Brisbane’s best new experiences
Updated: 21 December 2021
If you’re headed to one of Brisbane’s world-class sporting and cultural events, make the most of your stay with these unforgettable and inspiring experiences.
A bustling urban metropolis surrounded by glorious natural wonders, adventure awaits in Brisbane with new experiences constantly adding to the Brisbane bucket list. From aerial pub crawls to luxury glamping and authentic cultural experiences, here’s just a sampling of what Brisbane has to offer.
All aboard! River to Bay is putting a unique twist on the old-fashioned pub crawl, with their fleet of jet boats ferrying passengers along the Brisbane River to the best breweries in town. From Brewdog to Sealegs, this is a unique way to explore what the River City has to offer, with day and night tours on offer.
If a pub crawl’s not your thing, River to Bay also offers tours of beautiful Moreton Bay and its islands, giving you a chance to experience some of Queensland’s most beautiful locations. Book your tour today.
Now you don’t have to choose one backdrop for your picnic. With GoBoat’s new eco-friendly (and user-friendly) electric boats, expected to launch in May, you can pack the picnic basket and cruise along the Brisbane River. With no license or experience required to drive, each GoBoat fits eight people (it’s doggo friendly, too!) around a large picnic table and comes complete with a sunshade. Just BYO captains hat, cheese selection, tipple of choice and set sail.
Another operator putting a fresh spin on the pub crawl, Elite’s extensive fleet of helicopters will fly you to pubs, vineyards and wineries in the Brisbane, Ipswich, Scenic Rim and Somerset regions while you sit back, relax and enjoy breathtaking views.
As well as their popular pub crawl and winery tour options, Elite offers scenic flights to Minjerribah / North Stradbroke Island and Moreton Bay; high-adrenaline river runs with the doors open, flying through tight turns and bends as low as you can legally go in a helicopter; and a variety of adventure tours combining a day out in a helicopter with go karting, water skiing, V8 Supercars, mountain biking, and even a ride in a tank through a secret military base.
If it can be done in a helicopter, Elite Helicopters can get it done for you.
Brisbane’s first grain-to-glass artisan distillery is crafting gins, rum and botanical vodkas in the City. When you visit the distillery, you’ll be able to taste their wares at the tasting bar, and then hear firsthand from their master distiller how their grain-to-glass process makes for such smooth, pure spirits.
If you want to stay for the afternoon, you can extend the experience and enrol in Gin School, where you’ll distil your very own custom blend to take home and enjoy. That’s one heck of a souvenir.
The Brisbane Distillery and Gin School is open on the corner of Jane Street and Montague Road, West End, from 11am to 10pm, Tuesday to Thursday; 11am to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays; and noon to 6pm on Sundays. Make your reservation here.
A working micro-winery sourcing grapes from handpicked growers across Australia’s key wine regions, City Winery is Brisbane’s first inner-city winery since 1860.
Luckily, it was worth the wait – all their wines are made by hand and with love, and can be paired with a paddock-to-plate dining experience at their modern Australian restaurant. All produce served at the restaurant comes from small farmers typically located within a three-hour drive of Brisbane.
City Winery is based in a converted warehouse at 11 Wandoo Street, Fortitude Valley, where winery tours run at 11am and 3pm each day, and cellar door tastings are available all day. Private function spaces are also available for groups of up to 150 people.
City Winery also offers a Cellar Door and Wine Experience Centre in the CBD at 162 Edward Street, Brisbane City. City Winery is open from 11am to 10pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 11am to 11pm from Thursday to Saturday; 11am to 9pm on Sundays; and on Mondays by appointment. Make your reservation here.
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Kick off with drinks at Southside’s Kiki Kiosk bar - a crowd favourite located in Fish Lane. Then settle in for a five-course banquet lunch with an East Asian twist – drunken scallops with fermented chilli jam, duck ragu, pork and prawn sui mai with caviar, truffle spring rolls. Pair it up with an optional wine-matching experience or drinks package – you can’t go wrong.
