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30 Things to do in Brisbane

posted by Abby Page October 5, 2015 0 comments

Whether you’re a local born and bred, a visitor turned resident or tourist stopping by, Brisbane is a pretty cool place to be, but you have to know where to go and what to do to make the most of the river city. So, to help you on your exploring way, here are 30 things to do in Brisbane that are fun, won’t cost you a fortune and, you can do them solo or with your squad in tow. Let’s get to it:

  1. Go underground to get your morning coffee at Brew in Burnett Lane, a car park -turned-café
  2. Explore the city from a different view and kayak along the windy Brisbane River
  3. Attend many of the free comedy shows at the Powerhouse each weekend
  4. Get some American style food without leaving the country at California Native in Coorparoo
  5. Continue your ‘American trip’ with a visit to The Bowery Bar, a 1920s, New York style bar in Fortitude Valley, or check out our directory of American food in Brisbane here and go on a feasting tour
  6. Wake up early and hike up Mt Coot-tha to the lookout for some splendid views of the city, and then finish with breakfast at The Summit
  7. Cuddle up to a Koala at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
  8. Go for a dip at the famous Streets Beach in South Bank
  9. Speaking of South Bank, the area is full of places to dine or get some after work drinks!
  10. Love beer? Book yourself a tour of the XXXX Brewery
  11. If you love to shop, Elizabeth St and Queen St in the city are the places to go, with high end stores such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Hermes, international retailers TopShop and Forever 21 and a large collection of national favourites
  12. New Farm Park is one of Brisbane’s most beautiful parks, located right on the river. Have a coffee, let kids play on the amazing playground and see roses in full bloom. For more of Brisbane’s best parks, check out this post
  13. Hop on the ferry to either Stradbroke Island or Moreton Island for a day trip. Make sure you do your research in advance to see whether you need a car to get around
  14. Try some native Aussie food at Tukka in West End – crocodile, possum and emu feature on the menu!
  15. Take your pick from numerous bars/pubs at Stones Corner for a Sunday session. Our favourites are The Shady Palms and The Bent ElbowThings To Do In Brisbane | Brisbane Threads
  16. Abseil down the cliffs at Kangaroo Point (read about our experience here)
  17. Try a variety of delicious foods at the Eat Street Markets
  18. Sample some of Brisbane’s history by visiting the Spring Hill Baths, featuring classic changing rooms, grandstand seating and a 25 metre indoor heated pool
  19. Dress to impress and head to Bacchus Restaurant in South Bank, or its sister bar, Soleil Pool Bar
  20. Get some fresh produce at the Jan Powers Farmers Markets, which happen around different locations in Brisbane. In fact, make your way through our favourite Brisbane Farmers Markets from this post
  21. Fancy yourself a scare? Go on a guided Ghost Tour to spooky places in the CBD
  22. Dine in an old horse stable at Farrier and Co in New Farm
  23. Sky Zone in McGregor is Australia’s biggest indoor trampoline park , so go jump around!
  24. Visit the Fortitude Valley’s brand new underground Speakeasy, Prohibition
  25. Dress up and hit the races at either Doomben or Ascot
  26. Technically not Brisbane, but a list of Brisbane happenings is not complete without a visit to Australia Zoo!
  27. Day trips to either the Gold or Sunshine Coast are only an hour away from the CBD!
  28. Indulge in a chocolate-themed High Tea on the River Terrace of the Stamford Plaza
  29. Climb the Story Bridge for spectacular views of the city and beyond
  30. Brisbane’s city council has developed four different art trails around Brisbane, centred on different themes. Check them out at here.Things To Do In Brisbane | Brisbane Threads

There you have it – our favourite things to do in Brisbane! How many can you cross off the list? 

Beauty

Beauty Tuesday: SODA & Co.

posted by Abby Page September 22, 2015 0 comments

As we head out of winter, our skin craves some much needed love. A current favourite here at Brisbane Threads for some much needed TLC is Australian brand, Soda and Co. Have you heard of them?

