It’s no surprise that Brisbane hosts Australia’s largest German festival every year. The two places have had a special connection for over a century, with the majority of German settlers having chosen Queensland as their Australian home as of 1901. 118 years later, that connection will be celebrated with two jam-packed Oktoberfest weekends on 11-13 and 18-20 October 2019.
What is there to see and do at Oktoberfest? There’s the Anzapfen, where the Lord Mayor of Brisbane taps the first keg of beer and announces, “O’zapft!” (“It is tapped!”). Of course, there’s the plentiful beer to savour – brewed to the strict Bavarian purity law Reinheitsgebot, using only water, malt, hops and yeast. And there’s roving music, a beard competition, a fashion parade and a child-friendly Kinder-Zone to ensure there’s something for all ages and personalities.
For the ladies, there’s the Miss Oktoberfest competition to enter. To earn the title you’ll need to wear a dirndl in style, make and eat a pretzel, demonstrate your Oktoberfest knowledge, dress a Bavarian and even milk a cow. And for the gents to take out the title in the Bavarian Strongmen competition, you’ll need to excel in a jockey race, a jam donut eating competition, barrel race, nailing, tug of war and demonstrate your stein-holding strength. Of course, if competing isn’t your scene then you might like to check out the best of German engineering in the car display, or simply tuck into a huge Bavarian breakfast prepared in the traditional way. However you like to celebrate Oktoberfest, you’ll find that Brisbane’s festivities are family friendly, inclusive and a whole lot of fun.
Where to find Brisbane city accommodation for Oktoberfest 2019
You’ll naturally be looking for convenient Brisbane city accommodation in preparation for your Oktoberfest weekend, and there’s no better option than Punthill Brisbane in Spring Hill. You’ll have a luxurious king bed, WiFi, your own kitchen to prepare breakfast, a private balcony, plus a swimming pool and gym in case you need to burn off those tasty German sausages! These apartment hotels near Brisbane’s Roma Street parklands are an easy six-minute drive from the Munich Biergarten at Brisbane Showgrounds. Parking for the day will cost $15 at the festival, so you might prefer to take a 10 to 15 minute train journey to the showgrounds from your accommodation instead and save yourself some beer money.
Dust off your best dirndl or lederhosen, and secure your accommodation early to avoid missing out!