A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
Published April 23rd 2014
Fight the Chill in Brisbane
Brisbane's winter is relatively mild compared to some other parts of the country but with the farewell of barbeques and swimming pool visits come the melancholy attached to the lack of sunshine. I always stick by the saying, "If you can't beat them, join them." Instead of wistfully waiting for the next summer to roll along, winter should be embraced wholeheartedly.
Although we don't have the positive associations of Christmas in winter like North American countries, winter can be a romantic, cosy time. There are several events held during winter in Brisbane to curb any boredom. We are fortunate to be able to get out and about in winter, just put on a jumper and check out some of the activities below:
1) Indoor cultural events at South Bank
If the weather is not good enough to spend outdoors, there are plenty of activities and attractions at the South Bank cultural precinct.
a) Attractions include the Queensland Museum with fascinating stories of cultural heritage and natural history with more than 10 engaging permanent exhibitions including a colossal whale and a Queensland dinosaur. They are currently running a Deep Oceans exhibition from 28 March to 6th October where you can journey deep below the Earth's surface to this dark and mysterious world where you can see a real specimen of a Giant Squid.
Photo credit: State Library of QLD
b) The State Library of Queensland is not just a place for university students to study. They are currently running an exhibition called "Our Dreaming" which showcases Queensland's vibrant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories as they are retold through animation, while sharing and bringing community stories to life. The exhibition runs until 9th of June 2014.
The Maritime Museum is a mecca for ship and boat enthusiasts. Their extensive collection includes the World War 2 vessel HMAS Diamantina which is berthed in the dry dock and forms the centrepiece of the museum. There are also exhibits of shipping, boating, lighthouses, wrecks and maritime adventure.
Nothing gets rid of the winter blues quicker than getting dressed up and enjoying the races. A day full of fashion, celebrities and the chance to win some money, the event is held between the 10th of May to 7th of June. General admission starts from $20 depending on the event you are wanting to attend. Events include the BTC cup on the 10th of May, the Doomben cup on the 17th of May, the Doomben 1000 on the 24th of May, AAMI Stradbroke Day on the 7th of June and QLD Oaks on the 31st of May to name a few. In addition to racing, entertainment and activities will be offered.
3) Winter Wonderland 2014
Celebrating its 23rd year, this doll, bear and collectables show is perfect for the young and the young at heart. The event is held on Queen's birthday weekend on Saturday the 7th of June and Sunday the 8th of June, dress up to this year's theme of Alice in Wonderland. Located at the Table Tennis Centre, 86 Green Terrace Windsor, Brisbane, come along and stare at the multiple trading tables with everything doll and bear lovers desire including free lectures and free doll and bear valuations. Buy all your materials for your projects and come along to see the competition entries and prize winners. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $3 for children under 12.