Next stop – City Winery for a wine tasting experience like none other. It might be in the heart of the city, but the grapes hark from the vines of Australia’s world-class wine regions including the Barossa and Yarra Valleys.
Still thirsty? To round out the afternoon, choose between Australia’s celebrated Stone and Wood Brewery and Grandad Jacks Distillery.
Millions of years in the making, the Scenic Rim Trail has arrived. This is your chance to take a guided walking adventure through the World Heritage listed Gondwana Rainforest and see native fauna and flora in all its glory, as the trail explores a stunning collection of mountains, ridges, escarpments, forests and ancient volcanic plateaus.
A landmark ecotourism experience, this is exploration in style, as your luggage is transported for you and knowledgeable guides lead the way. You can choose the length of your walk – either two days or five days – and add on extra nights at the luxurious Spicers Retreat nearby to complete your experience.
The starting base for the Scenic Rim Trail is just a one-and-a-half hour drive from Brisbane, with transfers available. Walking season is from March to November – make your reservation and discover this rarely explored part of the world today.
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Get the gang together and cruise Brisbane River on the world’s first superyacht entertainment venue, YOT Club. You can book a VIP experience and hire exclusive booths or hang out on the main deck and dance the night away to live entertainment and DJ’s.
Sanctuary by Sirromet is just 30 minutes away from Brisbane, but you’ll feel like you’re a million miles away from the city. Its elegant and stylish tented pavilions, nestled around Laguna paperbark trees in a tranquil bushland setting, are a place to escape, relax and indulge.
With amazing views across Moreton Bay and all the comforts of home, this is glamping done right. Better yet, Sanctuary by Sirromet is conveniently located on the grounds of Sirromet Winery, so you can indulge your senses and dine on fresh, locally sourced produce paired with award-winning wines.
Book your perfect getaway today.
Spree with Me is a new way to have a private shopping tour in fashionable locations with a friendly personal stylist as your guide. Their new Style Trails are exciting new shopping tour experiences that includes fashion, fun, food and experiencing local culture. Discover local modern fashion, designers, unique boutiques and more.
It's the perfect solution if you want to shop with, and like, a local as you discover new places or designers and save time navigating the stores.
Become immersed in the world’s oldest living culture with this authentic and interactive experience led by traditional owner guides. Nyanda Cultural Tours leads guests through their own rite-of-passage journey in discovering how Aboriginal people used the natural environment and forged tools and items for everyday use.
You’ll take part in a traditional smoking ceremony, make fire, taste and learn about bush foods and native plant species, and begin to learn the Yagara language. You’ll listen to a bull-roarer at the sacred bora-ring, and even take part in boomerang and spear throwing – all just 25 minutes from the heart of Brisbane City, at the picturesque Nudgee Waterholes.
Nyanda Cultural Tours and Experiences have been developed by Jagera Daran, a 100 per cent Aboriginal-owned and operated cultural heritage consultancy that sees tourism as the perfect opportunity to foster education about Australia’s heritage and history. Visitor tours operate daily between 9am and 4pm by appointment only; book your experience today.
Specialising in traditional food, Three Little Birds is run by Indigenous chef Chris Jordan, a Koori man born in Maclean, New South Wales on traditional Bunjalung land.
Offering unique events, catering, pop-ups and cooking classes, Chris uses native ingredients and his knowledge of ancient customs and techniques to cook food that not only tastes delicious, but acknowledges, educates and celebrates the unique culture and natural resources Australia has to offer.
Three Little Birds can be found at Wandering Cooks (on the corner of Fish Lane and Cordelia Street in South Brisbane) on Fridays from 5pm to 11pm and Saturdays from noon to 11pm.
Want to discover award-winning restaurants, stunning five-star hotels, sensational shopping, world-class galleries, jaw-dropping natural wonders and more while you’re here? Browse visitbrisbane.com.au for even more things to do in Brisbane.