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Summer events in South East Queensland

There’s plenty to do in Queensland all year round, but a wave of big-ticket items is about to hit this summer
APT Monira Al Qadiri
Photograph: QAGOMA Asia Pacific Triennial: Artwork by Monira Al Qadiri
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During summer in Queensland it’s all systems go on fun and frivolities. The southeast corner in particular becomes a flurry of activity, including sporting tournaments, music festivals, art exhibitions and much more.

As 2018 ticks over to 2019, you can watch all the tennis action in Brisbane, let your hair down at one of the country’s biggest folk festivals, and enjoy a spot of polo by the beach. Culture buffs can peruse international works of contemporary art, while sports nuts sit it out for three days at the Gabba with eyes fixed on a cricket ball.

In between the formalities there are plenty of other places to chill/explore (depending on your energy levels), including Brisbane’s inner-city beach at South Bank, which makes even locals feel like they’re on holidays; the hill with a view, Mt Coot-tha; and wine trails through the Granite Belt. You can also head offshore to Stradbroke, Moreton and Fraser Islands, the latter being the world’s largest sand island, or get lost in the hinterlands behind the Gold or Sunshine Coasts. Of course, the coasts are also ripe for beachy stuff, so bring your towel and a surfboard.

Zico Albaiquni / When it Shook - The Earth stood Still (After Pirous) 2018 / Image courtesy: The artist and Yavuz Gallery
Art, Galleries

The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9)

icon-location-pin Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, South Bank

View the artistic creations of nations from Iraq to Hawaii at this five-month exhibition. More than 80 artists will have their work laid out, stitching together a story of how their contemporary art has impacted the Asia-Pacific region. Kids are brought into the fold with workshops and multimedia activities. QAGOMA, Brisbane, Nov 24-Apr 28.

While you’re there: Head along South Bank down to the Wheel of Brisbane, a ferris wheel offering panoramic city views from 60 metres up.

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