How to welcome in Spring in Brisbane
Brisbane is the place to be in Spring, and it’s almost a crime to be inside. Buds are bursting into bloom, there’s not a cloud in the sky, the weather is balmy, and from September 3 to 25 Brisbane Festival has the city abuzz.
From rooftop bars and al fresco dining to island escapes and river activities, here are some top ways to make the most of Spring.
Explore the river
Checking out the Brisbane River is the perfect way to relax and enjoy the spring weather, and there are so many ways to do it.
Try a picnic on an electric GoBoat. Up to eight people can travel on these environmentally friendly, self-drive picnic boats, and no boat license is required. Gather around the timber picnic table with your own delicious food and enjoy the water views. You can even bring your fur baby.
Cruise in luxury aboard YOT Club with their Spring Series kicking off from 25 Sep. Sip the Grey Goose Essentials range from the pop-up Orchard Bar, enjoy roaming entertainers, jetpack shows, giveaways and much more.
Want to do the river faster? How about taking in the sights with Jet Ski Tours Brisbane? You can ride along the Brisbane River and take in the CBD skyline. Glide under the Story and Gateway Bridges, around the Botanical Gardens, and see the multi-million-dollar mansions that line the Brisbane River Bank. It’s fast and fabulous fun!
If you are more of a life in the slow lane person, let Riverlife show you the sights with a kayak adventure tour. You can even book a Riverfire kayak experience and be right under the action when the sky lights up on 25 September.
Dine and drink alfresco
Take a boardwalk stroll around the city on the Riverwalk and stop at one of the many cafes, bars and restaurants along the way to enjoy a drink and outdoor dining.
Nestled under the Story Bridge, Howard Smith Wharves is home to an impressive collection of eateries, from fine dining to beer gardens and burgers. Gin lovers take note, the Fever Tree pop-up container bar will be serving your favourite G&T pairings every Saturday and Sunday for the month of September.
Eagle Street Pier has a wide range of restaurants that beg you to stop and enjoy and roving performances during Brisbane Festival. Dining options vary from Greek and Italian to German and Japanese, seafood to steak, waterline or water view.
Wander along the boardwalk around the Botanic Gardens to find Will and Flow, an overwater breakfast café that turns out fabulous pizzas as the sun goes down.
At the top end of town, the expansive restaurant balconies in Brisbane Quarter offer indoor-outdoor dining with multi-level views.
Across the river at South Bank, River Green is another top riverbank dining strip with plenty of space to enjoy sunset river views. Take in a Brisbane Festival show before or after you dine.
Escape to an island
Brisbane’s Moreton Bay is filled with tropical islands surrounded by white sandy beaches. You can go for a day, a weekend or a week, it’s up to you. North Stradbroke Island is just a short ferry ride away, and there are many options for swimming, surfing and beach camping. Moreton Bay Charters offers day trips to Moreton Island with sand tobogganing and snorkelling around the wrecks.
Stay longer, and you can hand-feed dolphins at Tangalooma Island Resort. Take a day cruise to see whales heading home to their summer feeding grounds or explore convict history on St Helena Island. For more inspiration for an island adventure check out our guide to Brisbane’s islands.
Enjoy Spring from a rooftop bar
Brisbane is blessed with a growing assortment of rooftop bars with fantastic city views. It’s almost enough to drag you away from the cocktail list, but don’t be too distracted. Here are some favourite places for a drink, a dish and a stunning view.
On the south side of the river, the leading contender is The Terrace at Emporium Hotel South Bank. You have to be an early bird to catch one of the fluffy deck stools, but the retractable roof means this is an ideal spot for a Spring sunset. They’re launching a delectable new Spring cocktail menu – so be sure to book in for a Spring soiree!
New in Woolloongabba and sporting French flair is Ooh La La on top of Cést Bon Restaurant on Stanley Street. Its gritty inner-city location has an international feel backed by an impressive list of French bar snacks.
Fiume Bar on level three of Crystalbrook Vincent (formerly The Fantauzzo) offers some of the best city skyline views away from the hustle and bustle of Howard Smith Wharves - check out their Riverfire on the Rooftop package for one of the best vantage points in town, or their new La Dolce Brunch for a perfect pairing of Italian flavours, sunshine and rooftop cocktails.
Mediterranean-inspired Iris Rooftop Bar on the top of the new Hotel X shows off the southside of the Story Bridge and has a delectable bar snack menu to match. Keep exploring rooftop bars with Cielo Rooftop and MAYA just a short stroll away.