There’s no denying that us Brisbane girls take our swimwear seriously. These few short weeks of winter certainly aren’t enough to dampen our spirits. Regardless of when our bodies finally make their reappearance after winter hibernation, you can be assured that we’ll be doing so in style in some AlcieMay gear.
We are always trying to update our mind and stomach, and this post is no exception. We know you loved our post on the best American food in Brisbane from a couple of years ago, so we pulled it from the archives, gave it a fresh update and added a bunch of new restaurants to help you introduce your sheltered Australian palette to the holy grail of American foods. American food is addictive, growin’ and stickin’ around Brisbane and sometimes it can even stick to your hips for- days, weeks and months after that juicy pulled pork slider.
I don’t like to get up early, but if it’s for pancakes, I’ll be there. 17 tried, tested and new delights to start your day right.
The venue topping every ‘Brisbane Best Breakfast’ list, and for good reason too!
Conveniently my favourite dish for breaky is the ‘picnic board’ – a delicious spread of ham, avocado, eggs, feta and relish with crusty sourdough.
I consider Flute a massive treat, the breakfast menu is decadent! Food coma ensues.
My local fave, best chocolate milkshakes on the planet… that’s a breakfast item, right?
Clean, lean, goodness. Amazing juices.
An old favourite, delish selections, make a fantastic espresso and the hash cakes are to DIE for.
My go-to in West End. Do a mean avo-on-toast!
So many tastes on one plate. The carrot jam is mind-blowing.
Keep an eye-out for their weekly specials – rhubarb & apple quinoa porridge with cinnamon cream, sound good?
Get your weekend off to a fantastic start with a paleo breakfast. A breakfast cookie and an organic free-trade coffee is the best when you’re on the run.
The best outlook of the river, if you score a seat out the back.
In love with Sourced Grocer! The green smoothie when I’m feeling good… the lemon and honey infusion on a cold morning… bagel boys bagels.. all sitting on the front stairs with friends.
Fresh, healthy, acai. Yum!
Try the one-pan-fry-up for a Sunday morning hangover cure..
An oldie, but a goodie! Check the specials board and try the pancakes at least once!
Um, look at that french toast in the photo below. You. Are. Welcome.
You know, I knew Brisbane’s vintage scene was solid… but I didn’t realise just how impressive it was until putting together this list! There is literally something for everyone… cheap ‘n’ chic; fine jewellery, band tees; costume-worthy; collectables; shoes-to-die-for; and a whole lot of giving back, sustainability and community love x
Here are my faves….
BOXVINTAGE – West End
These guys have a t-shirt collection the size of … well it’s massive ok! Even cooler than that their boutique also serves as a gallery space for local artists. And it is run by some of the coolest people in Brisbane I know. Kudos for them supporting their local creative community! Love!
La Bella Donna – Morningside
A reader favourite La Bella Donna is located in Morningside and sources amazing product from private sellers, estate sales and collectors of genuine vintage. If you are in the market for a unique piece or have a few of your own you’d like to sell, this is the place!
Sunday Social – Fortitude Valley
A Winn Lane favourite that keeps making appearances on Brisbane Threads – like here and here. Sunday Social keeps us coming back for the carefully curated selection of awesomeness. Seriously cool chicks, with some seriously cool threads.
It’s Vintage Darling – Annerley
It’s Vintage Darling, is simple a marvellous way to spend a morning! Get your caffeine hit at their café serving organic coffee; gather some fashion inspiration pouring over their collection of 1950’s Women’s Weekly and then straight to the over-sized changeroom to live out all of your vintage fashion fantasies!
Show Peony Parlour – West End
Vintage clothing, amazing costuming and a bespoke design service available – what more could a vintage lover want? Well how about a ‘Tea and Tease’ life-drawing evening? Ooo lala!
The best little Vintage Van in Vegas – various locations
A vintage clothing store on wheels… what a freakin’ great idea! This little van is filled with vintage collectables, appears at local markets and is available for hire!
