- South Bank’s Christmas Markets
- Scuba Diving at Tangalooma Wrecks
- Sunday Jazz Lunch Cruise
- Queensland Ballet presents the Nutcracker
From the urban appeal of art galleries, lush parklands, golden beaches to award-winning dining, Brisbane is a place of endless discovery. And for Christmas this year, there is no better place to be.
There is an abundance of choice when it comes to finding the perfect hotel to suit your needs this festive season. Located on the fringe of the CBD is Econo Lodge City Star Brisbane. At the northern tip, close to the Brisbane River are Quality Hotel Airport International, Quality Inn Airport Heritage, Comfort Inn Airport Admirality, Comfort Inn & Suites Northgate Airport and the new Ascend Hotel Collection Member, The Kingsford. Just south of the CBD is Comfort Inn & Suites Robertson Gardens.
There is plenty of family fun to be had during Christmas time in Brisbane and many Brisbane attractions for everyone to enjoy! The Brisbane City Christmas Tree is always a hit with the kids. Towering at a massive 20 metres high and featuring a sophisticated solar powered lighting system with 16,000 bulbs this is a photo moment not to be missed. Experience the wonder of South Bank’s Christmas Markets, situated along the cobbled streets of Stanley Street Plaza. This annual favourite sees South Bank come alive as stallholders sell Christmas themed products such as ginger bread houses, home wares and jewellery. Live carol concerts, festive film screenings, children’s entertainment, local musicians and firework displays will also keep the festive spirit strong. To top it off, the Myer Christmas Parade & Pantomime is a site to see this Christmas. Featuring more than 200 talented performers and beautiful giant inflatable decorations, this is enjoyed by the kids and ‘kids at heart’ too.
No trip to Brisbane is complete without a dip in the ocean. For the more adventurous types, Tangalooma is the perfect day trip destination. Sitting to the west of Moreton Island, Tangalooma is just 75 minutes from Brisbane by ferry. It is known and loved for its wild dolphin feeding program and the gorgeous dive site at Tangalooma Wrecks. For the less adventurous types, head to Streets Beach and enjoy the Christmas Cinema Series which will help you relive all your favourite Christmas movies whilst snuggling under the stars on a beach towel or from the beach’s pristine waters. For a quiet day on the river we recommend a trip on the Kookaburra River Queens for their weekly Sunday Jazz Lunch Cruise. Whilst on board, you will tap your shoes to live music, eat from a delicious seafood buffet and take in the sights of the beautiful Brisbane harbour.
For a unique experience like no other, you can’t pass up Ben Stevenson’s acclaimed production of The Nutcracker. Presented by Queensland Ballet, this magical Christmas tale brings fanciful characters to life through sparkling dance and stunning sets and costumes. For wine lovers and connoisseurs, the Somerset Valleys Wine Trail is the perfect festive treat. Set amongst gorgeous mountains and valleys and just 45km from Brisbane, the Somerset Valleys Wine Region has five cellar doors to visit and gives you a delicious award-winning taste of country hospitality.
It is nearly the most wonderful time of the year. Is Brisbane on your Christmas wish list?