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Unusual activities to do in Brisbane

Think you’ve done everything Brisbane has to offer? Think again! Here’s a list of quirky things to do around Brisbane, from finding your inner Picasso to getting involved in a public games night with the locals.

Visit the old Brisbane Gaol

Just 3km from the CBD is the site of one of Australia’s most notorious former prisons. Originally opened in 1883 as Brisbane Gaol, today, 25 years after its closure as a prison, the Boggo Road Gaol is open to the public with a variety of tours on offer. For an authentic perspective on the life and times of the gaol, time your visit with an ex-inmate/ex-officer tour where your guide will be either a former prisoner or former warden of the gaol. Find our more about the tours here.

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Sunnybank Food Tour

Renowned tour guide and chef Tony Ching offers an inside look into where to find the best Asian food in Sunnybank. Along the way you’ll also get great tips on choosing the best produce and ingredients to make your favourite dishes. Lunch or dinner is provided depending on the time of your tour, and the afternoon tours end with a visit to several vibrant restaurants. Participants receive a takeaway bag of goodies and you can also sign up for an optional cooking class to take along with the tour.

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Follow a public art trail

Learn about the Brisbane River and the city’s development by following the 2.4km Art and the River Public Art Trail. Starting on the Kangaroo Point side of the Goodwill Bridge and Maritime Museum, the trail heads downstream along the river finishing at the Thornton Street ferry terminal, before a short detour atop the Kangaroo Point Cliffs. Along the route you will see 12 installations telling the story of the city’s connection with the river, including the maritime and industrial history of the city and Expo ’88 – Brisbane’s biggest party ever. Brisbane public artTravel secret: Hire one of the Brisbane City Council bikes and cycle the route to get a bit of exercise and save money on transport. There is a cycle station at both ends of the route, and one near the steep steps to the top of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs.Brisbane City BikesHave a drink while creating art Unleash your inner Picasso while enjoying your favourite drink at Brisbane’s first and only paint and sip workshop at Cork & Chroma. Located in the inner city suburb of West End in the heart of the arts district, you’ll be guided by an artist to paint your very own masterpiece to take home. During the two-and-a-half-hour workshop you’ll also learn some basic acrylic painting techniques. No artistic flair necessary, just a desire to have some laughs along the way. Paint and sip sessions are popular with the locals, so book early.

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