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Best Things To Do In Brisbane This Summer

2019 saw Brisbane rise in the global ranks of the top destinations to visit in 2020. So, what is it that makes this Australian sunshine state stand out up against curious Icelandic locations and hidden untouched wonders of south east Asia?

Having long held the entertainment and nightlife title of Brisvegas’, an offering that has been slowly making taking its focus off the dance floor and into bars, restaurants and other crafted hospitality offerings turning Brisbane into a hub of carefully curated modern culture.

With the sunshine state in full swing across summer when we all have a little more time to spare, read on for a cracking line up of the best things to do in Brisbane this summer.

Brisbane CBD


Best bars to visit in Brisbane this summer

If one thing is certain for those in Brisbane this summer, it is going to be hot, people are going to be parched and thirsts will be quenched. Over the past year, Brisbane’s bar scene has continued to boom at such a rate that we almost weren’t able to keep up.

Hiding out in the tropi-cool Brisbane suburb of Fortitude Valley is the Tel Aviv inspired ZA ZA TA, bringing a uniquely modern twist to centuries-old Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavours. Showcasing local seasonal produce, ZA ZA TA’s summer cocktail menu is the perfect way to cool down and turn up in Brisbane this summer. All night long.


For European beach club experience, the riverfront Mr Percival’s is our pick for an afternoon pitstop pick me up. If you’re looking for your beer goggles, you’ll find them at BrewDog’s Brisbane brewery just in time to sing your summer anthem at Cloud 8 karaoke bar.

Up for an adventure in Brisbane this summer? If you’re setting your beverage bar beyond the Brisbane skyline, check out the five best outback, Irish, beach, mountain pubs or more, check out this helicopter pub crawl.

Best entertainment in Brisbane this summer

Cirque du Soleil is back in Brisbane this summer with their most acclaimed touring show Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities. Transporting the audience inside a fantasy world, the show will challenge your perception of reality.

If you’re after a cool down by the water, the beach and river aren’t your only option in Brisbane this summer. ‘Water’ is open this summer at GOMA, sets to spark conversation on the challenges facing this precious resource with immersive experiences and small art forms.

‘Water’ at GOMA

There is one place in Brisbane this summer where drink driving is legal. Hit over 150 tracks and burn the rubber of over 450 cars at Cannon Hill bar VR motorsports.


Best activities in Brisbane this summer

Hit the slopes in Brisbane this summer at St Lucia Golf Link’s mini golf course, with nine holes, the course is complete with a full license meaning you can bring a refreshing beverage to accompany you along the way.

St Lucia Golf Links mini golf course

If the idea of fun in the sun brings you to sweat, then gliding your way up Brisbane’s iconic river, passing sensational city views reflected on the water with a night kayak tour might be your answer to getting out in Brisbane this summer.