In Queensland, storms can be formed by winds from the Dividing Range mingling with coastal winds. This takes place over the course of the day, which is why our summer storms often occur in the afternoon.
While that explains why a steamy summer day can turn suddenly cold and wet, it doesn't explain the creeping sensation of watching bloated green-grey clouds cover the sky, nor the not-quite-there feeling you get sitting inside a house, rain beating down on the roof, while a sheet of water covers everything outside your window.
Every summer comes those few weeks where the sunset smears pink, orange and gold across the sky. Though it's been painted and photographed to the point of cliche, seeing it in person can make even the most seasoned Queenslander's breath catch in their throat.
By Talisen - Cricket at Night, CC BY 2.0,https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1471593
For a flowering shrub not native to Australia, jacarandas have become a cherished Brisbane icon. Every September we delight in the explosion of purple that occurs almost overnight on otherwise colourless streets. But jacaranda season is more than just an aesthetics display; jacaranda season lets us know that winter is over and gorgeous spring weather is just around the corner.
Roy Chambers lists his top jacaranda season spots here.
The Mud Army
The 2010/11 Queensland floods devastated south-east Queensland. Lives were lost and houses destroyed. But when the rains stopped, a mass of volunteers took to the streets with boots and brooms to help traumatised victims with the clean up.
How strange the Australian bush must have seemed to the first settlers, so used to crowded cities and rolling green countryside. Even for those of us who grew up here, the bush still holds an otherworldly charm. One of the best things about living in Brisbane is that there's always a beautiful bush trail nearby, no matter where you live. Check out our recommendations here.
State of Origin
Nothing else matters
Melbourne has a multi-million dollar horse race that attracts high class guests from all around the world. We have... a football game.
For better or worse, State of Origin brings out a fierce tribalism in even the most ambivalent football fan. Things aren't black and white during State of Origin season - they're maroon and blue. For just over a month, relationships are strained and loyalties are tested. But the roar of the crowd when your team is winning is a pretty special thing to be a part of.
Getting a forward-facing seat on a peak hour commuter train
Sometimes, the stars align.
What makes Brisbane magical for you? Let us know in the comments section below.