Why you should consider Brisbane for your next Winter getaway
Free from the sometimes-stifling humidity and soaring temperatures of summer, Brisbane is arguably best explored in the cooler months. Slightly cooler weather allows for more time to get out and about among the Queensland capital’s offerings, but it’s not just the mild winter temperatures (daily highs of 22 degrees), that make Brisbane so appealing – it’s also the clear blue skies. With about eight hours of sunshine each day, you’ll get enough vitamin D to see you through to spring.
You won’t be bored, with Brisbane heaving with inner-city adventures, plenty of which are outdoors – hike your way through Mount Coot-tha’s walking tracks, abseil down Kangaroo Point, or kayak the iconic Brisbane River. If you have a car, venture a little further and explore the Scenic Rim and the Granite Belt, only a couple of hours away from the River City and well worth the road trip. Read on for some of our favourite winter activities in and around Brisbane this year.
The Brisbane River is undoubtedly an icon, and winter is the best time to make the most of its many water activities. Get aboard one of the City Cats that skim its length; from the leafy university suburb of St Lucia to the point where it changes colour as it prepares to spill out into Moreton Bay at Hamilton. Or, to see it at a slower pace, take a 90-minute small group guided paddle in an illuminated kayak down the river, past the city skyscrapers and under colourfully lit bridges before returning to solid ground for a hot chocolate or glass of red. For a different perspective with city, bayside and mountain views, join a guided climb up the curved metal girders of the Story Bridge, one of just three major bridges in the world you’re allowed to climb.
Have a whale of a time
Winter is peak whale-watching season as southern humpbacks migrate to and from Antarctica, stopping to spend time in the warm, clear waters of Moreton Bay. Wildlife lovers can take a whale watching cruise from Redcliffe jetty to see these curious gentle giants fluke, spyhop and tail slap, often just metres from the boat.
This is the ideal time of year to pitch a tent in the wilderness and camp your way along the coastline, or through the 1000 National Park forests and other protected areas tucked within the state’s borders. These foliage-friendly havens come scattered with walking tracks which demand to be hiked (especially while the weather’s cool enough for a slightly less arduous walk) – just don’t forget your hiking boots.
Road trips to rave about
Just one hour from Brisbane, choose from a range of experiences from long table lunches to camels and cows being milked, feed sheep, goats, pigs and chickens; and taste lots of delicious fresh, local produce. If that sounds appetising, you might also be interested in the Winter Harvest Festival, Eat Local Week’s signature event held at Aratula on July 2. Head a little further out still, and get a taste of the Granite Belt, Queensland’s premier wine region (yes, there is such a thing!). With much cooler temperatures than in Brisbane, it’s an opportunity to pack your favourite winter woollies and get cosy by the fire at one of the many beautiful wineries and cellar doors the region has to offer.
For those looking for the perfect base to explore all that Brisbane and its surroundings has to offer this winter, Atrio Apartments is your best choice. For accommodation and booking enquiries, feel free to contact our friendly team on (07) 3177 3339 today or visit our website for more information.