Ra Ra Superstar – Paddington
Brisbane Threads have been a fan of Ra Ra from the beginning… seriously I just searched our website and they appear in 7 articles since their opening in 2010!! You can find the Ra Ra Superstar eponymous label alongside a fantastic collection of authentic vintage pieces.
SWOP – West End
SWOP is a thoughtfully curated clothing collection of reclaimed, reused and recycled vintage, upcycled vintage fashion and modern apparel, barely worn and in excellent condition. They purchase your unwanted clothing and resell, creating a cycle of fashion retail built on sustainability and collaboration. And they have a fantastic eye for stylish, good quality pieces – you’ll be spoilt for choice at an amazing price!
Woolloongabba Antique Centre – Woolloongabba
Featuring Brisbane’s best Antique dealers in Traditional Australian Antiques, Vintage Clothing, Retro Homewares, Art and glassware. Dealers who trade in Art Deco, L’Art Nouveau, Industrial, Fine French Antique Furniture, Hollywood Glamour Fashion, Rockabilly Fashion of the 50’s and 60’s, Kitchen-alia, Rural Antiques and Quirky Collectables. I’d say they’ve just about covered everything a vintage-lover’s heart desires!!
Retro Metro – Paddington
A Paddington vintage-institution, Retro Metro has been serving the needs of vintage-loving Brisbanite’s for years and has a legion of loyal customers. Ever-glued to their Facebook feed for new stock these cats never disappoint! Oh sorry, a rack of velvet jackets just went up… I’ll be back!
Hey Hey it’s Yesterday’s Thrift Shop – Paddington
In aid of the Developing Foundation who works to enable people with disability caused through brain injury or developmental disability to achieve their potential and help improve their quality of life. An amazing group of people and some vintage fashion bargains to be had!
Vinnies – Paddington
I swear this boutique has been there since the dawn of time, and every time I go in I find something amazing! Last time it was a tablecloth, but there have been leather jackets, Dr Martens and countless vinyl records. Ahhh happy days!
Endo’s Labels – Paddington
Endeavour Foundation Recycled Clothing Stores are awesome, not only can you pick up a bargain, but the proceeds are going back to support people with a disability to lead active, meaningful lives. Donate your unwanted wardrobe items, or donate your spare change on a new outfit.
Paddington Antique Centre – Paddington
Rails and rails of vintage goodness all culminating in their annual Frocks, Docs & Diamonds parade… an event to watch out for each year! Their collection of genuine antique jewellery is divine!
Can you keep a Secret – Greenslopes
No I can’t. This vintage boutique is simply tooo good! Frocks, frocks and more frocks! They’ve closed briefly for a renovation and will be back open after the Easter break on the 22nd of April!
Atomic Martini Vintage – Clayfield
These lovers specialise in fine vintage, retro clothes and accessories. For one-off statement pieces that will transport you back to a decadent era, or for those day-to-day pieces designed to make you feel a little more gorgeous.
And don’t miss the Love Vintage & Retro Fair coming up in July!
Have I missed any? Tell me in the comments below!!
Images via Woolloongabba Antique Centre, Sunday Social, BOXVINTAGE, Can you keep a secret and RaRa Superstar.
Welcome to our guide to Brisbane’s best brunch spots!
Each of our Top 11 are gems in their own right , doing brunch a little bit differently, a little bit unique, and 100% delicious.
I apologise in advance for my southside and city bias, so comment below with your favourites to the north, east and west of our fabulous city and we can all venture outside of our local area to enjoy culinary greatness from early morning to mid-afternoon, and everywhere in between.
Paw Paw Café is something special! The food is fresh and undeniably tasty, especially the Israeli breakfast, corn fritters and avocado toast with poached eggs. You can also check out Paw Paw’s newly opened little sister – Little Pawpaw – at Kedron.
