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What's on this week

Brisbane's calendar will soon be jam-packed again with activities, music, eating, theatre and sports galore. To help you stay in the know, we are providing a weekly update of What’s On and what local business are Good To Go. So grab your diary, and start planning your week.

What’s On 

TAVAS MUSEUM | RE-OPENS 10 JULY

Fly into the Caboolture-based The Australian Vintage Aviation Society Museum for grand reopening celebrations this weekend. Get acquainted with pre-WWI and WWI aircraft plus witness the running of vintage aircraft engines. Open for celebrations Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 3pm. 

RED HILL AND NEW FARM CINEMAS, YATALA-DRIVE IN | NOW

If you’ve missed the big screen and the attendant goodies such as popcorn, Maltesers and chocolate-coated ice creams, you’ll be delighted to hear the Red Hill and New Farm Cinemas plus the Yatala Drive-In have all reopened in a limited capacity. Check out dates and times here

LONE PINE KOALA SANCTUARY | NOW 

Brisbane’s famous wildlife sanctuary continues to reawaken with more things to see and do. You can now see the Raptor Show, Sheepdog Show, visit the Platypus House, pat a koala and get takeaway treats from The Sleepy Koala. Pre-bookings essential.

IPSWICH NATURE CENTRE | FROM 10 JULY

Cute Australian wildlife and farm animals are yours to enjoy at the reopened Ipswich Nature Reserve in Queens Park. Entry is free but a gold coin donation is always appreciated. Limited numbers apply at this time.

CABIN FEVER FESTIVAL | FROM 10 JULY 

Live music lives! The Triffid has launched its Cabin Fever Festival, a month-long celebration of top homegrown talent including Bernard Fanning, Troy Cassar-Daly, Dami Im and many more. 

THE ZOO | FROM 11 JULY

Not to be outdone, The Zoo has announced a series of live gigs featuring local acts from this weekend. 

AL WEIWEI, BOOMERANG 2006 | QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY | NOW 

Be spellbound by ‘Ai Weiwei’s Boomerang 2006’, an immense object made of 270 000 crystal pieces that fill the soaring space of the QAG’s Watermall. 

I, OBJECT | QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY | NOW 

One for thought and reflection. This absorbing exhibition looks at the many complex relationships Indigenous Australian artists have to objects, delving into the histories informing their creation and the social and cultural consequences of their collection. 

Good To Go 

BRISBANE POWERHOUSE | 10 JULY

Make tracks for Brisbane’s home of contemporary arts this weekend, now opening Wednesdays to Sundays. There’s nothing quite like enjoying a Bar Alto coffee or beverage or sampling Mary Mae’s Bar + Kitchen’s delectable share platters in alfresco winter sunlight, both with prime spots right on the riverfront. 

OTTO | NOW

Otto is open and we are happy dancing over this one.  Offering a slightly smaller version of their signature a la carte menu with new trading hours. OPEN LUNCH Wednesday to Saturday, 12pm to 2pm, OPEN DINNER Wednesday to Saturday, 5.30pm to 8.30pm.

THE GRESHAM | NOW

Expect an elevated experience at The Gresham, a Brisbane institution. While the cosy bar has limited capacity, you'll be greeted at the door by your host and be shown your table where you will receive table service - no longer do you have to battle for a space at the bar. Café open 7am to 3pm, Monday to Friday; bar open 10am to midnight Monday to Friday (and from 5pm on Saturday).

HOWARD SMITH WHARVES | NOW

Rejoice! One of Brisbane's favourite gathering spots is starting to thrive. Venues such as Felons Brewing Co, Mr Percival’s, Greca, Betty’s Burgers, Stanley and Goodtimes Gelateria are ready to welcome you. To top it off, Howard Smith Wharves’ ‘Weekends on the Lawn’ is back with alfresco food and drinks served on the East Lawn - Fridays, 3pm - 8pm plus Saturday and Sunday, 12pm – 8pm. Keep up to date here

TANGALOOMA ISLAND RESORT | NOW

Tangalooma Island Resort Image: Peter Giggle

Your island paradise awaits. Tangalooma Island Resort’s accommodation has reopened for overnight stays. Book a day cruise or longer stay and choose from an amazing array of activities, including whale watching cruises, ATV quad bike tours, marine discovery cruise, sand tobogganing, snorkelling the Moreton Island wrecks and the perennial favourite of hand feeding a wild dolphin.  

BINNA BURRA KITCHEN | NOW

The Binna Burra Kitchen, offering spectacular views from its mountaintop perch, has reopened. The venue has teamed up with Scenic Rim Farmbox to deliver local ingredients for its tantalising menu and to ensure its providore store is carrying a cornucopia of fresh local produce. Additionally, the great news is that the Binna Burra Sky Lodge is now taking bookings for its reopening from 1 September. Book now!   

THE CALILE HOTEL AND RESTAURANTS | NOW

Embrace the return of Brisbane’s urban resort playground. The Calile hotel’s plush hotel rooms are ready for lounging in during a stay-cay while its luscious venues the Lobby Bar, Hellenika and SK Steak & Oyster are ready to serve up bountiful beverages and gastronomical gorgeousness. 

WALTER'S STEAKHOUSE AND WINE BAR | NOW

The return of this mouth-watering favourite is accompanied by a new menu with winter in mind. Think more Eastern European influences and the return of some old favourites. Chowder anyone? Open for lunch Wednesday to Friday and dinner Wednesday to Saturday.

POPOLO ITALIAN KITCHEN & BAR | NOW

Overlooking the green at River Quay, Popolo is the perfect place to procure a full a la carte picnic with take-away options available. Unspoiled views, fine Italian fare and the best darn people watching in Brisbane are Popolo's hallmark. Open for lunch Friday to Sunday and dinner Thursday to Sunday.

Coming Soon 

Museum of Brisbane, City Hall

Our teller of Brisbane’s stories, the Museum of Brisbane, opens 17 July with the launch of The Storytellers exhibition, based on the works of Brisbane’s greatest wordsmiths. The museum will also commence a series of city walking tours - exploring sites of cultural and historical significance - from 21 July. 

Foodies and food professionals alike will love the 23rd staging of The Symposium of Australian Gastronomy, 17 - 20 July, which brings together some of the most influential and creative food thinkers, writers, academics and industry professionals from Australia and beyond - being staged in Brisbane in a part-virtual format for the first time. 

The famed Circa Ensemble returns to the Brisbane Powerhouse 24 - 25 July for an extraordinary evening of circus, with new solos and duos plus an eclectic mix of music. 

With its sister space, Queensland Art Gallery (QAG), now open, the glorious Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) will reopen 7 August – ensuring QAGOMA is whole again.

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