If there’s something you notice about locals when you first arrive in Brisbane, it’s probably their obsession with the #outdoors. Adventuring, barbecues, a sneaky trip to the coast, we’re all about it, and with 283 days of sunshine every year, it’s easy to understand why. Queenslanders just love getting outside and with plenty of activities nearby, you should too. Here are a few of the best things to do outdoors near Brisbane City.
1. Wander through the city’s many markets
Brisbane City, South Bank and surrounds are home to many of the city’s fresh food, fashion and designers’ markets. A few for you to check out in Brisbane City are Jan Powers Farmers Market – every Wednesday in Reddacliff Place, Bris Style Twilight Markets – every quarter in King George Square, Riverside Markets – every Sunday near the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens, and the Suitcase Rummage – every second Sunday in Reddacliff Place.
2. Live music in Queen Street Mall
Did you know Brisbane is home to Australia’s largest free live music program? The City Sounds Program brings out local, national and international artists to serenade the city’s shoppers and passers-by. Check the schedule to line up your outing with a free gig in the city.
3. Picnic in the parklands
Mid arvo is the perfect time to be outdoorsy and arrange a picnic in the park with friends. Between the city and South Bank you’ll find lush greens at Anzac Square, Post Office Square, Brisbane City Botanic Gardens, Roma Street Parklands, River Quay and South Bank Parklands.
4. Ride the City Hopper
Get on board and feel the wind in your hair, Brisbane City Hopper service is 100% free and can transport you between activities at North Quay, South Bank 3, Maritime Museum, Thornton Street, Eagle Street Pier, Holman Street, Dockside and Sydney Street terminals. Ferries run every 30 minutes between 6am and midnight, seven days a week.
5. Stroll along the city’s Riverwalk
Getting cabin fever indoors? Take a leisurely stroll along the city’s Riverwalk for some fresh air and river views. To get there, head over to Eagle Street Pier and walk north towards New Farm Park. Catch the City Hopper back from the Sydney Street terminal at New Farm if you run out of steam.
6. Sunday sessions along Eagle Street Pier
Brisbane’s cool and sunny afternoons create the ultimate outdoor experience. Couple that with a view and a few drinks = absolute paradise. We suggest you head down to Eagle Street Pier on a Sunday afternoon and settle in somewhere with a Story Bridge view like Customs House, Riverland, Riverbar or Bar Pacino.
7. Go kayaking with Riverlife
What’s more #outoorsy than water activities? This is a classic Brisbane experience and a beautiful way to experience the river and the city at its finest. Check out the sunset paddles for a glorious view of the city lights.
8. Green Jam Sessions at South Bank
Enjoy free live jazz, folk and contemporary rock on the Melbourne Street Green (outside QPAC) by local artists, every Friday from 5.30pm. You’ll be supporting fellow music students from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, musicians from JMC Academy, Jazz Music Institute, Brisbane City Council’s The QUBE Effect, BrisAsia projects and more.
9. Ever-changing eats at Wandering Cooks
This kitchen co-working space is home to Brisbane’s food startups so it’s only natural that it makes their delicious creations available to the public. Each night features a different vendor which means the food is always changing, and the bar is open daily until about 9pm. Soak up the relaxed atmosphere in a plant-filled courtyard next to South Brisbane’s popular Fish Lane.
10. Free exercise classes at South Bank Parklands
South Bank hosts free exercise classes throughout the week as part of the Medibank Feel Good Program. Classes range from high-intensity cardio and energy workouts to more relaxed yoga and tai chi classes. It’s all free, just check the schedule online and follow South Bank on Facebook to stay up to date with class changes.