Cnr Potts and Stanley Street, Woolloongabba
European-inspired food with Mediterranean ingredients. What would I order? Coconut French toast with caramelised mango cheek, blueberries and coconut ice-cream OR honey roasted pumpkin, pancetta & feta Bruschetta OR chickpea and carrot pancakes with hummus, labna, wilted spinach, chorizo and a poached egg. Talk about a tough decision!
216 Riding Road, Balmoral
Flute Fine Food, Coorparoo
Worth every penny, even if you have to wait in line to experience the signature breakfast dishes and generous serves at Flute. You must try the chocolate brownie milkshake!
380 Cavendish Road, Coorparoo
French Twist, Bulimba
I know I’ve mentioned this before, but you really can’t go past the little café that is hidden in the backstreets off Oxford Street, Bulimba. Iced tea with a side of eggs anyone?
5 Corio Street, Bulimba
A yummy feast, great coffee, beautiful décor and homemade takehome goodies is what Abode Café is all about. They also endeavour to make everything from scratch.
30 Hillsdon Road, Taringa
Cruise on over to the Eagle Farm markets on a Sunday for a healthy, ‘wonder berry’ acai bowl and smoothie. Think a berrylicious original bowl with organic coconut and chia seeds sounds like our thing? We are excited to announce they have just opened up shop on Creek Street in the city, which will be Brisbane’s first acai and smoothie focused store.
Eagle Farm Markets, Racecourse Road
99 Creek Street, Brisbane CBD
Another gem in the Paw Paw Café family, Picnic Café serves up tasty breakfasts and baked goods in a picnic-theme setting complete with colourful bowls, candy-striped straws, mason jars, wooden picnic boards and a changing specials board.
12 Martha St Camp Hill
Apples on Ainsworth is one of many brunch spots with delicious vegetarian and vegan options, as well as some meaty goodness. Try the haloumi stack with organic sourdough, avocado, haloumi, roasted tomatoes, pesto, pepper and lemon or the Canadian special – bacon and banana smothered in maple syrup.
36 Ainsworth Street, Salisbury
The Rabbitt Hole Café is a family-friendly café focusing on suburban home-style cooking. Savory muffins, eggs in every way possible, combo deals and a child-friendly play area. Need I say more?
5 The Corso, Seven Hills
Damn good avocado smash, fresh fruit salad, organic bacon and a cabinet stacked with takeaway delights are all available inside the wooden walls of cosy Leaf café.
8 Denham Terrace Wellers Hill/Tarragindi
Lots of coffee and all day breakfast. What more would you want from your local brunch spot? Deedot serves up old school jaffles, home-cooked spicy bakes beans with chorizo and breakfast burgers, just to name a few.
973 Logan Road, Holland Park
That’s it for now… of course there’s many many more to explore! Where do you go for brunch? Tell us about your local in the comments below!
With a group of 5 friends in tow I ventured to the Eat Street Markets at Hamilton wharf last Saturday night eager to test out what I’ve heard is Brisbane’s hippest foodie event. And boy is that an understatement! Eat Street Markets, established by food and market leader Peter Hackworth, producer John Stainton and TV celebrity Jacki MacDonald, is a haven of multi-cultural street food that will seduce your tastebuds and ignite sweet aromas for hours at a time. The trio (Hackworth, Stainton and MacDonald) has been successful in their quest to replicate the street food markets of Asia with the lively atmosphere of the Eat Street Markets unrivaled in the Brisbane food scene. On Friday and Saturday night Hamilton wharf is lit up with fairy lights and styled industrially with up to 60 shipping containers housing mini restaurants while warehouse pallets and milk crates topped with synthetic turf provide humble seating arrangements.
So without further ado, here is my foodies guide to the Eat Street Markets, complete with commentary from the 5 sets of tastebuds that accompanied me on this tasty gastronomical adventure…
Chitty Banh Banh – The fresh and whole coconuts that line the counter will draw you in, but the Vietnamese fusion food will keep you coming back for more. Plus you might even spot Queensland’s 2013 My Kitchen Rules representatives Jake and Elle manning their container.
