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03September

September is Festival Month in Brisbane

September each year sees the arrival of not only a welcome spring but of the Brisbane Festival.  

This annual international arts festival will be held at various Brisbane locations between 3 – 24 September 2016.  Emerging from the popular Warana Festival, first held in 1961, the festival continues to grow in its appeal to locals and visitors from across the world.

There is something for everyone, from Cabaret to Opera, Circus to Film and everything in between.   Families are well catered for, and many activities are free. 

The three -week long festival will culminate in the spectacular  Sunsuper Riverfire fireworks display, all set to music chosen by Brisbanites.  A highlight of the   display will be an aerobatics display performed by the Australian Defence Force and RAAF Super Hornet and Army helicopter displays. (Availability of ADF equipment and aircraft including Super Hornets and helicopters is subject to operational requirements.)

If you are visiting Brisbane during September, make sure you put aside some time to enjoy the festivities.

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31July

Open House Brisbane

A great weekend for architecture and design lovers is Brisbane Open House  being held on 8 th & 9th October 2016.

Open House has already been held in Toowoomba, and plans are well under way for Open Houses at Cairns, Gold Coast and Maryborough in addition to Brisbane.  

In 2015 over 80 buildings across the City, many of them heritage listed, were open to the public For the 2016 event this number has increased to 100.

 

12July

Southbank Regional Flavour Festival

This weekend sees the return of the annual Southbank Regional Flavour Festival.

The festival, which is a becoming an annual July must do, is being tipped to be bigger and better than ever this year. Cooking demonstrations, markets, kids activities ensure there is something for everyone.

The options are endless; Maggie Beer, George Calombaris, Gary Mehigan, Matt Preston and Georgia Barnes will all be doing demonstrations and book signings. Or, see our local Queensland celebrities Alistair McLeod and Matt Golinski.

There is also free music, 80 stallholders and food trucks, beer, wine and kid’s activities.

Head on over to Southbank either Saturday 16 or Sunday 17 July to join in the fun.

It’s all free!!

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20April

Best Free Wifi in Brisbane

When you’re travelling the last thing you want is a big data bill when you return home.  Fortunately, Brisbane has plenty of free wifi options so be sure to bring your smart phone, tablet and laptop.  

Here’s our favourite spots in the Brisbane City Centre:

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12February

Four Great Novels About Brisbane

When I go travelling, in between walking tours I like to read a novel that’s about the place I’m travelling to. Not a guidebook of sights to see, but a novel, usually a memoir, that gives me a sense of history, or what it’s like to live there.

On recent trips I’ve read ‘Daughter of the Killing Fields’ by Theary Seng (Cambodia), ‘Around Africa on my Bicycle’ by Riann Manse , ‘Chasing the Monsoon: A Modern Pilgrimage through India’ by Alexander Frater and ‘Venice’ by Jan Morris.

So what should you read when in Brisbane? 

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05January

Messing About In Boats

One of the most relaxing, yet interesting things to do in Brisbane is jump on a  ferry and watch the world go by.

Summer or winter, Brisbane’s CityCat and CityHopper ferries are cruising up and down the river with visitors and commuters alike onboard.  

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03December

Beat the heat at the City Botanic Gardens

A great place to beat the heat or just get away from it for a while in the CBD is the City Botanic Gardens.

The river frontage provides a top opportunity for walking, cycling or just sitting. The Gardens are open 24 hours a day and the pathways are lit at night.  There’s free wi-fi throughout.

Follow George, Albert or Edward Streets east to Alice Street and you’ll be at the Gardens within 10 minutes. 

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02November

Summer is for Beer ….Craft Beer

It’s only a few weeks until Summer and soaring Brisbane temperatures means sunshine and beer.  Not so much of the dark stuff, more of the pale and cleansing kind.

We’ve never been the types to sit in one venue all evening.  Why would you, when there’s so many different places, with different design to look at, different bar staff to chat with and different crowds to check out?

The solution … a craft beer tour.

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