No beach, huh? Ever heard of a little place called Streets Beach?
Jokes aside, Brisbane really does have surf beaches. You just need to drive half an hour south of the CDB, then jump on a ferry to get to them.
North Stradbroke Island, off the coast of Cleveland, is a large residential island with approximately half a dozen easily accessible surf beaches. With large swells and gentler bays, visitors to Straddy are spoiled for choice. Please note - only Cylinder Beach is patrolled.
While you're over there, check out the gorge walk for the chance to see turtles, dolphins and whales in the waters below. Afterwards, grab some gelato at Point Lookout or head down to the Beach Hotel for a cold beer with a stunning view.
When I was a young girl, I heard tell of a strange phenomenon, where frozen rain fell from the sky. Turns out, it wasn't another of my mother's walking-six-miles-barefoot-to-school stories.
While snow is practically an urban legend in Brisbane, Urban Extreme makes the impossible possible. While they are probably more well know for their rock climbing experiences, Urban Extreme is also the only place in Brisbane to offer snowsports.
Expert skiers and novices who have never seen snow will both enjoy Urban Extreme Snowsports, with public sessions and private lessons offered in skiing and snowboarding.
From the faux snowfields of inner-city Brisbane, we will now take a lazy gondola ride down the Brisbane River.
Golden Gondola meets at Newstead before launching passengers on a luxe lap of the river. While it's not exactly the canals of Venice, our Brisbane counterpart is a much more comfortable experience with waterproof enclosure and comfy cushions. Many of the cruises offer meals.
Golden Gondola Cruises are available at all times of the day and start at $98 for a basic, half-hour tour.
4. Feed dolphins
Move over, Monkey Mia! You can get up close and personal with everyone's favourite marine creature without having to fly across the country.
Moreton Island is approximately thirty minutes via ferry from Pinkenba but once you're there, the crystal clear waters and tropical beaches feel like you're in the middle of the Pacific.
The bays near Tangalooma Beach Resort are a favourite spot for dolphins and visitors can purchase a feeding experience. Please note - dolphin feeding is only available through this paid experience and is strictly discouraged otherwise. It's also illegal to touch the dolphins.
If you're a bit short of cash, you can still grab a spot at the jetty at sunset and watch these amazing creatures roll in for their daily feed.
5. Play Quidditch
You don't have to go to Hogwarts to join a Quidditch team!
Quidditch, the main sport in the wizarding world of Harry Potter, is an odd combination of hockey and volleyball played on flying broomsticks. Players score points by throwing balls through floating hoops until the Golden Snitch, worth 150 points, is released. Whoever captures the Snitch has the potential to win the game.
Play out your Quidditch dreams by joining the QUT Quidditch league. As well as games, there's also social events and balls.
6. Walk to an island
While the inability to walk on water isn't just a Brisbane thing, you can mimic the effects in Brisbane's south.
Wellington Point is a peninsula about 30 metres south of the CBD that offers a large flat bay for fishing, swimming and watersports. In the middle is King Island, a small island connected to the mainland by a sandbar. At low tide, the sandbar becomes a bridge and visitors can walk across to the island. NOTE: be sure to check tide times before so you're not stuck there overnight!
Wellington Point mainland also has playgrounds, parks and cafes for families.