Wholesomeness – Organic, gluten free and nutrient dense meals are ready to be devoured at Wholesomeness by those looking for a healthy alternative. Think raw, vegan chocolate treats, Baharat Spiced Chicken, Rib-fillet with Chimichurri and a variety of meatball flavours.
Street St. – Stuffed roti or roti with a side of curry. Whichever you prefer, the guys at Street St. will have you coming back for more of their authentic Malaysian roti cani!
Koma Sliders – males unite at Koma Sliders where mini Korean fusion burgers are served in three flavours – holy cow, hot chick and sweet pig – to the awaiting carnivores. Get in there too ladies, their $6 each or 3 for $16.
Michaels Steamed Dumplings – The tastes of northern china in the form of steamed dumplings. Be sure to try the BBQ pork bun and shallot pancake combo – to quote my dumpling taste tester: “Even the most unattractive food tastes delicious.”
Authentic Mexican Street Food – This little container dishes out Mexican street flavours. You can’t go wrong with 4 tacos or burritos for $10!
Banneton’s Wood Fired Pizzas – Perfect wood fired pizzas in a range of toppings are made to order here and, judging by the number of pizzas that floated past me in the crowd, this one’s an Eat Street favourite.
Five Sisters Greek Cuisine – Everything from grilled haloumi, souvlaki, gyros and mixed platters are served from this little blue kitchen. The line may be long but your tastebuds will thank you for it.
Honey Puff King – my group of taste testers were full to the brim by the time we got to The Honey Puff King so we shared one bowl between six. Afterwards, everyone wished they had got their own bowl plus take-home packs. One word, perfection.
Yoghurt Republic – Here you’ll find fresh juices and smoothies as well as frozen yoghurts and other fruity treats. Perfect to quench that thirst between dishes.
Miss Claudes Crepes – Whether you make your own combo or choose one of Miss Claudes own, don’t miss this gem for its sweet and savory crepes. Try the Romeo & Juliet or European inspired ‘Moulin Rouge’ and ‘Arc de Triomphe,’ and devour anything with nutella without hesitation.
The Rice Hut – Uber fresh and crunchy Vietnamese inspired rice paper rolls are made here as you order. They are authentic, delicious, healthy and are easy to eat on the go as you wonder around the market.
Wurst-meister – Gourmet German sausages anyone? The Wurst-meister has every kind, from Bratwurst, cheese, cransky, debreziner and currywurst, all with a side of sauerkraut.
Gozleme World – Authentic Turkish gozleme with dips. The spinach and feta with hummus and carrot dip was demolished!
Okonomi House – Japanese pizza with fresh Australian ingredients. They’re definitely going to be my first stop when I venture back to EatStreet in the not-so-distant future.
The Eat Street Markets on are every Friday and Saturday at Hamilton, on MacArthur avenue, from 4-10pm. For more information check out the website and Facebook page and be sure to treat your tastebuds to the flavours of the Eat Street Markets sooner rather than later.
First image via Eat Street Markets.
I grew up on pizza hut. Oil dripping, topping full Friday nights spent in front of a video (am I showing my age?!). Then one Italian-born boyfriend and a trip to Italy for a beautiful friend showed me what I was missing out on! You haven’t really eaten pizza until you’ve tried the thin crust, minimal-topping, bocconcini-goodness that is an Italian Style Pizza. I have personally eaten at every one of the below restaurants (for research purposes, people!) and recommend them all!
A new addition to the Woolloongabba precinct, Sorellina features notorious pizza-loving ninja turtle on their back wall. And let me tell you those heroes-in-a-half-shell would dine there every night!
Popolo takes me back to my trip to Italy… The word itself means ‘people’ and it is the perfect place to bring together friends and family and enjoy an Italian feast!
My tip, book an early dinner, watching the sun set over the river while enjoying a prosecco with friends is just the ultimate!
The uber-cool Alfredo’s is tucked right in behind Alfred & Constance and perfect for a late night slice after a night out!
