9 Must-do Brisbane Winter Activities
Explore the best of the season
As winter approaches we're seeking unforgettable experiences to make the most of the chilled downtime. Brisbane, with its vibrant atmosphere, cultural spirit, and stunning natural landscapes, provides the perfect backdrop for a memorable winter getaway.
1. Enjoy Cinema Under the Stars at Howard Smith Wharves
While the nights are getting chilly, cinema sessions at Howard Smith Wharves are heating up! Experience the magic of cinema under the stars at Felons Barrel Hall, where they have curated a season of big-screen blockbusters for you and your loved ones to enjoy this winter. Every Tuesday night from 7pm, you can cozy up in a beanbag, grab a bag of toasty buttered popcorn, and catch your favourite flicks.
Howard Smith Wharves
2. Discover the cultural hub of South Bank
South Bank, located on the southern bank of the Brisbane River, is a vibrant precinct known for its cultural offerings. Visit the Queensland Cultural Centre, home to the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) and the Queensland Museum, where you can explore world-class exhibitions and interactive displays. Take a stroll along the South Bank Parklands, enjoy the stunning city skyline, and indulge in a picnic by the riverside.
South Bank Parklands
3. Embrace nature at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Escape the winter chill and experience Australia's unique wildlife at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Located just a short drive from the city centre, this sanctuary is the world's first and largest koala sanctuary. Get up close and personal with koalas, hand-feed kangaroos, and learn about the diverse native fauna through informative wildlife presentations.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
4. Explore the cultural precinct of Fortitude Valley
Fortitude Valley is Brisbane's artistic and entertainment hub. Discover live music venues, trendy cafes, and boutique stores that line the streets of this vibrant precinct. Experience the city's eclectic nightlife scene, featuring a range of bars, pubs, and clubs. Don't miss the chance to visit the James Street precinct, known for its high-end fashion boutiques and exquisite dining options.
5. Unwind at the scenic Mount Coot-tha
Escape the city buzz and bask in the tranquility of Mount Coot-tha. This natural wonder offers breathtaking panoramic views of Brisbane from its lookout. Take a leisurely hike through the lush rainforest trails, visit the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, or enjoy a meal at the Summit Restaurant while admiring the cityscape.
The view from Mount Coot-tha
6. Experience thrills at the Story Bridge Adventure Climb
For the adventurous souls, the Story Bridge Adventure Climb is a must-do activity. Embark on an exhilarating climb to the top of Brisbane's iconic Story Bridge, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the city and the river. The climb is suitable for all fitness levels and offers both day and twilight options for a unique experience.
7. Visit the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)
Art enthusiasts will find delight in the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), located in the heart of South Bank. Immerse yourself in world-class exhibitions, contemporary artworks, and thought-provoking installations. Check the gallery's schedule for special events, workshops, and interactive displays suitable for all ages.
Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art
8. Enjoy a river cruise
Embark on a relaxing river cruise along the Brisbane River and admire the city's stunning skyline from a different perspective. Choose from various cruise options, including sightseeing tours, lunch or dinner cruises, or even wildlife spotting tours. Learn about the city's history and landmarks as you cruise along the meandering river.
Brisbane River Tour
9. Indulge in the Urban Escape Package at Crystalbrook Vincent
For those seeking a getaway or staycation during the winter school holidays, the Urban Escape Package at Crystalbrook Vincent offers free parking, breakfast, a late checkout and kids 12 years and under stay and eat for free.
Join the Crystalbrook Crowd
As part of the Crystalbrook Crowd enjoy an instant 10% off your stays (plus a little extra during exclusive Crowd sales) when you book direct, as well as 10% off at our restaurants and bars.