WHEN IN: BRISBANE
WHAT TO EXPECT
It's culturally vibrant without any of the painful hustle and bustle one associates with city life, not to mention it's only an hours drive from some of the best beaches in the world i.e. Noosa, Byron Bay, Stadbroke Island, the list goes on...
Considered to be Melbourne's little sister and by far Australia's most underrated city, Brisbane is an energetic river town that has so much more to offer than perfect sunshine most of the year - cue sun emoji. From a booming art scene, pumping nightlight with great coffee and restaurants, you'd want to make sure you don't skip BNE when you visit down under.
WHERE TO STAY
From $164 AUD per night
Splash Out - Capri by Fraser Brisbane
Located in the heart of Brisbane's CBD, here you'll find an effortlessly stylish and vibrant hotel, designed by the award-winning Ministry Of Design. Our favourite feature is the living vertical garden walls which immediately stands out upon entering the building, leading through to Asana by Pete Evans, Brisbane's hottest Paleo restaurant offering all of the gluten free, organic options you can imagine!
37 Balfour Street, New Farm, Brisbane, 4005
* Read our full review of Capri by Fraser Here
From $199 AUD per night
Go Fancy - The New Inchcolm Hotel & Suites
The New Incholm Hotel and Suites is a distinctly boutique hotels of impeccable style and character which dates back to the 1880s. Originally the home of scientist, astrologer and pioneering photograph Dr John Thomas, who chose the heritage-listed abode for his person residence. Since then it has been a boutique hotel since 1998, offering elegantly crafted rooms and lofts, a casual yet sophisticated restaurant and an even more glamorous bar.
73 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill, Brisbane, 4000
From $180 AUD per night
Keep It Cool - TRYP Fortitude Valley Hotel
Expect to find the coolest boutique hotel in Brisbane, TRYP Fortitude Valley is what the cultural hot spot of Brisbane has been missing. Australia's first Street Art Hotel, this once abandoned warehouse full of graffiti has now been transformed into a chic, modern piece of boutique brilliance. Expect to feel like you 'Own The City', each floor has been fitted out with incredible artworks from incredible street artists embracing the once neglected spaces.
14/20 Constance Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, 4006
* Read our full review of TRYP Fortitude Valley Here
WHERE TO EAT
Our Pick - Happy Boy
Located in Spring Hill, Happy Boy is our favourite Chinese restaurant and wine bar tucked away in a side street garage! Indulge your taste puds in the prawn potstickers, crispy chicken wings, prawn and pork wontons and the salt and pepper quail eggs are a few of our tops pick!
WHERE TO DRINK
Our pick - Gerard's Bar
The best of Brisbane’s bars is tucked away from all the hustle and bustle of James Street, behind it's big brother Gerard's Bistro. With a focus on charcuterie, the guys offers the best appestisers in the business and aperitifs and is a must visit if in the vicinity.
WHERE TO PLAY
- Southbank Markets & Lagoons
- James Street Fortitude Valley for all things shopping & social
- West End Markets
- Queensland Gallery of Modern Art
- Mt Cootha Lookout for Sunrise or Sunset