Spring in Brisbane is glorious. This is the ideal time to make the most of the outdoor restaurants, visit the beautiful gardens and head to some exciting events. Book your tickets, hire your rental car and plan your trip today!

The outdoor restaurants are world class

Do you love food and being outside? Head to an outdoor restaurant in Brisbane and enjoy a delightful dining experience.

Soul Bistro is one eatery that makes dinner a special event. This restaurant began its journey in Hong Kong, with Terry Leung leading the venture and has grown to become an acclaimed and exciting dining establishment. The tapas combos are great for travelling groups.

Brisbane German Club serves up delicious meals and a range of unique and artisan beers such as Schlosser Alt and Lowenbrau. The pork knuckle is one of the signature dishes, and for good reason. The slow roasted pork hock is served with fried potatoes, sauerkraut and smoked beer gravy and is the perfect mix of comfort food and surprising flavours.

Slinky Espresso, Elixir Coffee, Bew and Miel Container are also great establishments worth checking out.

The gardens are blooming and full of life

While there are a number of gardens in Brisbane, the City Botanic Gardens is an absolute must. The stunning flora and fauna found here was originally planted by convicts in 1825, making it the oldest garden in the city. In fact, the food crops from the garden were planted to feed the prison colony.

Running from Alice Street to the Brisbane River, there's a lot to see here, particularly in the spring when everything is blooming with life. Check out the ancient trees, exotic flowers and glades of rainforest. Stop by some of the many highlights, including the Bamboo Grove, Jemmy Morrill and the Brolgas sculpture, ornamental ponds and Weeping Fig Avenue.

If you want to explore the garden with someone who is knowledgeable about the area and its significance in history, take a free guided walk from Monday to Saturday, between 11am and 1pm. These last about an hour and begin at the Rotunda near the Alice St Main Entrance.

There are a number of amazing events taking place

During your stay in Brisbane, be sure to check out some of the fantastic events taking place. The music festival A Day on the Green will take place at Sirromet Winery on Sunday November 9 this year, and is set to be even bigger and better than last year.

This is a day that celebrates music, the location and wine. The vineyard makes for a stunning backdrop and provides some delicious wines to try, from the region and beyond. Headlining this year is Jimmy Barnes. The Scottish-born Australian rock musician happens to be celebrating his 30th anniversary as a solo artist and is set to put on an amazing show.

You can get here easily form Brisbane Airport. Take the Gateway Motorway south, towards the Gold Coast and take the Mount Gravatt/Capalaba Road Exit. When you come to Mount Cotton Road turn right and in about 3km you will be at your destination. The whole drive will take you about half an hour.

Take this opportunity to enjoy the markets. There is the Roklea Markets every Saturday with coffee, shopping, a range of delectable cuisine and live entertainment. The Beenleigh Craft and Farmers Market is another great option, known for its fresh fish and lovely crafts on offer. But that's not all! The Esk Markets also on Saturday from 7am to midday, and The Valley Markets are stunning and where you're sure to make some delightful and surprising finds.