SODA & Co is a fresh and natural skincare range of body scrubs, lip balms and hand wash products made down the road in Melbourne for us Aussie girls to lap up and love. The to-die-for body scrubs are perfect for getting rid of your dry, wintery skin. With a mix of oils and sugar (not the edible kind unfortunately), the scrub doubles as an exfoliator and moisturiser for the skin, leaving you feeling fresh, smooth and all-round fantastic.

SODA & Co, which is manufactured in Melbourne, is made from all natural ingredients and doesn’t test on animals. You’ll find no nasty chemicals or oils in here! With delicious scents and super cute packaging, put SODA & Co on your beauty lust list!

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Spicers Peak Lodge, Maryvale Located on a mountain in the middle of the Scenic Rim, Spicers Peak is Queensland's highest non-alpine lodge. This means one certain thing: it’s very cold - in winter, an average high temperature will be just 20 degrees. While the temperature is low, the prices are high with luxury accommodation at its finest. An overnight stay will set you back $1000! So if a special winter getaway is what you area after, than this may be exactly what you are looking for. Exclusive and intimate, accommodation (only five lodges on site) with mountain views all around, king-sized beds, bluestone fireplaces, outdoor spas and attentive, caring staff will make you feel like a visiting royal. Visit http://spicersretreats.com/spicers-peak-lodge/ for more information.
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6 Cozy Places To Escape To This Winter

posted by Abby Page June 24, 2015 0 comments

As June comes to an end, it is clear that winter is well and truly here. We said goodbye to weekends at the beach, lazy summer days, warm sunshine light-filled afternoons in the sun long ago, but that doesn’t mean a weekend vacay is off the cards because the cold has set in and cozy knits are required. Sure, Brisbane is surrounded by glorious beaches, swimming holes and grassy parks, but there are many, less well known places that surround the city and make for the perfect winter escape. Whether you’re looking for some time out on the weekend, or a longer stay for a special occasion, BT has you covered. We’ve picked the best, cosiest winter escapes to enjoy this winter and, as an added bonus, none are more than three hours away from the CBD!

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Godshill Lodge, Bunya Mountains – An isolated part of the Great Dividing Range, the Bunya Mountains (approximately 3 hours from Brisbane) is the place to go for a true escape. Surrounded mostly by a national park, the Bunya Mountains are peaceful, breathtakingly beautiful and unspoiled. Wake up to frost on the grass, feed colourful birds from your veranda, watch Wallabies graze on your front lawn and be greeted by a range of nocturnal animals at your window by night. For the more active, there are a handful of bush walks to choose from, where you can spot majestic Bunya pines and shy wildlife until your heart is content. Godshill Lodge is just one of almost a hundred chalet-style properties to choose from, families, large groups or couples will be sure to find something secluded. Pull out your warmest clothes though, the Bunya Mountains usually average a temperature at least seven degrees lower than Brisbane, and have hit below zero on numerous occasions. You’ll need to pack your own food when visiting Bunya Mountains, because there is only one restaurant on site and the nearest towns, Dalby and Kingaroy, are 60 kilometres away. If you’re after some down-time away from technology, then this is the place to be as there is limited data coverage and reception, so enjoy your time offline because you come back to the big smoke. Visit http://bunyamountains.com.au for more information.

O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Lamington – Still need a holiday, but can’t imagine sitting and reading around the fire all day? This retreat, located in Lamington National Park in the Gold Coast Hinterland, is designed for the more active among us. Activities at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat change daily, but each day starts at 6:45 with a walk to see the native birds followed by segway rides, Four Wheel Drive tours, walking tours, wildlife shows, exhilarating rides on the flying fox, theater presentations and a nightly glow worm tour. For those wanting a more relaxed (or adults only) holiday, why not partake in some wine tasting at the nearby Canungra Vineyard, or make a visit to the Lost World Spa, conveniently located onsite? Accommodation ranges from reasonably priced rooms to luxurious villas. Bonus – staff are extremely environmentally conscious and all accommodation/activities are eco friendly. Visit http://www.oreillys.com.au for more information.

