Brisbane: The Coolest Things to Do You Didn’t Know About
Not sure what to do in Brisbane? We’ve got you covered.
If it’s your first time in Brisbane or if you’re already a student and unsure of what to do during the semester break, you’re in luck.
Brisbane, unlike what some might say, isn’t boring (internal link to Is Brisbane Boring? Here’s What We Found). Other than 300 days of sunshine that the city is blessed with, Brisbane is a hive of activity if you know where to look. There’s an array of sights and sounds that you can keep yourself occupied with, to immerse yourself in what the city has to offer and to revel in myriad experiences.
With that, we’ve rounded up a list for you to dive into what makes Brisbane, Brisbane.
To understand the city from a local’s point of view, there’s nothing better than joining a free walking tour conducted by the Brisbane Greeters – clad in their trademark red T-shirts. The guides are actually passionate volunteers, whose warm, effusive smiles will delight anyone, guiding you through various precincts like New Farm and Paddington, as well as special interests including Brisbane’s aboriginal and wartime history.
For a dose of arts, Brisbane Powerhouse is a former tram power station that has been repurposed to become a hub for all things culture. Located in scenic New Farm, the arts centre offers more than 1,250 performances and events each year, with thousands of people flocking to the iconic building to get their fix of dance, film, music, cabaret and even comedy. You might even chance upon some large-scale events that are held there, from Brisbane Comedy Festival and Queensland Cabaret Festival, to MELT: Festival of Queer Arts and Culture, and Wonderland Festival.
Fish Lane, South Bank
Yes, you probably have heard about South Bank, and you’ve probably listed it as one of your go-to places. You’re probably keen to check out The Wheel of Brisbane, the walkways that line the river, and the inviting man-made pools, but venture further and you’ll come across eclectic laneways and hidden cafes. One of these gems is Fish Lane, fast-evolving into one of Brisbane’s coolest laneways sprinkled with restaurants, cafes, bars and street art. Wander along Fish Lane long enough and you’ll end up in the charming precinct of suburban West End.
For any foodie out there, you’ll be delighted when you pop by Eat Street, situated in Northshore, which is Queensland’s largest waterfront urban renewal project. Essentially a vibrant container food village that comes to life every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, the best way to access this gastronomical feasting hotspot is by CityCat ferry, one of the city’s public transport system. With over 70 vendors selling dishes from all over the world – from Swedish candies and Thai street food, to Brazilian seafood moquecan and Peruvian yellow chicken – there can only be one result: You’ll be spoilt for choice.