What a water-iffic summer in Brisbane

A surf, or dip in the ocean, might be a 90-minute drive north or south of Brisbane, but there's plenty of opportunities to indulge in water activities in our River City. Find options to keep you Bris-cool this summer.

Paddle the Brisbane River

Explore the Brisbane River with our free and low-cost kayak eco-adventures. The minimum age for this activity is 6 years and children from 6-12 years must be accompanied by an adult. These activities are always popular, so book early! 

If you're a senior and like canoeing, there is a paddling moon river event on Saturday 7 December. Experience the magic of moonlight paddling while exploring the Brisbane River. Bookings are essential for this event.

If you'd like to paddle with your own passive craft, you can launch your kayak, canoe or stand up paddleboard at any time from one of Council's public river and recreation hubs, boat and canoe ramps and pontoons.

Enjoy water play in our suburbs

Cool off on a hot day at our fantastic water play areas or aqua parks. Indulge in hours of water-based fun with slides, mushroom fountains, drop buckets, lily pads, worms, bubblers and water jets to keep cool when the mercury rises.

If you live on the northside, check out the free and interactive Ferny Grove Aqua Park at the Keperra Picnic Grounds. There are picnic facilities and an electric barbecue at this aqua park, so pack a picnic and make a day of it!

Southsiders looking to cool off should check out the new water play area at Runcorn Pool, or the ever-popular water play area at Rocks Riverside Park, Seventeen Mile Rocks.

16 of Council's 22 public pools include water parks and play areas, so you don't have to look too far for local water play fun!

Cast a line

Do you love to fish? Cast a line from one of our fishing platforms. Our two newest platforms are located at Carmichael Park in Tingalpa and Moggill Ferry Reserve.

Seniors can learn fishing tips at our free fish wise workshop at Kookaburra Park - West, Karana Downs on Sunday 8 December. Make sure you book to participate in this session.

Chill at your local pool

Dive into your local pool for a splashing good time this December. Find your local pool to cool off, relax, enjoy water play, swim laps, attend a fitness class, learn to swim, improve your swim stroke or join a swimming club.

If you live, study or work near Stones Corner, check out the new 50-metre pool at Langlands Park Memorial Pool which will open on 7 December.

Get your heart rate pumping with our free and low-cost aqua aerobics, aqua Zumba and aqua yoga classes. 

Don't forget to slip, slop, slap, seek and slide if you head to the pool during daylight hours.

Play in Moreton Bay

Moreton Bay runs along the eastern boundary of Brisbane and provides another great opportunity to cool off on summer days. 

Did you know we offer free and low-cost workshops for sailing, kitesurfing and windsurfing? Join a $5 kitesurfing class at Sandgate on Sunday 8 December. All equipment is provided. Our water classes by the sea are always popular, so book early!

Catch a CityCat and explore 

Top up your go card and plan a day on the water using our network of CityCats, including the new double-decker CityCat 22, to see the city sights. Remember there's free off-peak travel for seniors on weekdays and some free or discounted trips for kids too.

Enjoy a morning meandering around South Bank Parklands before hopping on a CityCat to QUT Gardens Point ferry terminal to wander the beautiful City Botanic Gardens. Touch back on for a jaunt downstream past the Brisbane Central Business District and under the iconic Story Bridge, to Brisbane Powerhouse and New Farm Park, to enjoy lunch or an afternoon smelling the roses.

Alternatively, you could visit Museum of Brisbane in City Hall and then catch a UQ bound CityCat from North Quay 1 ferry terminal to the West End ferry terminal to spend the day wandering South Brisbane and West End. Once you disembark, catch the CityGlider from the ferry terminal to the heart of West End to begin your adventure.

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Last updated:26 November 2019
Topics: things to do