Where to go and what to do to have fun in the sun in Brisbane this summer

BEST BEER GARDENS

Madame Hedges, Cloudland
Great for: The über cool will love this futuristic beer garden.
Details: 641 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley. (07) 3872 6600; cloudland.tv
Victory Hotel
Great for: Live entertainment.
Details: 127 Edward St. (07) 3221 0444; thevictory.com.au.
The Plough Inn Tavern
Great for: Thirsty travellers. Right on the main boulevard at South Bank.
Details: Stanley St Plaza, South Bank Parklands. (07) 3844 7777; ploughinn.com.au
BEST ROOFTOP BARS
Lime’s Hotel Rooftop Bar
Great for: Movies under the stars.
Details: 142 Constance Street. (07) 3852 9000; limeshotel.com.au
The Exchange Hotel 
Great for: After work drinks. The super chic Sky Bar is an open air terrace tucked into this revamped bar and restaurant complex.
Details: 131 Edward St. (07) 3229 3522.
The Fox Rooftop Bar
Great for: Surveying the Brisbane skyline with a drink in hand.
Details: Corner of Hope and Melbourne St. (07) 3844 2883.
BEST AL FRESCO DINING
Jellyfish Restaurant
Great for: Dining right on Brisbane river. This fish restaurant aims to serve a school of eight fish species.
Details: Boardwalk Level, Riverside Centre 123 Eagle St, Brisbane. (07) 3220 2202.
Mondo Organics
Great for: Organic outdoor dining. Choose a cushioned bench and tuck into organic and bio-dynamic produce at this popular West End eatery.
Details: 166 Hardgrave Rd, West End. (07) 3844 1132; mondo-organics.com.au
Mecca Bah
Great for: Moroccan and Middle Eastern food from outdoor eateries in The Emporium complex.
Details: 19-21/1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley. (07) 3252 5299. meccabah.net
BEST PICNIC SPOTS
New Farm Park
Great for: Kids who like to climb will love the playground wrapped around fig tree roots. Plenty of grass, too.
Details: brisbane.qld.gov.au
South Bank Lagoon
Great for: An afternoon by the artificial lagoon.
Details: visitsouthbank.com.au
Kangaroo Point Park
Great for: Afternoon adventurers will enjoy walking to the top of Kangaroo Point Cliffs, where the views are great.
Details: 649 Main St. (07) 3403 8888
OUTDOOR MARKETS
The Collective Markets
Great for: Work from young designers; 1st Sunday of the month.
Details: Stanley St Plaza, South Bank.www.collectivemarkets.com.au/southbank/
Jan Powers New Farm Markets
Great for: Organic fruit and vegetables. Talk to the producers while you do your weekly shop.
Details: Brisbane Powerhouse Centre for Live Arts, 119 Lamington St, New Farm. (07) 3268 7948; janpowersfarmersmarkets.com.au
Davies Park Markets 
Great for: Eclectic finds and organic, vintage and fair trade goods.
Details: Davies Park, off Montague Rd and Jane St, West End. (07) 3844 2440; daviesparkmarket.com.au
WALKING TRACKS
Brisbane River Run
Great for: Exploring the waterways.
Details: It flanks the river.
Gateway Bridge 
Walking Path
Great for: River crossings.
Brisbane City Walk
Great for: City tours.
Details: ourbrisbane.com