Brisbane in winter is beautiful! Enjoy the milder temperatures at this time of year and explore what the Sunshine State has to offer – it’s not called the Sunshine State by mistake -there is plenty to see and do making Brisbane the perfect destination for your winter get-away.
Brisbane winters aren’t really winters, let’s be honest. The mild temperatures still allows for plenty of time to be spent outdoors. One of our favourite ways to relax, unwind and soak up the beautiful surrounds is by laying down for a picnic. Whether you choose to lay out the rug in the many spots around the South Bank parklands, or make your way up to the summit of Mount Coo-tha, is up to you. Winters in Brisbane are also infamous for their intensely colourful sunsets, making it a real picturesque experience. Picnics allow for quality time spent with family & friends and plenty of local businesses will help you fill your picnic hamper with delectable goodies saving you lots of time. To view our Spice Central picnic basket offer, click here.
Winters are also a time for the Royal Queensland Show, or otherwise known as the ‘EKKA’. For 10 days once a year, many locals and tourists alike join in the celebrations of local produce, country lifestyle & lively competitions. Unfortunately, 2020’s EKKA celebrations were cancelled, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on any of the fun! Here at Novotel Brisbane South Bank we brought the show alive with freshly popped popcorn and fairy floss on arrival. We also have some specials from the grill at our hotel restaurant, Spice Central Kitchen & Bar, allowing you to sample the best cuts of meat from nearby producers. Finish off your stay with a personally decorated strawberry sundae and celebrate where the city meets the country.
Have you ever experienced real snow? In Queensland?? At Snow4Kids you and your family can play in the snow, build a snowman and throw some real-life snowballs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in August at the South Bank Piazza. All equipment, including snow toys, carrots & much more, so you can build an authentic, frosty, snowman. Of course, social distancing rules are in place to guarantee a safe experience for everyone. But this is a great experience for the whole family none-the-less.
Take advantage of the milder climate and go on a hike! There is plenty to explore around Brisbane and many of the national parks are less than two hours drive from the city. Some of our favourites are the Glasshouse Mountains National Park (Check out the Mount Beerwah and Mount Tibrogargan summit treks if you’re up for a good challenge), Springbrook National Park (Twin Falls circuit and Natural Bridge board walk are great for all ages) or Kondalilla National Park (Kondalilla Falls circuit). If you aren’t feeling up for a long drive, check out the Enoggera Reservoir, which is just over half an hour’s drive away and features stunningly beautiful dam views and plenty of opportunities to hike, mountain bike or kayak.
Each year between April and November, Australia’s eastern coastline comes alive with the spectacular aquatic displays of the majestic humpback whales. Southern hemisphere Humpback whales migrate north each winter from their southern feeding grounds to warmer waters to birth their calves. If you are lucky, you might even see those majestic, giant creatures breach from the water, which needs to be seen to be believed. Some operators that offer tours close to Brisbane are Brisbane Whale Watching, Tangalooma Whale Watch Cruises or Whale Watching Gold Coast. We are certain you will have a whale of a time.
There isn’t many things that are more comforting than a hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day. Brisbane certainly has its fair share of chocolatiers, serving up some of the best hot chocolates in the country. In South Bank you can’t miss the Max Brenner Chocolate Bar, serving up real Swiss chocolate hot chocolates, but if you find yourself in the Brisbane CBD, you cannot go past the Noosa Chocolate Factory without sampling beautiful chocolate products made locally in the Sunshine Coast.
To be fair, ice skating isn’t only available in winter, however it does make the experience quite a bit more authentic when it’s cool outside and you are gliding across the ice inside. Two of Brisbane’s best ice skating rinks are located in Acacia Ridge & Boondall and both feature Olympic sized ice rinks. You can hire skates easily and there are plenty of fun classes, including speed skating, figure skating or ice hockey to choose from.
What are you waiting for? Brisbane is ready for you and we can’t wait to welcome you to the Sunshine State this winter. Explore our great accommodation offers here.