Winter is fast approaching. The temperature is dropping, the jumpers are being pulled out of the back of the wardrobe and the blankets are back on the bed. At this time of year it’s tempting to enter hibernation mode; to stay inside with the heater turned up and lay low until the first signs of spring. But if you do you’ll miss out on all the great things Bulimba and its surrounding suburbs have to offer over the chilly season. Here are some of our favourite things to do over winter:
Enjoy a drink with a view
One of the hottest new spots to check out this winter will be Il Molo Italian Kitchen & Bar, located at the end of Oxford Street on the river – you might know it as The Jetty Oxford. In a cute twist, owners Jason and Katie Coats have rebranded the popular spot as Il Molo, which is Italian for ‘the jetty’.
While this is a venue you can dine in, it’s also a popular watering hole, and it’s just one of a variety of bars in Bulimba to choose from.
Other venues to choose from include the iconic Oxford 152, Oxford Tap House, Blind Tiger Bar… the list goes on.
Curl up with a book
Winter often conjures up thoughts of cosy times by the fire, curled up with a book. If this takes your fancy, you can find a wide variety of books in Bulimba at either the local library or at Riverbend Books on Oxford Street. Both have regular events, with Riverbend Books even hosting two Winter Book Chats over winter – on June 20 and 21 – to enlighten you on the must-read books this year.
What better way is there to warm up than to work up a sweat?
The Agoge Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy has just opened in Bulimba on Barramul Street, which can help with not only fitness, but self-defence. If that’s not your thing there are also multiple bootcamps held in the parks around Bulimba to whip you into shape.
Another option is to pull on your leg warmers and go for a run around our beautiful suburbs, taking a track that leads to the Brisbane River where you enjoy the gorgeous views as the sun rises or sets, if you time it right.
If you’re after some lower impact exercise, play a round of golf at the Bulimba Golf Club or enjoy an afternoon of barefoot bowls at the Bulimba Bowls Club.
Soak up the sunshine
Nothing beats a sunny day during a Brisbane winter. There may be a chill in the air but if you sit in the sun under the clear blue sky, soon enough you’ll need to take that jumper off.
There are plenty of green spaces in Bulimba and its neighbouring suburbs in which to hang out and read a book, kick a footy around or enjoy a picnic or some takeaway from one of the nearby cafes, restaurants or markets, including the Fish Factory or Hawthorne Garage.
If you want a river view you can head down to Vic Lucas Park, Bulimba Riverside Park or Hardcastle Park, while on a breezy day the other options include Bulimba Memorial Park and Hawthorne Park.
The cold weather often makes us want to sit on the couch and watch a movie. But instead of staying at home, you can pick up a bucket of warm popcorn at one of the three local cinema complexes and get comfortable.
Oxford Street is home to one of Brisbane’s oldest cinemas, the Cineplex Balmoral, and there are two other options on nearby Hawthorne Road – the Cineplex or the new luxury cinema across the road.
Shop ‘til you drop
There’s an array of boutique shops in Bulimba and surrounds, including homewares, fashion and gift stores, and ranging from second-hand to luxury shopping.
You can meander along Oxford Street, where many shops are concentrated, or visit the storefronts dotting the suburb’s leafy streets, including Hawthorne Road or Riding Road, before sitting down at one of many inviting cafes in the area, including French Twist, Bellissimo Coffee or Sarmic Artisan Provisions & Café.
Dine out close to home
What’s your cuisine of choice? Italian? Indian? Thai? There’s everything you can think of in our postcode, to cater for all tastes and palates.
For Italian try Sugo Mi Bistro Pizzeria, Delizioso on Oxford or Panchos Pizza, for Thai there’s Red Galanga, Indian choices include It’s Mirchi Healthy Indian and for Mexican there’s La Quinta. And don’t forget about Ambrosia & Co for Mediterranean Cuisine. Barcadia is another good option if you just want a snack or even something more filling in a relaxed setting.
For dessert – or a decadent pick-me-up at any time of day – you can’t go past Max Brenner on Oxford Street.
By Vanessa De Groot