Iglu Students Sydney and Brisbane

Gear up for a cool Brisbane summer

The sun is peeking out, it’s time to lose the Uggs and dig out the thongs, ditch that heater and ramp up the fans.

Summer is on its way and Brisbane is gearing up to deliver some of this season’s hottest events right to your doorstep. With something to match everyone’s budget, this guide will help you find what it takes to keep you feeling cool this summer. 

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Leave your desk behind and embrace the fresh air in one of the stunning National Parks located right near you. Just over an hour’s ferry ride from Brisbane is Moreton Island National Park, offering a breathtaking array of activities from hiking and swimming to camping and fishing. Check out the views from Mount Tempest – the highest stable sand dune in the world – and enjoy the diverse landscape on this little slice of heaven. Immerse yourself in Moreton Bay Marine Park, unique for its high bio-diversity and importance to marine life, but still maintained as a working waterway. Spot dolphins and dugongs, turtles and birds as you boat, camp, fish or swim. Zoning regulations do apply so make sure you check any parameters in advance. Bunyaville and Mogghill Regional Parks are both close to the CBD and awesome spots for cycling, riding or bushwalking. Check out your best park options right here.

CITY TREATS

If you love the outdoors but still prefer to stay within reach of a decent flat white, South Bank Parklands is your personal paradise this summer. Streets Beach Lagoon delivers that tropical feeling as the water laps against your sandy toes, and you’re forever a stone’s throw away from eateries, bars and that all-important caffeine fix. While you’re there, why not take advantage of the special student concession price of $14.95 and hop on to The Wheel of Brisbane for some stunning panoramic views of the city? Help yourself to an extra 10% discount by booking online. To burn off your gelato, try cycling around the 16km Mini Brisbane River Loop – or upgrade to the full loop for an extra 20km workout. No bike? No drama. City Cycle has the answer – for a teensy $2 you will have a spoked friend for the whole day!

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

If the sound of all that exertion makes you feel a little bit thirsty, be sure to check out newcomer Tomcat in Fortitude Valley, a former Chinese gambling den that also houses The Boiler Room, a bar within a bar. Then head off for the ultimate taco fix at Chingón, the newest grungiest Mexican in town. Spawned from the original Melbourne restaurant, this is the real street deal handing out fresh cantina-style offerings accompanied by imported Mexican beers and spirits. Keep it authentic at Newstead Brewing’s microbrewery where you can choose from seven types of beer brewed on the premises alongside a neat bar menu all served up in an industrial warehouse space. But if you’re partial to all things pork, there’s simply no better place for beer and schnitzels than the Munich Brauhaus where every month is Oktoberfest! For great food, live entertainment and that al fresco feel, you can’t walk past the Eat Street Markets and not be tempted. Dishing up international treats every Friday and Saturday night 4-10pm it will only set you back $2.50 for entry, and the night is yours.

TOP TUNES AND FESTIVAL FEVER

Brisbane really does have all musical bases covered this summer. From hip hop and jazz to folk and rock there genuinely is something to suit all tastes this festival season. Now in its 30th year, the Woodford Folk Festival (Dec 27-Jan 1) features over 2000 performers ranging from music, comedy and live art to circus acts and meditation. Camp under the stars with a view of the Glass House Mountains and this will be your summer to remember. Heading up Park Sounds this year (Nov 12) are multiple Aria winners and hip hop heavyweights Bliss n Eso, supported by none other than Drapht, and Nicole Miller. Hop on a train to Strathpine to check this awesome lineup out, Aussie music has never sounded so good.

Don’t miss Garbage and The Temper trap at A Day on The Green (Dec 4) nestled amongst the vines at Sirromet winery, and if you’re wondering where on earth everyone is – you may well find all your mates down at FOMO (Jan 7) enjoying US hip hop pros Flosstradamus, alongside our very own Empire of the Sun. Combining the best of international acts with home-grown talent, this is one event you do not want to miss. Tickets available now.

SPORTING FIX

Rugby fans, you’re going to love the Global Tens this summer (Feb 11-12). Ten a side, ten minutes each way, it has the energy and pace of Sevens with that full-match feel. With 14 teams on the Suncorp Stadium pitch across two action-packed days – including 10 teams from Australia and New Zealand – you can be ringside for as little as $49. Come on The Reds!

Cricket fans will also not be disappointed, the Big Bash league is back on at The Gabba – otherwise known as the Brisbane Cricket Ground – (Dec 30-Jan 20) as well as hosting Brizzy’s very first day-night test match against Pakistan (Dec 15-19). It’s their first showing at the Gabba since 1999, and with tickets available from $10 as well as free public transport to and from the match, this historic event is not one to be missed!

Nadal fans (and tennis fans in general) will undoubtedly already have tickets sorted for The Pat Rafter Arena to watch him kick off his 2017 season at the Brisbane International Tennis (Jan 1-8). Tickets are already on sale from $32 upwards. But if you prefer shooting hoops to crossing the nets, get yourself down to one of the Brisbane Bullets Basketball home matches with plenty of dates to chose from across the summer.

HO HO HO!

Get your festive cheer on – it’s Christmas time again. It all begins with the inaugural lighting of the Christmas tree at King George Square (Nov 25) and from then on in there is a whole host of free festive fun on offer. Don’t miss the Light Spectacular beamed nightly onto Gold Lotto City Hall (Dec 9-24, 7.30pm) as well as Christmas Movies in the Park at Roma Street Parklands (Dec 10-16, 5.30pm). It’s not Christmas without carols, so head on over to the city Botanic Gardens for the Lord Mayor’s yuletide tunes (Dec 10) or catch the singers at the Courier-Mail Piazza (Dec 19-22) for 4 nights of festive musical fever.

AND FINALLY…

It’s time to breathe. Enjoy the study break and make sure you take time to relax. Try out something different this summer whether it’s helping Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) celebrate her 10th birthday (Dec 3 onwards) or perfecting your sun salutation to Kanye West with some hip hop yoga sessions. The sun is shining, the holidays are here – there’s nothing to stop you enjoying this awesome city all summer long.

By Jael Livingston


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