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20 reasons to visit Brisbane in winter

Enjoy the best of Brisbane winter from cotton candy sunsets to bucket list whale-watching. The awesome weather isn’t the only motivation you need to bounce into Brisbane this winter, with a stack of action from the galleries to a taste of farm life and back. Ditch the winter woollies, pack your bags (with just one light jumper) and head our way for the winter – here's 20 reasons why.

1. There's an epic events line-up

Mark out your calendars, there are some fresh events coming to Brisbane this winter and if you time it just right, you may be able to tick a few off the list in one trip. 

Re-live the best of Disney with Queensland Museum for Disney: The Magic of Animation or stop by QPAC to watch Roger & Hammerstein’s Tony Award Winning Musical, Cinderella. Then let the Museum of Brisbane transport you through a World of Wonder with Margot McKinney all before diving into all things fashion with Brisbane Fashion Festival, Queensland’s largest and most prestigious fashion event. 

2. It's not too cold to go to the footy

Regardless of the code you prefer, the winter season signals a pretty full calendar across the AFL, NRL and rugby union. Get to the Gabba and support the Brisbane Lions or saddle up and trot along to Suncorp Stadium and catch the Brisbane Broncos in action

3. The sunrises and sunsets are worth the trip

Wilsons Outlook

Winter sunrises and sunsets in Brisbane are pretty spectacular. We'd hate for you to miss the city looking this pretty. Don't believe us? Just check out our Instagram.

4. You'll have a whale of a time

These magnificent giants of the ocean start making their way past Brisbane in June each year and Brisbane has a stack of ways to witness their migration – by land and by sea. Tangalooma Island Resort offers Brisbane's closest whale-watching cruise, giving you the chance to get up close and personal with the majestic humpback whales as they pass by Queensland. Check out our guide to whale watching in Brisbane to make sure you spot these gentle giants. 

5. The Ekka is back in action

Queensland’s most loved and iconic event is back for 2022, calling the Brisbane Showgrounds home from 6-14th August. It’s time to celebrate bringing the city and the country back together again. With farm animals, award-winning food and wine and the not-to-be-missed showbags, check out our quintessential guide to Brisbane’s Ekka for all the insider tips.

6. Enjoy an authentic farm experience

Taste food and wine from the best in the region, tour the farms and meet the farmers before stocking your esky with gourmet delights and fresh produce. See the best of the Scenic Rim, and stop in at Summer Land Camels Farm Tour where you can pat a friendly camel and visit the Scenic Rim Farm Shop to take in the sunshine and indulge in fresh goodies. For the foodies, you can taste award-winning honey fresh from the Bee All Natural hives. There's also the Picnic Real Food Bar, O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard and The Overflow Estate 1985. Get ready to discover why this region is one of our hidden wanders.

7. Try all things food and wine

The annual celebration of food, wine, and all things fine returns with the James St Food & Wine Trail this July. And if that’s not enough, Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival is coming back with their tastiest event to date. Prepare your tastebuds for three days of deliciousness with everything from cooking demonstrations, seaside pop-up bars and the freshest local produce.

8. You can take an island escape... in July

It isn't often that the temperature dips into the single figures in Brisbane, so it’s the perfect time to venture and have an island escape. Just a hop, skip and a jump to Moreton Island where you can switch to island time and interact with the wildlife at Tangalooma Island Resort or on North Stradbroke Island enjoy the freshest produce served oceanside at Kokomo Beach House.

9. You can connect with the world's oldest living culture

Experience the world’s oldest living culture in true ancient story-telling style with Spirit of the Red Sands. This completely immersive night has been winning over the hearts of travellers and locals alike, set to a 3-course dinner under the Brisbane winter sky. 

10. Try a tree-top adventure

Discover O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk, the world’s first suspension bridge that provides a unique opportunity to observe the rainforest from a bird’s eye view amongst the clear Brisbane winter skies.

11. Embrace Brisbane’s foodie scene

Wild Lime Cooking School

Brisbane and its surrounding regions are a gold mine of incredible produce and ingredients, and the autumn-winter offerings are to die for. Brisbane’s restaurants have a real paddock-to-plate philosophy, so prepare for some incredible fare as you work your way through our ultimate food bucket list.

12. Rooftop bars are still in action

One of the countless benefits of living in Brisbane is the average daytime temperature sits near 23 degrees during winter, which means the outdoor lifestyle continues year-round and rooftop bars remain in action during the cooler months. The views (and drinks) from these open-aired terrace favourites are awesome.

If you're adamant to have a cosy winter experience, Brisbane can accommodate. Customs House hosts Veuve Clicquot In The Snow Pop Up Bar complete with igloos and there's plenty of bars to snuggle up in with your favourite winter tipple.

13. Warm up with a morning hike

Oreillys Tree Top Walk

The city’s winter sun is glorious, which makes it a great time to head out of town and enjoy Brisbane’s natural beauty. Discover these great hikes and walking trails within 30km of the city, 16 short and scenic walks around Brisbane, or if you’re keen for a challenge you can try some brilliant mountain climbs nearby.

14. Get back to nature

Nightfall Wilderness Camp

Camping in cooler weather is a pretty awesome proposition. Beautiful days fishing and four-wheel-driving; nights around the campfire – perfection. Check out the best camping spots to find the perfect place to pitch your tent. Like the idea of camping but hate the idea of going without life’s luxuries? Try glamping instead.

15. Eat your heart out at Eat Street Northshore

Take a wide-open space, add a whole stack of shipping containers that have been transformed into stalls, pack them with incredible food operators, and you get the seriously cool Eat Street markets at Northshore Hamilton. The eats are insanely good, so follow this guide to ensure it’s a delicious trip.

16. Brunch in the winter sun

Brunch is the most important meal of the day, especially to warm the bellies through Winter in Brisbane. Imagine the sunshine bathing your face as you sip your morning coffee and tuck into some delish eats at these top picks for Brisbane’s brunch spots.

17. Explore Brisbane from the water

Grab your captain’s hat and check out Go Boat for your very own private picnic boat experience. Or, take in Brisbane’s beautiful winter skyline onboard River to Bay where you can go exploring on an island adventure to Minjerribah/ North Stradbroke Island or sit back and cruise along the Brisbane River for a relaxed long lunch.

18. Bustling dining scene

Brisbane has fast become known for its top-notch foodie scene and is bursting with new opens from restaurants, cafes and bars to unique dining experiences. Indulge on all your favourite winter warmers from aesthetically pleasing venues like Stratton, Rothwells Bar & Grill, Bistro, Bianca, Melrose or Bisou Bisou. 

19. Cosy winter getaways

Enjoy winter in Brisbane in luxury and book a city staycay at W Brisbane or Hyatt Regency. 

Looking to escape the hustle and bustle? Check into Binna Burra Skylodges to wake up to a misty mountain sunrise. 

20. Experience a hot air balloon ride

Pack your puffer and take in Brisbane's scenic hinterland from the skies. The Hot Air Balloon views make up for the early wake-up call, plus there’s a delicious hot breakfast waiting for you, once you land back on the ground. 

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