Calling all night owls – enjoy Brisbane after dark with these twilight activities
Whether you love hanging out under the stars, dinner dates are your favourite activity or you moonlight as a vampire (hey, who are we to judge?), Brisbane offers plenty to do after the sun sets. If you’re looking to witness how the city sparkles after dark (that’s not from the inside of a bar), we have done the hard yards for you and rounded up some super-fun nighttime activities – from jam-packed food markets to twilight kayaking tours.
Watch the sunset from the best vantage point in town
Once the sun disappears behind the hinterland, Brisbane takes on a whole new persona and one of the best places to witness this transformation is Mt Coot-tha Lookout. Set on a peak high above the city, the lookout serves up arguably the best views of Brisbane – and is a primo spot to watch the sun set and the city light up. Grab your best pal and a sip from The Summit Cafe, then take in the spectacle of the city lights and starlit skies. Did we mention this is a great date-night idea? You’re welcome.
Eat your weight in flavoursome fare at Eat Street Northshore
TGIF takes on a whole new meaning at Eat Street Northshore, Hamilton’s beloved night market is full to the brim with mouth-watering snacks and sips every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. Inspired by traditional Asian markets, Eat Street sees shipping containers reconfigured as mini bars and restaurants, offering a selection of dishes created by local chefs. From freshly grilled meats to local seafood and even ice-cream-infused cronut cones, every craving is covered at Eat Street. Trust us and save room for dessert.
Ride the river in style
What better way to spend the PM hours than with a river cruise? There are a few ways to hit the water without breaking the bank and one of our favourites is the good ol’ CityCat. If you’re hungry, you can get off at South Bank, Eagle Street or New Farm to fill your belly or take a rug and a basket of snacks to set up a night picnic at one of the city’s lush parks. You can also hop on a double-decker CityCat for a truly spectacular view of the night sky or jump aboard a free CityHopper (KittyCat) service, which runs between North Quay in Brisbane City and Sydney Street in New Farm every 25 minutes right up until midnight – talk about convenient!
Go paddling at twilight
Consider yourself a bit of an adventurer? Explore Brisbane at sunset on a guided canoe or kayak paddle session. You can expect to have a tranquil time gliding through the city’s waterways, where you’ll also come across wetlands, wildlife and some pretty great views of the Story Bridge. Plus, your arms will get a good workout too, so you won’t have to worry about skipping the gym again – whoops.
Score a hole-in-one under the stars
If you ask us, after work is the perfect time to let loose and get your game on! Those who love a good round of mini golf will be happy to hear that Herston fun palace Victoria Park is serving up cheap weeknight mini-golf deals. From Monday to Wednesday, you can enjoy discounted rates between 5:00-9:00 pm – how good! If the weather isn’t playing nice, hop over to Holey Moley in The Valley or The City for your indoor putting pleasure. Just remember, loser is buying drinks.
Get your late-night cultural kicks
Sure, the tried-and-true movie-and-dinner combo is always a reliable fallback for when you haven’t got evening plans, but sometimes it’s wise to mix things up. There’s no better place to spend a night being entertained than New Farm’s cultural icon Brisbane Powerhouse. Whether you want to immerse yourself in a glitter-soaked cabaret performance, bliss out to live tunes, have a good laugh at a comedy show or just perch by the river with a cocktail in hand at Bar Alto, the Powerhouse has you sorted with some after-dark fun.
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This article was written in partnership with our friends at Brisbane City Council. To discover more of Brisbane’s backyard pop over to the Brisbetter Days Out website.