Spicers Peak Lodge, Maryvale – Located on a mountain in the middle of the Scenic Rim, Spicers Peak is Queensland’s highest non-alpine lodge. This means one certain thing: it’s very cold – in winter, an average high temperature will be just 20 degrees. While the temperature is low, the prices are high with luxury accommodation at its finest. An overnight stay will set you back $1000! So if a special winter getaway is what you area after, than this may be exactly what you are looking for. Exclusive and intimate, accommodation (only five lodges on site) with mountain views all around, king-sized beds, bluestone fireplaces, outdoor spas and attentive, caring staff will make you feel like a visiting royal. Visit http://spicersretreats.com/spicers-peak-lodge/ for more information.

Apple Tree Cottage, Montville – Montville is one of Queensland’s best-kept secrets. Just 90 minutes from Brisbane, Montville is in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and has a pleasant climate all year round. We love Apple Tree Cottage due its closeness to the town centre and complimentary chocolates, but it is just one of dozens of places to stay in Montville (you could event venture to the neighbouring towns of Maleny and Mapleton). The old-style farm cottage can sleep up to five people, while the studio next door sleeps two. The town of Montville exudes an old timely charm, so expect to find a lot of chic cafes, boutique shops and traditional candy stores and learn more about the history of this area as you walk through the town centre. Visit http://www.appletreecottage.com.au for more information.

Mouses Houses Retreat, Springbrook Mountain – As stated on its website, staying at Mouses Houses Retreat is like stepping into another world. While some of the chalets can comfortably sleep up to eight people, this is really the getaway you want to make with that special someone. Nestled deep in the Springbrook forest in the Gold Coast Hinterland, Mouses Houses is romantic and deeply relaxing. Think dappled sunlight, cosy, undisturbed accommodation and peaceful silence interrupted only by the running creek nearby. Choose one of the twelve chalets, adorably named after fairy-tale characters, some closer to the creek than others. For a really special holiday, stay in the Luxury Spa Chalet, in a more secluded location with a private rock pool and hot tub. This retreat is aimed at those really wanting to unwind, but if you start to feel a little restless, a drive to the Gold Coast is 30 minutes away. Visit http://www.mouseshouse.com.au/explore.html for more information.

Diamondvale Bed and Breakfast, Stanthorpe – Another one located in the Scenic Rim, Diamondvale B&B in Stanthorpe is just two and half hours from Brisbane. Some of the cottages are over 100 years old, but have been refurbished and are fully self-contained. Take your pick from one or two bedroom cottages, or go with a larger group and stay in the Lodge. Situated on a farm, Diamondvale is a unique experience and a great place for families. Let your kids help the staff feed chickens, ducks and horses, or play with Shadow and Cara, the two dogs who wander from cottage to cottage. These beautiful animals will be your new best friends for the entirety of your stay. Stanthorpe is also known for its collection of wineries, so visit some (or nearby town Ballandean) for a few tastings of the local tipple. Visit http://www.diamondvalecottages.com.au for more information.

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So tell us, what’s your favourite winter escapes? When the weather cools and all you want to do is rug up by the fire with a good book, graze on cheese and wine all afternoon and bake fresh sweets to warm your soul, where do you dream of going?

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Lifestyle

Boychoir – A Review

posted by Abby Page May 10, 2015 0 comments

Stet, a troubled and angry, 11 year old with a gifted with a beautiful voice, is given the opportunity of a lifetime when he is enrolled in the prestigious American Boychoir School. A fish out of water, he soon finds himself at odds with the school’s strict choirmaster (Dustin Hoffman), and must learn the balance between talent and hard work.

Boychoir is predictable in its form: a child from the wrong side of the tracks, guided to realising their full potential by a strict but kind and dedicated teacher. It is a movie that is enjoyable enough while you’re watching it, but doesn’t warrant too much analysis when plot holes develop.

Boychoir centres heavily around performances of the choir itself. The singing is the saviour of the film; it is beautiful and the talent of the young boys is astounding. However, if you’re not a fan of classical music, you may not enjoy the film to its full potential. It is also laden with intricate musical theory to display the true technique in singing, but this will be lost on people who haven’t studied music. The film is definitely aimed at a niche market, but those in the industry will enjoy it throughly.

