Rain clouding the Brisbane forecast? Here’s 10 things to do
Ride out the deluge by arming yourself with this guide, rather than your umbrella, next time Brisbane skies turn grey.
Take to the stage
Swap your Netflix marathon for real drama at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC).
Their 2018/2019 lineup is a showbag for the senses, with everything from musicals and ballet to opera.
Dinner and a show isn’t just reserved for the cruise ship crowd, QPAC’s Lyrebird Restaurant has your pre-show meals sorted, so there’s no risk of missing curtain call because you were busy dining offsite.
Looking for a show with serious ROFL IRL factor? Book of Mormon is bringing Broadway to Brisbane in March 2019.
Make friends with the museum
Step through the history pages of Brisbane with a visit to the Museum of Brisbane.
Tucked inside City Hall, history isn’t just confined to the museum’s exhibitions but the walls of the 90-year-old building it sits within.
Just as memorable as the museum’s gift store – which stocks Brisbane’s upcoming artisans and designers – is the clock tower which begs for earplugs on the hour, every hour, when the bells ring.
In 2019 the museum goes behind the runway with The Designers Guide: Easton Pearson Archive, which will exhibit over 200 designs from this iconic Brisbane-duo. Consider it rainy day retail therapy (minus the price tag).
Sip on something crafty
Weather out the storm with your three new best friends – barley, hops and water – at one of Brisbane’s best craft beer breweries. Better yet, make it progressive.
Start at the founding father of craft beer in Brissie, Newstead Brewing Co, whose core range of six beers are always flowing from their taps. From there, it’s a short dash through the awnings of Teneriffe to Green Beacon Brewery to listen to the rain pitter patter on their warehouse roof.
Across town (incidentally in the shadow of the XXXX Brewery), Aether Brewing’s exotic blends are a far cry from your usual six-pack. Their Oatmeal Porter may have put them on the map but it’s their Event Horizon Stout that will have you taking an Uber home.
Get sweaty socially
Getting wet on a rainy day is no fun, but getting sweaty? Well, that’s another story.
Sweat Social brings together different fitness classes (e.g. Barre, Pilates, Functional Fitness) under one roof, for an afternoon of fitness and friends, with enough hair braids, activewear and kombucha to make the Instagram-ether go into meltdown.
You won’t find these events in the normal, stuffy confines of a gym. They’re held on enclosed hotel rooftops, inside clubs and trendy warehouses.
For other Brisbane activities, you never knew existed, check out this list.
Give GOMA a go
From international to Indigenous exhibitions, the calendar of acclaimed exhibitions coming only to Brisbane is proof GOMA is only getting better with age.
Don’t rule GOMA out as just for humans who know how to look but not touch, either. The free kids’ program (held every Tuesday) is designed to foster a love of art through storytelling, games and craft activities.
Been there, done that? Take your love for art on the road with this list of other exhibitions showing around Brisbane this year.
Kick it in the kitchen
Whether you’re a homegrown Heston Blumenthal or Deliveroo devotee, Brisbane’s cooking classes will whip you into (better) shape.
Swap your raincoat for an apron at James St Cooking School, whose menu of monthly classes will leave you salivating just from reading it. Their ‘Beer and BBQ’ class will prep you for when the sun comes out again, teaching you everything from Moroccan spiced fish with avocado and lime salsa to Mediterranean marinated centre-cut rump steak.
At The Golden Pig cooking school in nearby Newstead, it’s comfort food over calorie counting, where the cake decorating classes come with the best type of homework – take-home creations to eat.
Looking for more cooking classes in and around Brisbane? Take a look at this list.
Brush up on your art skills
Everyone knows painting gets better with a glass of something strong, just ask Vincent Van Gogh. So when a night out on the town will ruin your GHD hairstyle, duck inside one of Brisbane’s evening art classes for a drier drinking destination.
Cork and Chroma’s paint and sip studio in South Brisbane offers guided art classes where you BYO company and wine, and they supply the rest.
In Fortitude Valley, Brush and Barrel is a haven for groups of friends looking for something more than the usual pub trivia and karaoke.
Just as harem pants, Nike kicks and peplum tops have all had a revival, so too have gaming arcades with enough Mario Kart and Space Invaders to go around.
If you’re blessed with good fortune, try your luck at B. Lucky and Sons in Fortitude Valley. Shoot hoops like LeBron in their NBA game, or lace up your dancing shoes for ‘In the Groove.’
Netherworld in Fortitude Valley will transport you back in time with board games from the yonder years, which range from household names like Dominos to speciality ones like Castles of Mad King Ludwig, Forbidden Island, and Rock Paper Wizard.
For something a little more active, put the Ryder Cup to shame at Holey Moley Golf Club, where putt-putt meets party. Mini-golf is thirsty work, but you can tee off to the tune of cocktails with Holey Moley’s drinks menu.
Some people like to wrap themselves in a doona on a wet day, but we prefer to wrap ourselves in mud masks, towels and throw cucumbers over our eyes.
Give toxins the flick at Kindred Toxin Free Facials in Bulimba where all facials start with a guided meditation before the crystals and sage smudging sticks come out.
Their signature treatment “Glow” will leave you doing just that, after you’ve shed your skin with microdermabrasion and smothered yourself in products that smell more like smoothies than face creams.
Bring more mindfulness to your facial with a soak in their float tanks or infrared sauna to truly purge whatever negativity you walked in the door with.
Of course, if changing out of your ugg boots is all too much effort, Ripple Massage will come to you. Be warned – their mobile massage service reads a little like a dessert menu with chocolate and coffee massages.
For more day spas worth visiting, check out this guide.
If you’ve got cabin fever, shake it off at one of Brisbane’s best indoor playgrounds, Urban Extreme Ski and Adventure Park.
Fans of Ninja Warrior can test their skills at this epicentre of adventure, which provides access to laser tag, trampolines, ninja and parkour area and an inflatable play land.
Or, swap rain for snow sports and hit their slopes learning to ski or snowboard indoors.
If you’re new to wearing skis on your feet, you’ll be happy to know this facility accelerates learning eight times faster than the rate of learning on actual snow. You’ll be a pro before you know it.