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Lonely Planet names Newstead one of the coolest neighbourhoods in Australia

posted by Karlicca Culalic November 22, 2017 0 comments

It’s official. Lonely Planet, yes, THAT Lonely Planet (to reiterate the very same one that awards accolades to the likes of dreamy Paris and London) has named *our* Newstead one of the three coolest neighbourhoods in Australia. I’m sorry but we can’t help feeling like a proud mum. Territorial even, like a die-hard, day one fan of an underground indie rock band everyone’s just discovered playing on Nova. Alas, it’s no surprise this neck of the woods has made it in the big league. Newstead is a treasure trove of exclusive restaurants, bars and cafe’s alike. So without further ado, here are ten reasons we love this leafy riverside ‘it’ suburb. When I say reasons, I mean more like – fantastic places to consider putting on your mental list of places to eat next. As always though, you’re welcome.

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24 Hours Of Fun In Kangaroo Point

posted by Michaela Petrofes August 17, 2015 0 comments

With the holidays over and the university blues back in full swing, I was badly craving a getaway. It’s always nice to let your hair down and it’s even nicer when you don’t have to make a trek in order to do so. As if the getaway fairies heard my pleas, Choice Hotels Australia answered my call with an invitation to stay overnight at the Econo Lodge City Star while exploring the unsung suburb of Kangaroo Point. To celebrate the impromptu occasion, here’s our go-to guide for spending a splendid 24 hours in Kangaroo Point.

Econo Lodge: With it’s quaint exterior, Choice Hotel’s Econo Lodge City Star was filled with friendly staff, cozy rooms and some stellar views of Kangaroo Point. Upon check-in we were given the grand tour of all the Econo Lodge has to offer – from a multifunctional conference room, utilities for families and a very relaxing pool area. Econo Lodge has all the makings for the perfect city escape without the hassle of heading into the city – it’s a mere 800 metres from the iconic Kangaroo Point Cliffs and on the outskirts of the city, so it’s the best of both worlds! With breakfast in bed the next morning, it was hard not to fall in love with all the lodge had on offer. The only thing that was disappointing is that it’s winter and we couldn’t make good use of the inviting pool! I guess we’ll have to re-visit come summer time!Things To Do In Kangaroo Point, Brisbane | Brisbane Threads

Kangaroo Point Activities: The afternoon was ours to explore and that we did! Kangaroo Point is well known for it’s amazing scenery so the walk was an adventure in itself. Once on the boardwalk it’s easy to get lost in the amazing river city views. Riverlife Brisbane is located along the boardwalk and offers a huge range of activities that allow you to take in the best of Brisbane from all different levels! Our friends at Riverlife allowed for us to experience this from the craziest level of all – abseiling from the top of the cliffs! While heights aren’t my strong point, the team at Riverlife were extremely well trained and made the experience more exciting than I had anticipated. Plus with the backdrops of Brisbane City it’s hard not to feel extremely pumped up as you scale down the cliffs. If heights aren’t for you, Riverlife offers a range of other activities such as kayaking, cycling and segway riding along the river walk. Whether you explore on foot or on some mode of transport, Kangaroo Point is the perfect place to get active and experience some of the best parts of the inner city, just don’t take on the Kangaroo Point Cliffs after a big meal (or ever if exercise isn’t your thing).Things To Do In Kangaroo Point, Brisbane | Brisbane Threads

Kangaroo Point Food: Conquering a fear of heights really worked up an appetite, so we continued on our adventure in search of a bite to eat. We were in luck with Kangaroo Point’s endless selection of restaurants to choose from and eventually, an Italian feast called our names and our hearts fell for the family owned Italian hotspot, Spizzico. The atmosphere and food was extremely appealing and the staff were welcoming, so we soon discovered it was the perfect place for a family dinner or date night, whichever is more your style. We ordered the fettuccine with chicken and sautéed mushrooms in a pistachio pesto and the gnocchi ragu for mains, followed by the cheesecake of the day with gelato and berries. All hearts and tummies were left full and extremely happy by the end of the evening. Other great restaurants in the area include The Pineapple Hotel, Cafe Dockside, Deerys Restaurant and Smokehouse, The Cliffs Cafe and Lamberts.Things To Do In Kangaroo Point, Brisbane | Brisbane Threads

It’s safe to say these 24 hours were some of the most enjoyable I’ve spent exploring in our beloved city! Thank you to Choice Hotels Australia and Riverlife Brisbane for proving you don’t have to break the bank or travel far to have an adventurous and equally relaxing getaway!

