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Known for its Milton mangoes, avos and summer lightning storms, Brisbane is the type of city that’s big enough to keep you entertained, but small enough that you’ll probably run into at least one Broncos player wherever you go.
So, if you assumed that Brissy peaked during Expo ‘88, prepare to be blown away; we’ve put together five awesome activities that you can do for under $150.
The best bit? They’re all good for your health.
Did you know that listening to music releases dopamine – aka ‘the happy hormone’? Get your fix with City Sounds, the country’s largest free live music program which brings together a both local and touring musos for live performances around Brisbane’s CBD. With more than 20 venues participating in the program, City Sounds offers something for every musical taste – from alternative to jazz, and folk to electronic.
Cost: Tickets are $10 per person
So, it turns out cinematherapy is a thing. Cinematherapy allows someone to use the storyline of the movie to better understand themselves and their own life. Whether the movie deals with prejudice, aspiration, trauma or addiction, the themes that are presented can open up our eyes to new ways of thinking and feeling. At the Limes Hotel’s rooftop bar, you can engage in some cinematherapy while enjoying the view. The hotel screens classic films like Dumb & Dumber and 10 Thing I Hate About You every Wednesday night.
Cost: Entry is free, but it’s highly unlikely you’ll leave without spending a few tenners.
Take advantage of the warmer temperatures up north and shop under the stars with the Brisbane Twilight Markets. Held every few months at King George Square, the markets bring together local artists, designers and providores for a night of food, fashion and homewares. Not only will you be increasing your daily step count as you meander past the stalls, but research has found that engaging with creative activities can reduce stress and depression – so be sure to pick up a paintbrush while you’re there! The next market is being held on 1 December 2017.
Cost: From $99 (for a midweek climb)
For the best view in the city, you can’t beat the Story Bridge Adventure Climb. On the two-hour journey, you’ll learn about the history of Brissy from one of the experienced guides. Does the thought of climbing 80 metres above sea level give you butterflies? The adrenalin you get as you scale great heights can have some serious health benefits. Cell published a study00715-4) suggesting that mildly increased levels of stress hormones may slow down the growth of cancerous tumours.
Cost: varies, depending on the event
Did you know that attending live theatre can enhance your knowledge, tolerance and empathy? So why not better yourself and head to one of the city’s most iconic structures, the Powerhouse?
The Powerhouse was built as a pre-war industrial power station and has since been transformed into an arts centre. The venue is host to exhibitions, shows and festivals and has something to offer every taste – from comedy to cabaret and writing seminars to art collections.