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What's on in Brisbane this weekend
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What’s on in Brisbane this weekend

Whether you want to dance to ABBA, throw back a few frothy ones or go adventuring to nearby islands, you will surely be satisfied with Brisbane's calendar of events this weekend. Not sure what to do yet? Read on for a few ideas ... more

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Ancient animals and funky flora – five weird and wonderful reasons to visit Roma Street Parkland
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Ancient animals and funky flora – five weird and wonderful reasons to visit Roma Street Parkland

Spring has sprung and the best place to take advantage of warmer weather, beautiful blooms and the season's huge calendar of events is none other than Brisbane's sub-tropical oasis, Roma Street Parkland. Nestled in the heart of Brisbane City, Roma Street Parkland has been offering botanical delights, rolling green hills, perfect picnic spots and so much more for nearly 20 years. You may think you've seen it all, but we have discovered some interesting (and a little bit quirky) facts that you probably didn't know about this iconic Brisbane landmark. Be on the lookout the next time you visit! more

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Mega sales, pop-up cocktail bars and free ice-cream – Pacific Fair's Summer Fashion Weekend is back!
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Mega sales, pop-up cocktail bars and free ice-cream – Pacific Fair’s Summer Fashion Weekend is back!

Summer is right around the corner and we're going to safely assume that all of you are very ready for sun-kissed days, salty swims, long lunches and balmy nights with a spritz in hand – but, is your wardrobe ready? While the early part of 2020 didn't exactly warrant a clothing overhaul (apart from cute tracksuits and loungewear), it's time to embrace the sun-soaked months ahead and inject some new-season goodness into your wardrobe. You can thank the fashion gods because, as fate would have it, Pacific Fair's annual Summer Fashion Weekend is returning to help you do just that! more

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Florals, flavours and furry-friend outings – our top five things to check out at Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
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Florals, flavours and furry-friend outings – our top five things to check out at Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

The longest-running floral event of its kind in Australia and the premiere celebration of all things spring – Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers continues to bloom in its 71st year. Picture-perfect flora, plenty of family-friendly fun and local foodie adventures are all on offer over the course of the entertainment-filled festival from September 18–27. So you know what events to make the roadtrip for (there are more than 30 of them!), we have curated our top five picks of (horti)cultural adventures to get around – from dog-friendly activities and street-art walking tours to grand floral parades and Ferris-wheel rides. Read on to discover what to add to your calendar ... more

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Lagers, live tunes and finger-licking eats – Crafted Beer & Cider Festival returns to the Gold Coast
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Lagers, live tunes and finger-licking eats – Crafted Beer & Cider Festival returns to the Gold Coast

UPDATE: Crafted Beer & Cider Festival 2020 has been postponed. A new date will be announced soon. Keep your eyes peeled on the Crafted Beer & Cider Festival website for further info. Set to put a spring in your step as we enter a new season, Crafted Beer & Cider Festival is returning to the Gold Coast on Saturday September 12 for another froth-filled day of fun. Never one to disappoint, this year’s festival will see 40 of the craftiest beer-istas pouring 200-plus brews, including limited-edition sips and festival exclusives alongside a jam-packed line-up of entertainment and eats. So what are you waiting for? Pick up your mates, roll out the ol' picnic blanket and enjoy an afternoon of top-notch nosh, live music and some beautiful brews by the beach. more

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Real snow, baby yoga and picturesque picnics – South Bank Parklands has transformed into a fun-filled winter wonderland
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Real snow, baby yoga and picturesque picnics – South Bank Parklands has transformed into a fun-filled winter wonderland

Panoramic city views, lots of space to play and some of Brisbane's best dining destinations – South Bank Parklands is Brisbane's haven for family-friendly fun. The riverfront locale is going all out this month, with more than a few entertaining events to keep you occupied. With a magical snow-covered playground, yoga for bubs and tantalising takeaway eats, South Bank Parklands is the picture-perfect place to spend some quality time with family and friends this winter. more

