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Do winter differently and discover all that Brisbane has to offer.

The city is alive with blockbuster events - choose from world-exclusive art exhibitions, food and wine festivals, winter racing, iconic cycling events, comedy shows and much more.

Dine at acclaimed new restaurants and sip spritzes atop sun-drenched rooftop bars. Embrace the outdoors and choose your adventure – abseil cliffs, climb the story bridge, island-hop by helicopter or brewery hop by boat. Relax in urban resorts, 5-star luxury hotels or glamp under the stars.

Explore World Heritage rainforests, majestic mountain peaks and the pristine Moreton Bay filled with pristine islands and wildlife just an hour from the city.

Brisbane. Even Better With You.

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V2 Helicopters – Brisbane City tour

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Winery Lunch Tour

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission with Brisbane River Cruise

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Story Bridge Adventure Climb Experience

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Brisbane City Twilight Kayaking with Wine and Grazing Board

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Brisbane River High Tea Cruise – Kookaburra River Queen

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Sunrise Hot Air Ballooning with Breakfast

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Full-Day Moreton Island 4x4 Sightseeing Tour

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Things to do in Brisbane

Eat & drink

Are you ready to discover why Brisbane’s dining scene is attracting global attention? Sample Brisbane’s award-winning bars, bites and brews that have made their mark on the Australian foodie scene. Whether in The City, Howard Smith Wharves, James Street, South Brisbane or surrounding regions - there is an abundance of rooftop bars, hidden laneway gems and riverside delights to enjoy while reveling in Brisbane’s alfresco lifestyle.

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Shoppers’ paradise

Prepare to shop until you drop with world-class shopping at your doorstep. Wander through one of Australia’s largest open-air malls Queen Street Mall and find over 1,000 stores including international and local designers. Head to James Street, to pursue one of Brisbane’s hottest retail and lifestyle strips with impressive design showrooms, boutique fashion, art galleries and cafes. For something a little quirky, the rolling hills of Paddington are a must for quaint cottages turned shopfronts full of designer fashion, antiques, second-hand treasures and retro homewares.

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Get cultured

See Brisbane’s stories unravel before your eyes at Museum of Brisbane or take a walking tour unveiling Brisbane’s bountiful public art, before sampling craft beer or locally-roasted coffee in hidden laneway venues. Discover the ancient stories and cultural practices of Brisbane’s first nations peoples through tours with Nyanda, BlackCard and Quandamooka Coast. Or make tracks for Brisbane’s beloved cultural precinct and visit the celebrated QAGOMA to see the world-exclusive ‘The Motorcycle’ - Design, Art, Desire exhibition.

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Nature & adventure

Brisbane is Australia’s nature capital. Hike through bushland and seek out spectacular views on Mt Coot-tha, glamp amid the bush at Sanctuary by Sirromet or get lost in nature at the luxurious Spicers Hidden Vale. Make tracks to the hinterland and explore World Heritage rainforests, glistening waterfalls and refreshing rock pools. A wonderland of national park walking trails around Brisbane will see you exploring beautiful terrain. Take a day trip offshore and explore the stunning Moreton Island wrecks with their teeming marine life or discover the North Gorge Walk on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) where you can spot the likes of whales, turtles and manta rays.

Seek out adventures in the heart of the city. Riverlife offers kayak, bicycle and rollerblade hire on the riverfront at Kangaroo Point. Nearby, enjoy an elevated adventure with the Story Bridge Adventure Climb and dare yourself to Walk The Plank or do a Cantilever Lean Out high above the river. Brisbane By Bicycle will whisk you to all the best spots while, further afield, you can go sky high with Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flights or Pterodactyl Helicopters.

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Urban experiences

Enter the heart of The City and fall in love with the rich culture, vibrancy and experiences on offer. Stroll along City Reach and delight in the best of Brisbane riverside eats and drinks. Wander off the beaten track and experience the hidden laneways and award-winning cocktail bars. Put aside the afternoon to tackle the ultimate craft beer trail, hopping between breweries and bars. For a cultural experience, The City has popular and diverse art trails to explore. Entertain the family with a playful itinerary of indoor activities, from bowling to karaoke – there's something for everyone.

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Exclusive Brisbane events

European Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

12 June – 17 October

Spanning 500 years, ‘European Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York’ coming to Brisbane’s GOMA in June offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience works by painters such as Fra Angelico, Titian, Raphael, Rembrandt, Turner, Van Gogh and Monet, direct from The Met’s collection.

Pair your gallery visit with a spot of retail therapy. Explore the James Street boutique shopping precinct and then check out Fortitude Valley’s dining scene – from fine dining to BYO delights there is something to satisfy your every craving.

