We'd like to introduce you to our Concierge Team and share some favourite local insights to Brisbane before you arrive.
PERICLES YIANNAKIS - Chief Concierge
Best Coffee: Campos – Campbell & Co – Anzac Square
Favourite Restaurants: I love Cha Cha Char – Eagle Street Pier
Favourite Cafés: My favourite place to just sit and enjoy the world go by is River bar and Kitchen – Eagle Street Pier
Best Tour: Personally yours Tours – John Donaldson
Local’s Secret: Riverland – New venue on Eagle Street Pier
If I had 60 minutes: Zero Latency VR – Virtual Reality Gaming in newstead – Amazing new gaming technology brings fantasy to life!
The Best Ice Cream: Gelato Messina in South Brisbane - limitless choice for the lover of ice cream & gelato
Where to run or walk: Walking from New farm into Brisbane cbd is very relaxing. You walk through one of the prettiest suburbs, onto the river walk and into the city. There are lots of cafes along the way.
Where to go on a day trip: The Gold Coast has made extensive renovations and improvements in preparation for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. I would recommend heading down on the train from Central station going to Helensvale station, where you can use the new tram system to travel throughout the Gold Coast very easily.
NICHOLAS KLAASSEN – Assistant Concierge
Best Coffee: Not a coffee drinker but Sparrow Coffee on Adelaide street just across from Anzac Square
Favourite Restaurants: ARIA Brisbane by far, amazing food and won Wine List in the Country last year, plus their service goes above and beyond.
Favourite Cafés: Would be the Cliff Cafe on Kangeroo Point cliffs. Good food but the view of the city and ridge is to die for
Best Tour: Best tour would have to be one through Eco Safari through Brisbane. Private driver that knows everything about Brisbane. Tour goes at your own a pace and doesn’t follow an itinerary as the driver just heads to the main points of interest and anything you would like to go see.
Local’s Secret: Grab some food, takeaway or just snacks, grab some chairs, picnic blanket or use the tables available at the top of Kangeroo Point cliffs and enjoy the afternoon shade and sunset over the city with the company of your family or friends. Definitely a spot tourists don’t make enough use of.
If I had 60 minutes: Depending on the time of day I’d head down to Eagle Street Pier where I’d go for a walk along the broad walk and then find myself at Riverbar and Kitchen for a drink and meal with friends or on my own while enjoying the view of the cliffs and Storey Bridge. Perfect spot in the afternoon, leading into the evening.
The Best Ice Cream: Gelatissimo on Albert Street just up from King George Square
Where to run or walk: Brisbane, in my opinion, is one of the best cities you can walk or run through. I usually begin at the hotel and run to Eagle Street Pier where I continue along the water to the Storey Bridge and cross into Kangaroo Point. From there I run along the base of the cliffs however the choice is yours if you prefer the top of the cliffs where you can view the city from a vantage point. Then I continue into Southbank, over the Goodwill Bridge and through the Botanical Gardens back up to where you began on Eagle Street Pier. Brisbane boasts a riverwalk along both sides of the river so the choice is yours in which direction you’d like to run or walk as either way offers amazing views and scenery of Brisbane.
Where to go on a day trip: I would be heading to one of two places. The first being Noosa, 2 hours drive North of Brisbane. Noosa offers a beautiful Main Beach at Hastings street with lovely cafes and boutique shops. A great place to people watch at one of the cafes or the Noosa Sofitel Bar if your after a fantastic cocktail. Then, you can continue a little further up too Noosa river for a afternoon picnic or walk.
The second option would be to head out to Moreton Island for a day of snorkelling, 4x4ing and relaxing on the beautiful beach. Only a hour ferry ride from Brisbane, Moreton’s a great place to spend the day at one of two islands just off the coast of Australia.
NATHANIEL FELIX - Concierge Team
Best Coffee: Coffee Anthology on Margaret St is your prestige brew, otherwise I personally enjoy a morning to-go from Sugar & Spice on Adelaide St near ANZAC Square, or Felix For Goodness (formerly Felix Espresso & Wine Bar) in Burnett Lane off King George Square.
Favourite Restaurants: I am a barbeque connoisseur and recommend the extensively flavoursome and rich, slow-cooked and smoked menus of Navala Churrascaria at Eagle Street Pier and West End Charcoal across the river in West End just off Boundary St.
Favourite Cafés: In the city: Riverbar and Kitchen at Eagle Street Pier. Excellent choices for a tasty and casual breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their menu reflects Queensland alfresco dining with no need to reserve. Just out of the city (northeast): the fantastic Let Minnow Café in Clayfield, a leafy heritage suburb.
Local’s Secret: The Queensland lifestyle is in the inner-suburbs. Our heritage-listed Regatta Hotel and Boathouse in Toowong or the Breakfast Creek Hotel in Newstead are ideal for afternoon meals with the family. A Sunday drive to the Ascot Markets at Eagle Farm Racecourse will have plenty of locally sourced food, merchandise and entertainment, otherwise La Trobe Terrace in Paddington offers more quirky niche stores and bohemian cafes. For an inspired taste of craft beers from our humble Southeast, go to Green Beacon Brewery in Newstead. If you’re riding a bicycle around Brisbane, stick to the designated rider lanes and avoid footpaths and main roads.
If I had 60 minutes: I’d visit the Mt Coot-tha lookout over Brisbane as well as the Botanic Gardens by the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium.
The Best Ice Cream: Gelato Messina in South Brisbane, otherwise Gelatissimo is closer to the hotel (Albert St).
Where to run or walk: Around the CBD Botanical Gardens off Alice Street, where you can enjoy the lush surroundings and the heritage sandstone architecture of our Queensland State Parliament and the QUT Gardens Point campus. From there you can walk east toward Eagle St Riverside, or west over the Goodwill Bridge into Southbank.
Where to go on a day trip: Moreton Island. It’s an excellent place for an outdoor adventure where you can go snorkelling, kayaking and enjoy the crystal clear water, as well as the natural land features of the island itself. If you stay overnight at the resort, you will also have the opportunity to feed the dolphins. You don’t get that on the doorstep of other state capitals in Australia.
LIAM HURLEY – Concierge Team
Best Coffee: Sparrow Cofee
Favourite Restaurants: Longtime on Ann Street
Favourite Cafés: Brew, on Queen Street
Local’s Secret: Rogue Bistro
Best Tour: Kangaroo Segway Tours
If I had 60 minutes: Eagle Street Pier, beers with friends
The Best Ice Cream: Gelato Messina in South Brisbane
Where to run or walk: Kangaroo Point
Where to go on a day trip: Moreton Island. It’s an excellent place for an outdoor adventure.