Brisbane's idea of cooler weather might be much milder than most, but you can still slide across ice in the centre of the city in our warm part of the world. From June 22 to July 15, King George Square will become a winter wonderland thanks to the return of the Skating At Brisbane Festival.
With the event back for another year, all of the frosty fabulousness Brisbanites know, love and won't find anywhere else in the CBD is back too: ice skating, obviously, but also ice sliding, rides, music, food and more. It's the next best thing to heading to Europe when it's oh-so-cool, just without the bone-chilling, teeth-chattering cold.
Plus, the lineup of events includes not only regular ice skating, but a romance-themed 'date and skate' night each Tuesday, as well as an 'Ice Ice Baby' disco evening every Thursday. And as part of both, you'll be able to sip on $10 espresso martinis.
Last year, the food offerings also included German sausages and gluhwein (aka warm, mulled, spiced wine), so prepare to really feel like you're abroad. Entry to the area is free, but you'll have to pay for all of the fun stuff, with the fest open from 10am–9pm Monday to Wednesday, 10am–11pm on Thursday and Friday, 9am–11pm on Saturdays and 9am–10pm on Sundays.