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Image credit: Auguste Renoir / A Young Girl with Daisies 1889 / Oil on canvas / 65.1 x 54cm / The Mr and Mrs Henry Ittleson Jr Purchase Fund 1959 / 59.21 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Scenic Rim Eat Local Week

26 June – 4 July

Get a backstage pass to the food and wine of the stunning Scenic Rim, just an hour from Brisbane. Experience a festival of farm tours, cooking classes, producer dinners, pop-up cafes and other free or low-cost activities in the picturesque countryside. Connect with local farmers and learn about what’s involved in the paddock to plate process.
Like a fine pairing, the Scenic Rim has an abundance of accommodation options. Check out O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat or Binna Burra Sky Lodges for luxury nestled amongst the rainforest or cosy up at Cedar Creek Lodges or Witches Falls Cottages.

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Brisbane Cycling Festival

1 – 11 July

Don't miss Australia's biggest multi-discipline cycling festival in 2021! Featuring three weeks of world-class events, every cycling discipline will be on show with something for everyone from professionals to weekend warriors.

The party continues at the new Festival Village and inaugural Active Lifestyle Expo based at the Brisbane Showgrounds, with the Kingdom of Beers Festival making a special appearance where you can sample the nation’s finest brews.

Rest those weary legs poolside with a stay at the W Hotel and refuel with paddock to plate dishes from Three Blue Ducks or choose from the city’s many delicious dining options. When you are up for it, world-class Queen Street Mall shopping precinct is on your doorstep.

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Brisbane Comedy Festival

16 July – 8 August

Comic musings, side-splitting stories and tear-inducing tales… Brisbane Comedy Festival returns in 2021, bursting at the seams to host a hand-picked selection of the funniest folk in the country.
Plan your stay at The Constance, a quirky new street art hotel in the heart of Fortitude Valley. Explore Fortitude Valley’s night life or the nearby Howard Smith Wharves precinct, and check out the Jan Powers Markets at the Brisbane Powerhouse every Saturday from 6am to 12 noon.

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Nitro World Games

23 –24 October

Created by Nitro Circus and Travis Pastrana, Nitro World Games is the next evolution of action sports competition. The world’s top athletes in FMX, BMX, skate, and scooter will gather in Brisbane’s iconic Suncorp Stadium for a global showdown – don't miss what will be the biggest action sports event of 2021!

Don’t let the adrenaline levels drop, take in Brisbane in all its glory with a Story Bridge Adventure Climb, abseil down the iconic Kangaroo Point cliffs at Riverlife or get amongst nature and watch migrating whales from Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island).

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The Ring Cycle

29 October - 20 November

Opera Australia is bringing a new production of the Ring Cycle to Brisbane, exclusive to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. An exhilarating adventure with men and maidens, gods and giants, dragons and dwarves, don’t miss the 15-hour epic, performed over four nights.

In between the four cycles, Brisbane’s thriving food and dining scene awaits. Start with an expertly crafted cocktail at glamorous rooftop bar, The Terrace at Emporium Hotel in South Bank, then head to Fortitude Valley to sip wine straight off the wood at City Winery. Continue into the city and savour a mouth-watering Asian banquet at Donna Chang. After you've had your fill, hit California­-cool shopping precinct James Street for some boutique retail therapy or the world-class Queen Street Mall.

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Indigenous culture and events

Birrunga Gallery & Dining

Birrunga Gallery & Dining is the only Indigenous-owned and operated commercial Cultural hub in Meanjin (Brisbane) CBD.The hub is an art gallery, performance space, cafe venue, and a licensed wine bar that showcases mixed media artworks & handmade products by talented local First Nations Artisans.

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Spirits of the Red Sand

Connect with Aboriginal culture like never before in this thrilling evening experience. Journey back in time to the Australia of the 1800s, discover the spirit of the land and witness the drama and upheaval that took place as two very different cultures learn to live alongside each other. The story of Spirits of the Red Sand is told through song, dance, storytelling and effects in a thrilling and interactive show followed by a chargrilled barbecue feast.

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Three Little Birds

Three Little Birds is run by indigenous chef Chris Jordan, a Koori man born in Maclean, New South Wales on traditional Bunjalung land.

Offering unique native events, catering, pop ups and cooking classes, Chris uses native ingredients and his knowledge of ancient customs and techniques to cook food that not only tastes delicious but acknowledges, educates and celebrates the unique culture and natural resources Australia has to offer.

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Nyanda Cultural Tours

Spend some time with Aboriginal tour guides who will lead you around Brisbane’s Nudgee Waterholes, Bora Ring and Bush Food Gardens site. You will be immersed into Aboriginal cultural insights and stories, Aboriginal history, and Aboriginal cultural performance elements.

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BlackCard Cultural Tours

Connect with the oldest living culture in world history as you interact with local Aboriginal tour guides and walk together in the footsteps of Ancestors through local galleries, exhibitions and public art installations throughout Brisbane's Cultural Precinct.

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