Where is it: Moreton Island
What’s it all about: Spend a day off the beaten track at one of Brisbane’s best kept secrets, Moreton Island (Mulgulpin). Snorkel the crystal-clear aqua water of the famous Moreton Island wrecks and experience pristine sandy beaches with an abundance of marine life. Dolphins, turtles, dugongs, and whales all call this paradise home!
Tell me more: Departing from Newport Marina (Redcliffe), just north of Brisbane, the short 50-minute cruise over to Moreton Island is just the start of your adventure on Dolphin Wild Cruises! If you’re lucky you will catch a glimpse of some dolphins or even majestic humpback whales during the wintertime as they migrate on the trip over. The cruise is on board a large, comfortable air-conditioned vessel with a fully licensed bar and staffed with experienced and friendly crew that will make you feel like family by the end of the day. They offer flexibility to do as much, or as little as you choose, making it a perfect day out for everyone of all ages! Activities include an optional Guided Snorkel and Fish-feeding tour of Tangalooma Wrecks with a marine biologist, beach time with the option to explore the island or simply soak up some rays relaxing, swimming, or just chilling out on board with a cold drink or two.
The Guided Snorkel Tour of the wrecks is simply wonderful, there is an amazing array of fish that call the wrecks home, and we were even lucky to share our snorkelling trip with a turtle! However, if you’re not too keen on this you can relax onboard the vessel, soaking up the sunshine until the snorkellers are back on board. After a yummy, fresh lunch, the boat then repositions to a perfect spot for some beach time on the third largest sand island in the world. If you feel like a dip, you can have a short swim across to the beach, otherwise the crew will be more than happy to ferry you across in their tender.
After a refreshing spread of fresh fruits for an afternoon snack, you will then spend the final leg of your trip cruising the shallow waters for the Eco Marine Safari, keeping an eye out for dolphins, dugongs, turtles, rays, and birds. In winter, you might even catch the migration of the majestic humpback whales. While we didn’t get to spot a whale, we were very fortunate to have been able to spot a dugong who didn’t seem at all bothered by its audience, plenty of turtles and a very brief glimpse of some dolphins! All accompanied by interesting and informative commentary from your friendly crew.
It was a lovely day out with Dolphin Wild Cruises and although it was a big day, it was totally relaxing and heaps of fun! The staff were very friendly and made everyone feel comfortable from the moment they checked in. The vessel itself was very well maintained and comfortable and had plenty of space to move about. They operate all year round (weather dependant) and now also offer twilight cruises of the Redcliffe area, taking in the sun setting behind. If you only have a day to spare, we couldn’t think of a better way to experience the magic of Moreton Island, the Tangalooma wrecks and the wildlife that call Moreton Bay home!
Where is it: In Brisbane (at South Bank), and Melbourne
What’s it all about: A place of imagination, wonder, relaxation and fun!
Tell me more: Imaginator is a unique experience that will take your senses away the moment that you enter! The amazing lights, sound and ambiance provides a satisfying experience to take you away from the world outside where you can drift away or fully immerse yourself – it’s up to you as you wander through at your own pace. It’s just as much fun for the adults as it is for the kids, although as an adult you can be forgiven for letting go and enjoying the experience as you would if you were a child! It’s a fantastic experience!
Where is it: Le Grand Palais - 97 MacArthur Avenue, Northshore, Hamilton
What’s it all about: Experience the amazing artwork of the French impressionists in a way you’ve never seen before!
Tell me more: The amazing artwork of French impressionists such as Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Paul Cézanne and Edgar Degas is amazingly impressive so it’s hard to imagine that it could get better, but the experience of Monet in Paris takes it to another level. Situated in one of the most impressive temporary buildings and featuring tasteful projections of artwork on floor-to-ceiling screens, accompanied by lovely classical music, this experience is perfect for art afficionados as well as those completely new to the arts. Themed rooms and a café and bar area complete this experience and it makes for a wonderfully fulfilling and relaxing outing. It’s on for a limited time and further information, bookings and tickets are available at the link below.
Where is it: The Historic Rivermill precinct – in the beautiful Gold Coast hinterland at 950 Beaudesert Nerang Road, Mount Nathan
What’s it all about: A unique opportunity to have a close-up experience with some beautiful Peruvian Horses.
Tell me more: It’s so wonderful to see the look of amazement on the faces of the kids when they are up close to animals, especially animals as impressive as this! We had a lovely experience with some fantastic Peruvian Horse which are known for their smooth gait (or running style). We got to see how they are kept, how they are trained, groomed, and even took them for a little walk. And of course, lots of time for patting them too. These magnificent animals can trace their roots directly to Peru and it was lovely to be able to get up close and personal – it was an experience that the whole family enjoyed!
Gold Coast's Gaited Horses Rivermill is situated at the lovely Historic Rivermill precinct with its amazingly tranquil setting, with a lovely café overlooking a beautiful section of the Coomera River. Filled with heaps of freshwater turtles, fish and eels, this was another fun animal encounter for the kids as the turtles love to be fed! Also on the farm are alpacas, deer and a pig which rounded off an amazing day out!
Where is it: Situated at Thunderbird Park, Cnr Tamborine Mtn Rd & Cedar Creek Falls Rd, North Tamborine
What’s it all about: Can you dig it? The kids get to try their hand at operating real Caterpillar excavators, digging, grabbing, destroying and hooking!
