Brisbane city comes alive during the winter months
WHILE some cities shut down and hibernate when the colder temperatures set in, Brisbane instead comes alive with a hive of entertainment.
Visitors will be hard-pressed deciding just what to see and do over the coming months, with theatre productions, musicals, photography and art exhibitions all on offer.
I was fortunate enough to catch Hot Shoe Shuffle recently and thoroughly enjoyed the theatrical experience at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
I could gush about how good the show was - from the spectacular tap dancing to the excellent singing skills of the entire cast.
But I won't, because sadly, for you, the show wrapped up the following night.
Thankfully for theatre lovers, there are plenty more productions coming up that will satisfy their appetites at the superb venue.
First up is the National Theatre of Great Britain's production of War Horse showing from July 6-28.
Audiences will be amazed by the astonishing life-size puppets, created by South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to life.
Then from August 20, dust off those leather jackets and get ready to sing along to all the classics at Grease the Musical.
Over at the Gallery of Modern Art, art lovers will marvel at works at the My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia exhibition.
It is the gallery's largest exhibition of contemporary art by indigenous artists to date and will be on show until October 7.
Make sure to stop in for a cuppa or lunch while you're there at the gallery's cafe bistro or restaurant.
Over at the Brisbane Powerhouse, the annual World Press Photo exhibition will showcase some of the best.
The travelling exhibition visits 45 countries over the year and will stop off in Brisbane until June 23.
New Farm Park is just next door and is a beautiful spot to walk around and unwind.
The suburb also has some of the city's best and most unique bars, cafes and restaurants.
If music's more your thing, the Queensland Music Festival will be a 17-day long celebration of music next month.
Featuring the best local, national and international talent performing around Brisbane, the majority of events are free and many feature large-scale collaborations with communities.
Check out http://www.qmf.org.au for the full list of events running from July 12 to 28.
For those looking to stay in the heart of the city with spectacular views and easy access to both Southbank and the river ferries, the Mercure Brisbane is ideal.
Located at North Quay just near King George Square, the riverfront hotel has recently been renovated and offers chic and comfortable rooms.
The hotel's Quays Restaurant and Bar also offers great dining with a perfect backdrop, while breakfast is also served here.
With so much to see and do, visitors can enjoy months of entertainment in the much-loved city of Brisbane.