Just down the road

Fresh produce, Bacchus Restaurant.

Brisbane is home to some of the most impressive galleries and theatres in the country, from GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art) to QPAC (Queensland Performing Arts Centre)- which is currently under-going a $175M upgrade, that will include a new 1500 seat theatre.

Explore the vibrant cultural precinct in and around Southbank, where you can walk, scoot or ferry to an array of attractions and experiences like the fabulous, must see ‘Fairytales’ exhibition at GOMA (get your skates on as it wraps up on the 28 April) and the recently opened and acclaimed, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at QPAC.

Fairytales is a whimsical world of storytelling that has taken over the ground floor of GOMA, from the twisted enchanted wood entrance to the floating mushroom sculptures to an array of Cinderella style costumes-it’s an enthralling show, that steps you back in time.

Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ has landed at QPAC, after a successful season in Sydney, the timeless tale, takes you on an enchanting and wild journey, complemented by a talented cast, colourful costumes and an original music score.

Rydges Hotel Southbank, adjacent to the cultural precinct offers an affordable, accommodation option, and is conveniently located close to all the action. Catch a show at QPAC opposite and then head to the hotels Soleil Pool Bar for a cocktail (open to the public), as the sun sets over the picturesque city. Indulge in a decadent high tea or try a themed cocktail in Bacchus Bar.

The hotels two hatted restaurant Bacchus is quite possibly one of the city’s finest eateries, with talented Italian chef Manuel Erriu at the helm-the creative menu is a fusion of modern flavours with a distinct European twist.

From fresh Kingfish to Kangaroo, each dish is fused with a range of local and native ingredients- raising the food bar in service, ambience and taste, more about that later.

After dinner, take a slow walk along the bougainvillea promenade that adorns the river and people watch along the way. There is a cool, casual vibe to Brisbane city-big enough to be inspiring, and small enough to have a sense of community.

There is an array of bridges, walking and cycling paths that connect the city from one side to the other, making it the ideal place to walk around. Visit the majestic Botanical Gardens, the place to throw down a rug, read a book and rest awhile.

Brisbane is a city, that is ever evolving to keep up with growth and popularity and as the Olympics fast approach, and large developments like Queens Wharf open later this year, it is fast becoming an international destination-for locals and visitors alike.

Discover a world of art, food and nature as the river twists and turns and connects people to place- Bravo Brisbane you’ve got our attention.

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