Brisbane – The Newest Hotel

When it opened last month, Rydges Fortitude Valley introduced an inspired and interesting architectural design statement to the city’s RNA and Lend Lease Showgrounds precinct currently in the throes of a major $2.9 billion redevelopment. In context with its location within the ‘Ekka’ surrounds, Rydges Fortitude Valley has added a slice of country hospitality to […]

Best Boutique Hotel

Brisbane’s Emporium Hotel has taken the lead as the best in the country, being awarded Best Boutique Hotel at the prestigious HM Awards for Excellence held in Sydney over the weekend. Held at Sydney Town Hall and hosted by television personality Larry Emdur, the 2013 HM Awards have, once again, recognised the accommodation industry’s finest […]

Brisbane Festival set to shine in September

More than one million festivalgoers, artists, dancers, musicians, actors and acrobats are set to bring Brisbane Festival (7-28 September) alive with huge free public events as well as 85 productions and exhibitions, 450 performances, five world premieres and 10 Australian premieres. Work will come from the USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Iceland, Ireland, China, Timor-Leste, […]

Park, view or surf free in Brisbane

Free car parking, a movie or internet access are among the temptations being offered to guests of Accor’s Novotel, Mercure and Ibis hotels in Brisbane during  June and July. All properties are featuring City Escape deals with Novotel Brisbane’s package containing breakfast for two and car parking from $179 per room per night. The newly revamped Mercure Brisbane’s deal features breakfast […]

Extraordinary Epicurean Adventure, Brisbane

The Emporium Hotel and Tartufo Restaurant host the ultimate intimate culinary journey – a gourmet traveller’s dream An extraordinary culinary experience has been announced by Brisbane’s multi-award winning Emporium Hotel and one of the country’s finest restaurants in Tartufo, headed by the famed owner-chef Tony Percuoco. Launching exclusively on June 15, The Emporium Epicurean Adventure […]

Freeze Frame coming to the Brisbane Festival

Brisbane Festival today announced it had commissioned an explosive new show from the streets of Los Angeles (LA) to headline its September program with tickets to go on sale on Monday 22 April 2013. Freeze Frame, which is directed, choreographed and written by three-time Emmy award-winning choreographer Debbie Allen, will fuse dance, music and theatre […]

Eating in Brisbane

Into my second day of eating and drinking in Brisbane as we wait for the Ashes to commence tomorrow. While there are food joints, both casual and fine dining galore, here, I’ve stumbled across a few gems that I felt were worth mentioning. Food malls are ten a penny, but my favourite at this stage […]

Cricket, canapes and cocktails …

Off to Brisbane on Tuesday for the Ashes cricket test … shall endeavour to find a few gems on the wine and dine scene inbetween overs!