11 things to do in Brisbane at night

City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane City

In Brisbane, the fun doesn't stop when the sun goes down. From stargazing to romantic picnic rug lazing, we've got the top things for you to do in Brisbane at night.

1. Light up your world

Across Brisbane, there are more than 40 locations where you can find illuminated fig trees, bridges and iconic Brisbane locations. Ever wondered about the meaning behind the beautiful colours lighting up some of our most well-known landmarks? Find out their significance on our Light Up Brisbane calendar.

Story Bridge

2. Relax on the river

Cruise the Brisbane River under the stars on a CityCat and make a stop at the dining precincts of South Bank, Eagle Street (Riverside), Racecourse Road (Brett's Wharf), or New Farm. If you want to get just that bit closer to the night sky, hop on a double-decker CityCat, or for fun for free catch the CityHopper (KittyCat) service.

3. Get lost in a laneway

Stroll down the city's twinkle-lit laneways and be delighted. Discover Fortitude Valley's hidden lanes, Burnett and Eagle lanes in the heart of Brisbane City, and Fish Lane just over the river in South Brisbane. You'll find hole-in-the-wall cafes, Insta-worthy street art, our Outdoor Gallery, indie fashion and some of Brisbane's most swoon-worthy restaurants and bars.

4. Take a walk on the dark side

Discover Brisbane's dark past – the stories the city tried to forget – on this leisurely guided walking tour. Brisbane's Dark Stories True Crime Tours transport you to another time and reveal the rich, and often untold, history of our city's streets. Tours are inclusive and accessible to everyone.

5. Or even a walk on the wild side

If Brisbane's diverse flora and fauna are more your thing, why not explore the sights and sounds of Raven Street Reserve by night? Enjoy a guided night walk and discover the wonders of the Brisbane bushland under the moonlight. Bookings are required.

6. See the city lights from new heights

Stargaze and get a new perspective on the city skyline at night from the Mt Coot-tha Lookout...you'll feel on top of the world! If you can't make it up the mountain but still want a lookout with city views, Wilson Outlook Reserve along Bowen Terrace in New Farm, Mount Gravatt Outlook Reserve, Bartley's Hill in Ascot, or the Kangaroo Point Cliffs also offer epic vantage points.

7. Shop under the stars

Wander through the stalls showcasing the best of local designers at the Collective Markets held weekly at South Bank every Friday and Saturday until 9pm. 

After high street fashion? Brisbane's Queen Street Mall is open late on Friday night for some evening retail therapy.

8. Feast at Eat Street

Take a trip around the world exploring different flavours and cuisines at Eat Street Northshore. Covering several hectares of land and built from 180 repurposed recycled shipping containers, Eat Street has lights, live music and atmosphere aplenty. The vibe is electric!

9. Go for a late-night dip

Have a dip at Streets Beach at South Bank Parklands on the edge of the Brisbane River. Positioned within 15 hectares of gardens, Streets Beach is Australia's only manmade beach and a must-visit in Brisbane. 

11. See a movie under the stars

Check out Brisbane's first permanent outdoor cinema – Dendy Powerhouse Outdoor Cinema. It's operating year-round with a program of films from Thursday to Sunday evenings.

12. Night-time Putt Putt

Putt Putt lovers rejoice! Your week just got better with Victoria Park's evening games. Beat the heat of the day – no bookings required. Just remember the course closes at 10pm on weeknights and at 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

So, what are you waiting for?

If you were ready to pull on the bed socks and stay put, think again, because Brisbane by night is not to be missed! Once you've tested these options, check out our Brisbetter Explore page to discover what makes Brisbane's suburbs shine.

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This blog was last updated in March 2024.

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