Winter in Brisbane is a friendly spring to Melburnians and Sydneysiders with 24-degree sunshiny days and those three weeks you consistently actually wear a jacket. As such, we’re still out and about enjoying all that the Sunshine State has to offer, from food and cultural festivals, foodie offerings at well-known-and-loved restaurants,  and getting fit with various local activities.

Here is the list of must-do activities to keep you warm other than your suede winter booties and hot chocolates in your environmentally-friendly keep cups!

1. Check out the winter foodie offerings at the good ole’ Southbank Fish Lane.

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While this exquisite lane with all-things-food is there to satisfy taste buds all year round, pop in to South Brisbane’s lane of restaurants, eateries, cafes and food trucks this winter. You’ll find the always-divine Julius Pizzeria for high-quality Italian cuisine, Gauge the all-meal-extraordinaire for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Wandering Cooks for weekly food truck event or a personal favourite, Chu the Phat for the impressive decor and delicious drinks and food.

2. Visit the annual Royal Queensland Show at the Ekka for strawberry delights, showbags, and rides.

Strawberry Sundaes, amusement rides, showbags galore, and the prized stock parade around the arena are among the highlights at this year’s Ekka from 9 – 18 August.

3. Keep warm by getting fit training for races.

The popular Bridge to Brisbane on 25 August has a reinvigorated course that covers 10 km where you can hit a personal best and sweat out the cold this winter.

4. Fun physical group activities to heat up through the chills.

Skyzone in Macgregor will provide bouncy fun with trampolines, rock-climbing, and laser tag, the nearby Zone Bowling in Mount Gravatt will create some fun competition between family and friends with an arcade and food and beverage options also on offer, and you can have a true white winter experience at the cool ice rink in Acacia Ridge. King George Square is also putting on winter fun with the pop-up ice skating rink at the heart of Brisbane with skate hire and snow tube slide. It’s happening June 21-July 14.

5. Night Noodle Markets in Southbank

Since it first started, I don’t think I’ve had a year where I missed this awesome Asian-noodle extravagance. Maybe it’s because I’m the self-proclaimed Asian noodle expert (I  have a Malaysian background), or maybe it’s because there’s always something new to check out at these markets. I’d say both. The ever-popular Night Noodle Markets in Southbank return this July for a nightly feed with 20 Asian food stalls from 24 July to 4 August.