So you’ve been pounding the streets of Brisbane during the day and have taken in all the interesting sights the fantastically cultural Australian city has to offer. What’s next?
Take a deep breath, relax and save some energy because when the sun goes down in Brisbane, that’s when the fun begins.
Brisbane really does come to life at night. On a scale of one to ten for nocturnal activities Brisbane rates in the upper echelon for quality and variety.
What is there to do? Too much is the answer to that question.
Read on to find out what makes the Brisbane nightlife so exciting and to decide what you can’t afford to miss.
1.Brisbane Segway Tour
Take a fun Segway Tour and ride the streets on two wheels. You’ll get to see much more of Brisbane in a shorter space of time than if you were walking. Once you’ve mastered your Segway, you’ll be off, whizzing round all the most popular attractions and burning some rubber as you go. Don’t forget your safety helmet!
2.Australian Outback Spectacular
There’s nothing better than a dinner show when it tells the story of how a country became great. Relive history with some dramatic, fun action at the Australian Outback Spectacular. Cavalry charges, circus stunts and performing animals make this a legendary night out. With a massive barbecue dinner and free beer throughout the show, you’ll be completely mind boggled by what you see and maybe even wish you’d been one of the original settlers.
3.Haunted Brisbane Ghost Tour
Take a tour through the older parts of town where spectres are reported to stalk. On a Haunted Brisbane Ghost Tour a professional guide will give you insight into the history of those who are said to still be at large when night falls. Shiver in your boots as you’re regaled with the tale of the Mad Butcher of Queen Street then get ready to run in case the devil of Brisbane decides to put in an appearance. Will you hear the wailing of the Brisbane Arcade’s resident phantom rattling through the rafters or will it be just the cries of a lost shopper bemoaning how much money they spent in the sales.
4.Boggo Road Gaol Ghost Tour
Are the disturbed and violent inmates of the Boggo Road Gaol still there going about their daily routine albeit on a different ethereal level? There’s only one way to find out.
Join in with a two hour exploration of the gaol on a Boggo Road Ghost Tour. Sit in a dark cell to hear the stories of ghostly happenings then trace the steps of past prisoners around the exercise circle in the outer yard. Seriously spooky!
5.Dracula’s Cabaret Restaurant
Have some fiendishly ghoulish fun at the Dracula’s Cabaret Restaurant. It’s weirdly different. Ride the in-house ghost train to your table, dine on a Gothic three course dinner and then be entertained by the stunning stage show.
6.Dracula’s Haunted House
Scare yourself silly in Dracula’s Haunted House where the macabre is the order of the evening. With multiple exhibitions bordering on the seriously grotesque it’ll really get your adrenaline pumping.
7.Brisbane River Dinner Cruise
As the lights of Brisbane illuminate the night skies, sail down the river on a majestic paddle boat for a River Dinner Cruise. Eat your fill from an enormous buffet, watch live entertainment then relax on the open air upper deck as you sail through the city.
8.Progressive Dinner Experience
If you’re a certified foodie then you’ll love the Progressive Dinner Experience. It could possibly turn into the most extended meal you’ve ever eaten when you join a small, very select group on a five and a half hour dining tour of three of Brisbane’s best restaurants. Savor your starter in one place and your main in another after being driven between them in a luxury Mercedes. Dessert eaten at the Summit Restaurant on Mt Coot-tha really is the icing on the cake as the views of Brisbane will rival anything on your plate.
9.Brisbane Food Tour
For something a little less formal why not try the Brisbane Food Tour. Tuck into some tasty Mediterranean-style tapas whilst exploring the city suburbs with a tour guide who specializes in the local gastronomy. They’ll also tell you a story or two on local history over an accompanying glass of good wine or proper Australian beer.
10.Eat Street Markets
Shopping is guaranteed to boost anyone’s appetite, but you won’t go hungry at the Eat Street Market. In this lively open air venue there’s over seventy stalls just waiting to serve you some delectable cuisine with worldwide origins. Nibble on everything from Greek Yiros to spicy Mexican or Thai dishes as you wander around enjoying the colorful, vibrant atmosphere.
If you want to do some more serious late night shopping try these next two great locations in Brisbane.
As well as lots of great shopping, history is something Brisbane, Australia also has a lot of. You can find out more about its ethnic past on this next evening out.
11. Spirits of the Red Sand Theatre Show with Dinner
At the Spirits of the Red Sand Dinner Show, in a specially constructed Aboriginal village, you’ll be able to witness first hand how life was for the original inhabitants of Australia. Experience some serious cultural treats as various traditional ceremonies are performed then tuck into the massive buffet to finish off the evening.
12.Glow Worm Eco-Adventure
There’s nothing more amazing than the quirks of Nature. You’ll see some of them in all their wonder on the Glow Worm Eco-Adventure when you trek through dense rain forest to a cave which lights up of an evening with the luminescence of a million glow worms. The evening concludes with a visit to the Springbrook Research Observatory to do a different type of star spotting in the glittering night skies.
If being in Australia has brought out your adventurous spirit, this two day Moreton Island Tour with Nighttime Kayaking is something you shouldn’t miss. Snorkel around the Tangalooma ship wrecks and try some exciting sand-boarding before floating over the sea, gigantic phosphorescent plankton-style, in an illuminated kayak.
14.Moreton Island 4WD Camping Tour
If you want to have a real outdoor experience then take this 4WD Camping Tour. Drive from Brisbane in a 4WD to the stunning Moreton Island where you’ll pitch camp in true bushwhacker style. Once the tents are up, it’s time to explore. Find deserted beaches perfect for surfing or spot some endemic wildlife then when night falls enjoy the camaraderie of an Australian campfire.
15.Puzzle Room Escape – Dr Irov’s Lab
Can you escape the evil Dr Irov’s Laboratory and prevent him from using you as a guinea pig in one of his mad experiments? Test your nerves and your knowledge, but whatever you do – get out fast before he turns you into a genetic mutation.
If you’re really into this type of escapism then Brisbane has got a lot more to offer. Pit your wits against the odds in some of these next puzzle rooms.
Scare yourself silly avoiding the lurking evil lusting for blood in this scary puzzle room escape.
Be accused of murder then search for clues to prove you’re innocent.
Puzzle rooms too tame? This next Brisbane activity is not for the feinthearted.
16.Warner Bros Movie World Fright Nite
A Warner Bros Movie World Fright Nite is only for the truly courageous. Thematic mazes will blow your brain cells and get your heart beating faster than it ever has before. If you survive that then watch the spooky spectacular when an illusionist summons the horsemen of the apocalypse. Still got a thirst for more? Get locked in a panic room or take the hair raising ultimate Terror Tour. Don’t say you haven’t be warned.
Take a sedate evening ride on the Brisbane Wheel to see the city in all its nighttime glory. Time it right and you’ll be spinning slowly round as the sun goes down. Pair that with a private gondola, a wine tasting experience included, for the perfect way to view the city and create a memorable evening.
Have you had a fun, terrorific or adventurous experience in Brisbane? We’d love to hear all about it. Post a comment below plus a photo if you have one and let us know what you got up to.