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Published November 21st 2016
Cure the Usual Ills with a Dose of the Unusual
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Brisbane's entertainment precincts are prospering as passengers on touristy transports devour the delights of our city and sharing their pleasures with selfies and tweets. Be a brave Brisbanite and walk a different path. Enjoy these unusual outings, bound to captivate your friends as you introduce them to Brisbane's hidden delights.

Escape from Prison. Jailbreaks are usually discouraged unless your name is Clint Eastwood or Tim Robbins. In Dutton Park, make your own break for freedom from the notorious Boggo Road Gaol. For over a century, our most notorious felons, including a former Senate President, a wrestler, a surfer, our last bushranger and a boxing champion, have served time in the heritage-listed prison. Learn the secrets of escapologists on child-friendly tours inspired by the Houdini of Boggo Road.

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Paint a traffic box. As you wait for the red light to turn green, whip out your paintbrush and take your creative revenge. Brisbane City Council controls over 1000 of the metal boxes at traffic intersections throughout the city. Submit your application to paint a box with a design that will last up to 4 years. Children can also submit a design that could win the Artforce annual award. The program's success has led to a trial to paint our electricity network transformer boxes too.

Study a shipwreck. When Brittania ruled the waves in the 19th century, the HMQS Gayundah (Aboriginal for lightning) was commissioned to defend Queenslanders from seafaring invaders. Serving as a training ship, coal transport and wartime patrol ship against the Germans in WW1, it encountered illegal Dutch fishers and endured a mutiny. The haunting hull lies at Woody Point near Redcliffe.

Get Buzzed in a Bunker. During World War 2, Aussies built bomb shelters as refuge from air strikes and kamikaze pilots. Try a chocolaty treat or sip a custom coffee at Bunker, the shelter now covered in green ivy. The baristas behind the bar on Railway Terrace, Milton, use organic ingredients, local beans and serve iced treats too.

Test your Patience. Slow down for science to watch the world's longest running experiment. In 1927, a professor shoved a chunk of tar, used to waterproof ships, into a glass funnel. At room temperature, it seems quite solid but the black pitch is actually viscous. Since then, 9 drops of pitch have fallen to the ground. While the professor missed his chance, you can watch the slowest drip in science in the foyer of the School of Mathematics and Physics at The University of Queensland.

Relax with a Reindeer. Get into Santa's good books and feed the deer at Lyell Deer Sanctuary. The animals are varied, with cuddly red deer and strong stags with magnificent antlers. Within the 7 acres of natural surroundings at Mt. Samson, it's a magical experience, just in time for Christmas.

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Sail on the River. It's not unusual to board a ferry or cruise ship to look longingly at the city's riverside mansions. Take hold of the oars and pilot a kayak instead. Paddle through the city's creeks and rivers, entering secluded coves and building sand castles on secret beaches beyond the reach of hikers and cyclists.

Park and Watch. If the giant footprint of your 4K television has pushed you out of your lounge room, go back in time to Brisbane's last original drive-in cinema. Recline your seat and stock up on snacks or unpack a beanbag and set up a picnic to enjoy the latest blockbusters under our starry skies.

Go Vege with Govindas. Govindas has spread love with vegetables for decades. In Brisbane, they serve a delicious spread of vegetarian dishes, including Fragrant Jasmine Rice, mixed vegetable curry, Split mung dahl (Lentil soup) , Koftas (Savoury vegetable puffs), Fresh tomato and herb chutney, Pappadams (Lentil tortillas), Halava (Semolina fruit pudding) with custard and home made ginger & mint lemonade. Hungry yet? Visit them at Vulture St on the West End or George Street in the City.

Search for Street Art. In 2014, while our Prime Minister was shirt-fronting Vladimir Putin at the G20, the underpass in South Brissie was transformed with 7-metre tall murals designed by some of our best local artists. The world leaders have left town but the breathtaking art remains. Experience the striking scenes at the pillars along Merivale Street.

What's been your most unusual (and enjoyable) experience in Brisbane? Please let us know with a comment.
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Great list, Barry - I never ever knew there was a deer sanctuary - will have to check it out sometime!
by Elaine (score: 3|3850) 235 days ago
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