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Get lost in this mind-boggling maze near Stanthorpe
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Get lost in this mind-boggling maze near Stanthorpe

Lots of wine, the chance of snow and picturesque landscapes – the Granite Belt region is the perfect winter weekend getaway. Well, eager travellers, we've discovered another reason to venture to the breathtaking country haven, and it's one that will have you getting a little lost (in a good way). Say hello to the Granite Belt Maze. more


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Picture-perfect suburbia – get snapping for your chance to win big with the Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards
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Picture-perfect suburbia – get snapping for your chance to win big with the Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards

Do you have some stellar snap-taking skills? Maybe you've got some hidden gems in your camera roll? Well, now is the time to let your photography skills shine, as Brisbane City Council is calling on locals to get snapping for the annual Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards. This year's awards shine a spotlight on Brisbane’s suburban character and are a prime opportunity for locals to practise photography, plus to showcase new and established talent. The best part? The competition has up to $14,000 in cash prizes up for grabs. Sounds picture perfect to us. more

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Great Scott! Here's how to see all five planets at once tomorrow morning
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Great Scott! Here’s how to see all five planets at once tomorrow morning

Astronomy-lovers will wake up to a celestial treat in the early hours of tomorrow – Friday July 17 – when the sky puts on a spectacular light show featuring the Moon and five planets all visible to the naked eye at one time. If you're okay with getting up super-duper early (trust us, it'll be worth it) then read on to find out how to spot all five bright planets in the sky at one time ... more

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Beauty is in the eye of the bee-holder – the West End hub teaching you how to attract bees to your garden
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Beauty is in the eye of the bee-holder – the West End hub teaching you how to attract bees to your garden

We all know the importance of bees and their role of preserving the ecological balance – bees basically run the world, or keep it going at least. To continue its World Bee Day celebrations and to lend a helping hand to these honey-making superheroes, West Village continues to add an exciting selection of activities and information to its Village Bees online hub dedicated to all things bees, butterflies and nature. If you want to help out our pollinating mates and the ecosystem they protect (both especially suffering due to the bushfires that occurred earlier this year), then one way you can do this is to invite them into your garden. It takes a village – or West Village to be specific – to learn how to attract these crazy critters to your backyard and the West End hub has got gardener (and certified green thumb) Amelia Valenti on its side, ready to take you under her wing and teach… more

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Love you, Brisbane – how to support local post-iso (and score all of the perks)
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Love you, Brisbane – how to support local post-iso (and score all of the perks)

We haven't been able to wine, dine, shop, gather with mates and experience our city the way we usually love, with our favourite places forced to temporarily close their doors earlier this year. Thankfully, things are well on their way back to a sense of normality – meaning our beloved Brisbane City is in action once again. The City’s restaurants, bars, shops and destinations that we’ve missed so much are back in business and ready to help us make up for lost time – they’re even offering some pretty amazing deals to welcome us back. So if you're itching to get out as much as we are, we’ve thrown together a little itinerary to help you support local businesses and fall in love – all over again – with Brisbane City. more

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A beautiful bee installation featuring some crazy critters is flying into West Village
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A beautiful bee installation featuring some crazy critters is flying into West Village

Following West Village's month-long celebrations featuring an un-bee-lievable selection of free online activities to commemorate World Bee Day, the little creatures are making yet another appearance in the form of a very special installation from the creative minds behind Dead Puppet Society. Flying into West Village later this month, The Hive Mind will see a giant kinetic bee sculpture plus some more crazy critters take over the West End retail and residential hub. Sound cool? You'll be able to set your pretty peepers on this larger-than-life artwork sooner than you think ... more

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Parlez-vous français? Learn the language of love with Alliance Française's online classes
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Parlez-vous français? Learn the language of love with Alliance Française’s online classes

