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Southbank Parklands


Visit the premier lifestyle and cultural destination located on the southern banks of the Brisbane River. The Grand Arbour is located in the picturesque South Bank lush parklands sub-tropical climate.


Sirromet Wines Mount Cotton
Sirromet winery offers a variety of dining options from fine dining in the award winning Restaurant Lurleen’s to café style dining in the Tuscan inspired terrace or Cellar Door. All enjoy the natural structure and unique architecture of the winery’s buildings with breathtaking scenery surrounding Moreton Bay.








Sunshine Coast


Noosa Heads and Fairy Pools

Where to find the Noosa Fairy Pools!  One of the more newer editions to the much loved Noosa Sunshine Coast is the Noosa Fairy Pools.  Found just past Dolphin Point and Granite Bay take a step away from the path past the bench and make your way towards the rockpool that has become quickly popular.  Make sure you check the tide and go at the right time as this will make the most of your experience as you can jump into the pool.



Hell's Gate Noosa

One of my favourite coastal walks to date is Hell's Gate Noosa where you can fully enjoy the coastal views and stop by the many beaches.  The weather in Queensland especially towards the Sunshine Coast is always perfect for a reason to get outdoors all year round with many locals taking advantage of their neighbourhood.


Mt. Coolum  Sunshine Coast

An easy to moderate hike up Mt Coolum leads to an expansive view over the Sunshine Coast.  You can easily make it to the top within 30-45 minutes and great for all fitness levels.  If I lived on the sunshine coast I would love to be able to do this active hike at Mt Coolum and even The Glass House Mountains.


Glass House Mountains Sunshine Coast

One of the best things about growing up in Queensland are the natural scenic landscapes to explore, from beaches to mountain hikes to waterfalls and creeks.  Queensland really is your outdoor backyard with all the weekend activities you can grow up exploring with your friends!


Strawberry Fields

A fun day trip during the right season is Strawberry picking!  Freshly picked strawberries somehow do taste more fresh and so much more fun picking them yourself!  This is a great stop if you're coming or going towards the Sunshine Coast.


Mount Tamborine

Mount Tambourine is a beautiful scenic escape from the city with plenty of activities to drive to.  Whether it's driving to a scenic lookout to Rotary Lookout or the Glow Worm Caves in Mount Tamborine, there's a little something for everyone all-year round.  If you're looking for an adrenaline filled activity, the Tree Top challenge is a fun activity with the family also.



Places to Dine ♦ Brisbane

Discover Brisbane and its culinary adventures through my travel diary of the places to eat, drink and socialise in Brisbane  Also keep up-to-date with events and things to do in Brisbane.


~ Alchemy Restaurant & Bar ~
Modern Australian | European
Eagle Street Pier
Alchemy Restaurant and Bar is an unique Australian dining experience. Located in a stunning position on the Brisbane River, the venue has an atmosphere of relaxed elegance inspired by the exquisite cuisine and spectacular views. Upscale riverside dining venue with a sleek interior and creative Modern Australian tasting menus.

Alchemy Restaurant & Bar  


~ Bacchus ~ 
Modern Australian | European
Upscale Modern Australian dishes, plus clever cocktails, in a glamorous poolside restaurant and bar.


~ Blackbird Bar & Grill ~ 
Modern Australian | Trendy Bar
Eagle Street Pier
This popular Bar is a favourite destination to meet with friends especially for the socialites. Located on the breathtaking Eagle Street Pier in the heart of the Valley it's a great beginning to a sophisticated night for classic drinks and social classy cocktails with a view.
Blackbird Bar & Grill | Reservation



Black Hide By Gambaro at Treasury Brisbane & Persone ~
Steakhouse | Seafood
Brisbane CBD
The Gambaro family's second steakhouse, a 155-seat city-centre sibling for its Caxton Street venture, occupies high-ceilinged quarters in the Treasury Brisbane casino. The look is clubby, with plush velvet bucket chairs and a mix of marble-and timber-topped tables, built on the bones of a heritage building with tall timber-framed French doors and wood panelling. Service is formal but friendly.

