This summer, Brisbane is set to play host to a line-up of enticing events from across the globe.
See a 2000-year-old folding gold Afghan crown, Swiss tennis god Roger Federer, the work of a leading Chineseborn contemporary artist, the original Barbie from California and one of London’s best and longest-running musicals.
While you’re here, soak up the summer atmosphere at some of Brisbane’s best riverside restaurants, dazzling rooftop bars or simply meander through outdoor markets. Get outdoors with a riverside bike ride, island snorkel adventure or hot air balloon ride.
Use our "Hot Spots Grid" below to take a look at Brisbane's hottest spots this summer.
Jan Powers Farmers Markets is on the waterfront at Manly Harbour Village on the third Saturday of every month.click on the image for more
Only half an hour train ride from Brisbane City, takes you to the beautiful Moreton Bay at Sandgate Beach.click on the image for more
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Mt Coot-tha Forest is Brisbane's largest natural area, with more than 1500 hectares of open forest. It forms the south-eastern boundary of Brisbane Forest Park.click on the image for more
Overlooking the water on the Eagle Street Pier, River Bar & Kitchen is the brainchild of celebrity chef and restaurateur Matt Moran.click on the image for more
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One of the most dramatic exhibitions to be held at GOMA, 'Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth' presents major new works by a truly global artist, whose large-scale installations and explosion events have made him one of the most innovative figures in contemporary art.click on the image for more
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Gastropub, tiki bar, cafe, underground cellar bar and late night dessert bar, Alfred and Constance is a one stop shop for all your dining and drinking desires.click on the image for more
If you've always wanted to go ballooning, for your birthday or to quietly hold hands with your other half, Hot Air Balloon Brisbane can make it happen! Don't miss out, combine a mornings hot air ballooning with a Vineyard champagne breakfast on Brisbane's scenic hinterland with door to door transferclick on the image for more
Nestled on the beautiful banks of Brisbane River (beside New Farm Park) the former power station has become a distinct landmark, both as a stunning industrial creation and as a hub for everything creative.click on the image for more
Only three CityCat stops from the Central Business District, the inner-northern village of New Farm has long been a place to connect with others.click on the image for more
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Giving new meaning to the expression, "uninterrupted water views", Mr and Mrs G Riverbar is the mastermind of Brisbane restaurateurs Andy and Marcia Georges (of Il Centro Italian on Eagle Street).click on the image for more
There's no better way to see Brisbane, the River City, than on a bicycle tour. We mostly stay on the bike path.click on the image for more
Want to experience the best Australia has to offer in chocolate making? Want to taste mouth watering chocolates only the finest hotels and retailers offer their customers? Did you know they are all made in Beenleigh and you can buy direct from the factory? At Poppy's Chocolate, their mission is to dclick on the image for more
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Limes Hotel Roof Top Bar and Restaurant's Fortitude Valley surroundings provide the perfect environment to take some time out with cocktails and tapas.click on the image for more
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Brisbane's must do experience, Story Bridge Adventure Climb! - a truly unique and memorable adventure for all levels of fitness and age (minimum 10 years old).click on the image for more
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Tucked beside Stokehouse at South Bank's riverside precinct River Quay, Aquitaine offers a casual French-inspired dining experience that is reminiscent of the European Riviera.click on the image for more
Culture and Lifestyle at South Bank. The southern banks of the river play host to Brisbane's thriving cultural heart, which now has a solid reputation for securing large-scale musicals and international art exhibitions.click on the image for more