Pizza in the ‘burbs! I am always shocked that a restaurant in a shopping centre could be so good! Gallery One prides themselves on great quality food at affordable prices. It’s a breathe of fresh air when you are trying to find a nice meal after a day of shopping!
Images via Alfredo’s, Beccofino and Gallery One.
Have I missed any? Let me know in the comments below!
After spending 2013 carefully researching (read: shopping!) I have put together a list of my favourite tried and tested independent fashion boutiques that are guaranteed excellent customer service, selection of labels and all-round fashion inspiration. Including a little map for each to get you there!
Jules & Roc have an awesome selection of labels, and I find something every time I go in there. Stocking labels such as; Ellery, Maurie & Eve, Alice McCall, Camilla and Marc, Bec & Bridge, Peep-Toe and loads more!
The Beau in the Woods concept boutique on James St stocks, of course, their eponymous fashion label, and a hand-picked selection of Australian and International labels. I love the selection of jewellery and candles!
Shugah stocks on-season looks and colours at super affordable prices, so you can buy something new every weekend!
With labels like Shakuhachi, House of Harlow and Finders Keepers, Adore Boutique is a suburbian dream!
I can’t go past Alexis Dawn’s own label for fantastic monochrome basics.
Sunday Social is one of my favourites in Winn Lane, they have a precisely curated selection of vintage and rare clothing, shoes, bags and jewellery, as well as other fantastic knick-knacks. There is always something new to hunt for and it’s so easy to spend hours scouring the racks and examining each unique piece. The quality of the vintage items is second to none.
Seriously a Brisbane institution. Blonde Venus owner and buyer Thea has truly been a part of building Brisbane’s fashion identity and if you need any convincing read her story here. And whilst the boutique has been responsible for introducing us to a huge array of Australian and International labels over the years; they are currently stocking – Antipodium, 1989, Clare Vivier, Christopher Esber and more.
A relative new-comer to the James Street Precinct, Calexico boasts amazing Australian and International labels such as ALC, AG Jeans, ACNE and Isabel Marant. And I am absolutely in LOVE with their blog, currently taking you behind the scenes on their buyers New York fashion buying trip!
A south-side gem, Kylie Ryan stocks a fantastic array of women’s clothing, shoes and handbags. All of the pieces are unique and exotic ensuring you won’t turn up to a party looking like anyone but your fabulous self!
10. Denim Co. – South Bank – Google Map
Fashion and food… two of my favourite things! Denim Co is a fashion boutique with a coffee shop out the front, the labels are sensational and the coffee even better. They have the best selection of J Brand jeans in Brisbane and their buyer and Stylist Soph is fabulous and always up for a chat!
A little hole in the wall in Paddington and a must-visit!
Affordable, on trend, colourful, cheerful – I love popping into Polly for some fashion inspiration! Labels include May, MinkPink and their own eponymous label.
Vintage Ra Ra heaven! Ra Ra Superstar is a quirky Brisbane label inspired by vintage dreams and your nan’s fudge cake… stop in to see their latest collection and perhaps a glass of lemonade.
Stocking a wonderful array of mens and women’s wear inspired by meeting the needs of the world’s sexy lumberjacks and dorky girls. 20-something-year old Leah has joined forces with friends Mim and Jordan to create the Tall Trees Espresso bar now neatly alongside The Happy Cabin. A must visit!
A gorgeous women’s lifestyle boutique featuring gorgeous silk loungey pants, colourful beads and gorgeous unique clutches. There’s something for every one and every home.
A lover’s dream… bralettes, crop-tops, jumpsuits and playful prints strewn across the store….
BONUS: Brisbane Online Fashion
The gorgeous Sara opened Beginning Boutique in 2008 and has since grown into a huge online fashion empire (check out over 380,000 Facebook fans!) and services the needs of every festival-going, fashion lover in Australia… now taking on the world! Great labels including One Teaspoon, Cameo, Karen Walker and Keepsake.
