Top Things To Do On Public Holidays

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Out on public holidays and out of plans?

Public holidays are an absolute saving grace when it comes to breaking up the hectic work or school week. Generally, they’ll fall on a Monday or Friday which only means one thing: long weekend! Those 2 words are powerful enough to bring a smile to even the downest of Debbies.

Public holidays can be a great opportunity to get out and about to do things you wouldn’t normally do over your regular measly 2 day weekends. However, as this extra time off is such a luxury, it can be hard to know what you want to spend the time doing. Therefore, we’ve put together this list of tips and ideas to help you with some inspiration about how to best spend your public holidays.

Things to do locally

If you are in Brisbane, we’ve found some of the best things you can do in and around South East Queensland which are just perfect for a long weekend adventure.

Check out a local lookout like the Glass House Mountains in Brisbane). If you head up towards the sunshine coast, you’ll stumble upon some of Queensland’s most beautiful mountains, which are in fact the remnants of volcanic activity that happened around 26 -27 million years ago. You can spend the day hiking up the mountains and check out the beautiful view these rolling hills have to offer. They even have some nice eco-lodges if you’d like to spend the night there. Though if you want to stay a little closer to home, head to Mount Coot-Tha lookout which boasts beautiful 360-degree views of Brisbane.

Go to the cinema

Sometimes when we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life we forget about the simple luxuries such as going to the good old movies. You could go to a cinema in the city or even at your local shopping centre.  Why not sign up online to Cinebuzz and get your Event movie tickets for $8 every day of the week! Or, if you want, there are some quirky little theatres around Brisbane. These are the old-fashioned cinemas that are full of character and give you a different experience than the modern movie theatre. Head to New Farm Cinemas which have been revived to their former glory. Or if you loved the idea of a drive-in cinema of the 70’s you can have that experience yourself at the Yatala drive-in cinema.

Grab some grub at a restaurant or pub

Comedy club: are you up for a few laughs this long weekend? Why not head down to your local comedy club and see who’s playing! Up and coming comedians perform at local venues to gain some experience and following. Some are always better than others, but that’s part of the fun. One great comedy venue is the Sitdown Comedy Club in Paddington.

Check out your local RSL: RSL’s, sports clubs, surf clubs and other local pubs will sometimes have live entertainment playing over the weekend. So, if you don’t want to travel too far away from your place, and you’re feeling like a classic chicken parmi, check out what’s on at your local watering hole.

Places to visit

Take a wine tour:

If you love a good wine (and who doesn’t, am I right?), you could check out some of the best vinos at your local vineyards. You could even jump on The Vino Bus which goes to several different vineyards around Queensland.  Not only is it a great way to visit some beautiful wineries in the area, but you’ll also find out what great produce Queensland has to offer.

Do a camping trip:

If you love to experience the great outdoors, why not do a weekend family camping trip? What’s better, is that quite often camping is free or relatively cheap for a family with loads of things for the kids to do! You could even check out a BIG4 Holiday Park, which is like a hotel booking site but helps you find holiday parks that have camping sites and cabins.

Go to a theme park:

South East Queensland is known for its theme parks. This is also a huge drawcard for tourism. There’s Warner Brothers Movie World for the movie lovers. Dreamworld for the thrillseekers and adrenaline junkies. Seaworld for the animal lovers. As well as, Wet ‘n’ Wild for the child in us all. You can get an all-around pass and go to all 4, otherwise just show up at your favourite one and buy your ticket at the gate. However, sometimes you can find cheap tickets if you shop around online.

Something for the adrenalin junkies:

Perhaps public holidays are a great opportunity for you to do something insane. Like jumping out of a perfectly good plane or trusting a wicker basket attached to a balloon to carry your weight while your thousands of metres up in the air. Check out the Adrenalin website for some cool deals on hot air ballooning. Otherwise, check out the Byron Bay Skydive as it’s definitely an experience you’ll never forget.

Activities for the kids

  • Visit a theme park or local zoo
  • Take the kiddies to the drive-in cinemas. Although they are few and far between these days, it makes for a relaxing evening for Mum and Dad and fun for the little ones.
  • Take a City Cat or ferry ride
  • Tire the little ones out at your local Skyzone or Bounce. Because who doesn’t love jumping around on trampolines? Even the adults will love it!
  • Do a family and friends movie night. Invite your favourites around for some munchies and movies.


Not sure what is on in your local area?

Check the local art gallery for performances or activities and get the kids out of the house or, better yet, check your local park for open-air cinemas near you!

These are just a few ideas of how to keep yourself and the family business on public holidays. It’s not often we get given extra days off work so we’re obliged to make the most of them. If you have your own fun activities that you like to do on public holidays, we’d love to hear them!

Or look into our tips for overseas holidays here!