South East Queensland bucket list

Image by Richard Coombs.

Image by Richard Coombs.

When you’ve lived in the same place most of your life it’s easy to get complacent about all the fun things to see and do in your hometown. Sometimes that’s the situation I find myself in with Brisbane. Without a doubt, I am guilty of giving Brisbane (and Queensland) a hard time on occasion, comparing it to bigger cities as I air my disappointment about not being able to find a sit down dinner after 9pm.

Late night dining issues aside, I’ve come to appreciate the incredibly liveable and relaxed nature of Brisbane in recent times. Despite the fact my make-up occasionally suffers in Queensland’s summer humidity, appreciating Brisbane is more poignant than ever knowing that within 10 months I’ll be needing gloves to prevent frostbite in Canada, yikes!

To further appreciate where I’ve grown up and tell people all the good things about Queensland when I’m living overseas, I’ve put together my bucket list of activities to tick off before we leave.

1. Visit the Rocklea Markets

It’s a bit of an institution in Brisbane and you never hear a bad word about the produce and flowers at the Rocklea Markets.  So, the first item on this list is to wake up early one Sunday morning to check it all out.  While I’m at it I’ll pick up a few treats for an Insta-worthy picnic spread (see number 2).

2. Enjoy a picnic at Southbank’s River Quay Green

This area was refurbished after the 2011 Brisbane floods providing a grassy spot to sit and enjoy people watching, views of the CBD and live music on Sunday afternoons. I’d like to organise a few picnic treats and score a nice shady spot to sit and chill as the sun sets over the city skyline.

3. Soak up the sun on an early morning beach trip

I know what you’re thinking, and yes, I have done many day trips to the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast over the years.  What I haven’t done is arrive at the beach while cafes are still serving breakfast and the early morning surfers are basking in the rising sun. I’m aiming to be laying my beach towel down and lathering myself in sunscreen before 7am. Wish me luck!

4. Sip our way through the inner-city on a Paddington pub crawl

Numerous new bars and pubs have opened in and around Paddington since we’ve been living here and it would be remiss of us if we didn’t sample what was on offer.  Item 4: organise a Paddington pub crawl to tick some of the venues off the list. Starting at Hope and Anchor and finishing on Caxton Street, we’ll stop for a drink at each bar and a pizza at Brewski along the way. If we make it that far…

5. Smash a Kangaroo Point stair run

I’ve talked about it for so long but too frequently I’ve opted to go running in our local area. Kangaroo Point is just a short drive away so I’ll brave the early morning crowds and do some stair runs to start the day. Besides, I’ll probably need it after the pub crawl.

While this list barely scratches the surface of what you can see and do around South East Queensland, it’s my little list to appreciate where I’ve grown up and remember what it’s like to live in a place where jackets are not necessary eight months of the year.

What are your favourite things to in your hometown? Let me know in the comments below.