Winter in Brisbane is a bit of a misnomer, given most days are clear, sunny and – by most standards – warm. This is excellent news for anyone looking to escape the cooler climates of the south and explore the river city before the sweaty summer months set in. You can spend your winter days brunching in gastronomic glory, giving your credit card a workout in the city’s best boutiques and getting acquainted with the ever-growing selection of excellent bars. You can also make the most of the great range of events that only take place at this time of year. We’ve outlined the best of these below.
The Bridge to Brisbane fun run is Queensland’s biggest, offering both a 5km and 10km course over and around the beautiful Brisbane River. The event takes place on August 27, making it a great way to farewell the cooler months and start spring feeling fit and healthy. There’s lots of prize money up for grabs, live entertainment to keep you going, and a large selection of post-event celebrations so you can make a day of it.
The bush comes to Brisbane every August with the arrival of the Royal Queensland Show or Ekka, as it’s more commonly known. It’s a celebration of food, wine, fun and an eclectic mix of country skills, such as whip cracking, wood chopping and sheep shearing. There’s also a bunch of rides, an overwhelming selection of show bags, cute collections of animals, live music and fireworks to make sure everyone’s entertained.
It’s no secret that winter sunrises are the best of the year in Brisbane. The dry, clean air makes the colours more vivid and the fact that the sun usually starts its rise at the respectable hour of 6:15am is an added bonus. The two best vantage points for nature’s morning artworks are the Kangaroo Point Cliffs and the top of Mt Coot-tha. Handily, both are also connected to beautiful walkways, perfect for getting your morning off on the right foot.
The winter months are perfect for setting out on a foodie adventure in the Scenic Rim. Lots of the produce is freshly picked in July and August, including sweet, juicy strawberries and crisp, earthy carrots, and some things are just more enjoyable in the cooler months, like a nice glass of red at one of the local vineyards. If you’re in town from June 24 to July 2, you can even make the most of Eat Local Weekwhere you can enjoy farm tours and cooking classes or take part in the big finale, the Winter Harvest Festival.
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While the weather may not be particularly chilly, Brisbanites love to embrace the idea of cold winter wonderlands. Possibly the best way to do this is by going along to the Winter Festival from June 30 to July 17 and rugging up as you glide around the ice-skating rink in iconic King George Square. Complete the experience with a decadent hot chocolate and a session in the Powder Pit where you can build snowmen and throw snowballs to your heart’s content.