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24 Hours in Brisbane with Brooke Falvey

No longer just a big country town, Brisbane has come of age and is buzzing with activity, food and culture, so it can be hard to narrow down exactly where to spend your time when embarking on a day out in Brisbane.

Thankfully, Brooke Falvey has put together a quick itinerary so you can experience some of the great things our vibrant city has to offer.

DAY ONE

10am –

Book in for a free guided tour (and history lesson) of City Hall. The 45-minute tour takes you through the building, which was built between 1920 and 1930, providing access to different areas. Stick around a little longer for the free tour to the clock tower. In 15 minutes, you’ll discover the original caged lift and bell housed in the 92m high tower. Sitting at 76m is an observation platform offering a unique view of Brisbane’s CBD.

11am – Shop ’til you drop

Wintergarden is home to so many of my favourite womenswear brands including Seed Heritage, Sheike, Cos, Cue, Dissh, Pigeonhole, Veronika Maine and COS.

For accessories with extra flare, head to Dinosaur Designs and Nine West.

And if you like to look good, and do good, be sure to swing past If The Shoe Fits, a new boutique offering a large collection of new, bespoke footwear from leading Australian retailer, Shoes of Prey.

1pm – Lunch break

Feel like a good Malaysian feast? Head upstairs at Wintergarden to PappaRich and enjoy their delicately crafted dishes which deliver bursts of flavour and colour. PappaRich offers a large menu boasting meals across a range of categories: roti canai, satay dishes, noodles, fried rice and soup dishes, with vegan and gluten-free meals available on request. If you need a little pick me up, try their ice blended lychee and lime with vanilla ice cream.

2pm – Check in to Hilton Brisbane.

With unparalleled location in the heart of the city, Hilton Brisbane is just a quick elevator ride to Wintergarden and the Queen Street Mall retail precinct, and within walking distance to South Bank parklands and the Brisbane Cultural Centre and art galleries.

If you’re keen to treat yourself or are mixing work and pleasure, book yourself a 64 sqm Suite; they boast mood lighting, two LCD TVs, an ergonomic work zone, walk-in shower, lush bathrobes and slippers, and a hydra bath. Plus you’ll have access to the exclusive Executive Lounge with complimentary breakfast, refreshments throughout the day and evening drinks and canapés.

3pm – Unwind with a spa treatment at Jurlique

Step away from the hustle and bustle of the mall and rejuvenate your body with a facial or body treatment from Jurlique. Designed to reveal radiant, glowing skin, the Rose Antioxidant Body polish will buff away dry, rough skin and infuse the body with layers of rich, hydrating Rose body oil. This decadent body exfoliation uses fine Walnut kernels, Avocado and Macadamia nut oils to leave your skin soft, supple and intensely hydrated.

7pm – Dinner and drinks

An elegant contemporary oasis of fine wine and dining, Vintaged Bar + Grill is set under the soaring Harry Seidler-designed atrium tower of Brisbane’s Hilton with menus that use only the freshest ingredients from renowned Australian producers and suppliers.

In the heart of the restaurant is a glass-walled Wine Room, housing one thousand bottles. It favours established Australian wines, but also incorporates a small allocation of premium wines from boutique wineries from around Queensland, Australia and New Zealand.

9pm – Switch off and robe up
Sometimes all it takes is switching off from your devices to feel like you’ve been on holidays, so turn off your phone and give yourself the luxury of kicking back in a robe and slippers, order a late night snack from room service and hit up the on-demand movies for your very own in-room film festival.

DAY TWO

8am – Breakfast buffet

The buffet breakfast at Vintaged Bar + Grill is one of the best in Brisbane, boasting everything from freshly baked pastries and croissants, freshly made mini smoothies, pots of yoghurt and fresh fruit and all the usual hot food—including an omelette bar where you can have you eggs cooked fresh to order.

If you’re enjoying the buffet on a weekend, you can now pair your omelettes, granola and croissants with unlimited mimosas. Cheers to that!

Once you’ve had your fill, pop on your swimwear, sunscreen and hat and head to the pool deck. Find yourself a sun lounge under the frangipanis, grab a good book and settle in poolside for a chilled morning, a few lazy laps and a dose of Vitamin D.

12pm – Bliss for the belly

Looking for an #instaworthy lunch that’s also good for you? Head straight to Pineapple Express at Wintergarden for healthy, refined sugar free, superfood boosted eats and drinks. Ready in just a few minutes, an Acai Bowl is filled with acai berry puree, fruit, and all your favourite toppings—and it’s pretty as a picture and nutritious to boot! Once you’ve refueled, head back to the Queen Street Mall for a spot of retail therapy.

 2pm – Take in the sights

Grab yourself an ice-cream and take a stroll up Queen Street Mall and across the Victoria Bridge to explore the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA).

Artworks by Australian expressionist artist Jon Molvig (1923-70) are currently on display until early February at GOMA. Brisbane was the catalyst for his major work, providing him with scope for his expressionist view of the world.

Both galleries house large local and international exhibitions, and they’re almost always free to enter.

4pm – One last stop

Before heading home, stop at Perrotts Florist for some fresh blooms to take home and I Heart Brownies to stock up on some of Brisbane’s favourite heart-shaped chocolate treats. But be warned, with 12 flavours available daily including Chocolate, Raspberry, Peanut Butter (made with Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips), Jaffa and Cherry Coconut, you may find it hard to only buy one of these 100 per cent gluten free brownies.

Brooke wears: Pink dress – Seed, Spot dress – Veronika Maine, Zig Zag print dress – Seed, Black Dress – Seed.

U on Sunday Fashion Editor Brooke Falvey knows what it means to dress for the occasion. After living in London for just over a year, Brooke Falvey returned home to Brisbane to share her style storytelling talents on her blog, Blonde Ambition. With a background in journalism, Brooke shares thoughtful lifestyle and fashion pieces through her Instagram account, What Brooke Wore, and her blog, Blonde Ambition, inspiring her readers to start doing what they’ve always dreamed of doing—and giving them tips on how to look good at the same time!. Ready to dress like you mean it? Get to know the girl behind What Brooke Wore. 

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