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Brisbane

Brisbane

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Wine and dine

Gourmands take heed; Esquire is the fine dining venue of choice when in Queensland’s capital. Executive chef Ryan Squires and head chef Ben Devlin blend a host of flavours and textures to create their delicious dishes. Next door, sister establishment Esq. takes a more relaxed approach to dining with its inviting à la carte menu. The extensive wine list is shared between the two venues, so you can opt for the degustation menu to go with your Argentinian malbec or enjoy pub fare like ribs or chicken wings. The riverside location, décor and service are all top of the line. Don’t leave either eatery without first sampling the widely acclaimed Popcorn Parfait dessert.

High art

Brisbane regularly hosts world-class productions and exhibitions at venues like the Queensland Art Gallery, which is located on the southern bank of the Brisbane River. The Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) is the crown jewel of a crowded cultural scene. It’s the largest modern and purpose-built art museum in the Southern Hemisphere and has a well-earned reputation for staging exclusive Australian and international exhibitions. Make time during your stay to visit the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Queensland Museum and the State Library of Queensland.

The good life

Making for an idyllic escape from the concrete confines of the CBD, South Bank’s bars, boutiques, cafés, restaurants and cultural venues blend in seamlessly with the lush foliage, public beach, lagoons and picnic areas.

Thirst quencher

Two neighbouring, nondescript Queenslander homes stand proudly on the corner of Alfred and Constance Streets in Fortitude Valley. Beneath their archetypal tin roofs and verandahs are six retro eateries and bars, which are open on weekdays from 7am and on weekends from 8am until late.

Natural wonder

The world’s third-largest sand island is just outside of Brisbane. Moreton Island is home to crystal-clear lakes and lagoons, abundant wildflowers, pristine beaches and towering sand dunes. Dive or snorkel to experience the wrecks and colourful reefs here but be sure to be shore-side at dusk to handfeed the dolphins. There’s also quad biking, four-wheel driving and sand tobogganing.

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