Dare to be different: 8 quirky things to do in Brisbane

Feel like your weekends have become a bit ‘been there, done that’? Disrupt the ho-hum of daily life and spark happiness by giving some of Brisbane’s quirkier activities a go.

From cracking codes to cuddling cats, the river city is always surprising with unique things to do that are anything but mainstream.

1. Cuddle all the kittens

Looking for something to do that's truly paw-some? The Cat Cuddle Cafe in Lutwyche is Brisbane's first cat cafe run by a rescue group and is the purr-fect retreat for cat lovers. Meet the resident Cuddle Stars in the dedicated playroom, grab a coffee and treat from the cafe, or browse the cat-ified gift shop. All proceeds go towards rescuing and rehoming even more adorable felines. All cats are looking for their fur-ever home too, so you may just make a cat-connection and go home with a new best friend.

2. Get locked up for fun

If being locked inside a room and the only way out is to crack codes and solve mysteries is your idea of a good time, then Cube Escape Room at Everton Park is for you. With a range of rooms and scenarios for ages seven and up, this 'choose your own adventure' style activity (think ticking bombs, secret vaults and deadly librarians) will have you racing the clock in a fun and frantic escapade.

3. Saddle up and learn to ride

Craving fresh air and open spaces? Get back on the horse (literally) and learn to ride at Wattle Creek Equestrian Centre at The Gap. Just 12 kilometres from the Brisbane CBD, the riding school has private lessons for all ages, as well as a range of school holiday workshops. Catering for beginners to advanced riders, they'll have you galloping majestically off into the sunset in no time.

4. Craft a ceramic masterpiece

If you're feeling creative and want to try your hand at something new, The Ceramic Studio in Indooroopilly is a great place to discover your new-found love for ceramics. They have a huge range of 'ready to paint' ceramics, so there's no need to get your hands dirty. Draw your own design, use stencils, or just freehand it – the choice is yours. If you're feeling a little more adventurous, there are pottery workshops so you can create your masterpiece from scratch.

5. Discover history after dark

When the sun goes down Fort Lytton Historical Military Precinct comes alive with lights, sound and stories from Brisbane's military past with Fort Lytton at Night. Tour the 19th century fort as actors recount the story of decorated World War One hero and Brisbane local, Raymond Augustus Stanley. If daytime adventures are more your thing, jump on one of the free guided tours to discover more stories from Brisbane's wartime history.

6. Tour with a taste of trivia

There is a lot more to Brisbane than meets the eye. Don't believe us? Head along to one of the free Brisbane Greeters tours across Brisbane and you'll learn about the elephant skeleton under Suncorp Stadium, or Queen Street's claim to fame as the first location around the world recorded to have used electricity for public purposes in 1882.

7. Shake your bon-bon with dance

If you love to twist and shout, do the locomotion, or shake your groove thing, then you'll be in good company at Sharee Skye Dance Centre in St Lucia. Join a dance class and bounce, tap or jive your heart out while learning from experienced teachers. For serious young dancers, the school has a performance team and hosts holiday camps.

8. Get fancy with high tea

Here's one for the foodies craving a little something special. Enjoy the best of both worlds by swapping your morning cuppa for a decadent high tea experience, complete with too-cute crockery and quaint lace tablecloths. Eliza's Place is a little, unassuming cafe at Corinda serving a traditional high tea that's bound to invoke some serious food envy. All its amazing cakes and savoury treats are made in-house too, so you can delight in comfort food any day of the week.

Keep the good times rolling

For even more awesome weekend inspiration, head to Brisbetter Explore to discover more things to see and do near you.

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Editor's note: The featured content in Brisbane Explore is created to inspire residents and visitors to buy local as part of our city’s Economic Recovery Plan. 

We will continue to add new places to explore as we grow our Brisbane Explore hub, so come back to visit new places soon and share your favourite local haunts on Instagram using #Brisbetter.

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