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Staycation Brisbane: Best Things to do this Summer

In recent years, Brisbane has climbed the ranks of top global destinations to visit each year. So, what is it that makes this hip Australian sunshine state stand up against curious Icelandic locations and hidden untouched wonders of south east Asia?

Having long held the entertainment and nightlife title of ‘Brisvegas’, Brisbane is still an essential destination for some of the most popular clubs, bars and restaurants, while also now being a hub of carefully curated modern culture. There is simply something for everyone in Brisbane, whatever mood you’re in, and whether you’re travelling from the inner city or further afield, it’s well worth exploring.

So, 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. From the riverside Howard Smith Wharves to Fortitude Valley, South Bank Parklands and crossing Story Bridge, there are many trendy areas and hotspots to discover.

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.

And while you’re there, be sure to explore Fortitude Valley.  With cool brunch cafes to upmarket cocktail lounges, trendy dive bars and popular clubs, there is a whole lot on offer. Escape inner city work-life and relax in style 


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.

Feeling hungry? For an eclectic choice of dining experiences you should check out the full selection at Howard Smith Wharves. With its choice of quaint eateries, it’s a great place to hang out, meet friends and dine with amazing river and city views, plus there’s always something new to try. If you visit in the evening, be sure to take your camera for some incredible pictures of the river and city skyline. Check out South Bank Parklands too, just a short journey away.

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 during your staycation this summer.

Fancy some retail therapy? Visit Brisbane CBD, the central business district, packed with popular fashion stores and quality luxe brands along the busy Queen Street. And while you’re here, you don’t want to miss the Queen Street Mall, boasting more than 700 retailers. Definitely worth a look.

So, no matter what takes your mood, there is so much to do in Brisbane. With activities for couples, families and even solo exploration, there are countless opportunities to go out, enjoy this vast city and meet new people.