Tell me more: This awesomely fun activity lets kids operate real mini-excavators by themselves!
With a few safety pointers and a bit of expert supervision, the little guys will love being in control of their own hydraulic excavators. With three different operating stations, you will have the chance to dig some dirt, grab and stack tyres, knock down a wooded tower with a wrecking ball and finally use a hook to try and fish for crocodiles. There are also amazing and realistic remote control, scale model trucks, dozers and loaders to drive which are heaps of fun. Dig-it is situated at and shares facilities with the amazing Thunderbird Park. There is a café and toilets at the facility.
Where is it: RNA Showgrounds, Bowen Hills
What's it all about: Oktoberfest was originally a couple of week's celebration held in Munich for a royal wedding and a similar celebration is held annually to commemorate the original. Lots of cities around the world now do the same, often rolling the party up into a celebration of things German!
How can I join in: Oktoberfest Brisbane runs for 6 days over two weekends - this year (2022) it's on 7 - 9 & 14 - 16 October. Buy your tickets online or at the gate!
Tell me more: Wunderbar! The only Oktoberfest Brisbane is back for 2022, reuniting lovers of German culture at Australia’s biggest and most authentic annual celebration.
With six HUGE Festival days across two weekends, the bold tastes, sounds and spirit of one of the world’s most iconic festivals will transform the Brisbane Showgrounds, bringing together stein-raisers from across the country.
Accept no imitations! Oktoberfest Brisbane is the only authentic German Oktoberfest celebration in Australia (named one of the top 10 Oktoberfest celebrations outside Germany by National Geographic!).
So, dust off your dirndl, strap into your lederhosen, gather your Freunde und Familie and join us on 7 - 9 & 14 - 16 Oktober 2022!
One of Brisbane's biggest festivals and running over two weekends, there's something for everyone at Oktoberfest Brisbane! At the main event, a massive beer hall that seats thousands is set up specially for Oktoberfest and is filled over the weekend with German music, dancing and singing.
But it's so much more than the beer hall - there are heaps of food options and all so yummy! Stages outside the hall show off traditional German culture, there's a big selection of amusement rides and our kids' favourite spot, the 'Kinder-zone' - a dedicated area just for the little kids! Our little guys had lots of fun here, playing games with the amazing guys from Youngcare, learning Circus skills, checking out real live ocean life (who would have thought that you could see a little shark at Oktoberfest?) and snakes. On the stage at Kinder-zone we got to see traditional music and dance, we learned some German words and enjoyed a really fun puppet show. So much to do here - we had so much fun! Previously we even got to experience the raising of the Oktoberpole in the city, which also comes with yummy German food and drink and music.
Oktoberfest Media Launch 2017
Where is it: 75 Longland Street, Newstead
What’s it all about: An immersive adaption of the fantastic story by F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby!
Tell me more: This special event is an amazing experience and an absolutely wonderful example of immersive theatre. The Great Gatsby: An Immersive Theatrical Production features flawless performances from an amazing cast (which could include yourself!) and an amazing set design. Kick off your night with a relaxing drink in the jazz-bar lobby before being thoroughly entertained as you work your way through a multi-room set, mingling amongst the performers. Book now - it's on until 18 December.
Where is it: At one of Brisbane’s awesome entertainment precincts, Twilight Electric at Hamilton. On as part of the Brisbane Festival from 27 July through to 18 Sept 2022.
What's it all about: A temporary Japanese-themed, interactive bar featuring amazing close-up magic!
Tell me more: Everyone loves magic, and it’s even better when it’s performed close up before your own eyes and sometimes even in your own hands. Maho Magic Bar is an fantastic experience, they have the most awesome cocktails, the atmosphere is wonderful and the world-class magicians (all from Japan) are simply amazing! The perform all of their magic tricks are performed within arms-reach, so there’s no hiding, and still all of the performances are flawless! It’s a wonderful night out and one not to be missed.
Where is it: Gasworks Plaza, Shop 5/70 Longland St, Newstead QLD 4006
What’s it all about: Fantastic Middle Eastern cuisine in a tasteful and classy setting!
Tell me more: The wonderful and rich flavours of the Middle East and the Mediterranean are on impressive display here in one of Brisbane's popular precincts! Mecca Bah has a wonderful reputation and it's easy to see why - they combine mouth-watering flavours, impeccable service and a relaxed but classy setting. The dishes themselves are of hearty size and there's something for all tastes. And as good as the meals are, we think that they are perhaps overshadowed by the absolutely amazing cocktails! Mecca Bah is wonderful restaurant and well worth a visit, particularly lovers of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean foods!
Where is it: South Bank, Brisbane
What’s it all about: Celebrate Christmas in July at Tinletown Bar!
Tell me more: The creators of The Alice Cocktail Experience, The Wizard's Den and Karen's Diner are bringing ‘Tinseltown: Christmas In July’ to Brisbane this winter! From 6th July, you can get into the Christmas spirit at this amazing festive-themed pop-up bar complete with cosy festive vibes, bar elves, your favourite Christmas anthems and more. Tickets include entry and a Christmas tipple on arrival, and their Christmas-themed cocktails are wonderful! Not just for the adults, the kids are more than welcome to come along too!
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