Chiquita Searle is one of the most determined women I know, launching her self-titled label for women in business who wanted to dress well. Visit her website and sign up to be notified of upcoming styling events.
Meaghan from Lovefox is truly passionate about great fashion. Hand picking every item that is stocked in her online boutique. This careful curation has led to a fantastic online experience, stocking labels such as Talulah, We Are Handsome, Staple The Label, May and August Street. A must-click!
Have we missed any of your favourites? Let us know in the comments section below!
Images via Beau in the Woods, Lovefox, Camilla and Marc and Eselah The Label.
Summertime, weekends, public holidays.. all perfect times for a picnic. Here is our guide to the best spots to unroll your rug and camp out for the afternoon. There’s plenty of suggestions for families, felines, adventurers, romantics and the odd surrounding spot for a coffee.
Part One: Picnic Spots
20 perfect spots to lay out a blanket and enjoy your surrounds with loved ones.
1. Kangaroo Point Cliffs – Google Map
Picnic, rock climb or have a bite at the Cliffs Café. Parking is available both above the Cliffs on River Terrace, Kangaroo Point and below the Cliffs via Dock Street, Kangaroo Point. Check out the Cliffe Café. and Riverlife Brisbane while you are in the ares.
Picnic areas and BBQs available as well as the Melange Café if you’d like the heavy lifting taken care of. Plenty of parking available at the parkland, and accessible by foot, bus and train. Check out Melange Café.
3. City Botanic Gardens – Google Map
Located on Alice Street, Brisbane City the gorgeous park spans Limited carparking is available, so it is recommended to catch public transport to the city and journey on foot. At the time of publication the Garden’s Café was closed for maintenance check back on the Brisbane City Council website for updates.
4. New Farm Park – Google Map
Everyone’s favourite New Farm Park provides ample room to throw a Frisbee, play a game of touch football, sit back and admire the river or have a cook-up on one of the public BBQs. Plus Jan Power’s Farmer’s Markets are on the scond and fourth Saturday of every month. Or visit the Brisbane Powerhouse next door for a bite to eat and show. Plenty of parking at the park and in the surrounding streets or catch a ferry or bus. Schedule your picnic around the weekly Jan Power’s Farmer’s Market and make sure to visit the stunning Brisbane Powerhouse.
5. Captain Burke Park – Google Map.
Located under the Story Bridge on Holman Street, Kangaroo Point. This little gem is hidden away only to reveal the most amazing views of Brisbane! Featuring a playground for the kids, BBQs and toilets – everything you need for a relaxing afternoon. If the adults want to escape for a few cheeky drinks the Story Bridge Hotel is located close by. Parking available. After your picnic, stop into the Story Bridge Hotel for a cheeky afternoon drink.
6. Orleigh Park – Google Map
Located on Orleigh Street in West End, and a 10 minute walk from the West End Ferry terminal. Much of the park is not sheltered so bring a hat and sunglasses!
7. Davies Park – Google Map
Located in West End and home to the Davies Park Markets every Saturday from 6am. Parking and public transport available. While you’re there, check out the Davies Park Markets if they are on.
8. Highgate Hill Park – Google Map
Located on Dornoch Terrace, Highgate Hill, literally a very steep hill so save the ballsports for another day and bring a book or friends instead.
9. The Wynnum/Manly Foreshore – Google Map
The Wynnum/Manly Foreshore has everything.. located on Wynnum Esplanade, From Wynnum to Manly to Lota. Come prepared for a long walk, bike-ride, swimming or a spot of cardio on the community exercise stations. A gorgeous outlook and plenty of parking.
10. Bulimba Memorial Park – Google Map
Located towards the end of Oxford Street this spacious flat park is perfect for a game of soccer or relaxing afternoon with friends. There are some picnic tables available and The Park Bench Espresso Bar is right across the street for a little pick-me-up. Plenty of parking available or an 8 minute walk from the Bulimba Ferry Terminal. For a hot coffee on your picnic, visit The Park Bench Espresso Bar.
