The Brass Monkey Story
One of the great novelties of the Brass Monkey Season® for those who inhabit the warmer reaches of South East Queensland, is the opportunity to get properly rugged up!
It's the winter chill in the Southern Downs that has earned the season its nickname, so where does the old saying 'cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey' originate? Like most tales, there are several competing accounts. One legend has it that on the warships of old, cannon balls were kept in brass racks known as monkeys. Water would often collect in these racks, and in winter, it would freeze and expand, dislodging the balls so they spilled out of the racks. And that's how the brass monkey lost its balls.
Whether heading to Jumpers & Jazz in July
, or hitting the National Parks
make sure you pack your coats, scarves, gloves, hats and boots.