Without the musical element the story seems under-developed and explanations as to ‘why’ are missing. Like why Stet interested in classical music in the first place? How did he manage to learn the music theory so quickly?

Sure, the performances are unconvincing in parts and the film falls a little flat by the end, but for those who enjoy music theory and choral singing, this film is wholeheartedly for you!

Beauty

Beauty Unleashed – My Glamour Sesh

posted by Abby Page April 15, 2015 0 comments

Think about it – do you have a photo of yourself? I don’t mean a selfie, or a snap on your phone, I mean a genuine, proper photo of yourself, taken by someone else. Do you have one?

This was the question that prompted Brisbane photographer, Amelia Satoor, to undertake a new kind of project. At the time, she was working with makeup artist Courtney Deagon on beauty shots for aspiring models. Taking inspiration from Sue Bryce and the glamour portraits of the 1980s, and taking into account the lack of self-portraits, Amelia and Courtney decided to channel their passion for simple, natural light portraits for the everyday woman.

Amelia and Courtney wanted to bring this experience to everyone, making it fun, easy and carefree. Through simple makeup and before-and-after portrait photography, Amelia and Courtney want to harness each woman’s natural beauty through art and make her feel special.

Danielle (the editor here at Brisbane Threads) sent me off to be involved in this experience, and I don’t know whether I loved or hated her for it. I love all things beauty, and love any chance to get my makeup done. But me – in front of a professional photographer?! I’m not a model! How would I stand? How would I pose? I won’t lie; I was terrified.

abbys before and afterNervously going into Amelia’s studio, I was put at ease straight away by her and Courtney. Both ladies are professional, reassuring and extremely friendly. While Courtney did my makeup, the three of us chatted about boyfriends, husbands, babies (Courtney’s three-month-old boy is adorable), makeup we used and travel. I felt my reservations about getting my photo taken melting away as we talked. I needn’t have worried about posing either, as Amelia is great director and made me feel relaxed and comfortable. There is even a mini wardrobe you can play dress ups with!

The whole experience was exactly what Courtney and Amelia aim for: essentially a fun girls’ day! I left the studio feeling happy, glam and confident, and I am so pleased with how the photos turned out (You can see them below). I encourage all women to give it a go, and see yourself in a way you’ve never seen before. The experience is only $99 for makeup, the shoot and 30 edited photos, and Amelia and Courtney are offering 30% off for Brisbane Threads readers! You really have no excuse.

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Courtney Deagon – Makeup Artist
0423 536 303 [email protected] // www.courtneyjdeagon.wix.com/courtneydeagon

Amelia Satoor – Photographer
0401 757 394 // [email protected] // www.ameliajanesatoor.com

Food

Attention coffee lovers – Merlo’s Cold Press has Arrived!

posted by Abby Page April 1, 2015 0 comments

Attention coffee lovers! Merlo Coffee has officially released the Black Bear Cold Press; cold coffee for the coffee purist!

Even if you’re not coffee fan, I’d be extremely surprised if you didn’t recognize the blue and white brand that is Merlo. Dotted all around the city, Merlo has been making coffee for many, many years and has been voted Brisbane’s Best Coffee, twice.

I’d also be surprised if even the weakest of coffee palates didn’t like the latest addition to Merlo’s range. It is rich and sweet, and is the perfect way to introduce yourself to the flavour of coffee.

The beans are Merlo’s own and are brewed, cold pressed for 24 hours and bottled. This is literally cold coffee, making it different from baristas’ previous attempts at iced coffee: an espresso shot added to cold milk, ice and/or ice cream.

Black Bear, for now, is sold at any Bar Merlo for $5.50 a bottle.

Beauty

Brisbane Beauty – Issada Cosmetics

posted by Abby Page February 12, 2015 0 comments

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The Issada VIP night on Tuesday, February 3 was a must-go event for a makeup addict like me! A victim of brands like MAC, Naopleon Perdis, and Nars already, this exclusive shopping night (with discounts and free gifts – yes please!) gave me the opportunity to add Issada to that collection.

For those not familiar with the Issada story, the brand originally started as a luxury makeup brush company in Brisbane, and was the brush of choice by makeup artists on Hollywood film sets. Brisbane beauty therapist Fiona Neale bought the company in 2006, and launched Issada’s much-requested makeup range soon after.

