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Best things to do in Brisbane

Brisbane Entertainment Centre
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Brisbane Entertainment Centre

The BEC draws massive crowds for Queensland's biggest Australian and international rock, pop, comedy and stadium acts. We're talking Madonna, Black Sabbath, UFC and even the occasional ice hockey match.

The Brightside
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The Brightside

Hardcore music lovers’ prayers are answered at this revamped Valley icon that's a promising new venue for Brisbane's alternative music scene.

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
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Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

The BCEC is where you will find your trade shows, expos and massive international touring artists when they come calling by Brisbane.

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Where to eat in Brisbane

Gerard's Bistro
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Gerard's Bistro

Grab a mouthful of Middle Eastern-inspired cuisine from the sultan of James Street dining

Ristorante Tartufo
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Ristorante Tartufo

Hatted, starred and accoladed to the hilt, Tartufo remains Brisbane's high church of Italian cuisine

Il Centro
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Il Centro

This riverfront Italian restaurant is where food, wine and service shine bright

Kwan Brothers
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Kwan Brothers

Visit the boldest, coolest kid on the Alfred and Constance block – a cheeky tribute to tasty Asian street food

The Gunshop Café
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The Gunshop Café

West End’s destination café has some of the best breakfasts in town in its arsenal

Double Shot New Farm
Restaurants Double Shot New Farm

Everything is baked on the premises at this riverside espresso bar – and it's pretty freakin' amazing

King Arthur Café
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King Arthur Café

Gather your knights for any shaped table at New Farm's lofty café, where breakfast is given the royal treatment and even coffee and cake is fit for a king

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Mirchh Masala

Awesomely authentic Indian street food spices up the Gabba at this cheap eat that prizes delicious substance over style

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Hosokawa

When it comes to authentic sushi from experienced hands, this Japanese gem in Hamilton's dining strip is one skilled ninja

The Bleachers
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The Bleachers

Round up a team for booze, soft-serve and flavour-bomb fusion eats at West End’s cool-kid hangout, where spectating is the name of the game

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Where to drink in Brisbane

Gerard's Bar
Bars Gerard's Bar

The cool crowd at Gerard's Bar are enjoying a trip to Spain, stopping over at Hong Kong, without leaving home

Pumpyard Bar and Brewery
Bars Pumpyard Bar and Brewery

This Ipswich micro-brewery is winning hearts with beer lovers, foodies and historians alike

Prohibition
Bars Prohibition

A former subterranean pool parlour in Fortitude Valley is puttin’ on the Ritz in a cavernous underground bar setting reminiscent of a 1920s speakeasy

Grand View Hotel
Bars Grand View Hotel

Get yourself to the oldest pub around, check out the history and check into an afternoon of good pub grub, live music and the good old Aussie ways

Greaser
Bars Greaser

A basement dive bar brings street cred to the sleazy end of Brunswick Street, with Picklebacks, Daiquiris and superior American eats

Kerbside Lounge Bar
Bars Kerbside Lounge Bar

Take a laneway trip to this fun party bar

The Bleachers
Restaurants The Bleachers

Round up a team for booze, soft-serve and flavour-bomb fusion eats at West End’s cool-kid hangout, where spectating is the name of the game

Corbett and Claude
Bars Corbett and Claude

Wine and beer on tap, Italian eats and slick surrounds are what lure post-work drinkers to this laneway basement bar in heritage-listed digs

Bars Heya Bar

Oishi! This late-night bar brings Tokyo cool to the Valley with street food, cocktails and pinball

The End
Bars The End

West End offers Brisbane’s answer to a Brooklyn speakeasy

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Can we get some R-E-S-P-E-C-T? The Waterloo is serving Brunch with Soul
Bars Can we get some R-E-S-P-E-C-T? The Waterloo is serving Brunch with Soul

Calling all soul sisters: why have a normal brunch when you can have brunch with soul? Brunch is becoming de rigueur in Brisbane, but brunch with Spritzes (named after famous soul singers, no less) and live music makes this a brunch with a beat.  Every Saturday at 11am, the Waterloo (corner of Ann Street and Commercial Road in Newstead) offers Brunch with Soul for just $55. There are pastries and fresh fruit on arrival, and you can choose one brunch item and enjoy Spritz cocktails for two hours. The brunch items include French toast with Nutella, banana, cookie soil, ice cream and icing sugar dusting; pancakes with mixed berries, coulis, maple bacon, ice cream and whipped cream; shakshuka with meatballs, fried eggs, borlotti beans and crushed tomato sauce; a brekkie bagel with bacon, fried egg, smashed avo, fries and aioli; and smashed avo with rye bread, Persian feta, Morocan-roasted cauliflower and chickpeas.  And let's talk about those Spritzes for a minute. All are named after famous soul singers. There's the James Brown Aperol Spritz (Aperol, prosecco and soda), the Aretha Franklin Peach Bellini (prosecco, peach puree, lemon juice, honey), the Stevie Wonder Sloe Spritz (sloe gin, prosecco, blueberries, mint and soda), and the Ray Charles Watermelon Spritz (gin, watermelon, lime, prosecco and soda). You can also ask for house wine, beer and non-alcoholic drinks.  But food and drink alone do not a soul brunch make. You need one more crucial ingredient: soul music. Chang

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10 ways to be a little different in Brisbane
Things to do 10 ways to be a little different in Brisbane

Not one for following the herd? Neither are we. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Little Creatures to show you a few ways to get out of your comfort zone and embrace being a little different. Whether it’s discovering a new rooftop bar, seeing a ground-breaking theatre piece or rocking out to a live band, you’ll learn it’s good to be a little different here.

Achieve your personal best at these events
Travel Achieve your personal best at these events

Think sidelines are for softies? If you’re the type who likes to throw yourself headlong into the athletic action, boy does Queensland have the line-up for you. The Sunshine State puts on ocean swims through impossibly clear water off a tropical island; sends mountain bikers off on trails through the tropical north’s rainforests; and lets serious fitness buffs take a test of endurance in one of the country’s most famous beach cities. There are also adventure marathons, because, you know, a regular marathon just doesn’t feel challenging enough sometimes, as well as triathlons that feed into full-blown festivals. Given the A+ locations of all these events, there’s every reason to celebrate your achievements with a holiday (could there be a better excuse?) If in the north you can cruise from Cairns to Port Douglas along a magnificent coastal road then venture through rainforest and crater lakes on the Atherton Tableland. Or, if southbound, you can split from the coast and walk trails through the Springbrook and Lamington National Parks (‘cos you like to keep moving), or chill at a cute B&B in the mountains of Montville or Maleny (‘cos you’re absolutely buggered). So: ready to start training?  

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