Brisbane

The Brisbane Ekka

Every August, The Ekka, the annual state fair comes to town, bringing with it great food, fresh produce, carnies, rides and a hideously contagious flu. In the heart of the Queensland winter the Ekka brings a country carnival atmosphere to the big smoke, blown in on the cyclonic August winds. The Ekka means two things – fun and flu. The fun comes in the form of rides...

They named it Mount Glorious because it really is

If you want to experience your first real taste of Queensland rainforest, Mount Glorious on the outskirts of Brisbane is just within reach.   The slow, chilled pace can get to you. Seriously. For all its lazy, Sunday afternoon vibes and notoriously inefficient public transport, you don’t normally feel stressed when you’re in Brisbane. But when you do, there are...

Eat Street, Brisbane

Hearty wholesome street food has experienced an unexpected growth across the globe as local hot spots like Brisbane’s Eat Street capture the imaginations of both foodies and young entrepreneurs alike.  As quasi New Yorkers, Smorgasburg in Williamsburg has been top of the list of places to recommend visiting friends and compatriots. This waterfront hot spot situated...

The Gabba, Brisbane

Every major city and sports code has its sacred stadium, the hallowed ground where their premier team has battled it out for immortality. In Brisbane, that ground is The Gabba.   For the last 120 check years, the Brisbane Cricket Ground has played host to cricketing legends, Aussie rules dynasties, Olympic finals and rugby matches. Situated in the inner city...

The Breakfast Creek Hotel, Brisbane

“The Breakfast Creek Hotel is up for sale”. You know a pub is iconic when legendary Australian band, Midnight Oil name checks it in a song. The Breakfast Creek Hotel, known by locals simply as the “Brekky Creek” is part of the very fabric of tropical Brisbane. It has lived through fires, floods and more than its share of bar fights over its 128 years. In that time...

Montville, Maleny and the Blackall Ranges, Australia

Montville is a charming hilltop village in the Blackall Ranges nestled above the Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. When the stifling heat, humidity and near perfect beaches get too much for you (yeah right!) there is a place you can escape too. Imagine a tropical haven where the temperature drops cool enough to enjoy a hot chocolate or Devonshire tea – even in summer...

Buderim Ginger Factory

As a ginger, Buderim Ginger Factory is Jess’s spiritual home. It’s home to some great-tasting food and offers a chance to chill in its quiet rainforest grounds. Heading north towards the Sunshine Coast from Brisbane, you will pass through Buderim, a small, sleepy, hinterland town. Just off the highway, in a semi-industrial area is the Buderim Ginger Factory. As a...

Review: Shutter and Brew, Brisbane

Looking more like a spot you’d find in the hipster epicenter of Williamsburg than a quaint café in a leafy suburb of Wavell Heights, Shutter and Brew serves up its sweet early morning eats 7 days a week. Good breakfast options in Brisbane used to be restricted to a meat pie and iced coffee from a convenience store or a McMuffin from McDonalds. Thankfully there has...

Riding the CityCat, Brisbane

Brisbane is a beautiful river city and one of the best ways to see it for cheap is to ride one of its CityCat catamarans. The CityCat ferry service is an iconic part of the city, transporting tens of thousands to work every day. They run upstream and down, servicing as far down as Hamilton (close to the Brisbane Airport) and as far up as the University of Queensland...

Doomben Markets

Every city has its marketplace and Doomben Markets is the epicenter for Brisbane’s artisan foods, crafts and farm-fresh produce. There’s definitely been a global shift back to honest-to-goodness, organic, farm-to-table shopping. We’ve seen it in New York, Prague, Barbados, Philly, Finland and Sweden. Prior to leaving our home in Brisbane, this movement was just...