Issada has now become popular makeup brand in Australia, with two concept stores here in Brisbane – Oxford St, Bulimba and Edward St, Brisbane City, where the invite-only event took place.

I was served by the wonderful Holly, who did a skin patch test on my skin to determine my shade of foundation (both cream and powder). She took me around the whole store, showing me each product and explaining the wonder that is Issada.

Completely alcohol and paraben free, the makeup is made from clinical grade minerals and vitamins, and has all sorts of natural goodness in it like jojoba oil and green tea extract. But what’s the best part? The makeup is vegan friendly and not tested on animals.

I left Issada with a bag full of goodies and feeling like I had been given the VIP treatment. If you love natural and animal friendly makeup, give this local brand a try – you won’t be disappointed!

               Issada Concept Store                                  Issada Concept Store      

188 Edward St                                              160 Oxford St

Brisbane, QLD, 4000                                     Bulimba, QLD 4177

3211 2022                                                    3395 7400

*image sourced from Issada

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Le Creuset Store Opening in Brisbane

posted by Abby Page December 10, 2014 0 comments

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On November 24, I paid a visit to the new premium cookware store, Le Creuset on our 5th Avenue equivalent, Elizabeth St. The brand originated from France in 1925, and is a global leader when it comes to premium cookware. Translating into ‘The Melting Pot’ in English, Le Creuset is exactly that; a melting pot of exciting colours and products. Famous for their cast iron range, Le Creuset has ranges in materials stoneware, non-stick and stainless steel. Think of any kitchen item you want, and I promise you, Le Creuset has it; casserole and oven dishes, pots and pans, steamers, bowls, cups, teapots and jars, available in all the colours of the rainbow!

The store is fitted out with sleek grey silver oak floors and tables, so the colourful range can take centre stage. Fans of the brand will know the Le Creuset is available in Myer and David Jones, but the new store offers much more variety (in both products and colours) than either department store. Another draw card for the store is onsite kitchen, where product and cooking demonstrations will take place daily. Yes, you read correctly, free food, every day. I can vouch for the zucchini fritters – they are delicious!

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You can check out the new Le Creuset store (and the food) at 215 Elizabeth St, Brisbane.

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Orange Sky Laundry: New Horizon for the Homeless

posted by Abby Page December 5, 2014 0 comments
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Image Source : OSL

Brisbane’s homeless population is one of our city’s best-hidden secrets. According to statistics from the Lord Mayor’s office, there are 2070 people identified as homeless dotted all over the city; people in safe-houses, rehabilitation centres and shelters. Approximately 300 of these people sleep rough in parks, laneways, abandoned buildings and car parks each night.

Orange Sky Laundry (OSL) is a new initiative aimed at helping these street-sleepers; run by university students Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi in the very heart of Brisbane. While the homeless have benefited from free food vans for a number of years, OSL is Australia’s first mobile laundry service, offering free washing and drying services.

The name ‘Orange Sky’ comes from the song of the same name by Alexi Murdoch. The song’s message centres on helping out our brothers and sisters, and inspired both Lucas and Nic to do exactly that. After working with homeless people while at school, the two twenty year olds identified a niche market and started their project.

Although the organisation has six board members, including an accountant, social worker and human resource manager, OSL’s service van is run by a group of volunteers, aged 18-30, 100 per cent of the time. Situated mostly around the City, Fortitude Valley and Bowen Hills (or, essentially, where the food vans are located), volunteers operate the van 5am-9am, three days a week. You can generally find them washing up to four or five loads in an hour.

Co-founder Lucas, has said that lending a helping hand is worth the sometimes challenging and confronting nature that comes with working with the homeless. He hopes that in five years, OSL is in every major Australia city that requires the service. The long-term goal, however, is that homelessness is eradicated.

A not-for-profit and volunteer organisation, OSL gratefully accepts any assistance offered, so check out its website and volunteer or donate to this wonderful, Brissy-based iniative!

Orange Sky Laundry

http://www.orangeskylaundry.com.au

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