Life in quarantine has led many of us to seek out new hobbies and learn new skills – from monkeying around with banana bread (hopefully not the burnt kind) and finding new muscles during at-home yoga classes. Alongside self-isolation baking and bootleg sweat sessions, intellectual endeavours – such as learning a new language – has also proved popular among the masses. With so many foreign tongues to choose from, one that continues to challenge new learners is the language of love aka French. Whether you're planning to visit the Eiffel Tower once travel restrictions have eased, want to add a new skill to your resume or even learn as a party trick to show off to your friends – grasping the beautiful language of France has just been made easier with Alliance Française's online classes. Perfect for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners no matter what age, these online… more

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Take a virtual trip through our land down under – Tourism Australia presents Live from Aus
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Take a virtual trip through our land down under – Tourism Australia presents Live from Aus

Travelling is a bit of a sore spot right now – overseas trips are currently a no-go and even interstate travel is still banned – but that won't stop us from planning our next holiday. Set to inspire some serious domestic wanderlust, Tourism Australia has curated an entire weekend – aptly named Live from Aus – of exclusive access to some of the most awe-inspiring travel experiences Australia has to offer. So tune in from Saturday May 16 to Sunday May 17 to enjoy some dead-set amazing travel content – think iconic Aussie landmarks, award-winning restaurants, cuddly koalas and workouts with Chris Hemsworth's trainers. more

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West Village is buzzing with online activities to celebrate World Bee Day
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West Village is buzzing with online activities to celebrate World Bee Day

Whether it's the humble European honey bee, the hard-working Australian native bee or their other high-flying friends – bees are extremely vital for the preservation of our fragile ecosystem. In recognition of the importance of bees and their role in keeping our planet healthy, our favourite little honey-makers and super-important pollinators have a national day of recognition – World Bee Day. This year's World Bee Day falls on Wednesday May 20 and to celebrate, West Village has created an online hub dedicated to all things bees, butterflies and nature. Flying onto West Village's website from May 1–31, Village Bees is a month-long celebration featuring an un-bee-lievable selection of free online activities. From live tours inside a bee hive to honey-filled recipe tutorials, bee-friendly gardening tips and kids craft activities – West Village's calendar is buzzing with plenty of… more

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Starry, starry night – a trail of Halley’s Comet will sizzle across Brisbane’s night sky early tomorrow morning
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Starry, starry night – a trail of Halley’s Comet will sizzle across Brisbane’s night sky early tomorrow morning

While most of us are still self-isolating at home wondering what day it is and what we are going to do next, one thing is certain – this quarantine period has gifted us with an abundance of celestial treats. April dazzled us with early morning meteor showers and a (albeit anticlimactic) super moon, and now May is set to step up to the plate with another sparkly astronomical event. In the wee hours of Wednesday May 6, ancient debris from Halley’s Comet will sear across Brisbane’s night sky, in a meteor shower set to thrill Southern Hemisphere stargazers. more

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The round-up: quiz the night away with these top-notch virtual trivia sessions
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The round-up: quiz the night away with these top-notch virtual trivia sessions

With our usual go-to spots to grab a cold one and partake in a round of pub trivia now temporarily closed, our favourite watering holes have passed the baton onto virtual trivia – your new quiz-time obsession. A good way to test your brain, catch up with mates and really, a way to pass the time, virtual trivia is fast becoming a favourite quarantine activity for the self isolated folk (which is all of us). So gather up your quick-thinking crew and have a go at one of the below virtual trivia sessions. Buzzers at the ready! more

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Commemorate Anzac Day with a virtual trip to Anzac Square Memorial Galleries
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Commemorate Anzac Day with a virtual trip to Anzac Square Memorial Galleries

This Anzac Day will look very different to previous years. Typically crowded dawn services have been cancelled due to coronavirus lockdowns, morning marches have been canned too and unfortunately, our veterans won't be able to swap stories over a cold one at their local RSL. However, communities still find a way to come together during tough times and, this year, early risers will commemorate our veterans with driveway dawn services, The Last Post played in lounge rooms and virtual commemorations. Since we will be stuck at home this Anzac Day, State Library of Queensland is encouraging the community to use this newfound spare time to jump on to Anzac Square Memorial Galleries online. more