5 Perfect Reasons to Get Outdoors in Brisbane

From Segways to rock climbing, hot air balloons to race cars, Brisbane is packed with thrilling things to do for your next visit.

Visit any time of year and the living is easy in Brisbane. Warm, sunny days around the city offer plenty of opportunity to explore and the city is loaded with things to do when the weather is perfect. Here are our top five reasons why you should take yourself outdoors and get active around the city.

#1: Take to the River

In search of a sea change? Head to Riverlife and enjoy the cool breezes along the Brisbane River as you explore the adventure-filled banks.

There’s plenty to choose from, including Segway adventures, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, rock climbing, rollerblading, cycling or kick bikes. You can also join a Friday night paddle with ice-cold drinks, shimmering city lights and platters of fresh ocean king prawns.

Getting there: Catch the free City Hopper service (red and white ferries) and get off at Thornton Street, Kangaroo Point, turn left and follow the Riverlife signs. There’s also car parking on River Terrace and at the top of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs.

Story Bridge Adventure Climb

#2: Bird’s-Eye View

One of only four bridge climbs offered in the world is in Brisbane; the Story Bridge Adventure Climb.

This towering adventures gives you many 360-degree views of the whole city, including the Central Business District, or CBD, and the river as it winds its way through to the sea.

Built in 1940, the bridge has plenty of history you'll learn as you walk under the bridge to begin the climb. Safe with a harness belt, you’ll climb to the top, which is 80 metres above sea level. Want to amp up your climb? Add in an Abseil Climb from road level down 30 metres to Captain Burke Park to finish an awesome experience.

Getting there: Bridge climbs are offered from Tuesday to Sunday and include twilight climbs. Find Story Bridge Adventure Climb in Main Street, Kangaroo Point.

#3: Learn to Surf

Head north to the beautiful beach breaks at Brisbane’s closest-patrolled surfing beach on Bribie Island and learn how to surf with the Bribie Island Surf School.

Bribie’s small rolling surf and warm waters are ideal for beginners, with classes that are offered for both beginners and intermediate levels including professional instruction. There’s plenty of scenery to enjoy too as over 80 percent of the island is a national park, easily accessible via a bridge.

Getting there: Take the Bruce Highway, M1, north from Brisbane and turn off at Caboolture to Bribie Island via the bridge. It takes about 45 minutes. You can also get there via trains and connecting buses.

Floating Images

#4: Up, Up in the Air

Take to the skies with Floating Images in a one-hour hot air balloon ride.

It’s just a 30-minute drive west of Brisbane’s CBD to relive the romance and thrill of man’s first form of flight. You’ll rise gently into the air and float effortlessly across the picturesque countryside of South-East Queensland.

In need of a bigger balloon adventure? Enjoy a BAD (ballooning, accommodation and dining) package and spend the night before your balloon ride in a 4.5 star Ipswich Hotel, with dinner and breakfast included.

Getting there: From Brisbane head down the Ipswich Motorway to Ipswich.

#5: Need for Speed

Want to get your blood pumping? Head south from Brisbane to the Holden Performance Driving Centre and satisfy your need for speed on the off-road track.

Enjoy the ride of your life in a V8 SS Commodore, driven by a professional instructor, as you lap the course. Take a DriveSafe Course or one of the other available courses and improve your street driving technique.

Getting there: The Holden Performance Driving Centre is located about 45 minutes south of Brisbane via the Pacific Motorway.

Kerry Heaney
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