What’s cool to do in Brisbane? Let’s ask a concierge… Front office manager Yolandie Holtzhausen shares her must-dos in Brisbane while staying at Spicers Balfour in New Farm (right in the hip Fortitude Valley hub).

1. James Street

Head to James Street, Fortitude Valley, a boutique shopping precinct home to designers such as Gail Sorronda. Check out Endota Spa and replenish your mind, body and soul, before some Champagne at Cru Bar.

2. Mt Coot-tha

Collect a picnic hamper from our front desk and head to the Brisbane Botanical Gardens at Mt Coot-tha for a relaxing lunch. Enjoy a stroll around the sub-tropical gardens before heading up to the Mt Coot-tha lookout.

3. Newstead breweries

Just a short drive away in Newstead you’ll find microbreweries such as Green Beacon, Newstead Brewing Co and Tippler’s Tap. Be sure to try 3 Bolt Pale from Green Beacon.

4. Brisbane River

Take a cruise down the Brisbane River with Mirimar Cruises (the pick-up point is right near the hotel) and visit the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary where you can cuddle koalas and feed ’roos.

5. Chouquette, Barker Street

Satisfy your sweet tooth at local French patisserie Chouquette for a flaky, buttery chocolate croissant.


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