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24 Hours To Explore Brisbane

posted by Joanna Fraser May 8, 2015 6 Comments
It’s Saturday morning and you’re heading to the airport to pick up your ‘cooler-than-thou’ friend who has flown up from Melbourne for weekend. You know, that friend who is always posting cool instagrams of local underground bars and geometric coffee art. You have defended Brisbane again and again, swearing black and blue that you don’t live in some hick country town. We have burger places! And tiny dark bars! And doughnuts! Don’t sweat it my panicked friend, I have your back. Here is your guide to having the best 24 hours in our city as you explore Brisbane.
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Saturday 9:30am– Don’t you even dare getting out of bed before 8:00 o’clock on a weekend morning. Did you know that every time someone gets out of bed early on a Saturday morning, a unicorn falls down dead?
Begin the day with breakfast at Plenty in West-End. Plenty cooks up the kind of food that brings to mind lush vegetable gardens, dappled cornfields and barefoot days running through green grass. The menu is fresh, colourful, and locally grown. If you had a less-than-wholesome Friday night, then every forkful of food you shovel into your mouth at Plenty will feel restorative and delicious. Try the poached eggs, avocado, heirloom tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella on toast if you’re after something light or if you are taking this ‘treat yo’ self’ weekend seriously then you cant go past a big stack of buttermilk pancakes.
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11:00amThe Davies Park Markets, conveniently situated adjacent to Plenty, are great for a mid-morning browse. Pick up a coffee at one of the many coffee vans, plonk yourself down and listen to a band or two when they take the stage near the river. If you’re still peckish (no judgement here), the markets have an amazing selection of food from golden potato röstis to handmade artisan doughnuts.
12:00pm Stroll up from the markets into the heart of West-End and hit up some of the indie stores that line the main street. Pop into Jet Black Cat for the coolest record selection around, peek into newly-opened Junky comics and pick up a zine and then swing past Box Vintage for a new floral dress or vintage tee. Other favourites include, The Happy Cabin for cutesy attire, Avid Bookstore for (you guessed it) books and SWOP for good quality vintage apparel.
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1:00pmWest-End has a plethora of delicious lunch time options but it’s hard to go past a pizza and a beer at local favourite, The Burrow. With woodsy interiors that transport you to a cabin in the woods, a selection of craft beers that even the most hipstery-hipster would froth over, and the main event, delicious cheesy pizzas. Oh hello, tipsy weekend lunch.
2:30pm– With the best of West-End under your belt (literally.. it’s in your belly), it’s time to walk it off. Stroll towards the city through to South Bank where you can pop into the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. With regularly changing exhibitions showcasing some truly impressive artists such as David Lynch and Michael Parekowhai, you can spend an hour or two in GOMA. Just make sure you put up at least 2-12 Instagrams of GOMA or else it never actually happened.
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4:00pm-Hop a bus, or an Uber, and head over to another of Brisbane’s hippest suburbs, Fortitude Valley. If you’re not a Brisbane local or you simply want to take your weekend to the next level, check into a hotel for the night. Newcomer, Tryp in Fortitude Valley, makes the swish inner city hotels look as cool as your dowdy old uncle. The decor brings to mind Brooklyn brownstones with it’s graffitied walls and industrial feel. Complete with a rooftop bar, matte black bathroom fixtures and a popular downstairs burger joint, you will get serious points with your pretentious Melbourne-dwelling friend when you check-in at Tryp.
5:00pm– With the descending sun painting Brisbane with it’s long golden rays, now is the time to head up high and check out the view. Tryp hotel’s gorgeous rooftop bar UP! has an extensive drinks menu featuring pretty signature cocktails and a good selection of beers on tap.
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6:00pm– Fortitude valley has exploded onto the Brisbane dining scene with new hip restaurants opening up every week. Chinatown entices with it’s fragrant, spicy smells, Bakery Lane beckons with it’s cool atmosphere, and how on earth can you choose which new burger place to eat at? As long as you check your fear of heart disease/obesity at the door, Miss Kay’s on George St is a winner. Wash your meal down with an ice cream sandwich and an alcoholic ginger beer.
8:00pm– Toast a day well spent at another new favourite, The Tree House. A woodsy bar with a great vibe and an even better drinks menu, The Tree House is tucked away in the newly opened Bakery Lane precinct. This bar will make all your Swiss Family Robinson dreams come true however if you’re after something with a similar vibe that is a little more ‘Club-ish’, head to Brisbane’s original hipster hangouts Ric’s Bar & Cafe, or the Black Bear Lodge.
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9:30pm– Soak up some of that alcohol with a Bacon Me Crazy (maple bacon glazed- yes please) from Doughnut Time. Heading to this popular little doughnut joint later at night runs the risk of it being closed/sold out but if it’s open, there is rarely a line. YUM. 
Sunday 8:00am– And we made it. No unicorns were killed, wholesome food was eaten, not-so-wholesome food was eaten, delicious drinks were consumed, sun-drenched views were Instagrammed, and late-night doughnuts were scoffed. If this itinerary doesn’t impress the pretentious Melbourne Hipster then he can fly right back where he came from.
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What would you did if you only had 24 hours to show the pants off Brisbane? We’d LOVE to hear from you below in the comments, or tag your social snaps with #BTinsidertip