Brisbane Insider March 2018

Prop House

The Prop House wins coveted styling contract

Brisbane’s The Prop House has been selected as the event designer for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village. The talented Brisbane-based design team will create spectacular themed installations across residences, retail and recreation outlets for the 6000-plus athletes who will take part in the Games. From the reef to the rainforest, the installations will reflect Australia’s most recognisable scenery, with the Prop House hoping to motivate travel towards various corners of the country.

Must-do activity launches outside Brisbane

Spirits of the Red Sand, Australia’s newest and most spectacular interactive cultural theatre experience, has officially launched. The 2.5-hour performance takes guests on a journey from Dreamtime to 1800s Australia. The Aboriginal live theatre experience at Beenleigh is enhanced with a three-course dinner. For bookings, visit

Ovolo Group acquires Brisbane’s acclaimed Emporium Hotel

Ovolo Hotels, the boutique hotel brand behind some of Australia’s top hotels, has doubled its Brisbane portfolio with the acquisition of Emporium Hotel in Fortitude Valley.

As the hotel group’s second Brisbane addition in just 12 months, the move marks another milestone for the rapidly expanding Ovolo brand, increasing its number of rooms on offer in the Queensland capital to more than 150.

QLD tourism operators receive award recognition

Australia’s tourism industry gathered recently at the 2017 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards. Among those awarded were Brisbane Marketing members:

The awards come at a time when Australian tourism continues to break records, with a record $41.2 billion spent by more than eight million international visitors during the year to September 2017.

Tiger Island’s new arrivals


Dreamworld’s Tiger Island has two adorable new additions. The yet-to-be-named sister cubs were born on 24 January to mum, Nika. This is the sixth litter born at Dreamworld since Tiger Island opened in 1995. The cubs are expected to make their first public appearance soon.

Small Business Expo

The 2018 Brisbane Small Business Expo is bringing local small business together on Friday, 11 May to showcase their products and services. It is particularly suited for home-based, micro, mobile and online businesses without shopfronts that are usually invisible in our communities but make up one-third of our small business numbers. Head online to buy your tickets.

Catch the Origin action at Suncorp Stadium

State of Origin

The home of rugby league, Suncorp Stadium will once again host Game Three of the 2018 Holden State of Origin series right here in Brisbane on Wednesday, 11 July. Don your favourite colours and support your State to experience one of sport’s greatest rivalries. For packages, visit

Save the date: Oktoberfest 2018

You’ll want to mark these dates in your diary, as planning is underway for Oktoberfest 2018 on the weekends of 5-7 and 12-14 October. The festivities will give you plenty of reasons to prost, and with this much notice you have ample time to organise your lederhosen.