Let's face it, Brisbane can be a little bit boring sometimes. But if you are game there are quite a few fun activities you can do in Brisbane. Let's look at 5 great fun activities you can do in Brisbane that have a unique Brisbane flavour.
Photo courtesy of Brisbane City Council
All these activities have been selected because they don't require any great level of physical fitness, and not too expensive and are great fun.
Take a green cab
Why walk around the city centre when you can turn up on a pedal rickshaw. And why just turn up on a pedal rickshaw when you can arrive on a pedal rickshaw with the music blaring and your friends in tow.
You can find them at South Bank's ferris wheel during the day and around South Bank and at spots around the city at night. Remember each Green Cab has a built in sound system. Choose the song you want and turn up somewhere in a way that is bound to turn heads.
It is hard to ride Segway and also look cool, but it is also impossible to ride one without having fun. With 45 minute tours from Kangaroo Segway Tours starting at $49, there is no better way to cruise around South Bank during the day or night. It is also an opportunity to learn to ride a Segway. Riverlife Segway tours are a little more expensive but start closer to where the action and views are at Kangaroo Point.
Segways are not hard to learn how to ride and control. Tours will include 15 to 20 minutes of instruction before you take off. Segways trail at a maximum of 22 km an hour, though on most tours you will want to go a little slower to enjoy the sites.
Brisbane's City Hall clearly shows the aspirations that Queensland has, and the clock tower was for many years the tallest building in Brisbane. This tower has the largest clocks of any tower in Australia.
Photo courtesy of John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland
Visiting the clock tower is easy and free. The tower is open for 10 am to 5 pm seven days a week. There are limits on how many people can visit the tower at once, so you need to obtain a ticket in person when you go to visit. Normally this means a 30 minute wait, but on busy days, such as school holidays, it can be longer.
However the wait is not a problem as you can also visit the wonderful Museum of Brisbane and walk around the City Hall. Don't forget there are two cafes in City Hall itself where you can relax and enjoy coffee and cake while you wait.
From the clock tower you have fantastic views of the city as well as the workings of the clock itself. There is also the interesting experience of riding in a hand operated elevator, the oldest of its kind in Australia.
The favourite way for Brisbanites and visitors to Brisbane to experience the history of Brisbane is through ghost tours. The main popular ones are the city walking tour, Toowoong Cemetry and now Boggo Road Gaol. Don't forget there is also a coach tours for people who are not up to doing too much walking.
Photo courtesy of Ghost Tours
What makes ghost stories interesting is that you are experiencing the history through an emotional connection with the place and the stories, urban legends and myths associated with that location. These are stories of crime, murder, love, death and maybe a little witchcraft thrown in for flavour.
A ghost tour might sound cheesy and you would be right. But it is exactly what it is meant to be, something a little scary while being entertaining.
The main operator of ghost tours in Brisbane is Brisbane Ghost Tours. However the ghost tour to have on your bucket list is the St Helena Island ghost tour. This is after all the location of Brisbane's most notorious penal colony and the island is the site of numerous remains of buildings from that time.
The Brisbane City Council organises a large number of different free or cheap events all across Brisbane. The Active Parks Program is designed to provide group activities in Parks. But there are a large number of other activities and events as well.
Learning to Foxtrot courtesy of the Brisbane City Council
Some events include Bush Tucker, Dance classes, Canoeing, Dragon Boating, Lantern Making, Cooking Classes, Cycle Tours and much more. No matter what your age or interest there is bound to be something on that you and your family can join. So find an activity through the Brisbane City Council Website and either turn on up on the day or book through the website.