Top 6 Things to do in Brisbane this Winter

Temperatures are dropping and winter is officially here in Brisbane. But don’t let the cold weather keep you indoors, there’s plenty of things to do around the city and beyond that will warm you up this winter.

Here’s 6 winter things the whole family can get excited about:

Whale watching


From June to October is the perfect time to go whale watching in South East Queensland. Now is the time of year that humpback whales pass by our coastline on their way up to the tropical waters of northern Queensland. Find out more at Brisbane Whale Watching or Tangalooma Whale Watching Cruises.

Marvel at QAGOMA


There aren’t many people that aren’t hooked on superhero movies, so the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art has brought these cinematic characters to life in the current exhibition ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’.

You can see the Marvel exhibition with over 500 artworks, watch Marvel screenings, and dress up in cosplay props and costumes.

Entry is $25 for adults and $10 for children. Find out more here.

Winter Festival

To do Brisbane Winter

Winter Festival takes place in the centre of Brisbane every year, celebrating the cold temperatures with winter warming food and drinks and a popular ice skating rink, among other winter activities.

Taking place from the 17th of June till the 10th of July, City Hall and King George Square will become a winter wonderland. Entry to the festival is free, but ice skating and other activities come with a fee.

Find out more here.

Abbey Medieval Festival


The weekend of the 9th and 10th of July sees the popular Abbey Medieval Festival return to Caboolture, just north of Brisbane. With medieval re-enactments, jousting, market stalls, authentic food and drinks, costumes and dress-ups, and historic memorabilia, it’s fun for the whole family.

For more info and ticket prices, head to the festival website.

Regional Flavours


Over the 15th and 16th of July, Regional Flavours takes over the South Bank parklands precinct in Brisbane. The free food and wine festival celebrates all the food and drinks that regional Queensland has to offer, bringing food stalls, cooking demonstrations, celebrity chefs, live music, and kids gardening activities to the city.

Find out more about the festival here.



The famous Royal Queensland Show (or Ekka) takes place from the 11th till the 20th of August and attracts people from far and wide. Giving city dwellers a taste of outback Queensland, the show champions agriculture, and offers visitors livestock to pet, horse shows, rides, the famous show bags, and delicious food.

The event began in 1876, and 2017 marks the 140th year. Like every year, there will be a state holiday to mark the Ekka on Wednesday, 16th of August.

For tickets and more info, head to the Ekka website.