9 fun things to do on Boxing Day in Brisbane

From water sports to day cruises, here’s what you can get up to this Boxing Day.

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26 December… it's the day after Christmas and chances are you're looking to recover from that epic food coma. The great news is that Brisbane is still very much open for business come Boxing Day – and to make your life easier, we've brought our favourites into one place for you.

Top things to do on Boxing day in Brisbane

Take to the water

We would put our bottom dollar on everyone flocking to the beach come 26 December. But if you still want to head out onto the water (without the crowds), why not try a kayak tour, cruise or even a private lesson in kiteboarding?

With most of these experiences taking only a couple of hours out of your day, you'll still be able to catch some waves by the shore once crowds have cleared.

Dolphin Cruise to the Tangalooma Wrecks
Dolphin Cruise to the Tangalooma Wrecks

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Get cruising

Put the organising into someone else's hands with a cruise this Boxing Day. Make it a romantic occasion with live music as well as lunch, or bring the whole family along for a day of spotting a dolphin or two.

Have fun with the family

These are sure to keep the kids entertained this coming Boxing Day, whether your little ones prefer cuddly koalas or a classic game of laser tag. We think there will be smiles all round.

Half Day Animal Tour at Trevena Glen Farm
Half Day Animal Tour at Trevena Glen Farm

Adrenaline

See Brisbane from the skies

Want to end the year on a high? From catching the sunrise in a hot air balloon to whisking across the city in a private helicopter, you can't go wrong (unless they're afraid of heights that is). Enjoy a brief moment in the blue skies and why not follow it up with a picnic in the park.

Get your wine on

2020 has been a big year and we think you deserve a glass of wine to celebrate post-Christmas. From the finest reds to your favourite whites, take your pick of a Mount Cotton tour, indulge in views of the ocean or sip on the wines at Murarrie.

Mount Cotton Winery Tour and Tasting Session
Mount Cotton Winery Tour and Tasting Session

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Ocean View Estates Winery Tour with Tastings and Meal
Ocean View Estates Winery Tour with Tastings and Meal

RedBalloon

Tour the city

Is there a better way to see your own city than to be a tourist for a day? From having the itinerary planned for you to segwaying your way through Brisbane CBD, this one is a hit for those of you looking to get out and about.

Pamper yourself

You really can't go wrong with a good massage, so take your pick between stone relaxation, aromatherapy or a sauna experience. This also makes for a great Christmas present for your loved one who has it all.

Blissful Infrared Sauna and Floatation Tank Package
Blissful Infrared Sauna and Floatation Tank Package

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Aromatherapy Body Massage and Back Polish
Aromatherapy Body Massage and Back Polish

RedBalloon

Go to new heights with a bridge climb

See the iconic Story Bridge from a whole new angle. With daytime, twilight and night climbs available on 26 December, it's the perfect way to start or end your day.

Binge your favourite TV shows

Not in the mood to leave the couch (or maybe even the bed? Don't worry, we don't blame you), so why not turn the television on for a movie marathon? This works particularly well if the weather forecast is less than ideal come Boxing Day. With so many streaming options available, there's a program suited to all members of the family.

Where can I book Boxing Day activities in Brisbane?

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Name Product Voucher validity Is there a sign up discount? Is price matching available? Can I book exclusive experiences? Where to book
Adrenaline
Adrenaline - Things to Do in Brisbane
5 years
No
Yes
Yes
RedBalloon
RedBalloon - Things to Do in Brisbane
5 years
$10
Yes
Yes
Groupon
Groupon - Things to Do in Brisbane
Depends on the individual experience
No
Yes
Yes
Klook
Klook - Things to Do in Brisbane
Depends on the individual experience
No
Yes
Yes
Wotif
Wotif - Things to Do in Brisbane
Depends on the individual experience
No
Yes
Yes
Viator
Viator - Things to Do in Brisbane
Depends on the individual experience
No
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What's open on Boxing Day in Brisbane?

Looking to head into the shops on 26 December? We have you covered with all the opening hours with our guide to Boxing Day in Brisbane.

Attractions

AttractionsOpening hoursWhere to get tickets
Australia ZooFull dayRedBalloon
Trevena Glen Farm7am to 7pmAdrenaline
Tangalooma Wrecks9:30am to 5pmRedBalloon
The Wheel of Brisbane10am - 10pmExperience Oz
Brisbane Botanical Gardens8am - 6pm
Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre9am - 4:15pm
The Workshops Discovery Museum9:30am - 4pm

Restaurants, bars and cafes

VenueBoxing Day trading hoursWhere to book
Sassy Spoon5pm to 8:30pmGroupon
Groupon11:30am to 2pmGroupon
Galaxy Seafood & Mediterranean Restaurant12pm to 7pmGroupon
Curry n Cask5pm to 9pmGroupon
Little Paradise6pm to 8pmGroupon
Maple Cafe12pm to 3pmGroupon
Pasta Club10am to 12am
Three Blue Ducks7am to 10:30am, 12pm to 3pm and 5:30pm to 10pm
Ramen Danbo11am to 10pm
Charboys11am to 9pm
ElskaSittings available at 3pm, 6pm and 8:30pm
Miss Kay's Mitchelton11am to 9pm
Brewdog Dogtap10am until midnight
Green Beacon Brewing Co12pm until late
Ling Ling6pm until late
Penny Coffee Co6am to 12pm
Coffee Head Co6am to 2pm
Dicki's6am to 2pm and 5:30pm to 9pm
Mary Mae's8am to 8pm
Huskk7am to 1pm
Black Fire Restaurant7am to 9:30pm
Brew Cafe and Wine Bar8am until late
Donna Chang12pm to 9pm
Felons Barrel Hall11am until late
Hachi Yakiniku11:30am to 2pm and 5pm to 9pm
Jimmy's on the Mall24/7
Koto Sanpo11:30am to 8pm
Milano8am to 9pm
Pochana11am to 2:45pm and 5pm until late
Roti Place11:30am to 9pm
Bean Workin'6am to 12pm
Dicki's6am to 2pm
Dutch Courage5pm until late
Joedy's6am to 3pm
Istanbul 192312pm to 10pm
Mekhong5pm to 10pm
Streetcorner Jimmy12pm until late
The Sound Garden11am to 10pm
Ze Pickle5pm to 9pm
Cups on Melbourne7am to 12pm
Grassfed11:30am to 9pm
Hope on Boundary7:30am to 12pm
Lokal + Co6am to 2pm
Okuman Karaage and Ramen Bar11am to 10pm
Sea Fuel11am to 8pm
Tai Tai12pm to 9pm
The Charming Square12pm to 1am
You Came Again9am to 10pm

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