We have grown up with an idea that summer means holidays, the best weather is during summer, it’s easier to take time off during summer, but it wasn’t until our recent trip to Europe in winter that we grew an appreciation for exploring during the colder months.

How does cheaper stays, more flexibility for upgrades, and well the best reason, next to no crowd’s sound? Still not convinced?

AccorHotels challenged us to put together the best things to do in winter, and we took on the challenge by showing you why visiting Brisbane, the heart of the sunshine state is a great option for a spontaneous trip in winter

What to do: Winter Activities in Brisbane

Attend the Yearly Regional Flavours

This free food and wine festival is held in South Bank every year. Over two days from 21-22 of July you can taste local foods, meet celebrity chefs and sample tasty treats.

Find some of Australia’s best cafe’s

Whether you are a local or international visitor, there is one thing you need to know, Australia is known for coffee and in Brisbane, the first thing you will want to do on a chilly winter’s day is find some of the city’s best cafe’s. You should know our saying by now…”the day doesn’t begin until the coffee is in”.

Stop 1: Billykart West End

If you are looking for a laid back start to your day but want a snack with your coffee, Billy kart West End has an amazing menu filled with great brunch options!

Address: 2-4 Edmondstone Street, West End

Stop 2: The Jam Pantry

I mean who doesn’t love all day breakfast that’s topped just about every best breakfast list in Brisbane? We love the concept of the flipping board where the team builds a menu around local produce and seasons and are changed each month.

Address: Shop 2, 575 Logan Road, Greenslopes, 07 3158 9570

Stop 3: Marchetti

If you woke up on the wrong side of the bed and need that double espresso shot straight from Italy, then Marchetti’s the small Italian cafe and wine bar is where your first stop should be.

Address: Tattersall’s Arcade, 202-210 Edward Street

Find a cosy bar

If coffee isn’t your thing and instead you’re interested in finding a nice warm cosy bar for your winter hideaway, look no further.

Stop 1: The Apo

This bar, located inside a heritage-listed medicine dispensary overlooking Bakery Land is the place to go for incredible cocktails with a side of heartwarming fried chicken and char-grilled lamb ribs.

Address: 690 Ann St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006


Stop 2: Bloodhound Corner Bar & Kitchen

Bloodhound is the perfect winter’s day bar! They have kept the building’s original interiors with exposed brick, high ceilings and fireplaces to keep you toasty and warm. Here they serve Latin-American share plates and local craft beers.

Address: 454 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

Stop 3: Brooklyn Standard

When you enter you feel like you have walked into a New York City speakeasy. With live music six nights a week specialising in jazz, funk and blues – this is the place to be if you enjoy whiskeys and classic cocktails.

Address: Eagle Ln, Brisbane City QLD 4000

Go Whale Watching

If you are looking for a unique experience, nothing beats watching the southern humpback whales migrate to and from Antarctica in the clear blue sea of Moreton Bay from June to October. Brisbane Whale Watching and Tangalooma Whale Watching Cruises offer tours in Moreton Bay Marine Park and guarantee a sighting!

Drink in an igloo

This unique winter pop up bar will only be available during your winter getaway to Brisbane. Rather than running away from the cold, the Arctic bar embraces it. Grab a few friends, head under the domes and watch the sunset with a cocktail in hand.

Night Noodle Markets

Each July in South Bank the very popular Night Noodle Markets are on for a nightly mid-winter food feast! You can grab food from more than 20 Asian food stalls including Black Star Pastry, Bao brothers and Hoy Pinoy.

Shop til you Drop!

If you are looking for an amazing spot to do some shopping, you need to check out Queen Street Mall. This open-air mall has your big-name brands like Zara and H&M plus luxury brands like Louis Vuitton and Chanel.

Rug up and go to a night market

If your winter getaway falls on the weekend, make sure you head to the weekend Eat Street Markets that take place on Macarthur Avenue. Here you will find a mixture of Asian style street markets with the beautiful Hamilton Wharf as your backdrop. If you aren’t sure what to pick, well we are not sure if we can help as there are over 80 containers of places to pick from!


Where To Stay

Brisbane is a big city, and deciding where to stay can be overwhelming with so many different types of accommodation on offer. AccorHotels have 17 hotels in and around Brisbane, so to make it easier for you we have made a simple list of the best spots to stay to suit every budget.

$$$ – Luxury Getaway

The Sofitel Brisbane is for those who want French luxury merged with some of Australia’s finest local cuisine. Walking distance from the city center, Sofitel Brisbane Central has a fitness centre, heated pool and spa to enjoy during the wintery weather and luxury rooms right up to junior suites.

$$ – Mid Scale Traveller

Novotel Brisbane South Bank is a brand new hotel with a sleek design situated close to South Bank Parklands, Queensland Performing Arts Center, world class dining, shopping and must see Landmarks. And the best-selling point is the heated outdoor pool to enjoy in the winter months!

$ – Budget aware

Ibis Brisbane is an economy hotel with an incredibly convenient location. You’re only a quick walk away from the CBD, shopping district and the Brisbane casino – a superb location which provides the ideal base for exploring the best of Brisbane.

Do you have any winter getaway plans?

A big thank you to AccorHotels for supporting Flying the Nest and sponsoring this post.