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Rooftop pools, free happy hour, 24/7 room service: stay in style at one of Brisbane’s new hotels this winter

As our southern sisters frost over, Brisbane heats up with a non-stop calendar of festivals and food events through the cooler months. The best way to top off a thawing escape is to stay in a lush hotel, and lucky you, a bunch of highly anticipated new ones have just been unveiled. It’s time to treat yo’self.

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See and do while you're here

1 Patricia Piccinini at QAGOMA

QAGOMA 24 MAR 2018 – 5 AUG 2018

In her most ambitious exhibition to date, globally renowned artist Patricia Piccinini will occupy GOMA’s entire ground floor with a retrospective of her key works and a suite of daring new commissions conceived for the Gallery’s expansive spaces. Known for her imaginative hybrid creatures, Piccinini uses sculpture, installation, video and sound to realise a fantastic and compassionate vision inspired by science, Surrealism and mythology.

2 Catch a gig at the Triffid

Brisbane has a prominent and constantly evolving live music scene and is not only a destination on many touring artists’ schedules, but is also home to a fantastic variety of local bands and musicians that play on a regular basis.

The Triffid is an old commercial hangar that merges its industrial identity with state-of-the-art sound techniques and aims to bring the best of international, national and local acts to Brisbane’s backyard in Newstead. Click here for our guide to venues big and small, sweaty and intimate, DIY and otherwise in Brisbane.

3 Live the island life

The best thing about Brisbane’s winter is that it barely exists. With clear sunny skies and highs in the mid-twenties, there’s no better time to migrate island-side and get your well earned dose of vitamin D. Check out Moreton Island for adventures galore and North Stradbroke for a truly laid-back island vibe.

Either way you’ll feel a million miles away from the blistering cold southern weather in a matter of hours. You can learn more about Brisbane’s island life here.

4 Paddle and Prawns

For the perfect start to your Brisbane getaway, head to Riverlife and paddle along the Brisbane River at dusk and watch the city skyline light up before you.

Finish your paddle with a bucket of prawns and beers for the perfect low-key introduction to life in the river city.


5 Give glamping a go

Get that outdoor feeling with all of the trimmings

Brisbane’s glamping options are as inspired as they are varied. With eco tents in wineries, beach side bell tents and uber luxe wilderness safari tents all on offer, there’s a glamping option for romantic getaways, family fun and everything in between. Here’s a quick guide to some of our favourite glamping options to get you started.

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