The third largest City in Australia, Queensland’s riverside Capital, Brisbane is nestled between the Pacific Ocean and rugged National Parks.
In the past tourists tend to stick to the likes of Sydney and Melbourne when visiting Australia but situated just one-and-a-half hour from the Gold Coast, Brisbane has seen an influx of restauranteer’s and creatives inject a new lease of life into this city, fast becoming a cosmopolitan hub for arts and culture whilst still retaining its close connection with the beautiful nature it’s set within.
Start your holiday at the airport with Brisbane airport parking and let your feet and mind wander round this up-and-coming hip Aussie city.
Where to stay
Located under the iconic Story Bridge which spans across the Brisbane River. This Art Series hotel, The Fantauzzo overlooks Brisbane’s coolest entertainment and lifestyle destination, Howard Smith Wharves. Taking inspiration from the Australian painter Vincent Fantauzzo, this luxury hotel features 166 suites, a heated rooftop pool and cocktail bar overlooking the spectacular view. True to its name, the hotel is decked out with original artwork from Fantauzzo himself.
For the shopping lovers, The Calile is set in the James Street Precinct – this minimalistic and seriously slick hotel, sees the likes of Aussie’s hip fashion brand Bassike design the staff’s linen uniforms. The rooms see a mix of materials from concrete ceilings to leather day beds and cork lined walls, whilst balconies look into the 30-metre-pool lined with palm trees and pastel cabanas. The best local fashion brands, Dion Lee and Camilla & Marc are based at the bottom of the hotel so should you feel the need for a little retail therapy to fit in with this cool factor then it’s right there on your doorstep – literally.
This ultra-modern, boasts suites spa baths, Bose speakers and HD mirror-finish TV’s. There’s even a pillow menu for those who need the ultimate night’s sleep after a day exploring this sun-drenched city.
Where to eat
Tucked away behind the infamous shopping mecca James Street, this hidden treasure has been named the Best Restaurant in Queensland. The indulgent experience sees dishes from Africa, Europe and the middle-East all set to tantilsing your tastebuds set in a chic dining room. Made with locally sourced ingredients, dishes are to be shared. The strong international wine list has been curated to complement the delicious food on offer.
This immensely personal 10-seat chef’s table dining experience is run by Tim and Sarah Scott. The couple, who have worked in some of the Sydney’s best venues wanted to remove the line of back and front of house. What the duo has created is exceptional, they cook for you, serve for you and pour your wine – all from the galley kitchen in front of your eyes. Expect mouthwatering Japanese and Nordic influences made with local Aussie ingredients.
What to do
Mt Coot-tha-tha Lookout
After all of the eating indulgence that Brisbane has on offer why not start the morning with the Mt-Coot summit. The two-hour summit is ideal to do in the morning, where you will be greeted with panoramic views of the City.
Now home to Howard Smith Wharf, Story Bridge is a heritage listed cantilever bridge spanning the Brisbane river. For those adventurous traveller’s you can climb up or abseil the bridge.
After all the walking and exploring, Southbank has a salt-water lagoon for those who wish to bask in the Queensland sunshine. Southbank is also home to many green spaces and eateries all set against the cities skyline.
Lone Pine Koala Sactuary
Is the biggest Koala sanctuart in the world. Set just over seven miles from the city you can see one of Australia’s more renowned natives in their natural habitat.
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