Keep calm and get out and about in Brisbane this weekend
From giant bunnies to giant spiders, beaches, markets to museums, there are plenty of reasons to defy the pandemic panic - and you can support embattled local businesses in the process. FULL WHAT’S ON GUIDE
Take time to smell the roses, and other flowers: Walk along the South Bank Promenade, through the Epicurious Garden or go for a swim at Streets Beach at Southbank Parklands or walk through the incredible Spectacle Garden at Roma Street Parkland. And then there’s the city and Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens.
See an exhibition: Not scared enough yet? Come face-to-face with 12 live spider species and 200 spider specimens including the infamous Sydney funnel-web spider at the Queensland Museum’s. latest exhibition, Spiders. Children can also build a giant spider. It’s definitely doors open at the museum until 5pm today. Check in with the museum website after that. Queensland Museum, South Brisbane. Adult $15.50, concession $13.50, children five to 15 years $12.50, under five years free
Face the music: The Museum of Brisbane is still open, although there are no tours or workshops running. And while concerts have been cancelled everywhere you can learn about Brisbane’s music scene in the High Rotation exhibition. It’s a showcase of film clips, photographs and instruments from homegrown talent like Keith Urban, the Veronicas, Sheppard, George, and Kate Miller-Heidke. Museum of Brisbane, Level 3, City Hall, King George Square, Adult $12, student/ concession $9, under 12 years free
Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art: Guided tours, public programs and events from 17 March until further notice. If you have paid for an upcoming event, a refund will be made in the next 10-15 days. QAGOMA remains open to the public during its normal hours of 10.00am – 5.00pm daily, with cinema screenings as scheduled. We have an increased cleaning and sanitation schedule in the Gallery’s public spaces, and increased safety measures in our cafes and restaurant.
Stay fit: Just because your gym is closed that’s no excuse not to stay fit. The Medibank Feel Good Program runs through until March 28 with yoga, tai chi, zumba, pilates and dance classes. Workouts are designed to suit all preferences and fitness levels, ranging from low impact to high intensity. Make sure you bring a water bottle and towel, along with a workout mat if available and required. Saturday is yoga and aqua classes at Southbank. Southbank Parklands and Queen’s Park, program runs until March 28, free
Go see the bunnies: Australian artist Amanda Parer’s world famous Intrude artwork installation, featuring giant inflatable, seven-metre tall luminous bunnies have found a new patch at Eagle Street Pier in Brisbane’s city centre. The bunnies look fun but actually represent the impact of humans on the environment. The restaurants at the pier are all still open so grab a bite to eat at the same time. Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane, city, until March 29, on display from 12pm-9pm daily
Take a dip: The weather bureau is predicting temperatures across the weekend in the low 30s so head up or down the coast for a refreshing swim. Plus with fewer tourists, there’s plenty of room on the beaches to keep a safe distance from other swimmers, just make sure you stay within the flags.
Book in a good read: Brisbane City Council’s 33 libraries are open as usual. Some locations have reported an increase in borrowing, while others have seen a reduction in people attending library programs. It’s business almost as usual at our beloved State Library of Queensland at South Brisbane. All public events and programs are cancelled but the library is open as usual.
Grab a bite to eat: Restaurants and cafes need your support. For example, Bacchus at Rydges South Bank is serving up its new autumn menu.
Head to the markets: No need to do the supermarket battle for groceries. Farmers and produce markets are open as usual.
Beenleigh Night Markets, Beenleigh Town Square, first and third Friday of the month, 5-9pm
Jan Power’s Farmers’ Markets at the Brisbane Powerhouse and Manly Harbour Village
from 6am to noon.
Kuraby Markets, `342 Beenleigh Rd, Kuraby, 6am-noon
Davies Park Markets down by the Brisbane River at West End 6am to 2pm.
Carseldine Markets, 532 Beams Rd, Carseldine, 6am-noon
Saturday Fresh Market, 250 Sherwood Rd, Rocklea, from 6am to 12 noon
Nundah Fresh Farmers, located in the western carpark to Nundah railway station, from 6am.
Windsor’s Northey Street Organic Farmers’ Market is going ahead, as usual, this Sunday morning 6am-11am.
Milton Markets, Little Cribb St, Milton, 6am-noon
Redcliffe Markets, Redcliffe Pde, 8am-2pm