50 (more) things to do this summer
Summer comes and goes faster faster than Usain Bolt, so if you want to make the most of it, you’ve got to have an action plan.
If you’ve already ticked all of these off your list, here are 50 more things to do to help you get the most out of those long days and balmy nights. Ready, set, go!
1. If you went to Eat Street Markets 10 times you wouldn’t even come close to trying half of the food, so get thee to Hamilton in Brisbane any Friday, Saturday or Sunday. And make sure you get a Kronut.
2. Swim with giant manta rays at the Bommie Dive Site off North Stradbroke Island. They’re like Batman, but underwater.
3. “It’s the most fun you can have in a dark room with strangers”… apparently. The Brisbane Underground Film Festival (BUFF), on 8-10 January, is bound to make you cringe, laugh and generally freak you out.
4. Grab a big bottle of water and venture through the natural beauty of Noosa National Park, stopping for swims along the way.
5. Get trekking on the Queen Mary Falls circuit. It’s a short walk and the 40-metre falls are too good a prize for such a small effort.
6. Take a break from the sun and bring the day spa to you… and pick your favourite flavour? Ripple Massage offers dial-in chocolate, coffee and honey massages in Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast. Dig in!
7. The new Tailspin ride at Dreamworld lets you control the tricks you do in the air. Imagine: Sitting 22 metres above the ground and YOU are in control. Sounds terrifying.
8. “You gotta fight for your right to party!”. Rockhampton does that and then some. On December 27, get to Oxford Street and get boombastic.
9. Splash out on a stay at One Oceanview in Airlie Beach – it’s ridiculous. The views will make you want to throw away your phone, laptop, car keys and job just to stay another day. Actually, might want to keep the job. This is luxury with a capital L.
10. If you needed another reason to go to Heron Island (you probably don’t), they now have a semi-submersible to show you everything under the sea.
11. Head to the new rooftop bar at The Tryp Hotel in Brisbane. It’s got some crazy art that comes in the form of cocktails.
12. Want to spend three days off the coast of Fraser Island fishing on a luxury catamaran? Let’s do it!
14. Four days spent hiking between glamping at Spicers Canopy and living it up at Spicers Peak Lodge in Southern Queensland Country… sounds like a death march. Yeah, sure.
15. Spend the night camping under the stars on top of The Great Barrier Reef. Cruise Whitsundays solved the pesky problem of leaving the reef behind by letting you spend the night.
16. Kayaking to Currumbin Valley from Palm Beach on the Gold Coast is like driving the scenic road but you have a paddle in your hand instead of a wheel.
17. Chill out with a natural shower under Wallaman Falls. It’s the tallest permanent single drop waterfall in Australia, and it’s only an hour from Ingham.
18. Barefoot Tours in Cairns will take you swimming through volcanic craters, under waterfalls and down natural waterslides. It’s probably the coolest way to stay cool.
19. Fly around with jets of water shooting out of your feet, just like Ironman but without the goatee. Flyboard Cairns has you covered so you can beat the heat and gravity at the same time.
20. Grab a rod, head out past the breakers and see what real fishing is at Seventeen Seventy. Then watch the sunset, grab a drink and pat yourself on the back for making good decisions.
21. Release your Aussie pride on January 20 when Australia takes on the poms at ‘The Gabba’. Whatever plans you had, cancel them and do this instead.
22. Want to get on the back of a 1.5 tonne bull named ‘Game On’? No? Well, the cowboys at the Gold Coast leg of the Silver Spur Bullride Rodeo Series do that and then some. On December 14, come cheer them on from the stands. It’s safer there.
23. Get out in the surf by any means necessary. Surf Connect Watersports in Sandgate have it all, from windsurfing to kitesurfing and great dudes and dudettes to teach you how.
24. If you like markets, the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets are the place to be, with live music, hundreds of stalls and of course, the beach.
25. Stroll along The Strand – Townsville’s answer to “What are we going to do today?”. Skydivers even land on the beach here, so it’s pretty boss.
26. Enjoy the view from the 77th floor of Q1 at Skypoint on the Gold Coast. That’s a high enough number for most, but crazy people open a door and climb even higher on THE OUTSIDE OF THE BUILDING.
27. Bring out your inner art critic while GOMA in Brisbane is showing Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion. The future isn’t forever though; it ends February 15. Unless you have a flux capacitor, then don’t worry about it.
28. Spend the day at the ICC Cricket World Cup in Brisbane on February 21 when Australia hosts Bangladesh. This event hasn’t been in Australia since 1992 so it’s kind of a big deal.
29. Treat yourself like royalty. (Actually, royalty don’t have it this good.) One&Only Hayman Island gives you the option to have a massage IN THE OCEAN.
30. Break open the bubbly on a sunset cruise in Hervey Bay. You might get lucky and have a ‘cheers’ with a dolphin. We hear they drink like fish!
31. Swing by Yeppoon for the Great Australia Day Beach Party. Bring the sunscreen and a hat because this party lasts more than 10 hours. Epic.
32. Laugh like a lunatic at The Brisbane Powerhouse. There’s a crazy event on called Wonderland. Comedians, plays, carny folk and street performers are everywhere and tickets go fast so hurry, it ends December 14.
33. Indulge your tastebuds at the Granite Belt Brewery in Stanthorpe. They’re offering a mini-degustation until December 30. That’s right, a four-course meal INSIDE a brewery with matching craft beers. Heaven.
34. Cross a ‘big’ thing off your list. Bowen has The Big Mango and it just so happens to serve up yummy sorbet.
35. Put your feet in the air and float down Eli Creek on Fraser Island on an inflatable tube. The water is so clear it will put your contact lenses to shame.
36. Swim like a fish at the Noosa Summer Swim competition. It’s not a bad spot for a swim, but it’s even better when you can win some money.
37. Cheer on the Socceroos at the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. It’s going to be massive, so get to Brisbane in January and be a part of the fastest growing sport in the country.
38. Watch a movie outside, at night, in New Farm Park in Brisbane. It’s much more hip than those inside cinemas.
39. Grab your smartphone and work your way through this Instagram photo bucket list.
40. Break out like Bear Grylls and get ready for some epic camping on Lady Musgrave Island. But seriously, there are no shops or anything so be prepared or you might have to fight the birds for food.
41. Take your burger eating to the next level at Badger and Brown’s Burgerie in Hervey Bay. They have a Chuck Norris burger waiting to roundhouse kick your mouth.
42. Spend seven days kayaking around the Jurassic landscape of Hinchinbrook Island. Don’t worry, there aren’t any real dinosaurs… that we know of.
43. Put a patch on one eye, a parrot on your shoulder and sail around Magnetic Island in a 1800s-style tallship named Providence V. Yarr!
44. Head to Reef HQ’s turtle hospital in Townsville where you can be Dr House but with shells and flippers instead of hands and feet.
45. Groove your way around Queensland’s best road trips. They’re like house parties except every time the music stops, you’re in a new place.
46. The Hell of the West sounds fun, right? On February 1, pull on your lycra and sweat through 38-degree heat while you swim, cycle and run, or just cheer from the sidelines.
47. Play out your high-roller fantasies with a helicopter, a secluded beach on the Great Barrier Reef and a picnic. Yes it’s real, and it’s spectacular.
49. Piglet racing is back by popular demand at the Carnival by the Sea in Mooloolaba. Oh, and they have rides and a sideshow alley but we know you’re going for the piglet racing.
50. Grab your tongs and spatula and be an Aussie hero by barbecuing this delicious recipe from Matt Moran. Scrum-diddly-umptious.