Everything you need to do on your uni holidays in Brisbane

Another year done and dusted, and a whole summer break ahead of you. It’s tempting to just put your feet up and let the eight weeks pass you by, but there’s so much to see and do, and, let’s face it, it’s your chance to create #insta moments to reflect on when you’re mid-semester and need inspo to get you through the term.

So here’s your list for the uni break, do it all.

Island hopping

There’s nothing stopping you from taking an island getaway and exploring one, two or more of Brisbane’s neighbouring islands. Public transport will get you to where you need to be to catch the ferry across to North or South Stradbroke Island, Moreton Island, or the world’s largest sand island – Fraser Island.

Go to the beach

Islands seem out of reach? You don’t have to go off land to enjoy the pristine southeast Queensland waters. Just an hour north and south of Brisbane you’ll find some of Australia’s best beaches. Or take advantage of the country’s largest man-made inner-city beach at South Bank.

Picnic in the park

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Summer is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the extra hours of sunshine, so why not round up your friends for an afternoon picnic in the park? We suggest New Farm Park, River Quay at South Bank, Roma Street Parklands or the City Botanic Gardens. Tell everyone to bring a dish so it’s student-friendly on the budget.

Boxing Day flicks

Everyone knows the best movies come out on Boxing Day each year. Avoid the mad rush and head there in the days after Boxing Day or early new year for your very own movie marathon of the best new releases. Check out Cineplex for cheap student tickets.

Conquer every mountain

Glasshouse Mountains
Don’t spend your whole holidays cooped up inside watching reruns of How I Met Your Mother. Head an hour north of Brisbane to find the Glasshouse Mountains, or go exploring in Lamington National Park to find picturesque trails and waterfalls. Gotta get that #insta pic.

Binge-watch Netflix

Even though you’ve been doing it all year, you’re officially allowed to stop and binge-watch Netflix for a day at a time (no longer!). Catch up on any missed episodes of Brooklyn 99, Stranger Things and (in case you missed any) GoT.

Boxing Day sales

Hurrah – shopping for a the student budget. Don’t miss the inner-city sales as retailers slash their prices to move stock for the new season and new year. Queen Street Mall is where it’s at.

Get a summer job

So, how are you going to fund all these activities? You’ll probably need a summer job. Check out seek.com and Pedestrian Jobs, and keep an eye out for any “we’re hiring” signs on shops in the CBD.

Check out Brisbane’s beer boutiques

Green Beacon

Brisbane’s beer scene is overflowing and summer’s the perfect time to get to know it. Check out Green Beacon in Fortitude Valley; Aether Brewery in Milton; Archive, The Catchment Co and Brisbane Brewing Co in West End; Newstead Brewery in Newstead and Milton; Brewski on Caxton Street; and Tippler’s Tap at South Bank.

Work on your beach bod’

No excuses for skipping your workout! Jump on the Student One bikes or hit the gym before cooling off in the pool over at Wharf Street – opening 1 January!

Theme parks

Seeking thrills? Find the best rollercoasters and rides at Movie World, Dream World, Wet’n’Wild and Sea World on the Gold Coast. Get the three day super pass for access to three parks for three days for $99.

Explore nature

Whether you’re up for a hike or just a short bush walk – getting into nature is the best way to de-stress at the end of the semester. Take advantage of Brisbane’s parklands at Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens, The Gap, Mt Nebo, South Bank Parklands and Brisbane City Botanic Gardens.

Read for leisure

Put your textbooks down. Now’s the time to be reading the books you’ve wanted to read all year. Pick up the trending titles, read a few fantasies, or find a biography of someone who inspires you. This is your me-time.

Outdoor cinema

What’s better than sitting in the dark cinema watching all your favourite flicks? Watching them on the big screen under the stars in the comfort of a bean bag or a rug on the grass. Oh yeah! Check out the Open Air Cinema for times and bookings.

Hit the arcade

Escape the summer heat and head indoors for laser tag, tenpin bowling and arcade games. iPlay in Albert Street and Strike in Wintergarden have student prices and are open late – it’s the perfect place to kill any evening boredom with friends.

Get creative

Now you’ve got time there’s no excuses – do the thing you’ve been meaning to do all year! Learn an instrument, practise drawing, take a painting class, teach yourself to code (if that’s what you’re in to). Invest your time in learning things you enjoy doing.

See a live band


Soak up the best of what Brisbane’s live music scene has to offer. Check out what’s on at The Zoo, The Triffid and The Foundry in Fortitude Valley, and the Boundary Hotel in West End. Alternatively there’s always good live music at Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall in Paddington and Brooklyn Standard in the city.


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