As we swing on into March and a new season, Brisbane’s autumn calendar is jam-packed with exciting festivals, delicious food, toe-tapping entertainment and all things nature.
Read on to discover our 30 best autumn ideas. Be sure to share your moments with us using #brisbaneanyday.
From art and theatre to thought-leadership talks and hands-on activities, 2017’s festival will be exploring the intersection of science and art across five epic days. We’ve read through the whole program and picked 21 highlights that will blow your mind this March.
Move over Melbourne – Brisbane's strong list of hip laneways is ever-growing. As self-confessed coffee connoisseurs, this makes our heart sing. Those looking for something harder will enjoy one of the many hidden bars dotted across the city.
Comedy geniuses such as Stephen K Amos, Rove, Wil Anderson, Sam Simmons, Tom Gleeson, Paul Foot, Hannah Gadsby and plenty more are taking over the Brisbane Powerhouse (and spilling into Brisbane City Hall) for the 2017 festival. There'll be more laughs than ever this year, with 66 comedians taking to the stage across the two venues.
4. Sleep under the stars
If getting back to basics is your style, pitch a tent at one of these camping spots near Brisbane where the air is crisp, and creepy crawlies are welcomed with open arms. In autumn the sun is rising later and that means more of a sleep in.
5. Julie Andrews is here with My Fair Lady | 14 March – 30 April
Director Julie Andrews has assembled a cast of theatre royalty for this 60th anniversary production. The stellar line-up includes Downton Abbey star Charles Edwards as Henry Higgins when the story graces QPAC this autumn.
An anniversary, birthday, or even a proposal calls for the ultimate romantic restaurant – but surely you don’t need an excuse to celebrate love? Keep February’s loved-up vibes going in March, April and May by treating your special one to a night on the town.
7. Show your colours
Whip out the war paint, crazy hats and foam fingers for the start of winter sports season. Catch the Roar kicking the round ball or the Queensland Reds and Brisbane Broncos kicking the red egg all around Suncorp Stadium. Over at The Gabba, cricket season is over and AFL is the game of the moment. Don’t miss the Brisbane Lions on the field.
8. Ain't no mountain high enough
A 16km hike over nine hours at 1351m above sea level? Challenge accepted. When you reach the summit, it will make the pain worth the gain. Climb these mountains around Brisbane this weekend.
Following Marvel heroes from comic book page to the cinema screen, this much anticipated ticketed exhibition is coming to QAGOMA late May featuring original artwork, film props, costumes and more. It will give significant focus to the Marvel comic artists, and the development teams who translate the drawn narrative to the screen through production design and storyboarding, costume and prop design, special effects and post-production.
10. Go on an island adventure
Autumn’s not too hot and not too cold – which makes it just right for a Moreton Island adventure. It’s an easy overnight or weekend escape only 75 minutes from the mainland. Unsure what you can do? Check out these 35 ideas for things to do on the island.
Held annual on the picture-perfect North Stradbroke Island, Straddie Salute is gaining a reputation as one of Queensland’s emerging destination triathlons. This is the 10th year and the weekend will feature five events for everyone from kids to adults.
Queen Street Mall host to 700 stores. Yes, that does sound daunting but fear not, as we have your comprehensive guide to shopping Queen Street Mall. Check out big international brands Uniqlo, H&M, Forever 21 and Zara, shop luxury stores on Edward St and inside QueensPlaza, and hunt out boutique finds inside the Brisbane Arcade and Showroom. Find parking deals from $5 here.
13. Don your best fascinator for Brisbane Racing Carnival | 13 May - 10 June
Have your form guide at the ready for the Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival 2016. Dry-clean your best frock or suit for one of seven Group One races, including the AAMI Stradbroke Day.
If you’ve got Georgia on your mind and want to find your own brown-eyed girl, perhaps you’ll find her at one of Brisbane’s live music bars – specifically those with a little more soul...
15. Don’t miss Sugar Spin at GOMA | until 17 April
Our arts juggernaut GOMA is celebrating its 10th birthday with an epic exhibition that’s a load of fun. Stroke a furry wall, ride the slide and wander around a room of live finches. Yet to see it? You’ll regret missing it. We’ve pulled together eight highlights from exhibition here.
Your vegan friends need not worry about dining out with our list of the best vegan eats in Brisbane. Yes, vegan food is having a moment with one of Brisbane’s newest bars opening with an entirely vegan menu. Oh, and your mates willl love you more than tofu if you take them out for one of these meals.
Suncorp Stadium’s legendary double-header is back again and this year the Broncos are facing off against the Manly Sea Eagles and the Gold Coast Titans will go up against the Melbourne Storm. Usually a sell-out event, get tickets as soon as possible.
The ocean takes a long time to heat, and a long time to cool down – what does that mean? Yes, in autumn the waters are still warm. Go on, jump in the car and hunt down a beach nearby.
Already used up all that annual leave but desperately need a break? Try a weekender close to Brisbane. Relax by a log fire in a heritage homestead with a glass of red and your favourite person. Lead a llama around 85 acres of bushland. Walk along a seemingly endless island beach and dive into the refreshing ocean.
20. Wear maroon to the State of Origin | 31 May and 12 July
Queensland will attempt to assert its superiority over New South Wales once again. Suncorp Stadium will host the first game and what promises to be a nail-biter final game in July. Tickets are on sale now, with two-game packages on offer.
Want to challenge your photography game? Professional photographer and Canon Collective Ambassador Greg Sullavan gave us intel on the best photography spots, photo challenges and experiences to have around Brisbane.
Held on South Bank’s leafy Little Stanley Street Lawns for a mix of free exercise classes including yoga, pilates and more. No bookings are required for the al fresco classes that are taught by qualified instructors – just turn up and get your body moving.
The heritage city of Ipswich is just a half hour drive from Brisbane and while it has a reputation as being a little sleepy, something is brewing. No really, Ipswich has an excellent craft brewery now – check it and this list of 36 other things to do out. Use it to plan your perfect day out.
24. Step into the world’s greatest experiment, the Hadron Collider | Until 25 April
Showcasing the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, this exhibition is a celebration of a landmark experiment in human history and sure to delight adults and kids alike. The award-winning exhibition is here from London’s Science Museum.
25. Embrace your inner child
Bring back playtime we say! And we’re not the only ones. Release your inner ‘kidult’ and get into these 21 epic activities to do around Brisbane.
26. Have an ace weekend at the tennis | 7-9 April
Get ready for a clash of the titans as Australia takes on the United States for a place in the Davis Cup semi-finals. The two most successful nations in Davis Cup history will go head to head across three days of enthralling action at Queensland Tennis Centre, host venue for the Brisbane International.
North side or south side? If the two have one thing in common, it is that every Brisbane local has done these 27 things in the CBD.
The Bluewater Festival attracts thousands of visitors to the Shorncliffe Pier and Moora Park, Sandgate on Good Friday to take advantage of the best waterfront views for the start of Australia’s second-biggest yacht race. The 69th Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race will set sail from Shorncliffe on the morning of 14 April. The race record was set in 2004 in a time of 20 hours, 24 minutes, 50 seconds … can it be beaten this year?
The Brisbane dining scene is ever-expanding and full of surprises around every corner. We’ve rounded up the new crop of bars, restaurants and cafes that have recently opened to add to your must-try list.
30. Love comes to life with Queensland Theatre’s Constellations | 9 March – 9 April
Constellations tells the story of a love-struck beekeeper and a quantum physicist. The odds of them getting together are astronomical, but when their two worlds do collide, all the possibilities of their life together flicker across the stage.