10 Things to do in Brisbane

Whether you want to shop, admire the views, or get a fix of culture – Brisbane is the must-have ticket! Here’s our pick of ten top things to do…

Boundary Street Markets in West End
West End is Brisbane’s quirky suburb, full of character and good vibes. The Boundary Street Markets are on Fridays 4pm- 10pm, Saturdays 10am- 10pm and Sundays 9am- 2pm. If you love food, music, and an artsy environment, a visit to these markets is a must!

Mt Cootha Lookout
For beautiful panoramic views of Brisbane city and Moreton Bay, take a trip to Mt Cootha. Whether you visit during the day or on an evening, this lookout does not fail to impress. Relax with a coffee or meal at Kuta Café and take in the scenery.

Visit the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)
For art lovers, Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art has a collection of historical, contemporary and modern art. Surrounded by cafes and in the centre of Brisbane, you can view collections at the art museum for free. Exhibitions are on regularly and only require a small fee.

Watch a show at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)
The Queensland Performing Arts Centre offers a range of shows for theatre enthusiasts. The centre also has a range of bars, cafes and bistros so you can treat yourself to a meal and drink before or after the performance. With stunning views of Brisbane city from the city, QPAC is a nice way to spend a night in Brisbane.

Eat Street Markets
Eat Street Markets is a foodie’s heaven. On every Friday from 4pm- 10pm, Saturday from 4pm- 10pm and Sunday 10am- 3pm, the markets at Hamilton Wharf offer a diverse range of international cuisines, both sweet and savoury. There is something for everyone, so make sure you go with an empty stomach and big appetite.

Yatala Drive-in Theatre
The unique Yatala drive in theatre is open 7 days a week and shows the latest blockbusters. It is rare to come across drive-in theatres so make sure you don’t miss this one!

Visit Southbank
Southbank is located along the Brisbane River, across from the Brisbane CBD. The area boasts plenty of restaurants, bars and cafes, a man made beach, live music and much more.

Watch a movie and Limes Rooftop Cinema
Limes Hotel plays movies at their rooftop cinema every Thursday and Friday evening. The movies include both new and old classics starting at 7pm. Food and drink can also be ordered from the bar both before and after the movie. The words ‘open-air cinema’ speak for themselves.

XXXX Factory Tour
The brewery of Queensland’s beer of choice XXXX is located in Brisbane and offers guided tours of the factory. While many consume the drink regularly, not many can boast that they have seen firsthand how it was created!

Have a picnic in Brisbane’s Botanical Gardens
In the heart of Brisbane City, the Botanical Gardens offers a peaceful environment with sculptures, ponds and beautiful gardens. It’s the perfect place to that a picnic lunch, relax in the grass and soak up some sun.

 

Author: Molly Houseman

Robots to work in Japan airport

Robots are set to make travelling through Tokyo Haneda Airport a very odd, but apparently more pleasant, experience.

This September, 11 robots will begin working as cleaners and luggage transporters at the airport thanks to Japanese robot developer Cyberdyne.

In addition, some Airport personnel will also be issued with Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL) machines, which are powered suits that will help staff to assist passengers who have a lot of heavy luggage.

If all goes well, robots acting as security and others that can assist passengers around the airport will be introduced.

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO: World Champion surfers enjoy super session at Kirra

It’s been a long time since Kirra showed signs of its former glory – but every now and then, when the conditions are right, the old girl comes to life.

Here’s world champion Mick Fanning, Dean Morrison, Wayne Dean and a few other locals making the most of a super session at Kirra:

Queensland lands first direct flights from Canada

The first direct flights between Canada and Queensland will get underway next year bringing 12,000 extra visitors and a more than $24 million annual boost to the economy.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones said the Palaszczuk Government had secured the Air Canada service between Vancouver and Brisbane through the Attracting Aviation Investment Fund (AIFF).

“The Air Canada service is the first direct flight between Queensland and Canada and is expected to inject $24 million in visitor expenditure for Queensland’s economy each year,” Ms Jones said.

“From June 2016, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner will operate three direct flights a week bringing 12,000 passengers each year and cutting travel times by five hours.

“The new direct route better connects the state with the growing North American market, which recorded significant growth in visitation in the year ending December 2014.

“These new flights from Canada are a great win for Queensland and will help drive tourism growth, strengthen small businesses and support around 380 jobs.”

Brisbane Airport Corporation CEO Julieanne Alroe said the announcement of the new direct service between Brisbane and Vancouver was an achievement worth celebrating.

“Attracting new airlines to new destinations is hugely competitive and we’re thrilled to welcome Air Canada, one of North America’s leading airlines, which has committed its flagship aircraft to Queensland,” Ms Alroe said.

Air Canada President and CEO Calin Rovinescu said: “Air Canada continues to strategically expand its international network with the addition of our second Australian destination – Brisbane, complementing our year-round, daily flights from Sydney.

“The operating economics of the Dreamliner together with the support from the Queensland Government and Brisbane Airport have enabled us to launch the only year-round flights between Brisbane and Canada.”

Managing Director of Tourism Australia John O’Sullivan said additional aviation capacity between Canada and Australia would be warmly welcomed by the tourism industry.

“Inbound tourism from Canada is currently growing at around 6% and with the introduction of direct flights between Vancouver and Brisbane we certainly hope to see further increases on the 140,000 or so Canadian travellers that visited Australia during 2014,” Mr O’Sullivan said.

“Queensland has always been popular amongst our North American visitors and we’re confident that there will be good uptake of the new service, which offers all-important direct connectivity.”

Gold Coast in Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Family-Friendly Destinations

GOLD Coast theme parks are among three Queensland destinations travel giant Lonely Planet believes are the most family-friendly in Australia.

The other Sunshine State destinations include Far North Queensland & the Great Barrier Reef and Brisbane.

“Broad, bronzed and open-skied, Australia is built for family travel – a dazzlingly diverse country strewn with tropical reefs, surf beaches and snowy heights,” Lonely Planet says.

“The vast distances between A and B can test parental patience, but with some savvy planning you can focus on the delights of exploring with people much closer to ground level than you are.”

PHOTO: Dreamworld Australia / Facebook

PHOTO: Dreamworld Australia / Facebook

Australia’s Top 10 Family-Friendly Destinations according to Lonely Planet are:

  1. Sydney Harbour
  2. Touring Tasmania
  3. Darwin & the Top End National Parks
  4. Far North Queensland & the Great Barrier Reef
  5. Canberra
  6. Gold Coast Theme Parks
  7. Victorian High Country
  8. Kangaroo Island
  9. Brisbane
  10. Southwest WA