The City offers a discovery in every direction. Home to over 1000 stores, including the largest range of flagship boutiques in Queensland, it is the state’s premier shopping destination. The Brisbane CBD is also a food and drink lovers paradise, with everything from burger joints and riverside bistros, to laneway bars and hidden cafes, as well as the most Good Food Guide-awarded venues in Queensland! Besides shopping and eating there’s countless events, a cinema, a casino, parks, galleries, performance spaces and even a bowling alley.
The Queen Street Mall is a vibrant shopping and lifestyle precinct that lies at the heart of Brisbane City and is Australia's most popular pedestrian mall, playing host to more than 26 million visitors a year.
The mall offers an unrivalled mix of local, national and international labels and flagship stores. More than 700 retailers have made their homes here – many enjoy mall and street frontage, others are tucked away inside world-class centres and heritage-listed arcades. Must-visits include the sparkling high-end QueensPlaza, Wintergarden with its diverse range of retailers, the magnificent and historically significant Brisbane Arcade and Tattersall's Arcade, the convenient MacArthur Central and the ever-popular The Myer Centre.
Some say Suncorp Stadium is the best stadium in the southern hemisphere, seating almost 55,000 and holding some of the world's best games in Rugby League, Rugby Union and Soccer.
Just minutes on foot from Qcottage, this world-class, state-of-the-art sports venue is home to the Brisbane Broncos, Queensland Reds and Brisbane Roar.
It also hosts Rugby League's ultimate grudge match - the State of Origin between Queensland and New South Wales.
Please check the stadium's website to see what games are on while you are in town or head to the stadium Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10.30am for a memorable tour.
The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre is a world-class, purpose-built venue renowned for its operational and service excellence. The centre is in a unique urban cultural and entertainment precinct in the heart of Brisbane and has had many national and international acts pass through the doors, along with trade shows and conferences.
You wouldn’t expect a bustling city centre to be home to a wealth of sub-tropical natural wonderments, but Brisbane’s CBD definitely is!
The beautiful Roma Street Parkland is perfect for weekend picnics with friends and family thanks to the great picnic areas, lakes, barbecue facilities, children’s playground, subtropical rainforest and spectacular city views!
A must-visit is of course the City Botanic Gardens. It’s Brisbane’s oldest park, originally planted by convicts in 1825 with food crops to feed the prison colony. The gardens include ancient trees, rainforest glades and exotic species and run the full length of Alice St. It’s the perfect place to visit for a green haven during the working week or on the weekend with friends and family.
Queensland's premier visual arts institution, the Queensland Art Gallery /Gallery of Modern Art (also known as QAGOMA) showcases a range of exciting art exhibitions from historical and contemporary artists. Art enthusiasts can freely wonder through either of the vibrant and accessible galleries and take in their distinct, yet complementary experiences. For more information on upcoming events, head to their website. More
Immerse yourself in the world of theatre, music and artistic expression at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). Located on the banks of the Brisbane River, QPAC hosts an array of performances by local, national and international companies and artists. QPAC is one of Brisbane’s premier cultural attractions and regularly welcomes visiting performing arts companies from around the country including the Australian Ballet, the Sydney Dance Company, Brandenburg Orchestra, Opera Australia, Bell Shakespeare, Bangarra Dance Theatre, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and many more. For more information on what’s on and ticketing, head to their website. More
Caxton Street & The Barracks
A two minute stroll from Qcottage, if you want to be immersed in good food, great shopping and premier live sport, Caxton Street and The Barracks have you covered. Exuding an energetic vibe under the imposing shadow of Suncorp Stadium, Caxton Street is alive most weekends as hundreds of footy fans converge on the strip. The Barracks has become a landmark retail and commercial hub, integrating heritage-listed buildings and architecture. A former city jail, police station and army barracks at different times, the Barracks offers a range of dining, shopping and entertainment options.
Roma Street station
A short stroll from Q Cottage with direct Airtrain access to Brisbane Airport. Citycat ferries that dart up and down the length of the Brisbane River are also close by. Timetables available at http://translink.com.au/
South Bank is Brisbane’s premier lifestyle and cultural destination. Located on the southern banks of the Brisbane River, its 17 hectares of lush parklands, world-class eateries, stunning river views and hundreds of delightful events all year round make it the perfect place to relax and unwind.