Black Hide By Gambaro at Treasury Brisbane & Persone


Italian | Chef Table
James Street Precinct
The Chef’s Table at Bucci Restaurant is located in the centre of the eatery and right in front of the open kitchen. Set apart from the other tables by the red Thonet Bentwood chairs and three striking Little People chandeliers, the table can accommodate up to 20 guests. Diners can enjoy the full a la carte menu, the seasonal set menu or a custom menu crafted to guest’s liking by co-owner and executive chef Shaun Malone. Alongside the delicious Italian cuisine on offer, guests can also pick from the award-winning wine list or treat themselves to the cocktail bar.

Bucci Restaurant


Modern Chinese
Brisbane CBD
Modern Chinese is the goal at Donna Chang, with the very best local ingredients creating inspired dishes that educate & excite. 

Donna Chang


~ Gambaro Seafood Restaurant ~
Australian  | Seafood
Brisbane CBD
Gambaro Restaurant Brisbane boasts some of the finest seafood delicacies in the world, including the mouth-watering Mud Crab, Green Lobster fresh from our tank, Moreton Bay Bugs and Tasmanian oysters. Best Seafood Restaurant Finalist at the 2016 Savour Australia. 


~ Gerard's Bistro ~
Middle Eastern | Persian
James Street Precinct
Gerard’s Bistro is a hidden treasure and an indulgent experience. Combining the flavours of the Maghreb and Middle East, Gerard’s Bistro’s menu offers a modern take on classic dishes using locally sourced ingredients with traditional technique. Gerard’s menu is designed to be shared along with our carefully curated wine list to enhance the experience.

Gerard’s Bistro


~ GOMA Restaurant ~
Gallery of Modern Art
GOMA Restaurant's philosophy is to deliver a dining experience as contemporary and creative as the artwork which surrounds it. Like the best artists, our menu strives to tell stories. With a focus on local ingredients, we work with growers and suppliers to source produce at its peak, profile new ingredients and rediscover forgotten ones.  The gallery aims to minimise its environmental impact by using sustainable, organic and biodynamic ingredients where possible.

GOMA Restaurant


Brisbane CBD
Broken down into Raw, Bites, Bigs and Greens, hôntô’s menu is designed for you to mix n match with your dining companions. The Raw menu is our version of sashimi - it showcases local seafood with unexpected and approachable pairings. 

Hôntô Brisbane


~ Il Centro Restaurant and Bar ~
Modern Italian
Eagle Street Pier
Located in the heart of Brisbane’s premier dining precinct, Eagle Street Pier, the multi-award-winning restaurant enjoys sweeping views of the Brisbane River and Story Bridge.

Il Centro Restaurant and Bar


~ Kingley's Brisbane ~
Modern Australian | Steakhouse
Eagle Street Pier
Sophisticated yet relaxed dining, taking in the world class views shared by Brisbane River's best restaurants.A stylish, contemporary restaurant with water views, specialising in premium steaks and crab. 


Hellenika ~
Contemporary Greek | Trendy
James Street Precinct
Brisbane’s very own urban resort The Calile Hotel has you sorted. Much-loved Nobby Beach eatery Hellenika has opened a sibling venue in Brisbane, serving at the hotel’s signature poolside restaurant. Simple authentic home-style Greek food, designed for alfresco dining, poolside bites and beautiful wine.


~ La Vue Waterfront Restaurant ~
Modern Australian 
Petrie Terrace
Sophisticated venue for Modern Australian fare in a light-filled dining room overlooking the river.

La Vue Waterfront Restaurant


  ~ Moda Restaurant ~
Modern Spanish | Tapas | Chef Table
Petrie Terrace
Contemporary menus influenced by Catalan flavours, plus boutique wines, in a elegant dining room. Experience one of Brisbane’s most unique restaurants.
Relax and enjoy our mouth-watering Spanish-inspired menu, including extraordinary tapas, delicious entremeses and steaks grilled with a famous MIBRASA charcoal oven, paired with a Spanish, South American or boutique Australian wine.



