14 Dec 2017

Christmas Day weather forecast and what’s open in Brisbane

QUEENSLANDERS headed to the shops yesterday for a last-minute shopping storm but for some, the need for a fix will be too great to miss on Christmas Day too.

While choices are very limited, those seeking something to do, a nice meal with friends or family, or just the chance to bag a few groceries will find a few places braving the wrath of their staff to open today.

What’s open Christmas Day?


  • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, 708 Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket, 9am-5pm
  • Wheel of Brisbane, Cultural Forecourt, The Parklands, Brisbane City, 2pm-10pm
  • Scenic Rim Adventure Park, 636 Tamrookum Creek Road, Tamrookum Creek, bookings required
  • Australian Sunset Safaris, 1/19 Lochlarney Street, Beenleigh, bookings required


  • Event Cinemas Westfield Chermside, Cnr Gympie & Hamilton Rds, Chermside, 2pm-10pm
  • Event Cinemas Pacific Fair, Hooker Blvd, Broadbeach, 3.30pm-10pm
  • Event Cinemas Westfield Garden City, Cnr Logan & Kessels Rd, Upper Mount Gravatt, 2pm-10pm


  • Bavarian Bier Café, Level 1, Eagle St Pier, 45 Eagle St, Lunch only
  • Bacchus, Cnr Grey & Glenelg Streets, South Bank, 6-10am
  • Bellissimo Coffee, 30 Wandoo Street, Fortitude Valley, 7am-11am
  • Cha Cha Char, Shop 5, Plaza Level, Eagle Street Pier, 1 Eagle St, Brisbane, 6pm-11pm
  • Gambaro Seafood, 33 Caxton St, Petrie Terrace, Lunch from 11.30am
  • Jellyfish, Riverside Boardwalk, 123 Eagle Street, Brisbane, lunch only, booking required
  • Sake Restaurant, Eagle Street Pier, 45 Eagle Street, Brisbane, Lunch only, booking required
  • The Croft House, 95 Charlotte St, Brisbane, Buffet breakfast and lunch, open for dinner
  • Vintaged Bar + Grill, Level Six, 190 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane City, bookings required
  • Popolo, 3/Sidon Street, South Bank, lunch from 11.30am
  • River Quay Fish, River Quay, Sidon Street, South Bank, lunch from 11.30am


  • IGA Milton, 12 Baroona Street Shop 23, Milton, 6am-12am
  • IGA X-press Kangaroo Point, 679 Main Street Kangaroo Point, 24 hours
  • IGA New Farm, 572 Brunswick Street New Farm, 6am-12am
  • IGA East Brisbane, 33 Lytton Road East Brisbane, 6am -12am
  • Coles Express and Caltex Woolworths service station stores open 24 hours

National Retail Association CEO Dominique Lamb said Queensland’s extended trading hours had seen about a 6 per cent increase in consumer spending over the Christmas period so far.

The southeast is expected to be clear, warm and mostly fine today but other parts of the state might not be so lucky, with thunderstorms expected around Charleville and St George and showers along the coast up north.

Bureau Meteorologist Michael Paech said the temperature in Brisbane would be roughly on par with the December average of 29 degrees.

“It will be about a degree below the average in Brisbane and there’s a chance of a shower but there will be plenty of fine spells throughout the day,” he said.

“We should see quite a good deal of shower activity along the east coast from about Fraser Island to Cook Town is where there will be more frequent showers,” he said.

Temperatures will range from about 30C along the east coast to 41C in the west.

Weatherzone meteorologist James Casey said Brisbane residents should be prepared for showers.

“Even a possible isolated thunderstorm.,” he said.

‘‘I’d advise people to have a bit of a backup plan if you’re celebrating outdoors.”

The Australian Medical Association warned about the possible consequences of some Christmas lunch alcohol combined with extreme heat.

“Aim to drink two to three litres of water a day and be mindful of the signs of dehydration, such as increased thirst, dry mouth and swollen tongue, weakness or dizziness, and palpitations, feeling confused or sluggish, or fainting,” AMA vice-president Dr Tony Bartone said.

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