Brisbane Insider: November 2017

Calling all early-career industry and research trailblazers

Brisbane Cityscape

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has announced the Lord Mayor's Convention Trailblazer Grant, a new initiative which aims to enlist the city’s early-career professionals and researchers to make their mark by attracting valuable industry conferences to Brisbane. Trailblazer Grant recipients can make a significant contribution to their industry and the city by attending an international association conference in their field, paving the way for Brisbane as an ideal future host destination while supporting and developing the city’s talent and skills. More info here

Jingle all the way to Christmas in Brisbane

Lighting of the Christmas tree in Brisbane City

Kicking off with the lighting of the City Christmas Tree on 25 November, Brisbane’s free festive program is jam-packed full of fun with carols, evening parades, fireworks, magical light projection shows and more. For more details on Brisbane's Christmas celebrations, visit the website.

Grab 2-for-1 tickets to Brisbane Tens

It's less than 100 days until rugby heaven descends on Brisbane once again, and Ticketek are doing 2-for-1 General Admission tickets to the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens until 10am (AEST), Friday 10 November. 14 world-class teams will descend on Suncorp Stadium in February, including French club Pau and Olympic sevens gold medallists Fiji. Don't miss your chance to be part of the rugby revolution, tickets can be purchased here.

Get up close and personal with Jeff Horn

Can't wait for Battle of Brisbane Round 2? You may not have to. Get up close and personal with Jeff Horn during an intimate evening with him and trainer Glenn Rushton, hosted by Channel 7 Sports Editor Pat Welsh at the Treasury Hotel Courtyard on Saturday, 18 November. Tickets start at $125pp and can be purchased here.

Adina Apartment Hotel to open in heritage building

The beautiful new Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane will open in a restored heritage building at 171 George Street in the City in February 2018. Housed in a grand building opened in 1922, the hotel will have 220 apartments and a signature restaurant and bar in the vast ground-floor lobby space celebrating its Art Deco origins. The hotel is well-placed to offer guests an enticing blend of history, grandeur, great dining and convenience to city attractions. Find out more here

Hotel residences dock at Portside

Alcyone Hotel Residences has opened at Portside Hamilton on the Brisbane River. The contemporary, 4.5-star hotel provides luxe accommodation in one and two-bedroom apartments with river, city and park views and is perfect for the cruise market, as well as business travellers, visitors and even locals searching for a getaway in the upmarket Portside lifestyle precinct. For more information on opening offers and to book, visit their website.

Experience a special Indigenous cultural cruise to North Stradbroke Island

Join a special cultural day cruise from Meeanjin (Brisbane) to Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) on 6 December, experiencing the ways of the Yuggera and Quandamooka peoples with guides, singers, dancers and story-tellers. Be welcomed by a traditional smoking ceremony, enjoy a lunch of fresh local seafood and enjoy optional activities including boomerang throwing, a guided cliff-top gorge walk and wildlife spotting. Find out more information and bookings here.

Top gongs all round – our awards wrap up

Brisbane’s Gambaro Seafood Restaurant has been announced national winner in the Formal Seafood Restaurant category at the 2017 Savour Australia Restaurant and Catering Awards for Excellence. Otto Brisbane took out a bronze in the Formal Italian Restaurant category and Jellyfish Restaurant won bronze in the People, Produce, Place Tourism Restaurant category. The Thomson’s Reserve Restaurant at The New Inchcolm Hotel & Suites also won Best Fine Dining Restaurant for Queensland and NT at a state level. 

Meanwhile, The Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology won gongs at the Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards, winning an individual volunteer award for Michael Strong, who is the volunteer Senior Curator. The museum was also a finalist in the organisational category for engagement for their Medieval Family Fun Week. Champagne corks were again popping at The New Inchcolm Hotel & Suites when its intimate function space, the Foxtrot Room, was awarded the Best Meeting Room in Australia at the inaugural Qantas Business Travel Awards.

Hats off to our restaurants

Congratulations to Brisbane restaurants who were awarded hats in the 2018 Good Food Guide, including Urbane with three hats – one of only five restaurants in Australia to receive a trifecta. Aria Brisbane, Gerard’s Bistro, GOMA Restaurant and StokehouseQ each received two hats. The Euro  and Otto Brisbane were among those awarded one hat. Special mention also goes to Gerard’s Bar & Charcuterie for making the top ten bar list.

Compare the fare with Airtrain

Airtrain has developed an online tool, Compare the Fare, enabling customers to compare fares and obtain local traffic knowledge when making decisions to travel from the Brisbane Airport to the city and Gold Coast. Airtrain rewards customers who book online in advance with discounts of up to 15%. More info here.

Summer’s a cultural affair

Take a peek at all the great attractions and exhibitions on offer at South Bank’s Cultural Precinct this summer. Visit the Queensland Museum and journey back in time to ancient Rome at Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum; or witness mind-bending illusions at Perception Deception. Meanwhile, enjoy QAGOMA’s line-up with the extraordinary Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow international exhibition, including the artist's The Obliteration Room where kids can help obliterate the room with colourful dots, or be wowed by the gallery’s re-imagined Australian Collection. Over at QPAC, the magical The Wizard of Oz has just hit the stage, beginning a summer line-up of blockbuster musicals including Mamma Mia! The Musical and Disney’s Aladdin – The Musical.

...and one last thing 

Brisbane has received another accolade, scoring ninth place in a list of the ‘best culture trips for families’ in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018 guide. The guide describes Brisbane as ‘uber-relaxed’ and ‘outdoorsy’ with highlights being New Farm Park and the QAGOMA complex.