First-rate shopping, dining and pampering make for a sophisticated metropolis with a luxe edge. Here are Emily McAuliffe’s top picks.
Experience the high end of town
Edward Street, Brisbane City, Aria,
Eagle Street Pier, 1 Eagle Street
Brisbane’s chic shopping precinct along Edward Street is the place to shop until you drop.
The 300-metre stretch includes Hermès, Oroton, Georg Jensen, Paspaley and Chanel, as well as Australia’s largest Cartier store. Post-spree, continue to Eagle Street Pier for a decadent three-course lunch at Aria.
Browse designer boutiques
James Street, Fortitude Valley
For unique designer pieces, head for the boutiques along James Street in Fortitude Valley.
Here you’ll find designers such as Camilla Franks, known for her bold, individualistic style, and handcrafted, customised jewellery by renowned Brisbane gemologist Matthew Staff.
Take high tea at Bacchus
Bacchus, corner Grey and Glenelg streets, South Bank
For an afternoon treat, book high tea at Bacchus to nibble three tiers of finger food in an elegant, poolside dining room.
Choose from a range of packages, accompanied by Moët & Chandon or a 2004 Dom Pérignon.
Find your perfect scent
Libertine, 181 Robertson Street, New Farm
Spicers Balfour Hotel, 37 Balfour Street, New Farm
You can also enjoy a glass of French sparkling during a masterclass at Libertine Parfumerie in the cool inner-city suburb of New Farm.
Take a one-hour trip through the history of perfume, and learn how to find a scent that makes your personality pop.
Fragranced accordingly, you’re ready to bed down for the night in one of the intimate, sumptuous rooms at Spicers Balfour Hotel.
Enjoy some flavour fusions
Urbane, 181 Mary Street, Brisbane City
When the sun goes down, head straight for stylish, two-hatted restaurant Urbane.
The international menu is crafted by chef Alejandro Cancino, who prides himself on using local products wherever possible, including honey sourced from the restaurant’s own rooftop beehive.
Hike in style
Scenic Rim Trail, corner Cunningham Highway and
South Branch Road, Tregony
An active holiday doesn’t mean you have to rough it.
A four-day guided hike along the Scenic Rim Trail, to Brisbane’s south, delivers the landscape of the Great Dividing Range alongside fresh regional food and wine, an eco lodge offering fine linen and polished floorboards, and seven courses at hatted Homage restaurant.
Explore vineyards on horseback
Ocean View Estates, 2557 Mount Mee Road, Ocean View
For a unique wine-tasting experience, the vineyards of Ocean View Estates can be enjoyed during a two-hour horse-riding tour, followed by wine tasting and lunch.
The views of the Glass House Mountains and Moreton Bay are worth the trip alone.