~ Moo Moo The Wine Bar & Grill  ~
Modern Australian | Steakhouse
Brisbane CBD
Discover one of Brisbane’s best-kept secrets! A trendy, high-end steak restaurant with a long wine list, in the old Port Office building.


~ Otto Ristorante Brisbane ~
Modern Italian | Fine Dining
Brisbane CBD
Refined Italian dishes & tasting menus in a fashionable locale overlooking the Brisbane River to the Story Bridge, OTTO Brisbane brings vibrancy and glamour to the Queensland dining scene. Striking river and cityscape views and colourful interiors meet warm and assured service.


~ Pony Dining ~
Modern Australian | Steakhouse
Eagle Street Pier
Widely regarded as the pioneers of the wood fire grill, Pony Dining offers an honest flavour driven menu showcasing Australian produce and a carefully crafted boutique selection of wines with a cheeky cocktail list. Pony Dining is located on the lively riverfront precinct of Eagle Street Pier and offers premier waterfront dining boasting unrivalled views across the Brisbane River. 

Pony Dining


Modern Australian
Brisbane CBD
We serve modern Australian cooking, thoughtful, and elegant food in a relaxed and informal setting. Guests are invited on a culinary journey of Australian flavours and techniques, respecting the traditions Dan learnt while perfecting his craft in France.

Restaurant Dan Arnold


~ Saké Restaurant & Bar ~
Contemporary Japanese
Eagle Street Pier
Treat yourself to a dynamic culinary experience straight from Saké’s top Executive Chefs who bring the dynamic and innovative Japanese culture to life through their mouthwatering creations.

Saké Restaurant & Bar

~ Signature at Emporium Hotel Southbank ~
Contemporary Australia
Signature is the pinnacle of Emporium Hotel South Bank’s culinary collection, serving an elegant, modern cuisine and celebrating the best of Australian produce.


~ Sono Japanese Restaurant ~
Contemporary Japanese | Fine Dining
Portside Wharf ♦ Brisbane CBD
Modern Japanese food, a teppanyaki bar and a sake tasting menu in a refined riverfront space.

Sono Japanese Restaurant

~ Stokehouse ~
Contemporary Australian | Steakhouse
Stokehouse Q is one of Brisbane’s favourite riverside dining destinations, encapsulating the best of absolute waterfront locations with an open-plan restaurant overlooking the river and a design that takes full advantage of the celebrated Queensland climate. Breezy riverfront restaurant featuring upmarket seafood dishes, plus city views & outdoor seating.


~ Riverbar and Kitchen ~
Contemporary | Bar and Restaurant
Eagle Street Pier 
Riverbar & Kitchen offers spectacular views, delectable food and an extensive array of drinks ideal for any time of the day with social waterfront restaurant by the pier in a breezy outdoor location.


Brisbane CBD
The Ducks' newest nest is a relaxed design-savvy mix-and-match affair. Three storeys up, it sits in the well-upholstered quarters of the W Brisbane hotel, opening to a curvy balcony overlooking the Brisbane River.

Three Blue Ducks


~ Urbane Restaurant  ~
Brisbane CBD
Contemporary Australian | Steakhouse
Stylish dining space screened by bronze mesh offering creative tasting menus with global influences

Urbane Restaurant


Hilton Hotel, Brisbane CBD
Set in the Hilton Brisbane, Vintaged Bar and Grill is headed up by executive chef Matthew Wood. Having 20 years of experience under his belt, Wood has worked in the kitchens of Vue de Monde, ARIA, and Stokehouse Q.
The Chef’s Table at Vintaged Bar and Grill hosts up to nine guests in chic surroundings with a bespoke menu created just for the event. The restaurant’s menu also offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and is best known for its succulent steaks.