11. Kurilpa Park – Google Map
Located between GOMA and the Go-Between Bridge, Kurilpa Park is one of Brisbane’s best-kept secrets. Stunning views of the city under colourful Jacaranda Trees. A short walk over the Kurilpa Bridge or access via Montague Road, West End. While you’re there, be sure to check out the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Kurilpa Bridge and the Go-Between Bridge for different views of the city and surrounds.
12. Colmslie Reserve – Google Map
Featuring shelters, BBQs, toilets, plenty of sand for the dog to run around on and a walk along the pier… perfect picnic material. Plenty of parking available. If you forgot to pack lunch Anglers Beachside Grill will certainly fill any hungry tummies. While you’re there and if you get peckish, check out Anglers Beachside Grill.
13. Rocks Riverside Park – Google Map
Found at 5 Counihan Rd, Seventeen Mile Rocks – Rocks Riverside Park has been custom designed for a day out. Complete with a flying fox to entertain the kids (and young at heart), shelters, flat lawns, BBQ’s and shady trees.
14. Bullocky Rest – Google Map
Seeking tranquility? Situated in stunning Eucalypt Reserve, Bullocky Rest boasts spectacular views of Lake Samsonvale, a peaceful way to spend the afternoon. Even the picnic spots have private parking to ensure your afternoon is undisturbed. Enter via Forgan Road, Joyner.
15. Charlish Park Redcliffe – Google Map
Charlish Park is perfect for young families, plenty of playgrounds to entertain the kids and a magnificent view out to Moreton Island that will amaze the parents. Enter via Redcliffe Parade and get in early to secure a parking spot.
16. Pelican Park – Google Map
As the name suggests, Pelican Park is home to a habitat of Pelicans and you can watch them being fed at 10am each day. Jet Skiing is permitted at Bells Beach, a short walk away. And there are plenty of picnic spots, BBQs, bikeways and play equipment to keep everyone entertained. Find it at Hornibrook Esplanade, Clontarf. For a Fish + Chips Lunch Try: Fish’n at Bell’s Beach or Bell’s Beach Takeaway
17. Sherwood Forest Park – Google Map
An enormous expanse of greenery, flat lands for picnic, a pond, wildlife (great for bird watchers!), great amenities and fairly unknown! Enter via Jolimont St, Sherwood.
18. Newstead House and surrounds – Google Map
Newstead house, located off Newstead Avenue, Newstead is a small area featuring Brisbane’s oldest surviving residence dating back to 1846. Admire the history from afar and set your own picnic, or pay a small entry fee for an unguided tour of the house. While you’re there, check out Newstead House.
19. Whites Hill Reserve – Google Map
Enter via Boundary Road, Camp Hill. This huge land covers 170 hectares and is home to bushland, wildlife, sports fields and walking tracks. Pack your sneakers and take a trip to the summit for a splendid view of the Brisbane City.
20. Nudgee Beach – Google Map
A largely mangrove area but with plenty of room to enjoy the beach, picnic spots and let the dog have a run around. If you are a keen-birdwatcher there are plenty that call the area home. Drop into Pam’s Café 88 for some Fish and Chips of a coffee. We love Pam’s Café 88.
Part Two: Lookouts
7 Brisbane Lookouts with the best views of our fine city and surrounds. The perfect spot for a romantic date, family getaway, or alone-time to reflect on the beauty around us.
1. Bartley’s Lookout – Google Map
Located in Ascot off Massey Street, Bartley’s Lookout (Bartley’s Hill Reserve) serves up awesome views of Hamilton, The Gateway Bridge, the Brisbane River and the City Skyline; sensational!
2. Jolly’s Lookout – Google Map
Journey to Mt Nebo for Queensland’s oldest formal lookout. Only 45 minutes out of Brisbane, Jolly’s lookout boasts views of Samford, The Glasshouse Mountains and out to Moreton Island.
