Obscure Brisbane

Looking for something different to do in Brisbane instead of the usual tourist attractions? Something a little offbeat, quirky and maybe a little crazy?

We’ve come up with a list of things to do that are a little left of mainstream in obscure Brisbane.

Brisbane Ghost Tours

Select from a range of Brisbane Haunted Tours of this old river city. Walk the streets, visit haunted gaols and cemeteries of Queensland’s creepy capital and hear ghostly stories.

Select from:

  • Boggo Road Gaol Ghost Tour
  • Haunted Brisbane Ghost Walking Tour
  • Toowong Cemetery Ghost Tour
  • Bloody Brisbane Crime Tour

For more information visit Brisbane Ghost Tours

Underground Opera at Spring Hill Reservoir

The Spring Hill Reservoir, six metres below Wickham Terrace was launched as a performance space by the Underground Opera Company in August 2014, after lying idle for 50 years, previously supplying Brisbane its water.

The underground structure, complete with hand-lain brick archways, contributes to superb acoustics and ambience which entices audiences to enjoy an intimate performance, with just 120 patrons each night.

For enquiries and performance dates visit Underground Opera.

Discover Brisbane’s Street Art

Brisbane is rich with open-air art, from historical sculptures to contemporary murals, it’s fast becoming a contender in the street-art world.

Want to become better acquainted with Brisbane’s rich art scene? Then get on a small group Brisbane Street Art Walking Tour. The small group walking tours cater for 1-8 persons, so don’t be afraid to come alone.

Scale the Clock Tower at Brisbane City Hall

Tours operate daily taking visitors up the Brisbane City Hall Clock Tower in a beautiful, old, hand-operated lift, providing a bird’s-eye view of the city.

The clock tower has been in operation since the opening of City Hall in 1930, and is 87.47 metres high with an observation platform at 64 metres, which people can walk out onto to absorb the unique view of Brisbane. 

Tickets are free on a first come, first served basis. Tours operate daily, 10.15am – 4.45pm, every 15 minutes.

See an Old Black & White Silent Movie

Take a trip back in time to the 1920s on a Friday night once a month, with a screening of classic silent movies accompanied by a live pianist, preceded by newsreels and cartoons in vintage surrounds, at the retro cinema The Lumen Room at Metro Arts.

Roaring Twenties Cinema is a monthly event. Check their Facebook page for upcoming screenings.

Metro Arts are located at 109 Edward St, Brisbane. Tickets are $16.50 per person.


The West End Fire Festival sets up in Orleigh Park every full moon. The community night welcomes all to come along, bring a picnic rug and food and either sit back to enjoy or join in fire twirling and a drum circle.

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