Perhaps the only thing that can turn a great walking tour into a fantastic one, is the chance to sample some delicious drinks. This is why we’re busy adding the finishing touches to our very own Small Bars tour. In the meantime, why not join the 2018 Urban Wine Walk and get a taste of what Brisbane has to offer? Often hidden in the back-streets, Brisbane is home to a plethora of interesting and innovative bars and restaurants; and they stock some of the tastiest Australian wines to boot. Read More »
Brisbane Open House, part of the Open House Worldwide Family is on again for 2018.
In its ninth year, Brisbane Open House will be held between 13 – 14 October 2018 and showcases many of Brisbane’s buildings to the public. These include historical landmarks, heritage listed buildings, museums, churches, office buildings and even bridges. Many of these may not normally be accessible by members of the public.
The annual event grows in popularity each year with over 70 buildings taking part this year.
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.
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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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.
When you are on a walking tour with Walk Brisbane we offer our guests free use of our Wi-Fi, but for other times here’s our favourite spots in the Brisbane City Centre:
Looking for a different way to spend some time ? Here’s five things to do in Brisbane this winter that you may not have thought of:
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?
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.