3. Kangaroo Point Cliffs – Google Map
The top of Kangaroo Point Cliffs is my absolute favourite place in Brisbane. Unbelievable views along the Brisbane River of the city skyline. The perfect spot to bring fish + chips or cook up your own BBQ. Easy parking above or below the cliffs.
4. Mount Coot-tha Lookout – Google Map
An easy 10 minute drive from the city gets you sensational views of Brisbane and her surrounding suburbs. Fantastic by night and a great place for a first date! Grab a coffee at Kuta Café or dine at the Summit Restaurant.
5. Mount Gravatt Lookout – Google Map
A lookout in the suburbs or a 20 minute drive from the city centre, Mount Gravatt Lookout is popular with the teens, families and oldies alike. Be careful on the drive up the mountain, the road is narrow and windy, but well worth it! Try Echidna Magic Café for a snack at the summit.
6. Wilson’s Outlook – Google Map
You’ll find this one opposite the Story Bridge on Bowen Terrace, Fortitude Valley. Spectacular view of the bridge and surrounds and only a short walk back to the shops if all of this nature is making you antsy.
7. Whites Hill Lookout – Google Map
Make your way to the top of Whites Hill for a sensational view through the trees overlooking the city.
Think we’ve missed any? Comment below with your tips for the best picnic spots in Brisbane!
Planning on doing your Christmas shopping online this year? Here are our Top 10 online boutiques with FREE Shipping to Brisbane! Of course they are a little fashion-biased… in case you are just shopping for yourself!!
I cannot go past Shopbop… ever. If I ever want to make an investment purchase I always head there to compare prices and their SALE section makes high-fashion brands affordable. I particularly love their ‘Holiday Gift Edit’ which recommends presents according to price-range – perfect for fitting in to the Christmas budget.
2. The Outnet
Who doesn’t love a sale? And when there is a whole site dedicated to luxe items at sale prices… why wouldn’t you start here first?
3. ASOS AU
ASOS has the biggest range of fashion on the planet. From your cheap and cheerful fast fashion fixes to the investment items; ASOS has got you covered. Plus they have been in the game a long long time – so you know your order is safe! Oh, and did I mention they have 25% off ASOS Collection at the moment?
Shop Ruche makes me swoon… the vintage inspired boutique has gorgeous girly dresses that I could just look at all day! PLUS their gift sets are the best… beautiful gift ideas for every member of the family!
If you are ready for a Christmas SPLURGE farfetch is the place to click to next. Curated by some of the world’s top boutiques you’ll find labels like Alexander Wang and Jimmy Choo… certainly on my “in-your-dreams-list”.
If you’ve already spent way too much on your shopping already this Christmas I recommend a visit to My-wardrobe! They are having a 50% off sale for Australian customers! Don’t mind if I do! I particularly love browsing their wardrobe inspiration and trends sections when I am in a fashion-lull.
Samantha Wills is just gorgeous… the woman herself, the brand and her gorgeous products. And her goodies are so in-demand they have a waiting list you can subscribe to for some of her signature pieces. Proud to be an Aussie designer!
Oasap has a massive range of quirky pieces that you won’t find in your big online retailers. Claiming to deliver fashion and love and only stocking items produced in an ethical environment…. PLUS Oasap are offering 25% off all items for Christmas using the coupon code XMAS at the checkout.
Whilst Net-a-Porter is usually out of my price range I love to stop by and check out their weekly magazine. It gives you up to date coverage on fashion and beauty trends plus what the old celebs are wearing. I also love their TV Channel – fabulous for some day-dreaming for when I become a millionaire. Definitely bookmark their SALE section.
10. Style Tread
Back down to earth Style Tread is a must-visit if you are considering a new-shoe purchase. Not only do they literally have thousands of brands and styles to choose from they are also aware that shopping for shoes online is a bit difficult… they actually ENCOURAGE you to buy two sizes and return the second pair for FREE!! PLUS they are having a 30% off sale right now… just enter the code MEGA30 at the checkout!