 Places to Socialise ♦ Brisbane

Fridays Riverside ♦  Eagle Street Pier Brisbane CBD  ♦ 
Nightlife | Bar and Nightclub
If you're looking for a sophisticated night out with a great view along the river in the city then Eagle Street Pier is your destination! Located in the heart of the city this is one of the reasons Brisbane is well known and loved for being a walking city, to be able to enjoy the city and not be overwhelmed with the hustle and bustle of traffic and commuters.  This is what makes Brisbane well known for the relaxed vibe compared to other major cities of Sydney and Melbourne.


~ Blackbird Bar & Grill ~ 
Eagle Street Pier
Modern Australian | Trendy Bar
Eagle Street Pier
This popular Bar is a favourite destination to meet with friends especially for the socialites. Located on the breathtaking Eagle Street Pier in the heart of the Valley it's a great beginning to a sophisticated night for classic drinks and social classy cocktails with a view.
Blackbird Bar & Grill | Reservation


~ Eleven Rooftop Bar ~ 
Modern | Trendy Rooftop Bar
Fortitude Valley
Perched eleven stories high above Brisbane’s nightlife hub on Ann Street, Eleven Rooftop Bar boasts impressive 270 degree views of Fortitude Valley, the CBD and surrounding suburbs. Inspired by the rooftops of Istanbul, the sophisticated Eleven Rooftop bar is a haven from the rushed city life and home to Brisbane’s most iconic view.


~ Hellenika at th Calile ~ 
Contemporary Greek | Trendy
James Street Precinct
Brisbane’s very own urban resort The Calile Hotel has you sorted. Much-loved Nobby Beach eatery Hellenika has opened a sibling venue in Brisbane, serving at the hotel’s signature poolside restaurant. Simple authentic home-style Greek food, designed for alfresco dining, poolside bites and beautiful wine.


~ Jade Buddha ~
Asian Fusion | Bar and Nightlife
Eagle Street Pier Brisbane CBD 
An Asian fusion lounge bar and restaurant with waterfront views of Eagle Street Pier.  An array of music with Sunday night salsa!



Casual Places to Dine ♦ Brisbane

~ Enjoy Inn ~
Chinatown  ♦  Hamilton
Chinese | Social


~ Golden Palace Seafood Restaurant  ~
Chinatown  Fortitude Valley
Yum Cha | Late-night | Social

~ King of Kings ~
Chinatown  Fortitude Valley
One of the more popular Yum-Cha destinations especially for large gatherings and a favourite for birthdays this restaurant is often buzzing with lively atmosphere day or night.


~ Madtongsan II ~
Brisbane CBD  ♦  Sunnybank 
Korean BBQ | Late-night


~ Maru Korean BBQ ~
Brisbane CBD
Korean BBQ | Late-night


~ Shabuhouse ~
Brisbane CBD
Japanese | All you can eat | Hotpot | Sushi
Expansive, contemporary Japanese buffet dining with individual hot pots and minimalist seating.


~ Sushi Edo ~
Newmarket  ♦  Nundah  ♦  Brisbane CBD   ♦  Petrie Terrace ♦  Sunnybank
Japanese | Sushi Train
All plates $3.80! Great value and great quality sushi! They have recently expanded and renovated their location in Newmarket and it's in such a great new hub now!


~ Superbowl Chinese Restaurant ~
Chinatown Fortitude Valley
Chinese | Late-night | Social
This popular BYO is always a great gathering for good food, good drinks and good company.  A great social atmosphere to start the night or even just a night for a social dinner.


~ The Manor Chinese Restaurant  ~
Eight Mile Plains
For all those night owls craving Yum Cha at midnight there's actually a asian Yum Cha open til 2am where you can even enjoy a late-night drive to Eight Mile Plains.
Chinese | Social


~ WaraWara ~
Brisbane CBD 

Korean BBQ | Late-night 


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