Experience Brisbane's endless summer

You're probably reading this wrapped in a blanket right now, stuck in a place where the winter weather ranges from bleak to downright depressing. Up here in the capital of the Sunshine State, where the average winter temperature sits at a splendid 22 degrees during the day, it's the perfect place to escape for a mid-winter break. The days are warm and sunny, the nights cool (but no excuse to stay indoors), and the city comes alive with events and culture.

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As my dad, a former Melburnian, puts it – in Brisbane long pants are only a necessity two weeks of the year. The rest of the time, it’s shorts weather. We’re not all as tough as him, so bring a jacket – but leave the merino wool at home.

Friday

The first thing you’ll notice when you jet into Brisbane is the temperature when you exit the plane. It’s warmer here. Grab your bags and get moving, it’s time to start exploring.

On the way to your hotel, drop by the Eat Street Markets for a quick bite. The permanent shipping-container street food market opens from 4pm, and is the place to go for fast, fresh food and a great atmosphere – there is every cuisine you can imagine.

The Stock Exchange Rooftop

The night is still young so check in and freshen up before heading out to experience Brisbane’s nightlife. Take your pick from our rooftop bars or taste test your way through the unique breweries. By now you’re probably hungry, so grab a late-night bite at these places.

Saturday

Rise and shine, adventure awaits – but first, time to find a cafe with a courtyard. Brisbanites flock to their favourite brekkie spots, so join them for a bite. Eat your way through a hearty meal, explore Brisbane’s coffee scene or head to a local market.

Winter in Brisbane is a busy time filled with sport, performances and big events. Every weekend is different, so if you’ve timed your visit right you can show your colours at Suncorp Stadium – head to the massive NRL Double Header on May 14, see the Qantas Wallabies take on England on June 11, or cheer on the Maroons at State of Origin game 2 on June 22 (we know, it's on a Wednesday). To top it all off, the Queensland Reds tackle Japan on May 21 and for AFL fans, the Lions face Hawthorn on May 28 and Fremantle on June 11 at The Gabba.

Come evening, let the lure of our music scene tempt you. Live music has experienced a recent resurgence in Brisbane with new venues The Triffid, The Foundry, Brooklyn Standard and Max Watt’s (previously The Hi-Fi) putting local music as the focus.

The Foundry

Sunday

Good morning sunshine! It’s a new day and another opportunity to experience Brisbane’s great outdoors with an urban exploration. Brisbane is thriving with hidden gems, you just have to know where to look.

Start your day at James Street in Fortitude Valley. The shopping and dining precinct is filled with unique boutiques, local designers, hip cafes and award-winning restaurants. Gerard’s Bistro is great for a unique Middle Eastern-inspired breakfast, or try Chow House for a classic with a twist. Be sure to stop by Molten Store, Libertine Parfumerie, Easton Pearson, Aje, Blonde Venus while here.

Bakery Lane Fortitude Valley

Next stop – Bakery Lane and Winn Lane. Also in "The Valley", these two laneways are filled with tiny stores including Ben’s Burgers, I Heart Brownies, Kunstler Magazines, Stock & Supply and Sunday Social. Once a month the sister laneways host a Providore, Fashion & Art Market.

Fill your afternoon with a wander through West End. Dance to a different beat in the many cafes, bars and boutiques in the bohemian heart of Brisbane. Located in the old Peter’s Ice-Cream factory, The Boundary Street Markets are a treasure trove of food, fashion, arts and more. Get your tarot read, drink chai tea, pick up artisan goods or grab a bite to eat. 

Lock 'n' Load Bistro

Continue your exploration with a Sunday sesh in West End’s small bars. Start in the centre of Boundary St at Archive, before heading to The Bearded Lady, Lock ‘n’ Load, Jungle, The End and Bosc.

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