The Most Unusual Things to Do in Brisbane

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Alice Duffield

Do you ever get the urge to push the boundaries and do something a little different for a change? If you’re after a different experience in Brisbane from the usual walking tracks or local museums, we’ve collated a list of some slightly bizarre experiences you can have in sunny Southeast Queensland.

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Ghost Tours

Cemeteries are creepy places to be at night, but Brisbane has a few especially irksome ones. Brisbane Ghost Tours runs after-dark tours through Toowong, South Brisbane, Ipswich and Nundah cemeteries. You can also be guided through some of Brisbane’s most haunted sites, unlocking thrilling mysteries of the past.

Have a nap in a pod

If you need a bit of a quiet oasis, an escape from busy life or just playing tourist – pop into NEXT hotel in Brisbane city. The hotel provides 24/7 pods for a kip and you can even store any luggage and shower on your way out.

NEXT Hotel, 72 Queen St, Brisbane City, Australia +61 7 3222 3222

Take Circus Lessons

Think about skipping cross-fit one day this week and mix it up with a social circus lesson. Flipside Circus based in Brisbane’s inner northern suburbs is a great way to do something totally different. Learn tumbling, trapeze, acrobalance and heaps more.

Flipside Circus, 117 Mina Parade, Alderley, Brisbane, Australia +61 7 3352 7233

Ride a Steam Train

Step back into yesteryear on a Sunday in Brisbane and hop on board a steam train. This is a great one for the kids too, departing and returning from Roma Street station. Be sure to book your tickets ahead of time so you don’t miss out.

Paint a Traffic Box

Get those creative juices flowing and paint a local traffic box in Brisbane’s suburbs. Anyone can apply to paint a box and it’s a great way to get some fresh air and sunshine all while doing something productive. The kids will love this one too.

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