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Things to do around Brisbane right now

Brisbane is back! Now is the time to discover our sparking river city, our stunning regions and our warm and friendly people. Go on a road trip, stretch your legs on a walk or hike, get some fresh air, support local and explore the best of Brisbane.

Whether you want to get back to nature, go for a picnic, undertake a bit of shopping, browse markets, seek out glorious local produce and food or simply get active, we’ve got you covered in Greater Brisbane.  

More information on the latest movement rules in Queensland is here.  

Activities  

1. Take in an outdoor flick at the Yatala Drive-In, where the team has pulled out all the stops to make your film experience social-distancing friendly.  

2. Riverlife is your exercise friend by launching small group personal training kayak sessions and enabling you to hire a bike for a whole week or an URB-E electric bike as a friendly public transport option.  

3. And if you are exercising along the river at Kangaroo Point, pop into Riverlife’s pop-up café on the riverfront deck for a take-away bite or coffee.  

4. Soak up the sunshine at the perennially-popular Jan Powers Farmers Market and delve into fresh local produce and artisan treats.  

5. Or browse the fresh produce, fashion and gifts of the Davies Park Market  under a glorious canopy of fig trees in West End or head to the cute Kelvin Grove Village Markets

6. Explore pristine waterfalls, lush rainforest and impressive views in Springbrook National Park on a day tour that abides by social distancing rules with Sunrover Tours.

7. Take a spectacular 15-20 minute scenic flight over Brisbane with V2 Helicopters - with a third person flying for free when two people book a flight.

8. If you’ve missed a birthday, anniversary, babymoon or honeymoon during gathering restrictions, Spicers Balfour, Spicers Hidden Vale and Spicers Peak Lodge are all offering special Birthversary escape packages (from 12 June).

9. Get ready to welcome the whales with Brisbane Whale Watching, who are offering a free premium upgrade.

10. Travel to Summer Land Camels in the Scenic Rim for farm tours while browsing their camel milk skin care range or trying their delicious camel milk-inspired gelato, cheeses – including their Camel Milk Persian Feta - and cakes. 

11.  Take an alpaca for a walk, pick up a picnic basket or select a fine bottle of wine at the Mountview Alpaca Farm handily located within the grounds of O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards

12. Spend a day on glorious North Stradbroke Island or beautiful Bribie Island

13. Reconnect yourself to glorious nature by lacing up those walking shoes and heading on a bushwalk through one of Brisbane’s many national parks, forest reserves or conservation parks. For information on any restrictions in these areas, click here.

Shopping  

1. Head into boutique James Street and browse through a number of your fashionable favourites and delectable offerings from your favourite restaurants and eateries.  

2. Retail therapy seekers can venture into Brisbane’s iconic Queen Street Mall shopping centres, Wintergarden, The Myer Centre and QueensPlaza.  

Picnics  

Pack up the esky and rug and dive into these fabulous picnic spots in Brisbane and surrounds, perfect for lolling.  

Kangaroo Point Cliffs 

Offering a multitude of impressive city vantage points from on top of the cliffs or below, there’s also some seriously good walking and cycling paths by the river to get you moving.  

New Farm Park

Be sure to bring along your deck chairs and picnic rugs for a fun-filled day that can be enjoyed by the young and the old in this expansive park.  

City Botanic Gardens  

This lush, manicured subtropical park in the city heart bound by the river has plenty of grassy spaces on which to spread a blanket – also a perfect base for a walk over the Goodwill Bridge to South Bank  

Wynnum and Manly  

Pick up some freshly-cooked fish and chips from Cambridge Parade and choose from a number of green spots along the Wynnum-Manly foreshore, where you can admire the boats in the marina or look out to Moreton Island.  

Shorncliffe Pier  

This is arguably Brisbane’s most famous pier so go out for a look or toss in a line before picnicking in adjacent Moora Park and then taking a seafront stroll along the captivatingly-named Lovers’ Lane.  

Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha  

Botanists could spend days here captivated by the incredible range of trees and plants on show but, for the rest of us, these beautiful gardens are a perfect respite from city life.  

Sherwood Arboretum 

Native Queensland trees are a feature of this heritage riverfront park, as is its birdlife – so spread out your picnic rug in a truly Queensland-inspired subtropical space.  

Enoggera Reservoir 

Located at the base of D'Aguilar National Park, Enoggera Reservoir gives you the chance to get back to nature with eagles, echidnas and koalas among other animals often spotted here.  

River Quay 

South Bank’s riverfront River Quay is the perfect spot to pick up a hamper from one of the adjacent restaurants and relax on the grass overlooking the river.  

Food and drink ideas  

1. Someone finally thought of it. The team from Honto and sAme sAme have created the Agnes Street Bakery Pop-Up + Bottle Shop, ensuring you can pick up your wood-fired artisan breads and pastries along with your favourite beverage in Fortitude Valley.

2. Many of your favourite South Bank restaurants and venues have re-opened and you can check out the full list here.

3. People will drive near and far to nosh at their favourite Spicers Retreats restaurants. Drive into New Farm for a red beef cheeky curry from The Balfour Kitchen & Bar or enjoy a trip into the countryside to feast on hearty family roasts from Homage, among these venues' other popular dishes.

4. Drive into the countryside for a day out where fine wines, fresh produce and delicious food await at cellar doors in locations such as The Overflow Estate 1895, Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery, Mt Tamborine Vineyard and Winery or Ocean View Estates

5. Venture out to Tommerup’s Dairy Farm to check out their produce, including pork, veal, lamb and creamery delights - including their award-wining cultured salted butter - and enjoy a picnic in the paddock (minimum spend). 

6. Those who love Harveys Bistro + Bar in James Street are happy the long-time establishment has opened with limited hours and is still dishing up its sought after cuisine via takeaway from the Tinderbox Kitchen.

7. Dine on fabulous food and river views from Patina’s magnificent Customs House terrace.

Open air road trips  

Roll down the windows, breath in the fresh air and hit the road by choosing from one or more of these 22 scenic drives around Greater Brisbane. Guaranteed to blow away those cobwebs.