things to do in Brisbane in the spring.
Art, Theatre and Music...Oh My!
One of Australia’s major international arts festivals, the Brisbane Festival, attracts around 1,000,000 people every year in September. They “believe in presenting outstanding arts experiences from here and around the globe that expand our sense of the world and of what is possible within it…[they] believe in creating a compelling connection between audiences and arts experiences and aim to remove cultural, price and physical barriers, to reflect diverse tastes and cultures and to reach out to audiences who might not normally attend arts events. We encourage a social as well as an aesthetic dimension to the arts experience.”
Basically, this arts festival is full of amazing experiences and anyone, from creatives to families to men and women who spend their workdays in suits crunching numbers, will find something fabulous to enjoy. Plus, drinks and sunshine! Win! 7-28 September. Pencil it in.
The Brisbane Showgrounds come to life on 23 and 24 November for the Hometown Fest! This super music festival celebrates all kinds of music, but focuses predominantly on homegrown talent. How awesome is that?! Country stars like Clay Walker and Walker Hayes grace the stage among dozens of others! If you like music, you’ll love Hometown Fest.
The Outdoor Gallery
Brisbane lane ways and city streets are transformed as the Outdoor Gallery displays art in the streets and away from indoor walls. Until December 1st, Women’s Work, a collective of up and coming female arts leaders, takes to the streets to showcase their work and lead guided tours and talks. If you have any interest in art and are a fan of the spring and summer sun, this is the perfect combination. Don’t miss it.
The Great Outdoors
This amazing spot is not only conveniently located close to the Brisbane CBD, but Kangaroo Point is also home to awesome views and cliffs for climbing, the river for picnics and and kayaking water adventures and home to the famous Story Bridge. Take in the sprawling scenery and try something you’ve never done before, like the Story Bridge Adventure Climb! Take a casual 2.5 hours for some breathtaking (literally and figuratively!) exercise as you climb. Be sure to bring a camera for those Kodak moments.
If you want one place that can give you a taste of absolutely everything on offer in Brisbane, South Bank is it! Amazing eateries, markets, tons of green space, even a funky man made beach in the heart of the city! What? Streets Beach boasts a pristine man made lagoon, white sand and all the tropical fixings one can ask for and it’s perfect for kids and kids at heart.
Eats and Drinks
For two weekends in October, Brisbane gets German and brings an Australian Oktoberfest like no other! Handcrafted German beer and wine, delicious German food, tradition and entertainment abound! So wear your best dirndl or lederhosen and get into the spirit of it all! An added awesome bonus? Oktoberfest Brisbane gives back by helping to raise money for Orange Sky, an amazing initiative that assists the homeless members of the community.
Norman Hotel’s Garden Bar
Affectionately known as “Brisbane’s worst vegetarian restaurant”, the Norman Hotel is a well known and much loved steakhouse and garden bar. Established in 1889, it’s been around for yonks and served uncountable numbers of travellers and locals alike. The front bar still maintains that old school hotel pub style but their garden is something particularly special. Lush and spacious for delicious daytime meals and cocktails with gorgeous fairy lights dotting the garden for those more romantic and jovial nights. If you enjoy great food and amazing atmosphere, hit up this spot.
Riverbar and Kitchen
Located along the Brisbane river, Riverbar and Kitchen is a killer city escape, not only boasting beautiful riverfront views, but with a menu for every taste, awesome cocktails and a terrific beer garden. To top it off, there is always something on. From live music to food and drink festivals, this venue is all things delicious.
So get out there and enjoy that Brisbane spring!